My Weird Theory About Writing

May 19, 2019

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One of the habits I noticed I had, long before I really thought about the reasons for it, is that I tend to spend a long time looking for particular words when I write. I’ve got a pretty big vocabulary, so I do have a lot of synonyms to choose from in most situations, but I’ll spend quite a while looking for a very specific word with a very specific connotation and emotional resonance when I’m writing a story… or even a blog post, to be honest.

It’s not the only stylistic habit I have, either. I notice that I really love making those lists of three; when I’m trying to linger on a moment and give it greater weight, I tend to emphasize three aspects of it in rapid succession. Like if someone is losing control to a hypnotist, I might write, “They couldn’t control their breath, they couldn’t control their stare, they couldn’t control their mind as it slipped away into trance.” There are other habits I have – I’ll leave the details as an exercise for the reader – but it wasn’t until I started writing inductions as a formal intention that I realized what I was doing.

(As opposed to writing very realistic hypnotic monologues. Seriously, my first induction piece, ‘Imagine’, was me trying to write a short story that was all one long speech with no descriptions. It wasn’t until Lady Ru’etha recorded it that I realized what I’d done.)

But anyway, the point is, when I wrote hypnotic inductions, I really found that not much had changed. I was still writing the same way, just with a different goal. And then it hit me – all those times people had used ‘getting lost in a good book’ as an example of a trance that was natural, instead of specifically induced, to show how anyone could be hypnotized? I was reverse engineering the process.

Literally. When you think about it, a writer is doing nothing more than crafting a very specific form of hypnotic induction designed to guide the audience into a fantasy sequence in which they imagine themselves to be experiencing the events on the page. That’s it. That’s the goal. We are trying to induce the same trance state as a hypnotist, but with a different set of priorities and instructions. A good hypnotist can become a good writer simply by trying to craft trancey language.

Now obviously, that isn’t the same kind of trancey language that you use when directly creating an induction. It’s going to be a bit weird when the sellsword mercenary on the way to get her revenge on the wizards who killed her parents spends a lot of her time thinking about how sleepy and drowsy she’s getting. But you do want to write using language that has a flow and a rhythm and a pace that draws the reader along from one word to the next and makes it effortless and automatic to keep following the words on the page without really having to work at it.

Think about it – how many times have you read a scene with a particularly inept or ill-chosen turn of phrase and been ‘thrown out of the story’? How many times have you finished a chapter and felt like you just couldn’t stop yourself from reading another? How many times have you gotten to the end of a book and realized that hours have passed and you didn’t even notice? We use those things as examples of trance to help people analogize to hypnosis, but they’re useful in their own right.

So yes. If you want to be a good writer, study hypnosis! It’ll improve your work… and if it doesn’t, you can always persuade people to give you better reviews.

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Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Room 126”!

May 15, 2019

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Remind Me to Forget”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Room 126” (MC MM)!

There’s a hotel downtown, one Ronald is sure he’s never been to before. He doesn’t know why he’s there now, walking into the lobby and asking for a key to Room 126. All he knows is that he’s following an irresistible compulsion… one that doesn’t stop once he gets inside. Here’s a taste:

Maybe he was dreaming. Maybe this was all a dream, and he was just following the dream logic to nowhere. Any second now, he would make his way to Room 126, and it would contain a giant spider or something, and he’d wake up and get ready for work. He’d forget this place, forget the dream, and it would all just fade to the back of his mind leaving nothing but a little twinge of confusion whenever he walked into a hotel lobby and subconsciously expected it to look dilapidated and mysterious. He walked a little faster, trying to get it over with.

He made his way to Room 126. He unlocked the door with the key. He opened it. There were no spiders, giant or otherwise. There was just a hotel suite, with thick beige carpeting and light blue wallpaper and a double bed that took up almost half the room. It didn’t look like the rest of the hotel; this room had been renovated recently. All the furniture was new, expensive, and very tasteful. The blinds were drawn. The only light came from a single lamp on the bedside table.

