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It's been a while since I've been able to fully keep on top of the watches and likes that have so very kindly been sent my way by readers over the past few months, and when I have been able to do this at all, I've also been frustrated by the need to remember who had fav'd more than one piece so as not to spam them with multiple comments thanking them and also the fact that the site seems to have a set limit as to how many comments can be made in a set space of time to prevent nuisance spamming.

In light of this, I have decided to drop my habit of thanking people individually every time they like something and instead send them a Llama if it's the first time they've added a piece of my work. It's quicker for me and maybe less of an irritation for people who are nice enough to regularly add my stories to their collections, but it doesn't mean that I'm any the less grateful for the attention and positive feedback that I always interpret favourites to indicate on the part of readers.

Of course this doesn't mean that I don't have time for comments and notes sent by readers and those with similar interests to me, those are, as always, both welcome and very much encouraged. So please don't be offended on the one hand if you fail to hear from me after adding a fav
Every time I see that my pageview count has crested another hundred thousand, I'm both taken by complete surprise and amazed at the fact that people are still regularly seeking out my work, whether they're new to it or coming back again to reread something that they liked that much the first time around they simply had to experience it one more time.

I keep saying that I want to write more stuff to be shared around here and lamenting what little I've been able to spend doing so, but it's because that's the truth!

But as way of saying thanks, I have managed to actually finish something and post it this week, so I hope people enjoy it.

This represents the first time that I've used hypnosis in one of my stories, so if you're an aficionado either of tales that feature it a lot or even an expert on the actual subject, please go easy on me!
  • Listening to: Return to Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Kraken by China Mieville
  • Watching: Twin Peaks Series 1
  • Playing: Being an adult
  • Eating: Cheese
  • Drinking: Black Bottle Whiskey
I seem to have been able to post more illustrations of my characters produced by other talented artists this year than actual pieces of prose that I came up with myself. And, while flattering, this serves to underline how little I have managed to complete in the space of the past few months when it comes to my writing.

I have a good number of ideas and a few pieces under way, but with a day job, a family and several other projects in my spare time that are proving to be both demanding in terms of hours and draining when it comes to energy, some of them will remain in limbo for a good while to come. Not something that I'm happy with, but the reality of the situation.

So you'll have to bear with me!

In the meantime, I'm checking in here on an almost daily basis, as usual. So if there's anything that you want to ask, share or discuss, then I always welcome the chance to chat, and it makes me feel a little more human when I do.

Here's a teaser for the story that I'm working on at the moment - think a TV show where a guy with a massive beard pimps cars colliding with Nip & Tuck?
  • Listening to: Return to Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The City & The City by China Mieville
  • Watching: The Team
  • Playing: Being an adult
  • Eating: Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
  • Drinking: Black Bottle Whiskey
I've fallen out of the habit of making journal entries around here for a while, and though I don't have anything specific to say with this one, it comes more from a wish to make it known that I'm still around these parts on a regular basis, looking up things that interest me, talking to those with similar interests and, on a very rare occasion, even posting something new in my own gallery that I hope garners the attention of my readers.

Mainly the stuff that I've been posting in recent weeks has been some of the very impressive and always welcome pieces of original artwork that my own writing has had some role in inspiring. I'd say that my words were the basis for these pieces of art, but a quick glance around the galleries of these talented individuals will put paid to that conceit and show that it's me who is lucky to have someone devote some of their time and their amazing craft to depicting what I write about.

They're just wrapping their already wonderful talent around my words and proving that they're good at what they do.

The thing that I find most astonishing is the repeated occasions on which I have found that these works of art are spontaneous on their part and needed no encouragement from me. Some have even appeared hot on the heels of a piece that I seem to only have posted the day before!

Their names are all in the Illustrations section of my gallery, where I like to repost their works, along with a link to the original and one to the story that inspired them so as to hopefully get eyes looking in both directions.

That aside, I'm still alive, writing and available for chat or the pitching of ideas, as well as hoping to have something to post very soon.
  • Listening to: The Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams
  • Reading: Atilla the Hun by John Man
  • Watching: 2000's Pro Wrestling NOAH
  • Playing: At being a commentator
  • Eating: Rollmop Herring
  • Drinking: Atlantic Pale Ale
Seems there was a glitch in my browser, so the latest story has now been submitted.

