The Third Dimension

As some of you may remember from a few months ago when I asked about 3D renders on covers, I’ve dabbled in 3D CG art for a while now. For a number of reasons, I’m pretty seriously thinking about switching to 3D covers again.   While the response to rendered covers was tepid at best, there also weren’t many people who responded, so it’s not exactly a good sample size.

Part of the reason for the switch relates to licensing for the images for the covers. While the stock photo sites don’t prohibit using them in this way, there’s some wiggle room that could come back to bite eventually. Also, if I were to create the covers in 3D software, they could be much more spot-on in terms of character. I have already looked into assets that would make for great covers for some of my most recent stories.

Ultimately, the cover is such a small part of the story that I don’t think people will really object. We’ll see how it goes.

 

Another thing I’ve been thinking about, in line with the above, is trying to employ some 3D rendered material in my writing. After debating with myself for a while, I think I’m going to try and fold it in to my work in two ways.

The first way is as bonus art in written stories. While the primary focus will of course still be on the writing, I think an image or two sprinkled throughout, and maybe an image at the back, could help increase the quality of my work. Ultimately, I don’t think it’s going to add a lot, but I do think that it would be a low effort way to try and help convey the visuals of what I’m thinking.

Since I still plan on selling these stories through Amazon, these images would have to be of a non-explicit nature, because of Amazon’s terms for KDP releases. Also, the writing really would be the main focus, however I think it could be cool if stories like On Call showed you the girls being mindless, or Spell Bound showed Casey throwing a neat looking fireball. Also, I have some ideas for new stories that would be greatly helped by a visual or two.

The second is that I’m considering the idea of trying to make a comic. There’s a lot of Mind Control themed comics out there, which lets me know that people are interested in them. However, many of them, like most erotica, focus very heavily on the sex elements and don’t go a lot into narratives. I consider my writing so far successful, and as many of you know I tend to focus a little less on the sex and try to incorporate character development and interaction. I’m curious if I could take this down into a comic format.

Since these would still be erotic comics, I wouldn’t be able to release them on Amazon, so they’ll probably be for sale directly from my blog, or through some other site. That’s a part I still need to work out. Ultimately, it’s all just experimentation, and if the whole thing doesn’t work, it’s not like it’s a big deal to stop. However, I think that I’ve gotten enough experience over the years to put out something that could be pretty fun.

The first few will probably be a bit more on the sex-heavy side, while I get comfortable with what I’m doing, but I’m also thinking about maybe converting some of my stories into a comic format, if things work out well. I think a story like Soft Bots, or maybe even Spell Bound, could be pretty neat like that. Both of those stories have solid MC elements, sexual themes, but also action or adventure themes that could work.

Mostly just rambling, but wanted to get it out there, and writing things down always helps. Now, back to the regularly scheduled.

 

One other thing I wanted to add on is that I have officially begun work on the Third Series for On Call. The Third series will be Power Plays. I’ve already gotten about halfway through the first release, so I’m hoping to have the story ready to go sometime this week. One bit of feedback I got was that while the POV jumps in remote control weren’t bad, they could be disorienting. Since Power Plays will actually have MORE of them (since there’s now 4 POV characters) I’m going to start chapter labeling with the current POV character. Also, I’m going to number the chapters to the series, rather than the release. This is because eventually the books will be combined into Omnibus format and released as a single unit.

That’s all for this post. If anybody has any comments, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at Tri3Ax@gmail.com. I always enjoy hearing from people.

Works in progress and question for readers

Hello all,

Yeah, two posts today.  The first was a release announcement and I hate combining those with the more status-update style posts.

So, as I mentioned in the last couple posts, I’ve been working on something, and it ballooned out of control and ended up jamming up my queue for a bit.  However, once I managed to get it out the door on Saturday, I was able to ‘ride the wave’ so to speak, and put in a hard weekend of writing.

At this point, I have two releases that are in what I would consider “ready for editing” state.  That means they’re done, I just want to give them a once-over to make sure they’re release quality.  If all goes according to plan, I’ll be publishing them Wednesday, barring anything at work coming up.  I’d like to try and get back into the habit of two short pieces a week.  I did it when I was first starting out, but the holidays ended up gumming up that plan.

Oh, and both of them are completely new plot lines, in episodic format.  One of them, Hypnotic Condition, is a back to basics series featuring realistic hypnosis, and the other, Soft Bots, features technological mind control / robotic personalities.  Both should be pretty fun.

With these two, I’m up to four fully active series I need to put work into (These two plus Crystal Rapture and Dream Girls), but now that I think about it, historically my best work happened when I had a lot of options to work on.  I also have other lines that I can work on, but they’re mostly on semi-hold.  We’ll see where the future takes us.