Ronald went inside. He carefully took off his suit, folding each piece of clothing one at a time and setting it on a tasteful Herman Miller lounge chair, then went to lie down naked on top of the covers. He noticed idly the way that his dark skin contrasted vividly with the white bedspread, and the arrangement of the pillows that perfectly supported his head so he could stare down at his own cock. He was very hard, he realized. He had no idea why.

Hope you enjoy it!

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “The Questions”!

May 8, 2019

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“This Is Just 4 U”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “The Questions” (MC MA)!

Somewhere on this earth, there is a mansion with many rooms and many chambers. It is spoken of in certain circles as the home of true obedience, the final destination for those who seek to abandon their will entirely and become utter, mindless slaves. This is the story of a supplicant to those halls.

Here’s a taste:

She didn’t know how long she watched the candle. Time lost all meaning in the silent darkness; it could have been a minute or an hour for all she knew. The supplicant felt like she fell into a meditative trance faster and faster with every attempt, her mind settling into a state of perfect contemplation as she watched the flame sway gently from side to side with every slow, lazy breath. Nothing existed for her now but the candle. Nothing existed now but endless, infinite patience. She could wait as long as she needed to for the first question.

When it came, the voice in the darkness didn’t even startle her out of her calm, hypnotic state. “What is your name?” it asked. The supplicant could never identify the voice; it was carefully neutral, a soft murmur in the silence that held no emotion save expectation. She wondered sometimes if it was one of the teachers who spoke, or if someday she would apply this test to the next person who sought to become a perfect slave within the walls of the estate.

It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered except answering correctly. The supplicant paused just long enough to make sure she had given the questioner a chance to speak–she had lost an entire week once through impatience, back near the beginning when she still believed that she had enough natural submission in her to pass the tests with ease–and said, “I am only a supplicant. Where I seek to go, I will need no name.”

There were other answers that worked just as well–it was easy to find information about the first chamber online, from those who had given up on their quest and those who were still seeking entrance–but the supplicant loved the form of that one the most. It felt the truest to her; every time she said it, she could feel a little bit more of her identity slipping away. It had been so long now since she’d heard her name that she genuinely had difficulty remembering it on those rare occasions that she tried.

She loved that.

Hope you enjoy it!

Mind Control Powers in City of Heroes, Ranked

May 5, 2019

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In honor of the return of one of my favorite games in the history of ever, albeit in highly unofficial and unauthorized form, I figured I’d take a look at Mind Controllers in ‘City of Heroes’! (Or, y’know, ‘City of Villains’. If you wanted to make an actual Sinister Mind Controller.) Honestly, I had real trouble coming up with a concept for a Mind Controller, because practically everything felt like I was advertising my fetish to the whole world. Right up to the end, the only one I ever played significantly felt incredibly kinky to me. But I did give the power set some play, so let’s talk about the fetish potential for each power, one by one.

9) Levitate. Not even really a “mind control” power per se, this one let you lift people into the air telekinetically and fling them to the ground. There may be people who find this sexy, but I’m not one of them. Fetish Potential: 0/10.

8) Mass Confusion. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a whole group of people wandering around in a bewildered fog, their minds clouded by a sinister mind controller until they no longer know who they are or what they’re doing. But this is the City of Heroes version of the power, which prompts them to see each other as enemies and attack each other. It’s more like the church scene in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, which is very unsexy indeed. Fetish Potential: 0/10.

7) Terrify. I confess, this is very much a YKINMK one for me; I know that there are people who are deeply into fear play and would probably be very excited to be able to simply stare at someone and and psychically project a horrifying visage that left others literally cowering in front of them. But I’m not one of those people, so it ranks very low for me. Fetish Potential: 0/10, 10/10 if you’ve got a very specific and popular kink.

6) Telekinesis. Technically speaking, there’s something a little bit pervy about lifting someone into the air with your mind, holding them helpless, and pushing them back against the wall. Like, if someone did that to me, consensually… yeah, I’d probably squirm a little. (To the best of my ability while being held in the air telekinetically.) Fetish Potential: 2/10.