Hope you enjoy.
  • Listening to: Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Oxford History of the French Revolution
  • Watching: 1990's NJPW
  • Playing: At being a commentator
  • Eating: Pate
  • Drinking: Coffee
I'll admit that my last post was somewhat experimental in nature, a mermaid transformation-themed tale in which I wanted to see if I could actually get away with not including the change itself in the text as a physical event, but rather exploring the mental processes associated with an enforced situation and the possibility that there might be flights of fancy involved in something even so extreme and potentially final. I don't know if I succeeded, as response was fairly evenly split between those who seemed happy with the exploration involved and those how lamented the fact that a transformation was teased and then not delivered at the end of the piece.

After reading the feedback, I have decided to work on a short addition to the story which I will then post separately so that those who are keen to see the physical reality of the transformation can do so and those happy with the flight of imagination in the original do not have to feel as though they've missed out.

The next few pieces that I hope to have completed before too long of a time passes are more traditional fare and will, I promise, involve transformations of a very real kind.
  • Listening to: Crises by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Oxford History of the French Revolution
  • Watching: 1990's AJPW
  • Playing: At being a commentator
  • Eating: Lozenges
  • Drinking: Penderyn
It feels as though I've had no time whatsoever to write over the space of the past few months, but then I look at my works in progress and realise that that can't be the case, as I have at least three or four short pieces that are just waiting for me to spend a good few hours on them in order to be finished and most of them were begun between December and today.

Being able to finally sit down and see one through to the finish felt like a minor triumph this afternoon, kind of confirming that I both still had the motivation and the mind for writing. And while I will apologise firstly for the amount of time it's taken me to post anything new around here and secondly for the fact that I am well aware this story doesn't exactly break new ground in terms of subject matter, I hope you will allow me to gather myself a little before I embark on anything dangerous and controversial.

Another great feeling was to see that this first post of 2016 already has almost ten favourites and the pleasant comments that it inspired some familiar names to leave beneath. Thank you very much for those kind words and your undoubted patience to still be on the lookout for something with my name on it after all this time!
  • Listening to: QE2 by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Oxford History of the French Revolution
  • Watching: 1980's AJPW
  • Playing: Chase the virus
  • Eating: Prawn Crackers
  • Drinking: Black Grouse
I seem to be slipping evermore behind in terms of keeping up with this place and making sure that I have a presence online, but this past month I have had the excuse of being very much floored by a case of acute sinusitis and actually thinking at the worst point that I was going to expire. But one of the benefits of being down for the count is that once you recover, you're reminded of all of the things that you were looking forward before succumbing to the illness.

I reckon that there are now only seventeen days until the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and I have now boiled my assumptions down to Rey and Kylo Ren being the twin children of Han and Leia, both taking different paths as far as the force is concerned, favouring Snook being Plageous and Luke not having been claimed by the dark side but living as a recluse on account of his force powers becoming too potent to be controlled.

One character that I am surprised not to have heard more speculation about, I have to say, is that of Captain Phasma. It seems to me that a role filled with a named actress such as Gwendoline Christie and featured so prominently in the trailers and TV spots has to be something more than simply a higher-ranking First Order officer. The original trilogy never featured Imperial officers who were anything more than either messenger-boys or punching bags for Darth Vader, and to have a distinctive set of armour and equipment makes me think that she must have a more complicated back-story yet to be told.

My own theory is based on the fact that she has brushed metal armour, a shoulder-cape and a blaster with a stock that she holds in almost the exact same manner as Boba Fett. I'm not suggesting anything daft like her being his daughter, more like she's simply a Mandalorian or even the child of a surviving clone trooper that's discovered the legacy of Jango Fett and embraced Mandalorian culture and ideals as a result. You may recall that Mandalorian armour was made of Beskar, a metal able to deflect glancing blows from a lightsabre, which would be useful if Kylo Ren is indeed trying to complete Darth Vader's quest to exterminate the Jedi.

