Site Modifications

Most of you should quickly notice the first modification made to the site, which is that I installed a plugin that requires age verification.  Given the stuff I deal with, it’s probably a good idea, and it’s mostly just to cover my ass.  It should only ask you to verify once a month.

I’ve also gone ahead and installed another plugin that flags my blog as containing non child-friendly content, which means that content filters should kick in for it.  I’m doing this, again, mostly to cover my ass.  If you’re a normal person browsing, you shouldn’t notice a thing.

Part of why I’m doing this is that I’m actually going to be posting some explicit content, so I figured I needed to cover myself a bit more.

For the time being, I’m going to hold off on trying to sell my ebooks etc. directly from my website.  It’s an idea I’ve toyed with, and there are a couple payment processors that will process payment for such content (I’ve spent a while checking) but there’s enough overhead that I’d rather not do it if I don’t have to.  I just want to make sure I have a backup in case Amazon decides to do another of their crazy random purges.

Now, on the comic front, I have two types of comics I’m working on presently. The first is depths, which is complete for 3 chapters, BUT I have to go back and re-render pretty much every scene to a higher resolution, because Kindle wants the page to be at least 1800×2880.  While this isn’t a huge problem, it takes time away from other things, so it’ll happen when it happens.

I plan to release depths on Kindle, if they’ll allow it.  I’m not 100%, but the sexual content should still be within their allowances.  If not, then I can fall back on Paypal or another processor.

However, I’ve recently been giving into temptation to make a comic that’s a little more hard core on the mind control and sexual content angles.  That one is outright going to be a no on Amazon, and most other payment processors it’ll be close enough to the thin line that I don’t really want to risk it.  As such, I’ve decided I’m not going to charge for it, for the time being.

The good news, however, is that I really want to post it somewhere for people to read, so I’m just going to post it here in it’s own section.  Unless I find out something amazing, it’ll probably be free.  I’ll try and make updates somewhat regular, but we’ll see.

Now, making this stuff isn’t free, so if you’d like to support it… buy a book.  It not only helps with my ratings as an author, it gets money to me, so yeah.

Anyway, expect to see something about my more explicit comic, Dr. Sexton’s Toys (do you see what I did there…) soon.  I’ll probably post the first chapter today, and then trickle out more a couple pages at a time (you know, to keep you schmucks coming).  Depths will be out when it’s out, and I’ll be trying on Amazon.  I want to release the first 3 chapters in a single go, to get to the hypnosis bits quicker, so it’ll probably take another week or two to re-tweak to higher resolution.

And of course, the writing will continue as time permits.  There’s one more Part to the first Arc of Mind’s Vault, but I’ll probably go into the second Arc almost immediately (since it’s currently popular).  Other things on the table are more Power Plays (although it honestly flopped, so I’m debating scrapping it, dunno if I screwed up or what), more Room Mates, or more Spell Bound.  Since Comics aren’t an option for Spell Bound, I’ll probably go with interior images writing for that one.

Art and Other Things

This is probably going to end up long.  I’m trying to put my thoughts together, and “talking it out” seems to help.

I ended up spending a bit more time on depths than I intended over the last weekend, but I think it’s overall going to be well worth it.  I’ve learned a lot of more advanced techniques etc. for the rendering software, I found a good comic composer, and I’ve laid a lot of groundwork.

I may have let my writing slip a little bit, but only a little.  My plan is to get the next part of Mind’s Vault written tomorrow, so I can edit on Monday and release Tuesday or Wednesday.  We shall see, it’s helped by the fact that I hit my goal with Depths today.  I’m putting Power Plays on the back-burner for now, I might work it a little over the week time permitting, but honestly it hasn’t really been getting as much traction as I might like.  I think part of it might be that people are waiting for the Omnibus, which is fine, but makes it difficult to gauge interest.

I’m still in the process of how I’m going to re-evaluate things now that I’m more comfortable with my 3D skills.  I DO intend to produce some stuff for sale, and I’m hoping to release on Amazon.  The monkey wrench, however, is that Amazon frequently has strict rules around content.  In the written realm, it’s not so bad, but in the actual visual realm, I’m sure they’ll be more strict.

I’ve decided that Depths is going to officially be more of a Hypnotic Romance (similar to Deepening Desires) and less true “erotica.”  For people that are hypno-fetishists, it should be amazingly good.  For people that are interested in a good romantic story, I hope it is equally good.  For people who just want a lot of obvious sexual content, it’s probably not going to be so good.

