Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Messy”!

September 13, 2018

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–“Echo”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Messy” (MC FF)!

Laura is visiting her girlfriend-slash-Mistress, Madeira, for her weekly session of hypnotic domination. And naturally, the first thing Madeira decides to do is check to see whether her good girl is all wet and ready for her. Turns out that Madeira has a lot to be happy about… and so does Laura. Here’s a taste:

She let herself in and knelt down on the pillow on the living room floor just as she heard Madeira’s footsteps on the stairs. She thought she might have gotten away with it until she heard that rich, husky voice calling out to her. “You’re a little late,” Madeira said from behind Laura’s shoulder. Laura shivered, resisting the urge to turn to face her Mistress.

“I’m sorry, Mistress,” she replied, aiming her eyes downward at the floor instead. A month ago, she would have tried to argue, but she knew by now that the more she spoke back to Mistress the longer the punishment would last. Laura couldn’t help wanting her sessions with Madeira to be about pleasure instead of pain, and even though she knew that was a form of conditioning, she also knew that conditioning worked even if you knew about it. Laura was being subtly brainwashed to want to please Madeira. She’d be upset about that, if it didn’t turn her on so fucking much.

“Punishment pose, please,” Madeira said, and Laura leaned forward until her breasts were pressed into the floor and her ass was high in the air. She didn’t need to pull her skirt up to present her buttocks for spanking; with a dress this short, she was fully capable of flashing people just by bending over. (A fact that Mistress had taken advantage of on one or two memorable occasions.) There was a pause as Madeira walked over to draw the heavy curtains, then another pause that seemed to draw out into a silent eternity as Laura waited for her spanking.

Hope you enjoy it!

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On Tenses and Perspectives

September 9, 2018

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I don’t often do a pure “writing advice” piece, because honestly I’m never quite sure where my advice falls on the line from ‘obvious to everyone and not worth mentioning’ to ‘weird inside baseball stuff that nobody cares about’. But it did occur to me that one of the things I like to experiment with a lot is tenses and points of view, and I thought it might be nice for some of you who’ve thought about doing the same to hear what I have to say.

First, let’s get the basics out of the way. The ‘tense’, in this sense, is the timeframe that the story occurs in, and it has three possible aspects: Past tense, where the action has happened prior to the narration; present tense, where the action occurs as the narration does, and future tense, where the narration describes a series of events yet to occur. “They went to the store”, “They’re going to the store”, and “They’re going to go to the store”, basically.

Point of view, meanwhile, also known as ‘perspective’ or simply ‘person’, is related to who’s telling the story. First person is narrated directly by the narrator, second person is an imperative directed to the reader, and third person is a description of events from outside the point of view of those involved. (There’s a sub-division there, ‘third person limited’ versus ‘third person omniscient’, which is about how much information about events the narrator allows themselves to have, but it’s not hugely significant.) “I went to the store”, “you went to the store”, “they went to the store”, to follow the example above.

Second, let’s make it clear that tense and perspective are stylistic decisions a writer makes. Despite what some style manuals might tell you and how some particular audience members might react to seeing a particular tense or style, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to tell a story. Certainly Western narrative tradition defaults to third person past tense, and audiences have come to expect it, but that doesn’t make it the right choice any more than it’s wrong to mix spicy and sweet flavors. As long as it tastes good, you did it right.

So with that in mind, let’s look at why you’d use something other than the default tense or point of view. One reason is to create a sense of intimacy. When you switch out the default third person perspective for the first person, you’re creating an unspoken and rarely directly acknowledged sense that the narrator is speaking directly to the audience. Even when that’s an illusion (and we’ll get to that in a moment), there’s a very strong connection that occurs when you feel like someone is speaking to you personally, and the first person point of view exploits that connection to forge an emotional bond very quickly with the reader.

Another is to create a sense of immediacy. The past tense is, by definition, referring to things that are over and done with. The entire narrative of a past tense story is something that happened and is completed by the time the reader begins the first chapter, and can be assumed to be a finished sequence of events. Present tense, by contrast, refers to things that are happening at the same time the reader experiences them, giving the whole story a sense of urgency that suggests that we are living out the plot as it happens. (And yes, you can combine these two. First person present tense gives an immediate feeling that something important is happening to someone standing right next to you. It’s powerfully immersive.)