5) Confuse. The single-target version of Mass Confusion, which scores higher marks because there’s something so heavily kink-adjacent about all the stories where a hero is seduced into attacking his own friends because they’re enemies of his new Goddess. It’s not exactly a fantasy of mine, but it’s a scenario I’ve seen play out so often that it triggers a certain automatic reaction. Fetish Potential: 3/10.

4) Dominate. Getting into the big time now… the only reason this one doesn’t rate extremely high is that the animation and description of the power specify that it causes pain, and that’s less my kink than some others? But still, it’s a power that holds someone utterly helpless in the grip of another person’s will, and that’s never going to be not sexy. Fetish Potential: 7/10.

3) Total Domination. Same thing, except it affects a whole crowd at once and has a sexier name. Fetish Potential: 8/10.

2) Mass Hypnosis. Oh, now we’re talking. You’ve got your “wave your hands and a whole crowd of people instantly slumps into drowsy silence” thing going on, here, and the sleep animation for victims of this power is absolutely gorgeous. Head slumped onto chest, whole body drooping in exhaustion, little cartoon ZZZs floating up… really, the only thing keeping it from number one is the animation on the power, which isn’t quite as hot as the single-target version. Fetish Potential: 9.9/10.

1) Mesmerize. The apex of the set, at least as far as kink goes. You gesture hypnotically. A literal spinning spiral projects out from your head. And the person in front of you immediately goes slack and dazed, aware of their surroundings but totally unable to act. And because of the way the sleep effect works in City of Heroes, you can keep using it on them again, and again, and again, until they finally collapse at your feet, defeated. Do I even have to say anything more? Fetish Potential: 11/10.

And there you have it, everything you need to make your own seductive brainwashing expert. If I see even one person running around with obvious fetish gear, hypnotizing their enemies into mindless obedience, I’ll consider this time well spent.

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Easy to Ignore”!

May 1, 2019

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Candy Coated”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Easy to Ignore” (MC MF FD)!

Bryce is trying to study, but the other occupant of the library alcove has a very distracting fidget spinner. It’s hard to look away from it… at least, that’s how Bryce feels. The woman with the spinner turns out to have a very different view, and she’s happy to explain to Bryce exactly how to focus his attention on other things. Like her, for instance… here’s a taste.

The girl smiled enigmatically, her fingers twirling the lobes of the fidget spinner with practiced ease. “I’m sure it won’t come to that,” she cooed, her deep brown eyes refusing to give away even a hint of compromise. “Now, the trick is to get used to focusing your attention on something else. Once your mind is properly focused, you’ll find that the spinner becomes less and less important, less and less distracting. Until you don’t even think about it at all. We’ll start by having you look directly at the spinning mirrors… that’s it, good job… while you concentrate on the sound of my voice.”

It was a nice voice, Bryce had to admit. She was speaking in low, breathy tones, saying, “Try to pay attention to the way that the words come out of my mouth, letting your eyes follow the spinning lobes while your mind begins to tune everything out but the soft, gentle sound of my voice,” in a way that perfectly straddled the line between seductive and soothing. Not that he was thinking about her like that, because it would be very rude to spend all his study time sneaking glances at a pretty girl who was probably doing some very important classwork and didn’t deserve to have some stranger covertly ogling her body, but… he had noticed her. And she was very pretty.

It was probably just his overactive hormones that made him read anything else into it. When she said, “Don’t worry about the details of what I’m saying, just listen to my voice and focus on the way it makes you feel relaxed and peaceful,” she was only being helpful, that was all. Her voice took on a soft, husky purr as she said, “The more you stare at the spinning, dancing lights that catch and captivate your eyes, the less you notice them and the more attention you pay to the warm, sweet sound of my voice as it guides you further and further into calm, blissful comfort,” but Bryce was sure she was only trying to put him at ease.

Hope you enjoy it!