The guideline I’m using is that you won’t find anything in the comic that you won’t find in a rated “R” movie.  I’m hoping this is good enough to qualify for Amazon’s content allowances.  If it’s not, things could get a little interesting.  I’ve completed the first three chapters, and I’m going to release them all in one combined volume, so that people who pick it up have a bit more exposure to where the story is going.  I’m worried that if somebody got just Chapter 1, they might not find any meat to the story.

Some people might say that there should be more meat early on, but the problem is that with how I want the story to flow, you have to know the characters, otherwise it really has no development.  The first chapter really just introduces the characters.  The second and third are where the real hypnosis content starts.

My goal is that, once I get started, I can have a weekly release (20 pages) until the story reaches a good breaking point.  We’ll see, as we do with all things.  I’m also evaluating which of my other stories might work in this format.  I’m thinking Spell Bound could make a good one.  I might re-write it a little bit so that it’s more Amazon friendly in terms of some of the content (I’d probably need to drop the incest angle, but frankly that was falling out anyway.  Maybe I’ll just start after the book, and they won’t talk about it).  I think the 3D artwork could work really well with a story that involves magic and action.

If Depths does well, I’ll probably give it some more serious thought.

All this has gotten me thinking about something else.  Sometimes, you just want to have one character use a full on mind-whammy on another, and make her have sex with him.  It’s not pretty, but lord knows it’s popular.  While my writing is usually not that clear-cut, sometimes the scenes in my writing are, and I enjoy it as much as the next guy.  I’d like to bring some of this to the 3D art realm as well.

The problem, of course, is that Amazon wouldn’t allow anything that has graphic sex.  I know there’s a lot of websites out there that have graphic MC sex, and while it’s not my primary cup of tea, I want to give it a shot.  So I’ve decided that I’ll probably post that stuff directly on my blog for now, and decide where to go from there.

In order to help keep my options open, I’m transferring the blog to a different hosting provider.  While wordpress.com has been great, they don’t allow total control, and I need that.  One of the things I’m thinking about doing is trying to sell my material (both ebooks and comics) directly from my web site.  This is partially because I would then be able to get a greater percentage of royalties, and with Amazon, I’ll need that for comics.

Also, I can better set up a plug-in to post a web-comic, in the event that I decide to make some stuff for free.  Overall, it’s probably what I should have done from day 1, but hindsight is always more perfect than reality.

That’s all for now.  Mostly just wanted to get my thoughts together.  Back to working on my less story oriented and more simple mind control experiments.

Releases (7/5/2014)

Howdy folks,

Got 2 releases this week, and things are going strong

Mind’s Vault – Changes    Amazon  /  Smashwords

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Mind’s vault ended up being more popular than I imagined, not that I’m complaining.  Part 2, Changes, shows Christine after Greg uses the chair on her and changes her outlook a little.  She’s a lot easier to get along with, and way more willing to enjoy a little fun.

There’s plenty more to come in this series, so stay tuned for more.

Power Plays – Contrast    Amazon  /  Smashwords

Power Plays - Contrast - SM

The second release for this week is another chapter for Power Plays.  Things continue to unfold for our young heroes, this time from the point of view of Jacob’s side of the struggle.  Leah’s still coming to terms with her new life as a slave, but she’s getting more and more comfortable as time goes on.  Can she figure out a way to let her new master act freely, without fear of retaliation from her brother?

Stay tuned for more as the story unfolds.

 

That’s all for this week.  The plan is to try and get another release out for Mind’s Vault (since it seems to be going over well) and time permitting, more of Power Plays.  I’ve got both series planned out for the next several releases, it’s just a matter of getting things down and ready to go.

Thanks as always for watching this space.

Depths

Hey,

So, as some of you may know, I’ve decided I want to try my hand at making a hypnosis/mind control themed comic.  I’ve decided that my first project will be named Depths.  I’ve put up three images of one of the characters (very much Work In Progress) as well as created a new section to hold the project.

Check it out on the nav link above, or here: http://tri3ax.com/depths/

Branching Out

Hey look, a post that isn’t about new releases or how I’m taking a break!

So, last week, I did something that I was really unsure about, and released stories with covers made using 3D art.  I’ve dabbled in the field for a long while (like… seven or more years) and so i have some familiarity with the tools, but I’ve never really felt confident enough to share them with anybody.