You can also experiment with perspective to play with the reader’s expectations. First person lends itself better to the unreliable narrator trope – the narrator is giving you their point of view, and so it’s only natural that sometimes the things they think are true are not. “He left them in the room watching television and went to wash his hands” is an unambiguous statement of fact, but “I left them in the room watching television and went to wash my hands” is an invitation to later discover a bloodstained sink and a room full of corpses posed in front of the TV set. (Um. In the story. I’m much more considerate to my houseguests.)

Likewise, a first-person story is being told to an audience. Now, your audience assumes it’s them, but Nora Jemisin just won her third goddamned Hugo for a trilogy that plays around with point of view for a very specific reveal at the end that is absolutely brilliant about who it is that’s telling the story and who it is that the story is being told to. (And why, but I won’t spoil. All I will say is that those were three very well-deserved Hugos.) You can surprise your audience with a first person or second person story simply by unveiling the identity of the audience or narrator as someone they didn’t expect.

And since we’re on to second person, let’s talk about that. Second person (the “you did/do/will do this”) is probably the most-maligned of all the perspectives, but it really does feel the most immersive when done right. There’s no question that reading the words “you did this” really put you into the skin of the person performing that action… which is honestly why they’re probably the most hated, because they impose the burden of empathy on the reader. “You cried for your lost child” is a much more powerful sentence than “they cried for their lost child”, and many people resent having to engage that deeply with emotions that aren’t theirs. I think my only caution with it, as a writer, is that you always want to know who ‘you’ is, and not just assume there’s a default ‘you’ out there that you can always talk to. Everyone is different, and giving someone a forced ‘you’ can throw them out of the story.

We haven’t talked about one tense yet, and it is a tricky one to use. The future tense is best used to create a sense of anticipation in the reader, and I think best used in short doses. Writing a brief prologue along the lines of, “In five minutes, you’re going to wake up. You’re going to walk downstairs. You’re going to find the person who put you in this bed. And then you’re going to wish you hadn’t…” That creates a set of expectations for the audience, gives them questions to answer and promises simultaneously that those answers are coming. It’s great when used like that. I don’t know that I’d want to read an entire story that’s nothing but a promise of something yet to happen.

And then, last but not least, there’s combining them. First person present tense is intimate and immediate, second person past tense is engaging and mysterious (a narrative of actions you performed but don’t remember until told), third person future tense creates an ominous prophetic sensibility while used. You can switch them up, even, so long as you’re clear where the breaks occur and you have a legitimate reason for doing so (an obvious pairing is alternating between second person and first person in your narration, to describe the perspectives of two different people on the same actions). And there’s also nothing wrong with third person past tense writing; it’s clear, it’s descriptive, and it has the advantage of being what most people are accustomed to reading, so there’s less danger of the style getting in the way of the story.

In the end, I’ll go back to what I said earlier. There’s no right way to do it and no wrong way to do it. There’s just your style. Have fun and find it!

Stretching Myself

September 8, 2018

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Of late, I’ve found myself with something of a yen to do things with my hypnokink beyond just writing stories. It may have something to do with the kinds of play I’ve been doing, but I’ve found myself wanting to create in a number of different ways that don’t involve words. The results are still very tentative, but I’m kind of looking forward to them.

First, I’ve been doing a little bit here and there with voice files. I’m still slightly bummed that the August Challenge didn’t bear fruit, but I’m so ridiculously proud of that particular hypnotic induction that I may well record the result and put it up as a Patreon-exclusive sometime in the next few weeks; there’s something about the link between candy as a harmless pleasure and trance as a harmless pleasure that has made it a joy to write that particular piece, and I’d like to record it out. I’d really be interested in hearing whether this is something that would make my Patrons happy.

Second, I’ve been doing a little bit of crafty work. I had an idea for a tactile hypnotic focus, one that the subject holds and moves while they go under (kind of like a really primitive fidget spinner) and while I originally was hoping to just commission it, I’m finding that I’m enjoying doing the work myself. It’s just painted wood, mind you, the kind of thing you can pick up at JoAnn’s for a buck, but there’s something very special about painting a hypnotic spiral onto something your own self. I’ll share pictures once that’s a little further along.

