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Is the part where I get to share my stories with others. I'm glad to say that my novella Ravaged is done and available on Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance.
It's the prequel to my story, Pillaged. And is a dark romance about a man who must choose between a brutal noble and kind slave boy. Here's the blurb:
After being held captive for twelve years, a young man must choose between a domineering lord willing do anything for him, and a gentle slave who has nothing to offer but his unyielding devotion. Ravaged is a 12,000 word erotic novella about friendship, love and desire.
This has me excited about the Love Unleashed world and I'm looking forward to writing more stories about it in the future.
Also I'm giving away a copy of Frat House Rulez to everyone that signs up to my newsletter. I promise not to spam anyone on the list. Just the occasional update, promo, giveaway, etc.
I have no artistic talent. None.
But I've decided not to let something like that stop me from making bookcovers. Now I've been at this self-publishing game for a couple years now. And I've bought a lot of covers. I've seen how they are put together in photoshop and I've watched people make them. So I've decided to make covers for all the stories in the Dog Tags anthology. I've gotten two done so far and I'm very proud of them and want to show them off. Of course, part of my affliction is being incredibly proud of anything I've made no matter how bad it looks. Exhibit A.
But here are the covers I made so far. I think the biggest thing that's helping is to just keep it simple.
When a young man is rescued by a delinquent, he falls in love, risking everything to walk in this bad boy's world.
Justin Smith was small for his age and constantly bullied. But as difficult as life was, he was surviving it. Then one day a new guy comes to his school and flips his world upside down.
Francis Scott is trying to start over. New school. New house. New life. But when he sees a student being bullied, his past comes back to haunt him and for once, he gets to do what's right.
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I just have to say, "Wow." The movie stayed true to the book in ways I didn't imagine possible. Their romance was just as creepy and awkward in the movie as it was in the book. The stupid stares that make sense in a paranormal teen romance but don't make sense between two "real" adults who've know each other for a grand total for 25 minutes are still there.
All the endless contradictions are still there. Like offering to have sex with a guy you just met before the first meal together and then mentioning how you're a 22 year old virgin (cause most people who manage to stay a virgin for 22 years offer to bang people they just met). Declaring you don't make love, you fuck, then gently and lovingly deflowering someone 15 minutes after claiming this so they'll be more open to doing what you want...yep, all the things that made me go WTF in the book are still there.
They kept the email and contract chapters which I thought was impossible for a movie. I mean the actual contract is in the book. I didn't think they'd possibly find a way to get that in the movie, but they did. And they did a really good job of getting it in there.
And the movie is just as insulting to anyone into BDSM as the book is. It's like after a 30 minute Google search James decided to substitute being into BDSM with vampirism and went from there. This movie is like the blackface of BDSM.
I thought the actor for Christian Grey might try to soften his character, after all, it's a romance, and you want likeable characters in a romance. But nope, he played him just as unlikeable as the books portray him. Excellent acting.
The only thing they lessened was the abuse factor. They made it seem like she liked the BDSM aspects instead of simply enduring them to please him in hopes of keeping him long enough to change him. Which made me wonder how they were going to end it, because his "need" to hurt her (tries not to puke) was their reason for their break up, but the ending ended up seeming perfectly consistent.
This has to be one of the best book to movie translations I've ever seen. Sure it was painful to watch, and I'll never watch it again, but that's only because of how true they stayed to their source material.
Back in college, my friends and I were taking one of those personality tests and we were all talking about if we were introverted or extroverted. Before I could answer for myself, a friend of mine suggested I was introverted. The rest of the table stared at him as if he'd suddenly grown a horn from his head. You see, I'm obnoxious. I am one of those loud, vulgar people that demands to be noticed. So we all eagerly waited, myself included for him to explain.
He said it was an act. That I make so much noise in hopes that people think that's all there is, and that they don't dig deeper. Amusingly enough, he was right. But I never really thought about the way I act as being different than the way I am.