However, I was finding it difficult to find good stock photos to use that fit my particular style, and also found that sometimes, when you want to put the same girls on the cover multiple times, you run out of photos.  Also, I was a little concerned about licensing, while the photo sites say you can use their stuff for ebook covers, there’s a lot of gray area around erotica.  All 3D assets come with pretty much 100% unrestricted usage of output renders (they really only care that you aren’t letting other people be able to make their own assets).

Anyway, I had reservations, but did it anyway.  At this point, I have no real reason to believe that it as a bad move.  Mind’s Vault has sold more copies in the first week than many of my titles (although it’s not the most resounding success.  It’s solid, is what I’m saying).  Power Plays is more meager, but I think a lot of people have gotten used to waiting for more to come out in a longer series before they purchase.  Either way, it’s sold enough that I don’t think it was bad.

To that, I’ll probably be using 3D covers from now on.  Also with that, I’ve decided to start a little experiment.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I was debating making a comic using 3D art, and I’m going to go through with it.  I’ve already brainstormed some ideas and kind of know how I want the story to progress, at least for my first test project.  I’ll probably share some of the initial stuff here, since why the hell not?

Now, one of the things that has me a little worried about such a project is that there’s actually a lot of this out in the wild already.  However, just like with eBooks, I seem to have found a style that was all my own, and I think people are enjoying what I have.  I consider my soft-core, story oriented format to be fairly successful, and I’m going to keep it that way.

A lot (and I mean a whole lot) of the visual stuff out there for mind control is of the “brainwashed the girl to be my fuck slave/mindlessly horny girl” type.  Often the main character has the control mcguffin, and there’s either a naked girl, a blowjob, or sex on almost every page (sometimes they make it 1 page before ripping their clothing off).  I’m not planning on doing this at all.  Just like with my stories, there should be build-up, and there should be some emotional attachment to the characters.  Yes, this means it won’t be for everybody, but I honestly think there are people out there who want stuff like this too.

The other thing is that a lot of the stuff that’s out there involves superheroes.  I fully understand why.  It’s difficult to have a controller who isn’t a villain, because they’re making a girl have sex with them etc.  Also, much of the available 3D assets just lends itself to this.  I’m not really interested in making superhero themed stuff, so I should stand out here too.  While I do plan to do some reality alteration / magic user stuff, I intend for it to be a bit more realistic style than superhero worlds.

Overall, I’m just experimenting.  We’ll see how it goes.  If it looks like it works and is popular, I’ll decide what to do from there.  I’ll probably release the first one on an inconsistent schedule directly here on my blog.  Please feel free to provide feedback once I have something to show.

That’s all for today, mostly just wanted to say something.  Also, still working on releases.  Second part of Power Play is written, just needs a revision pass, and the second part of Mind’s Vault is also at about 70%, just need to decide exactly how I want to present the story (it has POV swaps, but I think I’m going to do full releases in one POV.. On Call is getting a little much with POV shifts)

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.

Trying to Dust Off

So, the good news is, things have finally calmed down enough that I’m trying to dust off and get back to writing.  The bad news is that Amazon decided to block the first two things I tried to release, which were the Omnibus editions of Hypnotic Condition and Crystal Rapture.

My theory is that it’s because I’m trying to change around my author name, and that they’re basically accusing me of copying myself (even though my old name is still listed as an Author).  In usual Amazon style, there is almost no information about why they blocked the title, leaving me to guess what happened, only this time the email notification of the block included language that my account could be terminated if I submit more material with the same problems.  Because of this, I’m hesitant to try again in case they’ve suddenly decided that something else is the problem.

I’ve got an email in now asking for at least more detail about the category of the issue, but we’ll see. If they don’t respond with more info, I’ll probably go ahead and try releasing under just my old author name and going from there (maybe just only release truly new stuff under Amy Sadal, but I want people who don’t read this to follow the switch).

Either way, that managed to zap my motivation to almost zero.  If things get resolved today or tomorrow, I’ll start working again, but that’s going to be at the top of the list.  Once things do get moving, I’m planning on writing the third part of On Call, finishing the first part of Soft Bots, and working on something else, but I’m not quite sure what yet (I have a couple new stories I want to write, but some part of me also wants to either keep going with Hypnotic Condition, or maybe further Spell Bound in a story line that came to me during the break).

Either way, I appreciate any patience, and feel free to raise your fist at Amazon for their obscure rejection schemes for me.