Liner Notes for April 2019

April 28, 2019

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It looks like the end of another month is upon us, and everyone knows what that means – it’s time for another Liner Notes! (Well, probably not everyone. There are probably plenty of folks who don’t even have an Internet connection, for example. But, you know. You. And some other people with similar interests. Look, it’s not important. Let’s just get on with it, okay? Okay.)

You Broke Like Glass: When I saw this title, I instantly imagined a Sinister Hypnotist confidently telling their latest victim that their resistance had already been overcome so easily once that it wasn’t going to be a problem to break their will again. But on thinking about it, I thought that it might make a more interesting story if that was the lie, and they were really trying to gaslight their victim into thinking they’d been hypnotized before so that they didn’t put up any resistance to what they believed was a reinduction. It was a little tricky to make clear in the story, since obviously the victim would believe they hadn’t been hypnotized either way, but I like to think that there are enough clues to make it clear to a discerning reader.

It’s also another one of my M/M efforts. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m trying to do those every so often for those people out there who want to see gay male hypno-content. There traditionally hasn’t been a lot of overlap between gay men and other sexualities in the hypnokink community for some reason, and I’m hoping that maybe there’s some benefit to blurring that bright line just a little.

S.O.S.: This one’s a little… complicated. I was thinking about doing another superhero story, but I didn’t really have anything in particular in mind; I just knew it had been a while since I’d done one, and I was randomly brainstorming while looking at song titles. And when I saw “S.O.S.”, I thought that maybe it was going to be an acronym that meant something different than people usually meant by that kind of thing. Which led me down the trail of word puzzles, and it occurred to me that it would be kind of neat if someone was hiding “S.O.S.” as a message in their speech by speaking in word puzzles. And why would they do that? Well, because they’d been brainwashed and this was the only way they could reveal their secrets.

That, in turn, led me back to this piece, which I’d written some time earlier on my Tumblr page. I’ve said in the past that I really don’t like letting the bad guys win in my superhero stories, both because superheroic fiction is to me a fundamentally optimistic genre about things turning out better than they do in real life and because it’s easier to brainwash the same hero twice than to come up with a whole new superhero to enslave for the second story. So this flash story nagged away at me, and when I had to have a brainwashed superhero show up speaking in a weird code that Sharpe had to decipher at the last moment, it kind of clicked together.

I don’t think it’s my sexiest superhero story, but I like the plotting and I like that Doctor Null feels like a real threat. And I like Shadowstryke, enough that she wound up showing up in the next Shadowstryke and Sharpe story as a third in what’s becoming a polyamorous triad. Which is good, because they’re going to need allies…

Dolly Dagger: This was blatantly inspired by descriptions of an old horror film from the thirties called “White Zombie”, starring Bela Lugosi. I read about it in a book on zombie cinema, and the author vividly described a confrontation between Lugosi’s Murder (that’s his character’s actual first name, Murder – clearly his parents had a pretty good idea of how he was going to turn out) and a secondary, repentant villain. Murder carves a “voodoo doll” of the other man as they’re arguing, and it saps his will and transforms him into a zombie as the scene plays out.

I liked the idea of it, but I’ve grown less and less comfortable with the idea of actually putting voodoo in my stories; I did it once, in an old story of mine called “Zombie” about arrogant white people treating someone’s religion like a superstition to their eventual downfall, but I didn’t feel like I could make it work in this context and it seemed very rude to try. So instead I made a nod to the inspirations involved, but made it a very different magic and a very different magician. Similar outcome, though. Don’t mess with mind controllers, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

Just Like Christmas: This was one of those ones that flowed pretty smoothly from concept to execution. I saw the title and immediately pictured a hypnotist having a chance encounter with someone sexy and unexpectedly hypnokinky, and naturally the obvious way for that to happen would be for them to already be doing some light public play with their existing partner when the potential third person stumbles on the two of them together. Which meant that it was going to be a threesome, which is definitely the fantasy of lots of people in all kinds of kink and even relatively vanilla sex.