With the upcoming works pipeline out of the way, I do have a question for my readers at large.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to find good pictures for my covers (for a number of reasons, but I’ve already used many of the models from stock photo sites that really caught my eye).  More than a few authors in the erotica genres rely on 3D rendering technology for their covers.  Ultimately, it has absolutely no bearing on the content of the story, just on the cover that is shown during browsing.

I’d appreciate some feedback.  I’m not planning on going completely to them, but I might end up doing it for a couple of my serial stories.  The reason being that sometimes, it’s hard to find multiple pictures that look good, to have a different one on each story.  As always, the poll is anonymous!

With that, I’m out for now, back to working on more for you to read.

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FYI – This is about the quality that I’d be targeting for renders (click to see the picture in full size, wordpress is doing some funny stuff with transparency)

Something at or around this quality

Something at or around this quality

Reviews – A Request, and BTW, you can use a Pen Name Too

Hello All,

It’s looking like no releases this week.  I’m fighting something off and work has been a little extra crazy.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on the weekend and rally strong next week.

I do, however, have a combination of request/public service announcement.  As anybody who has read the little blurb at the back of my books has seen, I’m very eager to get reviews from people who’ve read my stuff.  Specifically, it would be great if people could put said reviews up on Amazon.  As a lot of people know, many people base their decision to purchase on whether or not somebody else has been willing to purchase, and it would really help me out if people would do so.

However, I’ve asked people in the past, and they all say the same thing.  “Of course I would, but I don’t want people to see my name next to… that sort of thing.”  While I could pretend offense (hey, that’s my writing!!)  I understand completely.  After all, I clearly use a pen name (or did you think my parents hated me that much?) so why can’t you?

Oh yeah.  Turns out you can!  Didn’t you read the title of this post?

It turns out that you can set your Public name on Amazon, so that you can leave reviews that won’t have your name next to them.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, there’s one small Caveat.  This will set your Public Name for your amazon account across the board.  if you just use amazon to purchase things and have them shipped to you, no big deal.  However, if you have a public wishlist, a person who looks at your reviews can see your wish list.

Also, there’s nothing stopping you from making a second Amazon account.  You’ll need to buy something with it (Might I make a suggestion?) but then you’ll have a completely separate account for your smut.

Free Audiobooks (Must Send Request for Coupon Code) and Updates

Audible has given me several coupon codes for free copies of some of my Audiobooks.  I have only a few coupon codes for Deepening Desires – Scratching the Surface, but I have a healthy number for Party Tricks and Recruitment Drive.

Therefore, if any of you people who read this are interested, please send me an email at Tri3Ax@gmail.com to request a coupon code.  I can’t just post them, because each can only be used once, and I want to make sure that nobody has to do the frustrating game of trying a dozen codes only to find they’re all bad.

Just submitted a new story, Crystal Rapture – A Girlbot Made.  I’ll do the formal release announcement once Amazon approves it, but you can sneak an early look on Smashwords.

Also, I’ve gotten a few good responses on my Poll, so thank you all for that.  The two most popular answers were a longer romantic story similar to deepening desires, and the Augmented reality idea.  I’ve already brainstormed a LOT about both ideas.

Tennis Trance – This was originally going to be a short serial format story, but I found I wanted there to be more buildup.  Expect to maybe see a sneak preview of a chapter or two soon.  This story will be following Tommy and Ashley’s hypnotic dance, as he offers to hypnotize her to help her with practice.

My other Story has a title, but I’m not going to share it here.  I’ve decided that I want to tone it down a bit and turn it into something more akin to the Teen/Young Adult romances that are available.  As such, I don’t want it associated with this Author Name (for obvious reasons).  As it becomes closer to release, I may post to allow readers to request a review copy, and also to find out the title if you’re interested in purchasing.  It will have fetish fuel for the mind control readership, but would still be considered appropriate for “normal” consumption.

Anyway, that’s all for now, stay tuned for updates.  I have plenty coming, as I find time.

Reader Interest Survey

So,  As you know if you read my earlier posts, I’ve decided to try out something a little bit different, and write another story that’s more “full length.”  I’m curious to know what type of stories readers are interested in, so I’m conducting a survey to get some information.

Also, as an aside, I’m going to be trying to pull my head down a bit on the incest.  As some of you know, I do write stories that contain incest, but it’s not everything.  Unfortunately, somebody must have woken the bear, because Amazon is very anti-incest right now.  Rather than worrying about whether something will or won’t pass, I’m going to just take a break from it for a couple months while things calm down.

Just in case, the below is set to not allow people to see the results of the survey, and is completely anonymous.  I don’t know who responds or what the votes were, same as you for each other.

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