Archive for May, 2019

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Zero Percent”!

May 29, 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–“Quick Like a Flash”, teased previously, has already been submitted to Literotica. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Zero Percent” (MC MD MF)!

Stasia is stuck at the bus station, waiting for a ride. Unfortunately, her phone battery is dying. Even more unfortunately, her willpower is ebbing away with it… here’s a taste.

Stasia slides the gems on the screen around with her fingers automatically, intuitively recognizing potential matches faster than her conscious mind can process them. The gems vanish with a chime, but more constantly drop down to fill the empty space they left behind. There’s always another match to be made, always another gem to slide into position for a chain reaction that briefly turns the screen into a captivating dazzle of bursting, sparkling lights, and even though Stasia knows she needs to stop soon, she can’t quite convince herself that this is the moment to do it. Not when she’s near the end of the level. Not when she’s this close to topping her high score. She can’t resist going just a little bit longer.

Well, of course she can’t. She’s down to seven percent willpower.

It’s the stranger’s fault, really. When he sat down next to Stasia, she was at thirty percent, and already she was kicking herself for leaving her phone charger on the bedside table at home when she went to visit her boyfriend. She didn’t think it was going to be anything more than an irritation; Chris would be texting her any minute to tell her that he was waiting outside the bus station, and she could always pick up a spare on the way back to his place. She just needed to be mindful of her battery use, that was all. She had just resolved to stop playing once she got down to twenty percent when the stranger glanced over at her phone and said, “Oh, man, that’s a gamer trance if I ever saw one. It’s so addictive, isn’t it?”

Hope you enjoy it!

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Liner Notes for May 2019

May 26, 2019

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Technically speaking, May isn’t quite over yet, but the next story I post won’t see the EMCSA until June. So that means it’s time to look at the stories in May and discuss a little bit about how they came into existence! Let’s get started, shall we?

Candy Coated: I knew I was looking for a title for an induction piece when I saw this one, and it immediately leapt to the forefront of my brain because there’s a lot of EMC kink material out there associated with drugged candy. I’m not sure quite where the association comes from – maybe it’s the whole “don’t take candy from strangers” taboo we were all indoctrinated with in the paranoid 80s, maybe it’s a leftover from the enchanted Turkish Delight that the White Witch gave Edmund, maybe it’s just that candy is a sweet, slightly forbidden allure that we all associate with temptation and hedonism. In any event, I immediately knew that I could form an induction around the idea of melting into sweet, sticky bliss.

I really love the end work – it’s probably one of my favorite inductions I’ve written, to be honest – but it did do a lot of work in service to a very standard “get naked and masturbate” suggestion. I’ve decided I’ve done that enough, so my next few induction pieces will have more specific suggestions and will clearly be labeled as such for those who don’t want to participate. If all you’re looking for is just fun, trancey language, though, I think this is probably the epitome of my work.

This Is Just 4 U: As I’ve said previously, I did sit down with a lyrics website that had a search engine to pull up all of the “4 U” song titles out there, and assembled a rough outline for myself to write into. This is probably the point where the outline was at its shakiest – I knew how it ended, and I knew certain elements in the stories I planned to write next, but there’s always that point I find in any outlining process for a longer work where you have to write more before it becomes clear in your head. Ben Aaronovitch made an analogy once to being in a hallway of shoji (sliding paper doors) – the things close up you can see very well, but after a certain distance you just have to start opening doors to see what’s on the other side.

All of which is by way of saying there was a certain amount of leaping before I looked here, and I think it might show. I knew it was going to involve 4U being stripped of her safety nets and forced to think for herself, but it wasn’t until I started writing that I realized just how devastating that would be for her and how much her status as a service unit would really affect her ability to help her Master. Which led me to the same conclusion as her Master, and which in turn instantly firmed up the remaining stories (there’s just two at this point). I hope that’s worth any rough edges this one might have.

Remind Me to Forget: This was ludicrously quick and easy. “Remind me to forget” is totally what you’d say to an Amazon Echo that was brainwashing you, and once you think about all the potential kink applications of a hacked device that can deliver verbal triggers, control every other appliance in your house, and even has spinny colored rings on it, well… yeah, it was just a matter of playing stenographer to my imagination here.

(For the record, I do see this as a consensual but very intense TPE relationship; Elaine’s agreed to everything she’s doing here, including forgetting that she ever remembered it. But hey, death of the author (not literally), you can picture the beginning of this relationship however you want to.)

In Your Memory: Another one that wound up practically stream-of-consciousness; the title suggested someone getting a lecture on the differences between their remembered experience of confronting a hypnotist and the actual events, and from there it was pretty much just a matter of describing the two narratives and how they conflicted. As is sometimes the case with these very easy ones, I find myself uncertain that it was any good simply because it was so easy to write, but I suspect that’s just my insecurities talking.

And that’s another month in the books – see you next week for another blog post, and next month for another Liner Notes!

Sneak Peek: “Quick Like a Flash”!