It felt really obvious that it should be genuinely consensual and respectful pretty much off the bat; after all, the whole point of this was that Duchess was getting something amazing dropped right into her lap, someone who was absolutely gagging for both hypnosis and lesbian sex. With that going on, why fuck with dubcon? So I made a pointed effort to spell out the negotiation rather than just leaving it to the imagination, and I think the story is stronger for it. Everyone involved feels like a real person, and that makes me very happy – this is one of those stories that I feel has amazingly positive representation, with a butch black lesbian as the protagonist who’s also a college student and a thoughtful, loving Dominant. I hope someone out there sees this and thinks, “Oh, that could be me!” And goes out and does hot, good, kinky things to someone they love.

And that’s a good note to close on – see you next week for another blog post, and next month for another Liner Notes!

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Before I Forget”!

April 24, 2019

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Just Like Christmas”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Before I Forget” (MC FF)!

Vicki’s got a problem. She’s just learned that her roommate Holly has dosed her with a drug that will make her blank and obedient and susceptible to suggestions, and that Holly plans to brainwash her and make her forget it ever happened. Just like all the other times. So Vicki’s doing the only thing she can – she’s writing a note to remind herself that it happened. Here’s a taste:

The point is, this stuff, the rosoxitride, it’s like roofies but on steroids. No, wait. That would knock you out and make you really strong at the same time. I guess it’s just like regular roofies, but it doesn’t knock you out all the way? You just kind of go into this, this empty place in your head where you know what’s happening but you can’t really think about it at all. So Holly comes into the room–she’s not here right now, she told me she was going to give me some time to think about what she said but she was laughing like fucking Lex Luthor when she said it and I think she just did it to be mean–after the thingamazine has kicked in each time, and she finds me, like, lolled out on the couch with nothing in my head.

And she fills it. Every time. She told me this, me, this isn’t some bullshit I’m making up while I’m on drugs. I don’t even take drugs, and you know that because you’re me and I wouldn’t lie to me because what would be the point? Holly comes in while I’m doped up on kaloxamide and she slides in behind me on the couch and she shoves her hand down my skirt. And she talks to me and she fucks me for, like, hours, just banging my pussy with her fingers until I’m all creamy and wet, and she tells me that I trust her and that I believe everything she tells me and that all I want to do with my life is make her happy.

Oh, and she tells me to forget what she told me. I mean, she told me she tells me to forget what she told me. I suppose she could be lying, but if she was, I’d remember, right? (No, really, me. I’m asking. I just wasted, like, five minutes drawing a flowchart on the back of this note. If you figure this out, write me back. Or, um, don’t, because you’re me and you’ll just know. Fuck, I’m getting woozled right now.)

Hope you enjoy it!

It’s Okay If It Doesn’t Work Out

April 21, 2019

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Every once in a while, I like to restate things that are kind of obvious. It’s not because I think they’re obvious to everyone but me, or anything like that; it’s mostly because it’s good to hear your opinions validated by an independent source. You’re smart and have good judgment, as is made clear by the fact that you’re reading my blog, and you deserve to hear that the things you think aren’t just obvious to you. Especially when, well… sometimes you can look around and see people doing something different. Even though it’s obviously a mistake to you.

So. This week’s obvious statement is a pretty simple one: Bad play is worse than no play at all. It’s one of those statements that feels very obvious when you’re having good fun sexy times with a partner who you trust and who makes you happy, but significantly less obvious when that situation changes and you’re not having regular scenes in whatever your particular kink is. When you’ve got that need itching away, waiting to be scratched, it’s not always easy to remember that bad play is worse than no play at all.

But that’s kind of when it’s most important to remember. Because there are always going to be opportunities out there for bad play. There are always going to be toxic people in the scene, despite everyone’s best efforts to minimize that, and even people who aren’t toxic are not always going to be a good fit with you. Maybe their particular kink is going to be beyond your hard limits, maybe they’re mostly into a sub-fetish you’ve tried and not enjoyed, maybe they want to get more invested in a relationship than you’re ready for or maybe they want to keep things more casual than you’re really capable of… all sorts of things can make a person a bad choice for your next play partner.

