My life went through some serious and primarily positive changes over the past several months. Those changes are now affording me the opportunity to do things that I was unable to do previously like taking time for myself and for seeing friends, pursuing various educational opportunities, and seriously evaluating my future, especially my future profession.
One of the things I will be doing is getting a serious education in a subject that fascinated me ever since my early teens, if not earlier.
That subject is hypnosis.
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In today’s self-publishing market, many times authors must also be their own copy editors, cover designers and artists and self-promoters. Very few people are everything: one of my biggest drawbacks is that I am not an artist and I am forced to rely on others to supply the artwork (and sometimes photography) needed for the cover I want. I was fortunate with my cover designs for my previous self-published works (here and here) which were based on actual photographs and then photo-manipulated, but I am stymied with my current project, because my requirements for my new story ‘Sympathetic Succubus’ are pretty specific: I want a succubus. which is not difficult, in a suit, looking very professional, very sardonic and a little resigned and annoyed because of what is happening in the story, which is proving very difficult. That is why I wrote up this description so I have something to point people toward.
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I just watched “Lucifer”, the television translation of the Vertigo comic series initiated by Neil Gaiman in his “Sandman” comics. The series builds off a number of things from the comics, then it goes its own way.
I will be following this one: it has possibilities.
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I just released a new WordPress plugin: WP Link Pages Extended. This plugin extends the existing subpage linking mechanism that WordPress uses when the page or post author uses the
<!--nextpage--> element to divide the page into subpages; this mechanism is what provides links to the various subpages at the bottom of the page, which is not to be confused with the inter-post link navigation system. I was very dissatisfied with the limited way WordPress by default presented the links, and I wanted something better for my own website, so I was certainly disposed to do something about it.
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It is a question writers hear a lot: “Where do you get your stories?” Well, in at least one case, a story came to me in a hypnagogic state.
Hypnagogic — Of or relating to the partially conscious state that precedes sleep; the drowsy period between wakefulness and sleep, during which fantasies and hallucinations often occur.
It was the weekend of Marcon, in Columbus, Ohio, back in (was it actually that long ago?) 1979. Katherine Kurtz was the Guest of Honor that year.
At the time, I was immersed with the creation of Morgana Black, my stage hypnotist vampire character for the White Wolf World of Darkness RPG. Since I knew Katherine was a trained Ericksonian hypnotist, and part of Morgana’s backstory was her training under Erickson, so I quickly wondered how Katherine would react to meeting Morgana. I never did mention anything about it to her, but the idea did live on in the back of my mind, with unexpected results.
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Many years ago, in 1969, to be exact, Larry Niven wrote an essay entitled ‘Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex’ which attempted to explain why the superhero character of Superman could not get laid. To this day, his postulations have remained intact.
There is, however, yet another question about Superman that remains unanswered, and I believe I know the answer: why is Superman (and by extension, all Kryptonians) so vulnerable to magic?
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