May 25, 2019

It looks like I somehow managed to miss posting a sneak peek for this week’s story for Literotica (and one of the two June 8th stories for Simon, because I’m not the only one going on vacation). So without further ado, here’s a quick look at this week’s upcoming story, “Quick Like a Flash”!

Lora is a highly paid conservative anchorwoman for a cable news show, who specializes in finding absurd figures on the fringes of the political left and giving them enough rope to hang themselves with. But this time, something went very wrong. Now she’s going back over the tape, trying to figure out exactly how “Queen Maeve” tied her up in knots. It happened so fast she barely knew what hit her… but the pause button never lies. Here’s a taste:

Lora pressed play, and the interview jerked into life. “And we have with us today ‘Queen Maeve’,” she heard herself saying, “a self-professed ‘erotic temptress’ and ‘queen of sexual bliss’ who is actually running for public office in California’s 22nd Congressional District. I guess my first question, Maeve, is whether you’ve ever heard the expression ‘stay in your lane’?”

It was a good start, very aggressive, using the rhetoric of the Left against it, but Maeve only smiled like she was listening to a toddler telling their first knock-knock joke. She leaned forward in her seat, her face momentarily at an odd angle to the camera as a result, and said, “Oh, I’m reasonably sure this is my lane, Lora. What happens in Washington affects the life of every person in America, every single day. That includes me… unless you’re saying I’m not a person to you.”

Lora paused the tape and replayed it in slow motion, watching the change in her own expression. She could remember the way she felt when she heard Maeve’s words, the sudden conviction that this woman was smart and eloquent and that trying to simply treat her like a joke would be a huge mistake, but… it didn’t really seem to match up to what was a fairly mild barb on video. Lora had interviewed plenty of liberal talking heads, and she was usually more than happy to let them get their jabs in until she found something she could edit down to a humiliating gaffe on their part, but for some reason she hadn’t done that with Maeve.

Lora rewound and watched herself again, but even though she could see the surprise settling onto her face, she couldn’t tell why it was there. She hit play, allowing the interview to progress.

Hope you enjoy it!

Potential Mind Control Alert: “Midsommar”!

May 25, 2019

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There’s a movie that’s been on my radar ever since I saw the first trailer for it, called ‘Midsommar’. It’s by the director of ‘Hereditary’, but this one looks to be very much more my audience’s jam – there’s a mysterious isolated village, and a festival where people conduct strange rituals and everyone has blank, smiling faces. And the voiceover for the trailer… for those of you who can’t click on the link, here’s what it says:

“You can’t move. You can’t speak. But this opens you up to the influence. And it breaks down your defenses. Trust me, alright? You’re going to love it.” And it ends with someone blowing a strange-looking powder directly into the camera. Let me put it this way – if this doesn’t turn out to be a sinister brainwashing cult indoctrinating people into thoughtless bliss through the use of mind-altering chemicals, I’m reserving the right to make a pornographic version somewhere down the line, okay?

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Vampires Will Never Hurt You”!

May 22, 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–“In Your Memory”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” (MC MD)!

For this story, I’m stepping aside for the week to allow my parent company, Brighton Broadcast Group, to provide an opinion piece on the recent shocking news regarding the existence of the undead. Brighton Broadcast Group is solely responsible for this content, and its opinions of vampires are its own and do not represent the opinions of this station. Please contact them with your responses. Here’s a taste:

[A vaguely martial fanfare of trumpets plays over the segment’s logo. ‘TALKING POINT’, it says, in stark white letters on a red-and-blue striped background. Below, in smaller letters, it says, ‘with Kelly McDonnell’. The logo fades into a scene of a Caucasian woman sitting behind a walnut-paneled desk. Her golden-blonde, wavy hair is pulled back in a sober ponytail, and her bright blue eyes shine with sincerity. Her blue dress is the perfect shade to convey a sense of seriousness, while not looking funereal. Her expression does the same.]

KELLY: Hello everyone. I’m Kelly McDonnell, and this… is Talking Point. Tonight, we’ll be discussing the startling revelations that occurred last week in the wake of the release of the so-called ‘Rafferty Tape’. Although initially doubted by many experts, this recording has been proven genuine, and its implications are clear. Vampires, long thought to be nothing more than creatures of myth and folklore, are real and do exist among us.

[Kelly turns to Camera Two for a close-up. She gazes soulfully at the audience, her lips glistening with a carefully-chosen shade of red lipstick as she continues speaking. She’s careful to avoid looking like she’s flirting with the camera, but at the same time, she’s careful to lean at exactly the right angle to enhance her impressive cleavage.]

KELLY: We here at Talking Point want you all to know that we understand how you must be feeling. This is a very frightening time for America, and many of you are no doubt deeply concerned about the safety of your loved ones after discovering this startling new information. We want to cut through the rampant misinformation and rumor spread by underinformed liberal politicians and get to the truth about these ‘hidden Americans’. To that end, we’ve undertaken an extraordinary mission. We’ve reached out to the vampire community… and tonight, Talking Point will bring an actual vampire on the air to put an end to the confusion and lies once and for all.

Hope you enjoy it!

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.

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!