What theories and thoughts do you have on this and other subjects relating to the new Star Wars movies?
  • Listening to: QE2 by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Ghengis Khan by John Man
  • Watching: Lucha Underground
  • Playing: In my dreams...
  • Eating: Eccles Cakes
  • Drinking: Farmers Bitter
So I guess that we're all very excited about the Episode VII trailer that was just unleashed upon the internets? I watched it as soon as I could and have to say that it all looks very nice, well-shot and a very good balance between new ideas and what makes the franchise feel like Star Wars (and, thank the gods, no sign of excessive lens flare at any point). Right now I really am looking forward to seeing a new Star Wars film, something that I could never have said in the years that saw us blighted by the prequel trilogy.

I'm sure that closer to the time, as scenes are released for the purpose of publicity there might be some things that bother me, but right now I'm just plain looking forward to it and the only question that I have is why they chose to cast John Boyega in the role that he's playing. Or more specifically, why he's using an American accent?

This has nothing to do with the racist bullshit that some throwbacks have been trying to smear all over Twitter, as I'm sure that Boyega is a fine actor and the part is perfect for him. It's just that in the original trilogy the tone of the Imperial Army was established by having English actors speaking in RP accents, and this worked perfectly to make them sound authoritarian and oppressive in contrast to the more reckless and ragtag rebels, who mainly spoke with American accents.

I know some storm troopers had American accents, but as Boyega was born in Peckham, I just think it would have been more fun to have him speak in a London accent, speculating that the lower orders of the Imperial Army attract the rougher elements of the same society that fills the ranks of the officers with upper class types.

That would have set up a nice precedent for Episode VIII or IX to feature Tom Hardy as a villain.

And don't tell me no one wants to see that happen!
  • Listening to: QE2 by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Castle by Mark Morris
  • Watching: Lucha Underground
  • Playing: In my dreams...
  • Eating: French Bread
  • Drinking: Bombardier
I should have done this a few weeks ago now, but the rather rankling subject of my last journal entry served to somewhat distract me from the impressive realisation that I have recently passed the mark of having 200,000 page-views recorded for my presence here on DA in the roughly three-year period that I've been active and posting on the site.

The striking nature of this figure and the time over which it has been accumulated was made all the more apparent to me when I happened to be browsing the page of a fellow author who was offering sound advice on literary matters. I'm not intending to insult the author in question in any way, but they had been around here for seven years in total and in that time managed to attract just over 100,000 page-views of their own.

I'm not trying to boast, more to express my surprise and amazement that I could have captured the attention of so many people in so short a time. Graphic artists and photographers are used, no doubt, to far more traffic on their pages and there are published authors who have literally millions of copies of their works in circulation. But to say that I do this in my spare time and have made less money than the average kid with a paper-round, then it still seems crazy.

It's not that I have some earth-shattering announcement to make on this occasion or a massive new project to embark upon, just that I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what I think is a milestone in my time on DA and as a writer in general. I still have the constant battle between the real world and the time that I can devote to writing, painting and commentating at pro wrestling shows, but I do hope to have some new work to share very soon.

So thanks again for being interested in my work and putting up with the sporadic nature of my posting.

And as ever: the world needs more mermaids.
  • Listening to: Hergest Ridge by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Ghengis Khan by John Man
  • Watching: Lucha Underground
  • Playing: In my dreams...
  • Eating: French Bread
  • Drinking: Bombardier
I've written in the past and had extensive conversations with sympathetic fellow users of this site about (what is to me at least) the bizarre phenomenon of artists who go to the trouble of amassing a portfolio of work in whatever medium, creating a profile here on DeviantArt, posting all or part of that portfolio in their gallery and then protesting when someone happens to come along, look it over and then add it to their own favourites gallery on account of the fact that they like it, said artist seems to go ballistic object to the whole idea.

One user banned me from adding her work as favourites, another actually messaged me and demanded that I remove every one of her images from the gallery. All types of behaviour that seem odd, if not downright counterproductive to me when you consider that the basic aim of being on this site is to promote your art and ensure that as many people see it as possible.

But that was a while ago, and I thought that the madness had subsided.

That is, until today.

Anyone who knows my own favourites gallery can tell you that it's often added to in large numbers from a particular artist that I happen upon. This is just a habit of mine, and I do it for the purpose of inspiration for my own work on the one hand, to make others aware of something that I think is worth taking the time to peruse and also because I feel that adding a piece as a favourite is a simple way of showing the artist responsible that you like and appreciate their work.On an almost daily basis I find myself offering thanks to a fellow user who has added one of my stories as a favourite, and I feel that it means they appreciate my efforts, that I'm doing something right.

