Today, I'll start posting a new story of an artist and his love. It's been a while since I last did an art story and I felt like I needed to return to that world. I had only a vague notion for the story when I started. I've been intrigued by how internally focused many artists are, almost incapable of functioning in the normal world. And that with internal focus comes internal torment. I didn't know what I'd call the story when I started writing, so I just typed "Art Something".
And an artist named Art was born.
Art has difficulty with words. He knows them, but he can't get them out of his mouth. They rise up like balloons in his throat and clog his air passages. Only with his sister, Morgan, can he express himself fully. She can see the story in his paintings. You might have guessed that Morgan and Arthur share feelings that are well beyond those of siblings.
But Morgan is headed for college and Art has another year of high school. Parents have intervened to separate the two from August to Thanksgiving so that if they decide to consummate their love, it will be a deliberate act and not just because they are convenient to each other. So, Morgan puts a plan in place to get Arthur a girlfriend. While Morgan helps Arthur express his dreams, Annette teaches him about reality.
This story will post in four chunks of three or four chapters each. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Enjoy my next foray into the art world!
As a conclusion to my excursion into the world of porn, I've posted one more photo from Saturday at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. This photo is of Braislee Adams who is not only a beautiful young woman, but an incredibly talented athlete with an unusual sport! I couldn't post the video because it is too big and my WiFi is too little, but the link to her MFC page is included.
I drove back from Las Vegas to SoCal Sunday. The normal 5-hour drive took eight between construction on the pass, an accident involving a CHP cruiser, Fruit and Vegetables checkpoint, and unbelievable fog with torrential rain and zero visibility. Glad to be back in my little trailer where I'm warm and safe as the storms continue to blow outside.
I've got a big book design project that I'm getting out for a client this week, another airline thriller by Karlene Petitt titled Flight for Sanity, the fourth in her series. Then I'll be working on the eBook version of François le Foutre's newest Gay Pirate Romance Adventure, Too Many Fingers in the Dyke. In the meantime, I have a new Pygmalion Revisited story almost finished and hope to have it off to the editors this week.
So, life continues apace. Hope you enjoy the new story. Wonders of the American Wilderness, the last volume of my memoirs (for now) will start posting weekly on February 1. Thanks for all your comments on the conclusion of Wonders of the U.S. Highways. If you'd like to express your opinions on book covers and titles, the survey is still open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y965KVR. Thanks for your help!
Enjoy Art Something!
I've posted new pictures from the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and a few from this morning's Women's March on Washington, Las Vegas edition. http://imgur.com/a/QmypM
There were about 4,000 marchers today and I'm glad I was among them. I don't remember having marched like this since Nixon invaded Cambodia and started killing student protesters at Kent State. This march was not about who the president is, but about standing up for the rights of people who are not being heard and making sure the voices are loud and clear. I'm proud to have joined this march.
And my Honorary Lesbian t-shirt was REALLY popular! I got a hug from one of the candidates for best actress at the AVN awards tonight and a thank you for wearing the shirt to the march and representing those who couldn't leave the show to join it. That was a consistent message I received from several actresses and cam girls who gave me a hug today. But it wasn't only at the show. I was sitting with my coffee and a cigar catching up on the stories today in the smoking area of the courtyard and four sisters from New Orleans got very excited. They had to have a picture and to make sure that I had a number to reach them at. Specifically, Jasmine. Having put Dee back on the bus to LA last night, I seriously considered inviting Jasmine to join me for tonight. I delayed that gratification until my next pass through the city because I didn't want to break up the party celebrating her sister's birthday.
Last night (Friday), Dee and I went to the AVN after party at Vanity Nightclub and danced for a while before she had to leave for LA. She got the best picture of the two of us by snapping a selfie of us. I'm not very happy with my camera at the moment, so I'm glad she could get such a good shot with her cell phone. I went back to the party after I took her to the bus station and met some interesting characters. A 37-yo Ozzie mate started quizzing me about everything from whether he needed to go back to the university in order to get into editing, to asking for advice on what he should do to be more successful with the girls at the club. This came just after he saw two beautiful actresses that I told him I was going to write a story about, jump up on the railing in front of me to have a quiet few minutes of conversation with me. I probably got enough info to write the story, but I wouldn't mind connecting with them again tonight.
Tonight, I'm headed back to the nightclub for the awards after party. But it's going on at two different venues and I have to decide which or if I'll troll both of them. The one at the Hard Rock will be a lot like the one last night. The one at the Mandalay Bay is hosted by Ron Jeremy and will probably have more of the award winners at it. Of course, nearly every nightclub and strip club in Vegas has advertised some kind of awards after party. Who knows?