And that’s okay. It is okay if the result of a scene negotiation is a recognition that the scene you two would have together would be unsatisfying, or even actively unpleasant. It’s okay to recognize that your needs are too different for compromise – compromise is fine, it’s great, it happens in just about every kinky relationship because no two people have exactly the same fetishes and sub-fetishes and play styles and modalities and love languages and god, human beings are complicated – but if the distance is too far to bridge, it is genuinely better to realize that and not do the scene than it is to do things that make you unhappy and uncomfortable in an effort to scratch that itch.

I get it. It sucks sometimes when you want to do a thing and it’s not happening. But you don’t want to get so caught up in finding a way to make the thing happen that you ignore any danger signals your brain is sending you and jump into a scene that will give you painful and unhappy memories. Those are worse than frustration. Be patient, make friends in the community and get to know people, and sooner or later you’ll find someone who has all the right vibes. And even if you don’t, at least you won’t wind up doing something you hate.

Bad play is worse than no play at all. It’s sometimes easier in principle than in practice, but it’s always true.

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Fade Into the Background”!

April 18, 2019

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Dolly Dagger”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Fade Into the Background” (MC)!

I’ve decided to start doing something a little different with my induction pieces – I’ve always been very proud of the creative imagery involved, but I kind of felt like they didn’t have much of a goal beyond simply “get the person into trance in a sexy way”. This is the first induction piece that attempts to do more. There are specific suggestions in this, outlined in the first paragraph so that anyone not interested can decide not to read, which are aimed at making the subject more susceptible to hypnotic suggestion and to entering a trance state. Here’s a taste:

“The goal of today’s trance is to make it easier for you to enter a hypnotic state whenever you feel safe and comfortable doing so, and to make it easier for you to accept suggestions while in that hypnotic state. There are no specific hypnotic triggers I’m asking you to accept–we’re going to train your subconscious mind to recognize situations that are invitations to experience trance, and to prompt your conscious mind to enter trance when those situations occur. This is more flexible and open-ended than a trance trigger, and may result in you entering trance states unexpectedly or absorbing suggestions more readily… although, again, only when it is safe and comfortable for you to do so.

“Although there are points in this session where you may be encouraged to pay less conscious attention to the hypnotist, there are no direct amnesia suggestions incorporated into this session, and no suggestions or triggers that are intended to be forgotten after the session is over. Even so, spontaneous amnesia does happen to some people during hypnosis, so you may find yourself experiencing difficulty recalling details of the trance experience. If you enjoy forgetting your trances, your mind is going to work to make that happen. You have permission to remember or to forget as much of this session as you want–again, within the boundaries of what is safe and comfortable for you.

“This session contains open-ended, permissive instructions to disrobe and masturbate. If you believe you will have difficulty resisting these instructions, please wait until you have some privacy to begin. If you do not feel safe or comfortable following any of the described suggestions or instructions, this would be a good place for you to stop. Otherwise, please get comfortable for me so that we can begin.

I hope you enjoy it!

Is It Hypnosis? – Part Seventeen

April 14, 2019

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It’s that time again, when I look back at some of my old stories that feature what purports to be real hypnosis (as opposed to magic, drugs, telepathy, mind control rays, or sinister feng shui that turns women into lesbians) and examine them for plausibility and application to the real world. Again, there’s nothing wrong with a hypnosis fantasy that does things that only can be done (or should be done) in fantasy; that’s what fantasies are for, after all. But it’s always interesting to know which of your fantasies you could genuinely experience if you wanted. Let’s begin, shall we?