And also in the realm of “making your own spirals”, I’ve just downloaded Blender (an animation software). I am nowhere near ready to even begin with it – I’m probably going to have to watch an hour or so of YouTube videos just to get to the point where I can make a rotating disc – but I’m really more excited than I expected by the thought of making even simple hypnotic animations. I hope to be able to share more of that soon, as well.

None of this is to say that I’m changing my main focus on writing; I love writing hypnotic stories for y’all. But sometimes stretching yourself in different ways can have unexpected benefits in your main area of expertise; when you go exploring, the best part can be the things you bring back with you.

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Uh Huh”!

September 6, 2018

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–“Only Just Begun”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Uh Huh” (MC MM)!

Keith is a young trans man who’s inexperienced with sex… in the sense that his time with Buddy will be his first time ever. But Buddy is sweet, understanding, and has offered to ease Keith’s anxiety with a little bit of hypnosis before they try anything else. As it turns out, Keith really likes hypnosis. And he’s pretty happy about all the ‘anything elses’, too. Here’s a taste:

Which was why Buddy was going to hypnotize him. “It’s okay,” he said, gently brushing Keith’s hair back from his forehead. “You don’t need to take your clothes off, you don’t need to do anything except lie down, watch the pendant, and listen to my voice. I’ve got you, and I’ll take good care of you, I promise. You just relax and listen. You can handle that, can’t you?” He cupped Keith’s chin in his hand, favoring him with that same warm smile that had drawn Keith to him in the first place.

“Uh huh,” Keith said, not trusting his voice with anything more. He was so wound up right now that he was sure the excitement would make it crack, and if he said something in a high register right in the middle of his very first time having sex, he was pretty sure he would have to give up on all human interaction and live in a mountain cave in Tibet somewhere. It had taken him months to get this comfortable with Buddy, and years to get this comfortable with himself–Keith spent most of his adolescence so at odds with his own body that he couldn’t even begin to sort out his orientation. He shoved ‘sex’ down into a little tiny box with a label on it that read, ‘FUCK IT I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO THINK ABOUT’, and he thought that it might stay there forever. Until he met Buddy, and realized that he knew exactly who he was attracted to. And it was Buddy.

Hope you enjoy it!

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Vertigo”!

August 30, 2018

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 You Throwing In the Towel”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Vertigo” (MC)!

Somewhere, a woman is staring into a spiral. She’s becoming very dizzy. She feels like she’s falling endlessly into its depths. And slowly, seductively… she’s giving in to that feeling. Here’s a taste:

It’s not real. She knows that. Even as she stares helplessly into the bottomless depths, watches the ribbons of color unspool endlessly down into the void at the speed of gravity, she hears the quiet little voice in the back of her head reminding her that it’s nothing but an image on the floor. They put a screen on the floor, that’s all. And they restricted her field of vision with this hood so that she can’t see the perfectly ordinary floorboards or carpet or whatever it is around her, and her subconscious is filling in the gaps between a silly looping gif of a roiling vortex and a bottomless pit because that’s what brains do. She’s not really staring down into infinite darkness. She’s not in any danger at all.

She tells herself that. It doesn’t help.

Hope you enjoy it!

Liner Notes for August 2018

August 26, 2018

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It is that time again, when I go back over the stories I wrote almost a year ago and published almost a month ago to discuss a little bit about what made them happen. Let’s get started, shall we?

Umbrella: Honestly, my first thought on seeing this title was astonishment at realizing I hadn’t already done a story where someone hypnotizes someone else with a twirling umbrella. It’s one of those weird Hollywood tropes about mind control that pops up every once in a while, simply because of the vague resemblance between an umbrella and a hypnodisc, and I was kind of stunned that I hadn’t jumped on it. So of course, I had to.

