OK, I know that's just inviting trouble... but anyway.
Alright folks. Sorry I've been so quiet, both here and on IMs (and other sites). A lot of crap sprung up out of nowhere and once again I'm busy.
At the moment, I'm not at home. For two weeks, I'm up in the middle of nowhere (or "Whoop-whoop"). I thought that, for two weeks, I'd have plenty of time to myself here. I even took time off my job, told my lecturers I'd be coming into class as little as possible (gotta love being able to do coursework externally) and all that. So I thought after months of disruptive crap and a hell of a cold, I'd be able to relax and make some progress on my hobbies.
Ennhhh! Wrong! Two days away from home and I get a call - suddenly I have a new job, I can't take any time off, it's five days a week and... here's the rub: it's all the way back near my actual home.
2.5 hours there, 2.5 hours back. So I'm actually utterly freakin' run ragged at the moment.
Worse, I totally had too much to drink last night, and ate far too much, and now I feel sick as a dog, sitting here trying to type this journal quickly because I have to go to work in less than half an hour. No, I have no idea what the fuck I was thinking; I was exhausted, and having eaten very little each day for the last ten days, probably wasn't the smartest thing to eat a gigantic KFC meal and drink nine beers.
I wasn't even trying to get drunk. I was just enjoying a few beers and relaxing, as I'd been out and about for over 14 hours. I literally lost count of how many I had.
So, today, I think I'll skip out on eating or drinking anything aside from dried leaves and water.
OK, now: everyone can calm down, Astray's final chapter is okay and uncorrupted. I maintain multiple backups, because losing your porn collection is a mild annoyance - losing a novel you spent over a year writing because your computer wants to be a bitch? Cause for murderous rampage.
I don't want to be on the news, so I do what I can to prevent that.
At present I'm trying to write whenever I can, and I'm working more on Soulflower pt3 and a short story featuring Tai, Mike, Jake and a few ropes. Expect those soon.
The latter story is a bit of a bonus for fans of TS, and it's kinky; it's sort of a back-to-roots bit of erotica for me, so I don't expect everyone to like it - it probably won't have the mass appeal of "Family Therapy." But if you ARE a fan of the themes in it, I'm sure you'll like it.
That does make me ponder something though. Interestingly, some themes are extremely under-represented in the fandom; sometimes certain themes are very common in writing, but not in art, and vice versa, or only (I hate to say it) terrible artists indulge in them, because the themes are just so rare that if there's going to be any artwork of it at all, they have to make it themselves.
Hypnotism/MC is quite popular in written erotica, but actually quite rare (and almost never done well) in graphical art, for instance.
You might be forgiven for thinking bondage or BDSM would have a decent sized body of erotica here in the fandom, but actually it kind of does not. It's hard to find.
Authors seem to be more willing to explore certain themes, possibly because they're writing what interests them, and are able to go into depth about these themes. Artists tend to play it safe (funny, because they're drawing anthro dogs shagging and putting it on the internet for everyone to see), especially the good ones - possibly trying to play to the mainstream.
Personally, I started writing erotica when I was much younger, and I definitely did - and do - use it to explore and indulge in interests and themes that I like, but are certainly underrepresented in the body of artwork in the fandom. Sometimes these elements are overt (such as part of an erotic scene) or subtle.
Case in point, Tai's Story - and as such, in celebration of its completion, this short story is going to revisit some of those themes. It's funny how a short porn story can have such significance, but it really does.
So, like I said, it's going to be kinky, it's gonna be fun, and it's gonna be silly.
Hopefully, those two stories will make up for the fact that, yes, Astray is going to take a little longer to finish.
Shush! It's one of the biggest, most important stories I've ever written. I ain't rushing it.
And finally: I'm still debating whether or not to migrate ALL my stories to InkBunny and SoFurry... as I've said before, SdY is not representative of my current writing ability. I'm procrastinating, I know, but do I want to just stick it here as is, or tweak it first sometime in the future before I do? Ugh.
On the other paw, er, hand, it IS full of porn (and was yet another youthful indulgence into kinkiness). So it will draw in readers that otherwise wouldn't look at my icon-less story submissions...
Oh well! Whaddaya think, folks?
I gotta dash, almost time for woooork. Yaaaay.
Hungover kitsune, out!