But apparently one of the artists whom I added to my own gallery today feels something quite different. He felt moved to leave me a comment that ran along the lines of "you could at least have written a story about my pictures...but I guess you're just a horder!" I replied to him that I like it when people have manners, that I choose if and when I write a piece and that I was not sure what I had done wrong. He fired back that I was apparently the one who lacked manners, as I had failed to ask before I "used his work".

Has anyone ever been so far from the mark when it comes to actually understanding what's going on here?

I put my work online, others add it as a favourite and I'm happy to see them interested in my work.

This guy does the same and then demands that I ask him before appreciating his own.

I ask you honestly: which one of us is crazy?
  • Listening to: Hergest Ridge by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Ghengis Khan by John Man
  • Watching: Lucha Underground
  • Playing: In my dreams...
  • Eating: French Bread
  • Drinking: Bombardier
It feels like forever since I had the time to sit down and write something about my thoughts and projects of a literary nature, what with the demands of family life and the rigours of the wrestling business being what they are. But I had one of those moments yesterday morning where an idea for a story comes to you almost fully formed and there's nothing that you want to do more than sit down straight away and start writing the thing.

I hope that people who have been such loyal and rewarding readers in the past have not drifted away in the time that I've not been so active on DA, and I also hope that they approve of the new piece that I'm working on currently. The literary sketches are a fun and relatively stress-free means of keeping my hand in and making sure that something new pops up around here from time to time, but they're hardly enough to truly keep me feeling creatively fulfilled.

So, are you all still out there?

Drop me a line and let me know that I'm not alone!
  • Listening to: Hergest Ridge by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Samurai: The Last Warrior by John Man
  • Watching: Lucha Underground
  • Playing: In my dreams...
  • Eating: Prawn Crackers
  • Drinking: Doom Bar
I apologise for not being able to post more in the way of journal entries around here in the space of the past few months. It's become common for me to pop up on occasion and make an apology for real life demanding more of my time, but I'm afraid that this is still the case and as a result my output has been reduced accordingly. I'm still around to correspond with my readers and friends on DA, to all of whom I remain immensely grateful and indebted for their support and interest in what I write. So if you want a chat or to swap ideas, please drop me a line.

In the interim, I've decided to post a video that I came across some time ago and was quite spellbound by:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsjwao…

Magenta Lust is a very talented burlesque performer, but in this sequence she takes the theme of the snake-woman, lamia or naga and brings it to life in a way that I have simply never come seen before or since. The practicalities of wearing such a costume mean that one's movements should be severely limited, but instead she demonstrates how the act of embracing those limitations and turning them into essential parts of the creature that she becomes can make for a captivating performance.
  • Listening to: Tres Lunas by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  • Watching: The Walking Dead - Series 5
  • Playing: With tanks and bombs...
  • Eating: Fish & Chips
  • Drinking: Coffee
Wow, it's been a while.

The past few months seem to have passed by in the blinking of an eye and there's been little time for doing anything other than dabbling in the short pieces that have been posted in that time and exchanging notes with the other Deviants around these parts with whom I have a close rapport.

Real life has been frantic at times (who would have thought that professional wrestling could make such demands upon the finite hours of the day?), but I feel as though I've been at least able to keep my hand in with these shorter pieces and explore some ideas that I never really felt justified a longer story for various reasons.

The latest has been posted today and ventures into a region of TF conventions that I'd previously been avoiding on purpose, that of instant or "puff of smoke" transformations.

All too often one comes across this quickest of means being abused in order for the writer to get to the point in the narrative in which they are solely interested, ignoring any need for building a character and setting the stage.

But there was an advertising campaign a few years back in which individuals were doled out instant karmic payback for abusing the product in question, and this came in the form of transformation into an appropriate form, literally in a puff of smoke. The idea stuck in my head and as these "literary sketches" are shorter in nature, it seemed an ideal place to explore kind of TF.