It seemed pretty obvious that this would be a covert hypnosis situation, because that’s one of the things umbrellas are good for – looking like things normal non-hypnotist people would carry around with them in public. And if you’re going to start a conversation to draw someone’s attention to an umbrella, an argument over whose umbrella it is seems like a pretty good start. And if you’re the sort of person who argues (or pretends to argue) over the ownership of a cheap umbrella, you’re going to have a certain authoritarian cast and emphasis on rules as important for their own sake. Miriam more or less evolved to fill her role in the story, and Ryan followed more or less in the form of “what kind of a person would bump into a woman like Miriam and not be able to extricate themselves through strategic rudeness?” And after that, it was just a matter of writing the induction.

X’ed Out: I admit, ethical brainwashing really makes me squirm. It’s become one of my very real, very personal hot buttons over the years; the thought of making permanent changes to a submissive’s actual personality is incredibly hot (again, with the enthusiastic consent of the submissive obtained before said brainwashing begins). And one of the things I have played around with is the idea of ‘editing’ thoughts, using that red pen imagery to have someone cross out the parts of their mind that they’re not ‘supposed’ to be thinking at that moment. So this one was a natural for me.

The main thing I wanted to get across in the story – along with really hot masturbation and mindless obedience – is that a) this was the subject’s informed and enthusiastic choice, even if she is an unavoidably unreliable narrator, and b) she has not given up her life to become nothing but the plaything of her Master. I really hope I succeeded, because I do think that there’s a place for consensual brainwashing in a loving D/s relationship, and it doesn’t need to be full-time to be fun. Even a tiny alteration can be hot, in the right context between two people who enjoy it.

Blank Contract: This was a commissioned story, requested by a fan who really loved my story “Submission” (one of the first stories I ever wrote, way back during my first tour writing for the EMCSA all the way back in 2001-2002). I hadn’t really written it with a sequel in mind, but they were very enthusiastic about the idea of April expanding her hypnotic domination and threw out a bunch of suggestions for ways she could use her gift for hypnotic writing. The lawyer one seemed like the most natural place to extend the story, given that contracts are full of eye-watering jargon anyway.

I had a lot of fun writing the jargon, honestly; there are certain concepts that do get woefully misused by legal laypeople (not that I’m a lawyer myself, but I at least know enough to know what I don’t know). The idea of using a ‘contract of adhesion’ to claim that by reading a document, you agree to be the author’s personal slave is just amusing enough to me that I loved that part of the story.

Deeper Than Blood: I was a bit worried by the story that came to mind on seeing this title, because the immediate connotation was definitely powerful, unshakeable hypnotic control that overrode the person’s will even to the extent of self-preservation. And while that felt like it could go in a number of different directions, most of them felt very dark… but that title was enticing to me. It felt like it needed to be a story. So I started to puzzle out a situation where “harm” could be a positive thing. That led me to medicine, where anyone with a chronic or serious condition will tell you that you have to do a lot of painful things to keep from getting worse.

I decided on “chronic” over “serious”, because I didn’t want it to be any darker than it was shaping up to be, and I decided on a bone marrow draw because that’s a procedure that isn’t actually dangerous or risky, but which would definitely make me want to run screaming out of the room. And at that point, it all gelled together pretty nicely – the story would be about someone who doesn’t like needles or blood or pain, using hypnosis and D/s and genuine love to make herself do a medical procedure that she would otherwise be too frightened to undergo. I still don’t know how to feel about it – I know it’s not ‘sexy’, certainly, but I think it wound up being very sweet and kind and loving. And I hope it felt that way to you, too.

And that’s August in the books; join me next week for another blog entry, and next month for another Liner Notes!

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “X-Ray Eyes”!

August 23, 2018

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–“Deeper Than Blood”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “X-Ray Eyes” (MC MM)!

Ryan is a high school senior with a beautiful girlfriend, a letter of intent for a major football school, and the whole world at his feet. So why does it bother him so much when Ryan stares at him? Why does he feel like Ryan’s icy blue eyes see right through him? He’s about to find out. Here’s a taste:

Ryan slammed the locker again with his open palm in irritation. Ward still didn’t flinch. “That’s not what I meant and you know it,” he shouted, a little unnerved that Ward wasn’t reacting the way Ryan expected. He just stood there, not even reaching for his clothing, watching Ryan with those piercing cold eyes of his. Just like always. “Every time I see you, you’re always staring at me. Like I’m some kind of, of bug, or a slide on your nerd microscope or something. You got a beef with me? You think I’m dumb or something? If you have something to say, just go ahead and say it.”

