The year 2013 saw some changes because I had made a resolution to only put new stories on a single site. I am changing that intent because It was too restrictive. The bulk of my stories are on shortfiction but I have quite a few on this site. Because of the two year maximum posting limit on this blog I have back-upped my blog here by duplicating on the Wordpress site. It is really a history of my writing thoughts about the stories and how they come about. My most recent story posted here is called "Fiona Visits the Pyramids" It is actually the fifth story in that series about a 65 year old liberated female with serious intent to experience every kinky activity missed in 30 years of married life to a disinterested partner. It was instigated by a lengthy comment letter from a reader of the previous chapters who had experienced some very satisfying orgasms. The reader described the details of a memorable trip to Egypt that entailed the extensive use of every opening by dark-skinned native guides often in front of a number of on-lookers. I felt compelled to answer the request to make that the next scenario for the delightful "Fiona" to exhibit her female goodies in a shameless display of total depravity. Her stamina is amazing. HL
I have been concentrating recently in writing in a lot of non-erotic areas. I have done a number of young adult stories and am in the fifth chapter of a spy novel of the cold war era that starts in Belgrade and winds its way up through Zagreb, across the border at Trieste and visits Venice on its way into Rome for the final chapter. There will be 20 chapters in all. At the same time, I have been working on all of my erotic stories to make them meet the standards of actual publishing in an ebook format. A number of my stories that were in the Incest genre have been revised drastically to make them almost another story entirely. My character ages have all changed from minimum 16 to minimum 18. I have already processed about 1,200 pages of content and have about 1,000 more to go. I think I will put the spy story on storiesonline just to see the reaction. I find that the more complicated comment section is a fairly good numeric indicator of the reception of the writing. I have changed the formating on the story "Scarlett and the Yankee Carpetbagger" to make it more readable. It is somewhat between a script and a conventional story. I will feed in several new chapters of the "Sal the Super, the Nookie King of the Bronx" providing my publisher has no objection. All of my other new stories have to sent to them without outside distribution. I will find out if I am allowed to do sequels on the already existing stories on other sites like storiesonline. I have also done some book reviews recently that I find enjoyable to write. Some of the titles are "From Here to Eternity", "A Coffin for Demitrios" and "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" The title of my spy story is "The Accidental Spy"
Thank you to all readers interested in my writings. HL
Just posted a sequel to the Holly Honeypot story as the model changes the scenario from San Diego to Las Vegas. Lots of fibers of reality in this fictional account. I have about 20 stories that need sequels and I will devote the entire month of February to writing nothing but sequels. I did manage to write 28 new stories during January but they are not posted to SOL or any other site than short-fiction.co.uk Any sequels for 2011-2012 stories will, of course, be posted to SOL. February is a short month but I still hope to have about 25 sequels written during February. I think I am going to post a non-erotic story to SOL that I recently wrote as an experiment in non-erotic writing. Strangely, the characters are all female including the inanimate drone entity. I wonder if that means I derived erotic pleasure in writing a non-erotic story. I have a desire to take an advanced degree in creative writing because the sum total of what I don't know is far greater than what I do know. I remember when I was very young, I wrote a series of scripts for a TV western. It was pretty much non-erotic stuff but I did love putting words into the mouths of the characters. Now, when I watch any show on TV, I sit there wondering how they could ever approve some of the terrible dialogue. Screen writing seems to be a group effort now with voting rights and pressures for actors lobbying for more exposure. There are some notable exceptions like "Justified" or "Downton Abbey". I think the best writers are primarily writing sound bites for clueless politicians relying on reading the words from screens in front of them and not understanding the very meaning of the words spoken. Sometimes actors are the same way but some of them are so absorbed in the role that they actually believe the words they are saying. Hoping for a prolific February and lots of sequels. HL
As I move into the new year of 2013 having survived the danger of Mayan extermination, I will concentrate on the SOL site with the 82 continuing stories already posted. About a dozen of these stories were mistakenly marked as unfinished when they were really always intended to be single entry stories. I have decided to post my new stories only to the United Kingdom site which holds almost 400 of my stories and generates almost two-thirds of my readers. My secondary site which is heavily social in nature accounts for about 20 percent of my readers and SOL Accounts for only about 10 of my total readership will still receive all sequel stories and holiday inspired stories. One story that I feel has been overlooked on the SOL site is the story of "Holly Honeypot" originally "Molly Greenberg". This story was gleaned from a period in my past when I was enthusiastic about photography and even considered a career in cinematography. The site of the old Spanish Mission is set in the San Diego area and the girl was a waitress friend determined to make it as a model. The cultlike religious overtones were most likely a sub-conscious "lashing out" against the influence of the perverted drug culture of the time. I watched a black and white movie from the 1950s recently that really impressed me. I never got the title but it starred Ray Milland from "Dial M for Murder" fame. It was presented in a quasi-documentary style popular in that era and followed a storyline of post atomic war devastation in the California area. The story was very predictable and it held up well after being on the shelf for 60 years. The dialogue was priceless. The acting was excellent. The conflict of guns and violence vs moral values impressed me. There were elements of rape and murder, torture and humiliation which were way ahead of their time in the 50s. An era when most of "The Blackboard Jungle" wound up on the cutting room floor. I would love to redesign a story following the main plot but brought up to date to current events. Of course, it will most likely be erotic in nature because I am addicted to the genre. lol HL
As of my last count using an exel program to track readership of my stories across several short story sites, I have passed the five million mark on readership. I started writing in February of 2011 as a hobby to keep my brain functioning on all 8 cylinders. Or 6 or 4, whatever the case might be. It does not seem possible to me as my earlier stories were a bit tentative. Then, I realized that within the erotica general genre, there were so many separate and distinct sub-classes of genres. I was proficient in perhaps 1 or 2 but determined to make an effort in almost all the sub-classes. I did an analysis of my genre mix and discovered I had expanded to a primary writing genre mix of about 9 sub-classes and had written stories in 24 of the 28 sub-classes that I had identified. I adopted simple rules of writing that followed the general guidelines of one of the popular sites that banned child porn of any type, scat,beastiality,rape,and set minimum age of characters to 16. Most of my stories seem to fit this formula with the exception of about 30 or 40 stories. I choose not to place those stories on the strictly enforced site because it was too disquieting to edit the key elements of certain stories. As in any censorship model, there are always conflicts. For instance, a story I wrote called "Chatty Chipmonk and Ollie the Owl" was considered "beastiality" but I saw it only as a fable using the non-human characters as surrogate humans. Another one would be "The Teacher Learns a Lesson" A terrible title and and an outright theft of a great plot from "The Blackboard Jungle" a film that made a great impression on me. I did my best to take the edge off the rape scene, but after all, rape is rape and there are victims no matter how fuzzy their conflicted emotions. It is also difficult to understand how stories about prisoners being questioned or treated roughly is prohibited but prime time television is filled with such scenes with little if any second guessing. I also decided to make most of my stories, which often are chapters of a storyline, as "stand-alone" meaning they can be enjoyed without digging back into previous chapters. Additionally, I tried to keep the story package to 2,000 to 2,500 words because of technical limits on reading devices and an evolving attention span of readers. This system seems to work to attract readers. HL