The loud, crazy, funny, entertaining me is what I call "being on" and it can be exhausting. There are a handful of people that I've met in my life where being around them didn't require me to be "on". But most of the time being social is hard work.
If I were a Sim, my social bar would decrease very slowly. I enjoy spending time with myself. Sometimes this causes me to neglect my friendships, I get so lost in this hobby or that, and I forget to keep in contact with people.
I think about this now because one of my hobbies has put me in a situation where I have to talk to a room full of people, and deep down, I don't wanna, but at the same time I think I'll do a good job of it. It amused me that on some level I dread something I'm pretty sure I'll be good at.
Looking at the clock, I still have a few minutes until midnight, so I'm going to consider this a deadline met (barely).
Tonight I want to talk about Outlaw of Gor. For anyone familiar with Gor you may be thinking, "Oh. God. Why?" For those of you unfamiliar with Gor, it's basically a 30+ book series of poorly written fantasy novels about a planet ruled by bug-like aliens and packed with page after page of blatant sexism.
Now that everyone is wondering why I read this book, let me start with what got me into Gor. I was playing a game called SecondLife which is basically a virtual world where you can do pretty much anything you can imagine. And while I was roaming around someone warned me, under no circumstance should I go to a place called Gor.
It was a terrible place, that no self-respecting woman would ever enter and if she did, unspeakable horrors would befall her. Needless to say, within 20 minutes of this conversation I was in bouncing around Gor in my slave silks (at the time I had been mistakenly lead to believe all women on Gor were slaves to men).
The first place I landed in Gor was a city called Tharna, which is actually the same city that Outlaw of Gor is about. Unlike most cities in Gor, Tharna was ruled by women, so I was quite possibly in the safest Gorean city a woman could be in, but how was I to know that? When a man approached me and said, "Tal," which is Gorean for "Hello", I turned and ran away screaming, "DON'T RAPE ME!!!!"
And that was my introduction into Gor. Well, after I learned a few things, I came to discover there were people who not only had read the books, but treated them as if they were holy scripture. They could quote a passage to defend any point they wanted to make. I, too, wanted to be that obnoxious and annoying, so began my quest to read the Gor books. The only problem was the writing was really bad, so bad the only thing I've finished that was worse was 50 Shades of Grey.
But there is a reason hundreds if not thousands of people have turned this man's books into a lifestyle choice. And it's because the man can tell a story. He paints vivid worlds that are deep and interesting. He creates characters you'd love to meet or even fear to meet. And that's exactly what he did in Outlaw of Gor. So far this is my favorite book in the Gor series (it's book 2, I've been reading them out of order).
I started reading Outlaw of Gor because I was playing an outlaw. An outlaw on Gor is someone without a homestome. A homestone is basically what brings civilization to Gor. People pledge their loyalty to their homestone, which is what keeps them from harming one another. Goreans, in general, aren't very nice to strangers.
Tarl returns to Gor to find his city is destroyed by the Priest-Kings (bug-like aliens that rule the planet) so he sets out toward Sadar to bitch them out for destroying his home even though he realizes he'll prolly die instantly for it. But long before he can get there, he ends up in Tharna, a city ruled by women, rich from silver mines worked by thousands of men.
He ends up enslaved and must not only fight for his freedom, but the freedom of his newfound friends. But even that isn't enough, after all, there is an entire city living in misery, where men are enslaved to add to the city's wealth. A warrior like Tarl must stand against such injustice.
Outlaw of Gor is about love and betrayal, brotherhood and courage, duty and honor. There were parts that nearly brought me to tears. I hope the next Gor book I decide to pick up is as good as this one.
When I look at the date of my last post, I feel ashamed. I have failed as a blogger. But I'm not going to let this discourage me. It just means that I need to do better, so from this point forward there will be some changes to my blog. First off, it won't be a writer's only blog, because lets face it, there is only so much I can say about writing. It'll be about Kayci, the person. The books I read, the shows I watch, the games I play. Which now that I think about it, doesn't make it much different than what it already is.
