Hey guys, I'm opening up a special commissions rate this month: $20 headmate drawings! Ever wanted your headmate drawn? Here's your chance! This is open to plurals of any and all types; if you find yourself asking, "Do I count?" the answer is yes. Yes you do.
( Examples and how it works behind the cut. )
The Mother of All Plagues isn't really a story suited to expansion like the others. It was intended to be short. That leaves a good seventy-five dollars (or 1500 words) free, which seems a shame to waste. To make up the deficit, I'll be posting a non-fiction essay called Ligeia Grows Up to go with it.
Ligeia Grows Up is about the influence Piers Anthony's work has had on our life, for better or for worse. Due to the nature of its content, I will not be posting it publicly. Patreon folks, of course, will get it, but for the rest of you, if you want access to the essay, please let me know, so I can insure you see it.
Thanks so much, guys! Mother of All Plagues is thankfully the last remnant from the older days when my stories were shorter. Now my Patreon is at a more reliable level, so I have a better idea of the word count necessary month by month. Hopefully, things will run pretty smoothly from here on out.
I hope you guys enjoy both works when I post them!
I admit that my health has not been the best recently, so I might have to cancel, but I am hoping to be there with my stuff! If I DO cancel, I will let everyone know. And if not, feel free to come check me out! :)
First, my story prompt list is mighty bare. Lately, I've been writing whatever I feel like, and if y'all are okay with that, then awesome! But I also totally welcome story prompts; I really enjoy the ideas that come my way, and writing other folks' ideas! So please, if you want to, send me a story prompt here!
And second, Cultiples #2 has run into a snag: it's too long. WAY too long. I'm already at over forty pages, and that only covers 1995-2008. I've still got nine years to go, and 52 pages is the absolute max you can fit into a floppy stapled book. I'm a little stymied as to what to do--right now, the only options I can think of are:
- breaking it into two issues
- make it a book with a spine
- make it a completely different size/shape
I suppose I could try doing it as an ebook only? But that would also be a bit of a pain; I rely on paper sales at events!
I don't know. I'm open to suggestions, I suppose!
EDIT: hareteeth on tumblr suggested two floppy issues, which I could then package together, in a sleeve or a jacket. Good idea! Problem solved.
And this is really bizarre, but... apparently the bold text didn't come through as bold. It's just... normal.
The ebook shows the bold text. The original document shows the bold text. It's ONLY the print PDF, which I didn't think to check, because literally the only thing I do to convert the ebook to print PDF is click a box. It never occurred to me that bold text just... wouldn't come through, for some reason.
What? Computer, how? I'm so confused.
Don't get me wrong, he's a master of his craft! I love his work! But reading about his work schedule, I am completely unsurprised he dropped dead at sixty. We like to remember the sheer output he created during his lifetime, but the fact was, that level of output came at a hefty price. I've read about him working for two and a half days solid, locked in a room, with no sleep. His editors were usually in there with him.
I mean, yes, sure, he could pound out thirty-two pages in a day with one assistant, and made a ton of money doing it, but there's a reason one of his colleagues, Eiichi Fukui died at 33 from raw overwork.
This biography, I feel like, is a good cure for any jealousy I might've had.
I plan to have it posted within the week, and as an apology, there's an extra thousand words added on. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for your understanding!
As a compromise, I have chosen to insert screencaps, so my words can be fact-checked, but at the same time, I have censored them to protect the girls’ privacy. And since it turns out forum screen-caps are dreadful to read when forced into a zine intended for print (the ebook versions look fine, thankfully), I've chosen to post and transcribe these caps here.
( Screencaps and transcriptions behind the cut. )
I'll also be selling print copies; maybe I'll do a 'pay what you want' for the ebook. I haven't put anything up for free in years, it feels good to think about!
My Etsy goes through spurts of activity. Sometimes it’ll be dead for a month, sometimes everyone wants something at the same time.
Apparently in the week I took off from Facebook and my main email, I got SIX orders (half of which came from libraries, jesus) and a $50 donation from one of them, with the words, “Hi, wanted to send extra $$ your way for my etsy purchase of MPD For You and Me. $2.50 didn't seem like a fair exchange for that work. Thanks much.”
Oh my gosh I have the nicest fans.
Here’s the flier, guys! I’ll be having a book signing in Cambridge, MA, celebrating the debut of Red, Yellow, Green and Cultiples #1 on March 25, 2017, from 3-5 PM at the fantastic Million Year Picnic comic book shop!
If you’re in the area, you should totally come check us out!
Okay, it looks like I’ve got a rough draft ready of my sexuality zine, which looks like it’ll be titled Red, Yellow, Green. It’s a mix of illustrated text and comics, more so than my past zines, and while it’s not porny, it is pretty thorough. I cover topics like navigating internal relationships, non-monogamy, masturbation, penetration, and balancing vessel vs. individual bodies, kink, and shared dreams. While I glancingly mention trauma and triggers, it’s nothing intense, mostly just their effects on those earlier topics. This is no All In The Family!
I started this as a personal detox project, to prove to myself I could make something about myself that wasn’t focused on awfulness and horror. That part was a success, but it also made me realize how few resources there are regarding plural sexuality. Sexual trauma, sure, but that’s about it. In-system relationships in particular tend to be a taboo subject.
And now folks on tumblr seem interested, so I hope to be debuting it and Cultiples #1 (the Tristan Grey issue) together, perhaps at a local book signing!
Black Market was a success! (Which is amazing, considering how awful the weather was.) And Sneak brought home a new friend! Ze has named it Squish. It is a crocheted cuttlefish who is the perfect hugging size, made in rainbow yarn. It has nine little tentacles, a curly frill on its mantle, and was made by Taylor Popek.( A picture of Sneak with Squish behind the cut )
Considering making a zine series called Cultiples, with each issue focusing on a different system or a tactic. (Though some of these guys would need multiple issues, due to the size/age of their activities.)Would anyone be interested in that?
Computer repaired! Thank goodness! Seriously guys, having my drawing comp and my scanner comp as mutually exclusive machines was KILLING ME. Now I can draw and scan on the same comp again, oh thank god! (And I can put BSOD back into retirement, where it belongs.)
And on that note, does anyone want my no-longer-needed ‘03 scanner? It’s a CanoScan LiDE 30. It still works, still has the install CD, but it’s admittedly old and creaky and I couldn’t get it to run on Windows 7 64. Windows 7 32 is okay, though. (And for all I know, Canon has put up more updated drivers; I always used the 2003 install CD.)
I’ll probably just give it to Boomerang’s, perhaps with a note attached, but I figured I might as well check here first. It was my first and only scanner for over a decade, and it served me well. If there’s a baby artist in the house who wants it, I’m okay with passing it on!