And, I’m back!

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Hey, folks! I am officially back! I had thought to unplug and take a break until the end of September, but my eyes have healed, my brain has cleared and I am back to my writing, creating, fun having self. Eyes, you ask?

Well, it turns out if you 1) spend a huge amount of time on the computer and 2) spend a lot of that time with your nose practically pressed to the screen, your eyes break. What happened to me is that I started to see jagged lines cutting across everything I looked at, kind of as if I were looking at the world through a broken cellphone screen. Sometimes, there would be swirling lines all around the edges of my vision.

This was a little weird and scary. It also made it so I couldn’t safely drive anywhere, as I could never be sure when I would suddenly see all these crazy jagged lines breaking up everything I looked at. So, it was time to rest my eyes. But, after a few days, they seem fine, and I feel fine, and so back at it!

I do plan on better habits now as I return to my creative efforts. I am going to make sure to look away from the screen for at least 20 seconds every twenty minutes, sit back from the screen and make sure the room is lit. I will also wear my glasses! Hopefully, my eyes won’t break again if I am more careful.

The Patreon is back as well, with a new video there right now, and a new installment of Carrolwood coming Monday along with a new GIF. Join me! Please! It’s gonna be fun, and you will get exclusive first looks at all my creative efforts! Plus, I will tell you how awesome you are. Actually, I will tell you that anyway.

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Walking to Inspiration!

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Today, I’m gonna share on where I get my ideas. I’ve written hundreds of gender swap short stories, novels, novellas and now scripts over the years. While they share a common element– someone gets gender swapped– they also are all different and unique in their own ways. Mostly, that does not result from a kind of logical process, but from an imaginative experience.

One of the greatest idea generating activities in my life involves walking. Aside from getting story ideas, I just like to walk. It’s healthy, and for me it’s a form of meditation. When I walk regularly, I just feel better physically, mentally and spiritually.

And, I get ideas. In the case of my current novel, Carrolwood, for example, the voice of the narrator came to me as I walked around my neighborhood after dinner one sweaty summer night. I sort of met this character, and I thought the voice was funny, and I began to think about what kind of story I could tell with that voice. The characters and setting all then just kind of emerged from my subconscious.

Another time I was walking around the beach down at Asbury Park, NJ, where the evil, 19th century clown Tillie still serves as town mascot, and I just started to think about what if Tillie were an evil spirit haunting the town? As I walked around, I took pictures of different locations, and the story ended up being built around that walk.

In addition to getting ideas for stories, I sometimes walk to inspiration while in the middle of a story. Sometimes when I am writing I get in a jam and can’t figure out what the character would or should do, I take a long walk, and the answer a lot of times just comes to me. Sometimes I see the scene in my head, and at those times I am very much inclined to believe in the idea of a muse that is feeding me ideas. It really does feel to me sometimes like I am seeing the story happen and just writing it down rather than “coming up with it.”

There are other ways ideas come to me. Sometimes I create a cover and then write a story to match. I have been inspired sometimes by other authors. For example, I once decided to write a TG story in the style of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Likewise, Forever Mine started out as “forced femme version of YOU (the book and Netflix series). There must be others I can’t think of right now– Oh, yeah– It Girl! What? Just started out as “TG Anime.”

But, I would say, without walking, I think I would write a lot less. There’s just something about walking along a shady, tree-lined path that allows my mind to open itself up and accept the gifts of inspiration!

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