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.

Accomplishments

So,  I don’t normally bother to post about these sorts of things, but occasionally I like to point out a milestone or two.  As of a few days ago, I officially have thirty followers on the blog.  While that’s not many by a lot of standards, it’s thirty more than I ever expected, so I’m counting it as a win.

Also, once I finish this post, I’ll be putting together the cover for a new release (Hypnotic Condition – Sowing Seeds).  Fans of Deepening Desires should be pleased to hear that it’s a back to basics hypnosis piece.  Expect it up soon.

I’m not sure yet if I’ll spend the remainder of the evening editing another piece to sneak out late night, or working on drafting out something new.  Either way, always so much to be doing, and so little time.

Until later

Positive News – 15 Followers, 25 Audiobooks Sold

Since I’ve been posting a lot of stuff that’s rather a downer (and that headache continues, Amazon is all over the place right now) I figured I should post something that focuses on something good happening with my writing.

A couple days ago, I managed to pass 15 followers.  I know it’s a small accomplishment, but it’s something, and still not something I ever really expected to happen.  It’s nice to know that there are a few people out there who think my stuff is good enough to keep tabs on.

Also, yesterday I sold my 25th Audiobook Copy.  I know that is also a small accomplishment, but it means there’s at least some market for this stuff.  I’m hoping that, like with normal books, more available motivates more sales.

Just wanted to post that.  Now back to working a bit on drafting and outlining plots while being tempted to distraction by all the video games that have come out recently.

Oh, and re-posting the poll from before so that it doesn’t fall down too far, I really want to find out what people are interested in.

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A Grand Experiment – My Work Read To You

So,  some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as feverishly as I used to.  I am now pleased to announce what’s been distracting me over the last couple weeks.

Deepening Desires – Scratching the Surface is now available as an Audiobook, available through Audible.  Check it out here.  I’m really proud of how it turned out, and hope you find it enjoyable as well.  Stay tuned for more releases as time goes on.

At this time, I’m planning on continuing with Deepening Desires as an audiobook, but I am currently working with artists around On Call, Raw Deal, and Recruitment Drive as well.  I look forward to some exciting results

Milestone and Reflection – 100 copies of a single book sold

For the longest time, I always saw these blogs as being ego trips for their creators.  I’ve tried to keep that out of this one, but eh, what the heck, I’m assuming I’m allowed to be a little proud of my accomplishments.

I put a bit of time tonight into trying to make some headway on the Linder Academy storyline.  It was slow going, mostly because there’s so much more to the story than my shorter works, and I’m constantly worried about maintaining a balance between heat and plot.  I’ve gotten some traction though, and hopefully if I can keep up the momentum, there should be some releases soon.  I may still wait until the entire thing is done before I release any of it, simply in case I need to rewrite major portions.

However, when I decided to shut down for the night, I went to Amazon and pulled my latest numbers (which I’ve been keeping an eye on since it’s nearly the end of July) and to my surprise, I just realized that On Call – Connecting with My Sister has sold 100 copies in the about seven weeks since I released it.

It’s hopefully just the first of many, and nothing more than a milestone, but it’s one of those things I never really expected to happen when I started.  Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I’ve only been at this a little over 2 months (Proteus published May 22, so 2 months + 8 days… we’ll call it 9-10 weeks?).

Back then, I honestly just expected Proteus to sell maybe one or two copies, and I’d call it quits and be done with this whole writing delusion.  Now, I just sent my 33rd book to Amazon (Oddly enough, book 5 of On call), I have 3 more ready for editing, I’m working on another, and have plenty of ideas for 2-3 more that I literally just have to get written down.

All in all, I’d call that pretty good distance for just a couple months part time work.

Anyways, wasn’t even expecting to be making a post tonight, but just figured I’d share that little tidbit.  And now, off to pass out.