Come Together: This isn’t just plausible and ethical; it’s more or less a pretty straightforward primer on how to achieve this kind of hypnotic conditioning in real life. Everything has pretty clearly been negotiated Sasha, Julia and Valerie, the two submissives are entering into a consensual trance, and Sasha is using their rapport as hypnotized subjects to put them into a state of mind where they can each very vividly imagine what the other is feeling. Positive association makes the mind very ready to accept the suggestion, and the ending of the story suggests that Sasha is going to reinforce it very frequently and… ahem. Vigorously. All in all, this is just pretty much three very nice people having consensual hypno-kinky times, and I think anyone who wants to try it and can find enthusiastic partners for it should go for it.

Too Late for Love: This is definitely very realistic; Irene isn’t really doing anything to Simon except for a very basic induction that takes advantage of his exhaustion and conditioned response to hypnotic cues to trance him and fuck him. (The ‘hypnotic cue’ thing is something long-time partners experience a lot; when you’re used to going into trance for someone, you don’t necessarily need a formal trigger or even an induction. All you need is a clear sign that the hypnotist wants you to go under, and your mind – which already knows perfectly well how to go into a hypnotic state – will do the rest.)

As to consent… it definitely relies pretty heavily on the assumption that both parties know each other well enough to know that Simon’s ‘no’ is genuinely just a concession to the practical realities of his physical exhaustion, and that he’s perfectly willing to let her shut down his mind and steer his semi-conscious body so long as he doesn’t have to make an effort to think any more that evening. It’s definitely something I wouldn’t try with a partner of mine, because I feel like the dynamic of a guy pushing a woman for sex is awkward and uncomfortable, but it is very much a YMMV situation and I know some people for whom it would be very consensual play. (I also acknowledge, though, that you could read it very differently if you wanted to.)

Ladybug Waltz: I hesitated to include this one, because it’s very much written in such a way to make you question the reality of the events the narrator is experiencing. But I decided that ultimately, the story points pretty strongly to the idea that the main character has been hypnotized by Chantal, that the trance includes suggestions to believe that everything that’s happening to her is a dream, and that she therefore has a lot of her conscious resistance suborned by the belief that none of this is real.

Which… no, I don’t think that’s possible. I don’t think you could get someone that deep using covert hypnosis, I don’t think you could get someone that suggestible without conscious buy-in, and I think that ultimately the person would wake if you tried to do what Possibly Chantal did. (And of course, I strongly recommend against testing any of this, because OMG so unethical and creepy!) This one sits pretty firmly in the realm of the fantastic, where it belongs.

Heart Shaped Box: This story was another one of those ones that I wasn’t 100% sure Simon would accept when I first posted it; it floats in that nebulous realm between hypnosis and seduction, where it’s very hard to say how much of Emily’s reaction is a trance state of relaxation, pleasure and focus on Krystelle’s pussy and how much is just Emily absolutely gagging for lesbian sex. Certainly I’d say that there’s enough similarities between seduction and hypnosis; both of them involve drawing the subject’s attention to one and only one thing, and both of them involve getting the subject to tune out the parts of their mind that are distracting to the desired outcome. (And arguably, both of them work so much better if the subject wants that outcome too.)

Certainly I think that Krystelle knows what she’s doing, even if she thinks of it as “seduction” and not “hypnosis”, and I think she’s aware that Emily is very receptive to what she’s offering. Emily’s objections are all grounded in “What would other people think of me if I did this?”, and while I’d say in the real world that means it’s time to have a conversation about wants and needs and expectations, in a fantasy it’s okay to just say, “Shut up and keep staring at my cunt.”

Joy to the World: As with a few of these gentle femdom stories, this one isn’t so much “plausible” as “100% a real thing that happened with a few of the details changed to ensure a proper dramatic flow”. It wasn’t a cat that needed to be picked up from the vet, and we embellished a bit what happened afterward, but the hypnosis was very real, happened more or less as described, and was entirely consensual (as were the planted triggers). I think, given my co-author, that you can guess who was involved with the other end of things. And I’m pretty sure She would say that Lynn’s point of view was presented equally accurately.

And that’s all for this installment – join me next week for another blog post!