But... If I'm going to party tonight, this old man needs a nap!
I'm doing my best to keep up with the action here in Las Vegas. But so many girls and so little time! What I don't go through to research ideas for my stories for you. You should appreciate my efforts in primary research!
Of course, the webcam girls continue to be my favorites. Ms. Jae Lee, Miss Molly, Ginny Potter, Heidiv, Stormy, and others. Some are posted on my Imgur image page at http://imgur.com/a/QmypM.
And, of course, there are images of Dee, at the show and ready to go out last night. Wow! This stunning woman was more beautiful than the performers at "Baz, Star-Crossed Love" at the Palazzo last night.
I've been pissed at my camera because my images are all coming out blurry from yesterday. Just cleaned the lens and that might remedy the problem. We're heading back over to the show in an hour. Today, I plan to take some wider angle photos of the show and crowd to give you an idea of what's going on and how many people there are.
Is there something you are curious about? It's at this show. For example, I've counted over thirty different brands of lubricant being displayed here. One manufacturer has twenty-five different lubricant products! A porn star squeezed a little lubricant on my finger so I could feel her pussy. That's the Fleshlight pussy that she modeled for. She kept up a running conversation about how it really felt just like her. Well, no wonder they don't need to use condoms in porn.
Got a demonstration on proper rope tying techniques. Wish I'd had that a year ago before I went to Thailand! Some beautiful jewelry for every part of one's body. Some that I am pretty certain would be uncomfortable to wear. In fact, that's the intent. Don't expect to read about that in one of my stories unless it's a horror story.
As we toured the vast displays of dildos and vibrators, Dee told me her own horror story about acquiring a dildo and overestimating what she could accommodate. These things (like most of the size stories on SOL) paint some unrealistic expectations. Of course, plastic pussies, mouths, boobs, and asses abound. Many, equally unrealistic. Talked to the author and publisher of a book on how many calories different sexual activities burn. For real. She did the scientific research to back up her claims. Most don't burn as much as we'd like to imagine.
Well, drop by the picture page and I'll keep it updated. Tomorrow, I'll be taking time out to join the Women's March on Washington, Las Vegas local edition. Enough said about that. I'm pretty sure several of the women at this trade show will be joining me.
I know the story of my life sounds too strange to be true, which should give you an idea about what is and isn't. Truth is stranger than fiction, even when there is a liberal sprinkling of fiction added into the mix. Some things you just can't make up.
Some of them are experiences with fortune tellers.
Others are experiences that made me run!
And others made me want to stay.
There were certainly some experiences that made me want to stay and settle down in Laramie. My two weeks with Aubrey and Mandy were like that. But we all knew that their story was wrapped up in each other and I was going to hit the road. Aubrey became a major character in Blackfeather, just like she'd predicted. (After the disappointment of cutting Mandy from the story in the rewrites, I was surprised this fall to find Mandy front and center in the last sequel, Yelloweye, which I will finish the last two chapters of and get off to my editors! MrSpock is already all over the story and timeline issues. I'm pretty sure PlusPlus is disgusted with my lack of progress for two months! I owe you guys.)
Oh, yes, this chapter includes writing my erotic paranormal romance western adventure: Blackfeather. The setting and characters are more realistic because of the people I met and the places I visited around Laramie and Centennial, Wyoming. I fell in love with that place.
But as November wound to a close, I was feeling less and less grounded. I guess sixteen months on the road will do that to a guy. Even with the prospect of the holidays alone in my trailer, though, I just wasn't really ready to settle down.
The first phase of my erotic journey around the U.S. was about to end as 2014 drew to a close. There are two chapters today. Even though the second one is very short, it's important. There will be a two week break before Wonders of the American Wilderness begins. I'll post a new story in the interlude, returning to the art world.
Art Something will post next week. There will be four installments comprising thirteen chapters. It will post Monday (January 23), Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. Then Wonders of the American Wilderness will begin the following Wednesday (February 1).
Art Something is the story of a young artist named Arthur who is a little backwards in his other development. He didn't talk until he was four. At seventeen he's never dated. And words just make him tense and unable to talk at all. Instead of talking, he paints. He might even be unable to live on his own if it weren't for his sister Morgan and their soon-to-be girlfriend Annette. Art's wet dreams are about to become a wet reality.
Today, Dee and I wander into the murky waters of the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. We've spent the past day learning to live together here in Vegas. She likes the room really warm at night (75). I could hardly breathe this morning. It's going to end up being a story in and of itself. Or maybe I'll start volume four of Wonders of My World. She is certainly one of them! We swapped threesome stories last night and I picked up a whole batch of new story ideas from her experiences.
