Saturday, March 31, 2012

Out of the blue, you might say

Here's another of those "I had intended to blog about something else until I found this" posts.

Before I (re)discovered the picture at left, I was just going to say a quick thank-you to everyone who comments on my blog and emails me about my writing. I've been online long enough to see the nastiness, intentional misinterpretation, and just general stupidity you find even on the "civilized" sites. It makes me grateful that the people who follow my work genuinely are civil. Aside from a couple of minor flame wars on the forums, I've never been the target of rudeness in the EMC community....Well, okay, there was that one stranger who thought I couldn't resist the offer of a threesome with him and his wife. Needless to say, I could.... But aside from him, you've all been so wonderfully - hah - decent that I have to thank you for it. You're the reason I keep writing this stuff.

But on to today's unexpected delight. Just now I was flipping through my copy of The Last Hero, a Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Paul Kidby. I love Kidby's art, period; but when I turned the page to the beauty above, I realized I had to share her picture with you.

Pratchett and Kidby would say this is Sessifet, the goddess of the afternoon. But just for a moment, you might imagine her as a young maiden who was abducted by an Egyptian goddess and transformed into a statue of living lapis....which, incidentally, isn't too far from the theme of my next story. But I've barely started writing it yet, so no need to say more just now!

No, wait, I will say one more thing about it. ;-P The last Discworld novel I selected for rereading, totally at random, turned out to be the perfect one to get my creative juices flowing. Pratchett's subject dovetailed so fully with my own that he might even end up influencing me a little (although I'm not aiming for comedy at all this time and I had the outline in place before I started reading). At the least, he's made me more eager to write.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A litle help, please?

I've just received an email from someone who downloaded my Virtual Hypnotist "Grok Quickie" but can't get it to work properly, so I tried it again on my computer - and it won't work for me, either. My initial guess is that this is another Windows 7 glitch since "Grok Quickie" worked on my old machine, which had an older version of Windows.

Can anyone confirm my hunch - and more importantly, can anyone solve the problem? Feel free to use the comment section below this post or to email me, whichever makes you most comfortable. Thanks.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Doll fetish nirvana

I found this completely by accident (through too long a chain of links to cite them all, but this was the last one) and knew I had to share.

The funniest thing about this video, to me, is that many of her tips are good for anyone who wears makeup. I just don't know about putting on three layers of moisturizer or combining brown-toned lip liner with pink-toned lipstick. ;-) But I'll have to remember the bit about putting concealer on your eyelids.

Anyway, this girl gets some pretty damn doll-like results.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Monty Python meets H.P. Lovecraft by way of Scotland

Thanks to Lady K for the giggles:

And just for the sake of completeness, here's the video I'd shared with her first:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My most frequently asked question

From time to time I get emails from my blog readers, and in those emails, one question pops up more than any other. They've experimented with hypnosis either through Virtual Hypnotist or a live hypnotist, and they just don't think they're going under.

I always tell them what people told me when I started experimenting: they're probably going deeper than they think they are. You can test this for yourself by focusing on how relaxed your body is, when you're listening to a hypnotic induction. Notice how limp your arms and legs are. Notice how slack your jaw has become. Notice how you just don't really want to move. You could move, you tell yourself; but you're just too comfortable to bother. You see, feeling this way means you're at least somewhat hypnotized.

At this point, you might argue that only your body is hypnotized; your mind is still wide awake. But think about this: yes, you really could move, if you were motivated enough - but you're not. And motivation comes from the mind, not the body. Your mind is at least somewhat involved in the hypnosis. So it's only a matter of practice and finding the right imagery to make you feel it.

Having a real, certified hypnotist as a partner is the best way to go, but of course, not everyone has access to that. And even if you do have access to a hypnotist, that doesn't mean you have access to a kinky hypnotist. And even if you do have access to a kinky hypnotist, that doesn't mean you should automatically trust them enough to take you deep. As a matter of fact, I hope you won't trust them that much until you really get to know them. Anything else is dangerous.

As for those of you who don't have access to a kinky hypnotic sex partner, Virtual Hypnotist can be pretty fucking awesome - if you're willing to take time with it. Those of you who've been following my blog for awhile (especially the "My Hypnotic Adventure"-tagged posts) know I started out in the same "I don't think I'm going deep" boat as many of you. Well, I can say with absolute certainly that I'm going very deep now. In fact, I had an absolutely unbelievable experience just this morning. Too bad I don't remember it completely, but that's by choice. I like the idea of having a Mistress who implants commands I can't even follow. And the fact that she's really me, the fact that I devised these commands myself to enrich my life and give myself pleasure, allows me to go as deep as I like. I trust "her" completely, because I can.

That's the biggest advantage to VH: if you write your own scripts, you have total control - even when you don't remember that you have it. You know just how to push your own buttons, and you can trust yourself more than you can trust just about anyone else, so that allows you to go extremely deep and have an extremely pleasurable experience. It just takes time to get there.

Caveat: I don't recommend pushing the envelope too much on the self-trust issue. I always preach safe play, so I hope you won't try to program yourself for intentional harm. At the very, very least, I imagine it would make you less likely to trust yourself in the future - and that could lead to poorer hypnotic results. At the worst, who knows? I don't. Just don't try it.

When you're writing scripts for yourself, try to get into the headspace of a kinky but ultimately benevolent hypnotist. Any post-hypnotic suggestions should be designed to enhance your well-being. Tell yourself you're a good person, a strong person, able to cope well with difficult situations in life. Tell yourself you can resist temptation to do things that would harm you. Tell yourself you deserve love and happiness, and you can find it.

And when you're giving yourself commands about how to react to hypnosis in the future (for instance, going deeper every time you hear your trigger), make sure you give yourself an "out" so you don't get yourself into trouble. For instance, suppose you've chosen "broccoli" as your trigger word. You don't want to fall into a trance every time you hear that word, because who knows when or where you might hear it? Worst case scenario, you could be shopping at your local grocery and suddenly drop your pants and start humping the produce. Okay, I'm kidding...but not entirely. Do follow up any suggestions about trigger words or falling into trance again with conditions: when it will work, and when it won't.

I also think it's important to program yourself not to be controlled by just anybody.   Don't let some random stranger who knows your kink take advantage of you, and don't become so submissive that it affects your everyday interactions. Tell yourself you'll only be hypnotized or otherwise manipulated when you consciously want it.

But enough preaching. I hope these tips will help you get the most out of your hypnotic play. If you want more information about how to customize Virtual Hypnotist, just look up to the top of the sidebar here; I have a whole tutorial.

*The image at the top of this post came from Bizarre. The model is Sophie Howard.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

until later...

Life's a little busy right now, so while I have some posts percolating in my head, I don't have time to write much down. I hope this picture of a gold-painted Charlize Theron will tide you over. ;-)