The smile faded from Ward’s face, leaving an expression of quiet contemplation for a moment. When it returned, it was less amused and more coldly confident. “You want me to say something?” he said, leaning back against the lockers nonchalantly. “Okay, I’ll say it. I know.” Ryan furrowed his brow in confusion, but that seemed to be everything Ward had to say. Just that cryptic phrase and more of that icy, penetrating stare that felt like it went straight through Ryan’s head.

Hope you enjoy it!

Is It Hypnosis? – Part Twelve

August 19, 2018

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I try not to do these too often, because I always feel like I should fight my tendency to obsessively focus on one thing while it’s in my system, but I do think it’s good to look back on my older stories and draw a bright line between “this is a hot fantasy” and “this is something that’s okay in real life”. The mind control kink has a lot of fantasies that are Not Okay as realities, and I do think it’s good to be explicit and vocal about that for the benefit of folks who are new to the fetish. Both because it’s reassuring to those who have some fantasies that they feel very strange about, and because it’s necessary to those few people who get so excited by the possibilities of hypnosis that they forget a little that the person on the other side of the watch is a person first and foremost.

So let’s get started!

Don’t Speak: So yeah, there’s like… maybe a one in a trillion chance this could work? As in, maybe – just maaaaaybe – Ms Plimpton just happens to be a kinky woman with a bimbification fetish strong enough to override her common sense, and through some unspoken emotional affinity she hires only women for her office and only women with similarly strong, unexpressed bimbification fetishes. And maybe she meets Derek, who (hopefully consensually?) pushes all her bimbo kink buttons so hard that she doesn’t really try to resist his hypnotic suggestions at all and just goes along with him. And maybe, just maybe, he finds that all the women in the office have the exact same susceptibility to those suggestions, making it possible to get them to go along with them despite what would otherwise be a completely unrealistic timeframe and an even more unrealistic amount of suggestibility for such big post-hypnotic commands. And maybe upon maybe upon maybe, Lori is just like the other women but has a degree of heightened incongruence between her conscious and subconscious minds, such that when Derek just sits there saying nothing (because she has a gun pointed at him and he’s not stupid) she basically hypnotizes herself into obedience because her subconscious wants to be a bimbo so badly that it just overrides her conscious mind. Maybe.

But yeah, I kind of doubt it.

Zombie: I’ve been skipping the ones that are based on ‘mind control drugs’, because for the most part the active ingredient in those is Fantasol (Fantasol! Safe because it’s 100% placebo! Effective because it’s 100% placebo!) but I’m making an exception for this one because I did make an effort to hew as close as possible to a realistic explanation for what a zombie is and how one is created, so it does kind of bear discussion in this context.

That’s not to say that I consider this story to be realistically possible; one of the common threads when you get into the historical basis of the ‘zombie’ legends is that there’s a lot of obfuscation around it, probably deliberate. Everyone seems to be able to agree that yes, there is such a thing as a real zombie, a person who has been reduced to a perpetual trance-like state after going through a death-like experience. Everyone also agrees that there are people who seem to be able to induce this state. But beyond that, the practitioners of the religion of Voudou are (frankly understandably) unwilling to share details of the ritual with anthropologists (who, again frankly, have a habit of being condescending assholes about other cultures’ religions) and also seem perfectly willing to troll said anthropologists by giving them contradictory and impossible explanations of said ritual.

Which is all a nice way of saying that while this story does follow Wade Davis’ descriptions of zombification, the science of it is highly questionable and it would be extremely insensitive to try to ask a practitioner of Voudou how they “really” make zombies, even before we get into the ethics of the actual act of doing so. A big part of the subtext of this story is that pestering people about their sincere religious beliefs because you think it will give you a cool new mind control technique is a major mistake.