Secondly, I will adhere to a blogging schedule of one post every Friday no matter what. There may be extra posts, but every Friday there should be a new post of me rambling about one thing or another. And the first topic I want to discuss is the resurrection of Glee.
As a storyteller, what works and doesn't work in a series is of particular interest to me. Season 4 of Glee showed the writers had little idea of why people liked their show. Season 5 pressed upon that point, but now with Season 6, it looks like someone finally told them, or they finally started listening.
When I first started watching Glee, I loved it. It was the quirky little show unlike anything else on television that wasn't afraid to make fun of itself and had a wonderful message, that you didn't have to be perfect to be a star. Here you have the school's misfits, getting on stage and singing their hearts out, and it was magical.
Then Season 4 came and a lot of the kids aged out of high school, and the casting director seemed to have never watched an episode of Glee or at the very least had no idea why anyone else watched it. So then enters Marley, Ryder and Jake, three characters almost no one is missing. When the female lead's major issues are a fear of someday becoming fat, not being able to afford designer clothes and deciding which hot guy to date, a show about social misfits has jumped the fucking tracks.
I think the writers met these actors and were as uninspired as the audience was to keep watching them. So the downward spiral of Glee began...
But now we get to Season 6 and it's like the show has done a 180 (Well more like a 225, but I'll get to that). Sure bringing back half the old guard is unrealistic and a bit depressing when you think about it. After all the big dreams they had, they fail miserably and end up teachers at their old high school. And not even real teachers cause none of them have a college degree. But I can't blame them for bringing back the old guard considering how flat and depressing some of the new guard was.
But the new new guard is awesome. Sure the brother and sister pair are a tad weird even to me, but Jane and Roderick are amazing! I think they are leading us back to the heart and soul of what Glee is about. Take Roderick for example, if I passed him on the street, I probably wouldn't look twice, but when he opens his mouth to sing, I turn into a 15 year old fan girl who just met Edward Cullens. He is phenomenal. And that is what the casting of Season 4 should have been like, then that would have allowed the old guard to leave high school without ruining the show.
With that being said, there is one storyline I don't like. That is the one about Coach Bieste transitioning into a man. I mostly dislike it because it goes against everything the character has done up until this point, and seems tacked on as an attempt to show how super diverse and envelope pushing the show is. While I'm all for diversity and pushing the envelope, I don't think it should be done by retconning your characters.
But overall, this last season of Glee is making such a comeback that I'm sorry that it's ending. I look forward to every episode and am watching the moment it airs.
After Alex's mother commits murder to protect him, it's his turn to protect her by delivering himself and Ryan, his love, into his ex-boyfriend's lusty hands.
Everyone knows Ryan is attracted to Alex's ex, Manuel. Being surrounded by mind reading vampires doesn't leave much room for privacy. But love is stronger than lust and Ryan would never betray Alex.
However, with Ryan's world in chaos, Manuel proves to himself to be the anchor Ryan needs.
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Ryan tried to die to protect Alex's secret, but Alex, unwilling to lose the man he loved turned him to save him. Ryan quickly embraced his new life as a vampire under Alex's guidance.
But there was a price to his new immortality that Alex didn't tell him about. A group of Elders, called The Council oversaw every aspect of vampire society and turning Ryan without their approval was an act punishable by death.
Now Ryan must convince a Council of ancient and powerful vampires to show mercy and pardon Alex of his crime. If he fails, it would fall to Ryan to carry out Alex's death sentence.
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In a kingdom faced with civil war, an idealistic prince must abandon the foreign princess he desires for an arranged marriage to an influential knight. Together, the prince and knight travel north to deal with an army marching on the kingdom’s borders, only to discover the biggest threat to the crown is the princess they left behind.
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