I'll post again this week as the show and parties unfold. Take a look at my Imgur album (http://imgur.com/a/QmypM) for pictures of the event and of Dee. We went to our first industry party late last night and I woke up with a splitting headache. Guess I shouldn't follow red wine with bourbon with gin. I plan to nap a lot this morning so I'll be ready for the show at 2:00 and for the big party tonight at 11:00. To hell with circadian rhythms! Fortunately, with coffee in hand the headache is receding and I have to stop now to wake Danni up so she can get over to the SHOT Show (guns and ammo).
Seminars: Of course, we'll be doing more than looking at half-naked porn stars at the show. Really. The show includes the AVN Novelty Expo, so we'll be shopping the toys, as well. And there are seminars on things like how to make money in this business even if you don't have tits or a 12" cock. What follows, FYI, is a list and description of some of the seminars I hope to attend.
Money (That's What I Want)
Adult companies have come up with some creative approaches to combatting piracy, among them Free Porn Day, the #PayForYourPorn social media campaign, and even crowdfunding efforts. We'll look at how these initiatives played out, and talk about avenues that producers can explore in the future.
Does porn exploit women? Or is performing in porn the ultimate form of empowerment? It's a question that women in the adult industry tend to hear, whether asked by feminists, porn bashers or even fans. Whether they're performers or producers, women in adult find their own path to power in an industry where the end product traditionally has been geared toward men. We'll hear from some industry powerhouses about how they go about creating entertainment that is arousing to all and degrading to none.
Fine State of Things
Porn is known as a forward-looking industry-quick to adapt to new tech trends and often the driving force behind tech being adapted in the first place. But while porn is looking to the future, what does the future of porn itself look like? In a panel hosted by AskMen.com, porn's leading lights, from the sexy stars to the power players, will talk about what changes they see coming to porn in the coming years. What will porn in 2020 look like when it comes to tech, legislation, culture and more?
Well, it's time to get showered, shaved, take another nap, and get started with my camera. This week, I'm your on-the-scene reporter at AVN!
Leaving Alice behind was difficult. I had to wonder if we really had something or if this had merely been an opportunity for her to satisfy her curiosity. I probably wouldn't know until I cycled back through Montana again next year.
But, I had a new story brewing in my mind. I was almost finished writing LNDtH1: The Rock and would dedicate my NaNoWriMo to writing the sequel to Redtail. As soon as I figured out a title for it. But I knew more about Wyoming now than I had when I wrote Redtail. I decided to return to Laramie and spend a couple of weeks researching before I started writing.
I had no idea to what depths my research would take me. Repeatedly.
What is it about me and crazy women? Do I have a sign on my back? As far as crazy goes, though, I'd rather the crazy psychic Aubrey Diaz than the crazy psychotic Belle. Or Georgia. Or Nicki. Or… I guess actually, my time in Laramie, Wyoming researching Blackfeather was pretty sane by comparison.
I wasn't finished here yet!
What a week! Trying to get projects for two different authors out the door at the same time while finishing up a story that surprised me and needed to be written has really taxed my time. Add to that the fact that I leave Sunday for Las Vegas for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (http://trade.adultentertainmentexpo.com/). And that's where the excitement comes in. I might have a new project to work on that you'll all enjoy. On the other hand, there are so many contingencies that I might fail completely. I just want to get there and get 'er done.
Speaking of which, Wonders of the U.S. Highways comes to an end next week. Wonders of American Backroads is all edited and I'm working on formatting. But, to give your weary heads a rest from my memoirs, I got carried away and wrote a new story called Art Something. It's just fourteen chapters and as my trusty editor Pixel the Cat said when he finished the first pass, "…it just doesn't feel like enough. 'It tastes like more.'" He went on to give me about five more storylines to pursue, so I will probably be making it into a universe with several stories eventually. I've just added it to my 'to be written' list. I think you will enjoy this one the way it is, though.
Originally, I thought it was going to be part of Pygmalion Revisited. I was aching to get back to writing about the art world. But it took on a life of its own. So, by the time American Backroads finishes posting, I promise to have another Pygmalion story ready to go. You know what my promises are worth. I coulda been president!
I actually have a title for the new story, however. Many months ago, SOL author Teloz put Triptych on his favorites list with the words "'If a picture paints a thousand words…', a phrase from a 70s hit from Bread; aroslav turns that on its head, and uses thousands of words to paint a picture." And from that comes the title of the next Pygmalion piece: "A Thousand Words".
Well, I've just been asked by a beautiful young woman for more information about the AVN show. Given the choice between talking to you all and talking to a beautiful young woman…
Enjoy today's chapter of Wonders of the U.S. Highways: "White Line Fever"!