Talking in Your Sleep: This is one of those stories where the timeframe is obviously and ludicrously unrealistic, but we’re not really provided with enough information to know for sure whether it’s possible. Given that both Alicia and Holly are first-year college students, it’s entirely believable that both of them could be lesbian or bisexual and not have had the opportunity to explore that part of their identities before. And if that’s the case, being offered the chance to give in and have lots of lesbian sex with the built-in excuse to any part of them not ready to accept their sexual orientation that they’re “helpless to resist” Because Hypnosis could be a suggestion that they go along with very easily without too much prompting. Even the breaking up with the boyfriend back home is a common enough thing for first-year students with a heavy class load that it might not be the result of deep brainwashing.

That said, it’s obviously nine kinds of unethical. Professors shouldn’t sleep with their students, nobody should use covert hypnosis for behavioral modification, nobody should use covert hypnosis at all because EEEEWWW, and if you do accidentally hypnotize your new girlfriend’s girlfriend because she’s listening too closely to things not intended for her, the appropriate thing to do is wake her up, clear out any suggestions you put in, and have an open and frank conversation about whether she wants to submit to you (probably after a few days to think about it, and definitely not when she’s still suggestible). Ms Lassiter should be ashamed of herself.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Obviously, the oBey website is a load of hooey, and this clearly exists in a world where overtly impossible forms of mind control are commonplace (albeit hidden from the average person). But the device that Jillian uses on Sylvia in this story isn’t intended to be a magical brainwashing helmet or anything; it’s a light and sound machine, the kind of thing you can buy online. I’ve got one sitting on the bookshelf behind me, in fact.

That said, the story vastly oversells the capabilities of the device. They do work as a hypnotic focus, and they work very well because they’re designed to be used with the eyes closed; the glasses project patterns of light on the viewer’s closed eyelids, so you can go very deep and still see the focus in front of you. That’s a pretty intense hypnotic stimulus, especially when combined with pleasure conditioning (and sleep deprivation, which is used by cults fairly often along with food deprivation to make people more suggestible, but which I rarely put into my stories because it’s cruel and nasty rather than hot and sexy). I do not, however, think that you could use it to brainwash someone into even leaving you a positive feedback score on a website, let alone trotting off shortly afterward for deeper programming.

Oh, and if you could, you still shouldn’t.

Just Can’t Get Enough: It’s always nice when I can end with one that’s both realistic and consensual, and this one does a pretty good job of ticking both boxes. It’s entirely believable that Suzie, who is clearly a hypnofetishist who just doesn’t know the word yet, would be easy to put under and would resist leaving trance (my original plan for the story was that Liz wouldn’t be able to wake her, but Lady Ru’etha said the “wake up or I’ll never hypnotize you again” was a guaranteed emergency brake for trance exits. It’s not a good way to wake someone up, and She wouldn’t recommend it under most circumstances because it’s very unpleasant and can create bad associations with that hypnotist, but it does work.)

And it also makes perfect sense that Suzie would crave trance, sexualize trance, and crave sexualized trances to the degree in the story depicts. Liz isn’t really displaying “best practices” here by waking Suzie up to ask her what she’s comfortable doing – as we’ve gotten better and better at understanding how the mind is affected by trance states and power differentials, it’s come to be accepted that Suzie would still be in a suggestible state even after waking that Liz shouldn’t take advantage of. The best thing to do would be to go have dinner or coffee together, talk about their respective kinks and what Suzie wants out of a sexual hypnosis session, and make plans to do something the next day when Suzie’s had a little time to mull things over.

But given that Suzie is my fictional character, I’ll tell you for free that it wouldn’t have changed the outcome one bit. She was very enthusiastically consenting there, and the only thing a day would have added would have been a lengthy masturbation session that evening fantasizing about being hypnotized again. There’s no part of this that’s intended to suggest that Liz genuinely influenced Suzie’s thought processes, even though that is something a real hypnotist should take into account when planning to play with someone.

And on that happy, ethical note, it’s time to close out another blog entry! See y’all next week!

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Queen of Hearts”!

August 16, 2018

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–“Blank Contract”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Queen of Hearts” (MC FF)!

It’s been a while since I wrote “The Joker”, featuring the stage magician and hypnotist Madam Columbina and her… ahem… friends, Chantal and Jo. But they’ve kept each other happily occupied during that time, and Madam Columbina is about to thank not just them but all of her very special fans. She’s booked a private room and has some very, very special tricks to show them all. You might even call it a command performance. Here’s a taste:

She saw the name on the ticket. ‘Madam Columbina – One Night Only’. Ah. That made a lot more sense to her, then. Jo had gotten used to doing unusual and inexplicable things whenever Madam Columbina was in town. It was always the same–her thoughts fogged over with warm and dreamy pleasure whenever she saw one of Madam’s playing cards, and suddenly it seemed like a perfectly good idea to do things like host a strip poker game or wander off to a strange hotel wearing nothing but a string bikini or just turn on her webcam and masturbate herself senseless. Madam Columbina had a vivid imagination, and fifty-two potential triggers to play with.

At first, it had seemed a little…unnerving, to say the least, knowing that her mind and body were under someone else’s control. But Chantal had explained a little more about how hypnosis worked to her, after that night when Jo first volunteered for Madam Columbina’s stage show and wound up as one of her ‘special girls’. Chantal told her that it wouldn’t really be possible for Madam Columbina to have this much control over Jo’s mind–over either of their minds–if they weren’t getting some kind of unconscious reward for obedience that overwhelmed their conscious resistance to being hypnotized. (Or at least, that was the gist of it. Jo was cumming a little too hard at the time to remember all the details.)

Hope you enjoy it!

My Favorite Things: Slavery Is Freedom!

August 12, 2018

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I’ve talked before about various mind control tropes that never fail to make me shiver, and this particular trope is related to a couple of others that I’ve gone into in the past. It’s very closely related to the “rationalization” trope, where the victim in a story is convinced that they’re not following hypnotic suggestions at all, even as they do everything the hypnotist says, and it’s also got some occasional elements of the amnesia trap and authority subversion to it from time to time. But it’s got its own distinct flavor that makes it very different.

This trope usually kicks in near the climax of the story (no pun intended), when the victim realizes they’re being mind-controlled, and it’s all about the way they react to that control. It usually takes one of two forms – either they convince themselves they’ve found a loophole in the mind control, and that by obeying ‘voluntarily’, they’ve retained their free will by doing everything the hypnotist tells them to do all on their own, or they convince themselves that they’ve successfully resisted even as they obey the hypnotist’s suggestions. Both are a sort of ironic embrace of their own submission, a conviction that obviously they’re too strong-willed to surrender to brainwashing so they must be doing what they’re doing for other reasons.

(This is a real thing, by the way, and not just with hypnosis. There’s a well-known psychological phenomenon called “cognitive dissonance”, which basically states that when your behavior doesn’t match your beliefs, your brain is far more likely to invent a rationalization than it is to change your behavior. You do see it a lot in hypnosis, where people who are asked why they followed a post-hypnotic suggestion will come up with the most ludicrous explanations for their behavior, but you also see it when you ask evangelical Christians why they’re supporting a sexual predator and pathological liar who’s publicly broken nine of the ten commandments. We like to believe our brain operates with some kind of internal consistency, and cognitive dissonance builds a bridge between the things we believe and the things we do.)

But, back to the sexy, you can see why this is hot. It feels like it goes deeper than regular mind control; anyone can be blank and mindless and obedient, but only a truly brainwashed slave can convince themselves to love their programming. It’s like they’re gaslighting themselves into obedience, and while that’s a sentence that is profoundly unsexy in real life, it makes for incredibly hot fantasies. When someone gives in so deeply that they’re convinced they want to obey and they’ve always wanted to obey, it makes that moment where their resistance collapses incredibly powerful and hot.

I’ve used this trope a few times – “Back Where You Belong” has an example where the victim squirms her way out of her mental dilemma by convincing herself that it’s another woman saying all the mantras of obedience – but I don’t think there’s any better example than “Pressure”. It’s a story that’s literally all about a character resisting endless, implacable, inexorable brainwashing with all her strength, only to realize that the easiest way to keep from being relentlessly pounded by the mental assault of her tormentor is to give in and become a perfectly compliant, willing slave. And the collapse of her resistance is so complete that she doesn’t even notice that she’s following every last instruction she’s given.

It’s exactly the kind of thing this trope looks for, and definitely one of my favorite things.