As always, I'm interested in heating what people think and any ideas that you might have for future stories.
  • Listening to: Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Winter King by Thomas Penn
  • Watching: Gotham
  • Playing: A Victorian Stereotype
  • Eating: Stew
  • Drinking: Coffee
Time is being steadily eaten up at the moment by things that are neither literary in nature nor exactly fun either, so as a result it's been hard to find both the opportunity and the motivation to work on my more serious and lengthy projects over the space of the past few weeks.

That said, I have taken my mind off things with the distraction of jotting down a few small scenes and posting them around here and it seems to be helping to inspire me a little and provide a much needed distraction as I am able to escape into a realm of pure fantasy for even a short while.

It's quite pretentious to call them "literary sketches", but that's the best term I can think of as they're clearly not fully-formed stories, more scenes that could have been part of a larger narrative and yet I felt were worth bringing to life even in such a short and unedited format.

I hope people have been enjoying reading them and I keep getting the occasional idea as I browse around DeviantArt.

So if you have an idea or there's an image that you think would be a good starting point, please feel free to let me know and I may take the time to write it up.
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: PCW
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Noodles
  • Drinking: Beer
I have a somewhat more positive and upbeat subject to post on this week, what with the first of my fantasy short stories being finally ready and available for download from Smashwords. For a while now I've wanted to have more than erotic representing me on the site, and so I decided to begin with a story that I have a lot of affection for and would like to see shared with a wider audience.

And so here is the link to where you can purchase (for a very reasonable $0.99) a copy of the fully re-edited and revised "Of Wolves & Winter":

www.smashwords.com/books/view/…

I'm particularly pleased with the way the cover turned out, almost well enough to make me feel like a proper author with a presentable book and all that stuff. I think it fits the conventions of the fantasy genre and yet differentiates the e-book from the other titles that I already have available for download from the site as well.

I'm hoping to get more fantasy stories up on the site sooner rather than later as well as more erotica in the form of "The Retreat Omnibus" and more of the individual stories from that series and The Man in Black and Jemima series.

Now all I need is for someone to buy it!
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: PCW
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Noodles
  • Drinking: Beer
So I just received a note telling me that "Her Contract Entails: The Taming of the Bodyguard" was deleted by the all-powerful admins because it was reported and found to be in violation of the DA policy in some area or another. According to the bland and uniquely uninformative note that was apparently generated automatically to inform me of the fact that a piece of art that I worked on has been summarily destroyed, I can be extended no explanation as to why or just what the nature of the original complaint was. I have no right of appeal and no recourse whatsoever, someone read material clearly labelled as adult and erotic in nature, shat themselves at the sight of frankly depicted scenes of sex between consenting adults and then went crying to the arbiters of what is and is not art to get that of which they do not approve censored in the most brutal and impersonal manner.

I glanced over the policy on such things, and to be frank, I'm amazed both that I've gone almost three years around here without some other prude getting butt-hurt over my chosen subject-matter or being subjected to mandatory deletion as DA apparently has a real problem with anyone who wants to depict in their writing the act without which there would be nobody around to look at the damn site in the first place. Sex is out, masturbation is out, toys are out and bodily fluids are just too icky and disgusting to be mentioned in a place that is replete with photos, drawings, animations and CGI pieces that would in some cases be enough to make the Marquis De Sade blush with shock. Want to show tits and fannies, then draw a picture and you can call it art, but describe the same thing in prose form, or even something infinitely more tame and innocent and you'll be pilloried for it.

Not all of my work is going to fall under this category of violation, but a large part of it worries me and I fear that I'll be seeing a lot more of these obnoxious little notes before too long. The piece in question was not long, nor was it something that I wrote in a fit of creative passion, but it was a collaboration with a long-time reader for whom I was editing and co-writing the story as thanks for his tireless support of my work. I try always to keep in mind artistic differences and the fact that we all hear the call of a unique muse, but when there are so many accounts hereabouts that do nothing more than display horrendous shots of scantily-clad teenage tarts in their underwear, artwork that could have been scrawled by a fitting chimpanzee and blatantly stolen pictures of a strikingly pornographic nature, the sheer amount of work and effort that I put into my writing by comparison makes it hard to come to any other conclusion than the powers-that-be on DA are taking the f*cking piss.

Right now I have no idea what this will mean for my presence here in the longer term, and I know full well that I'm writing this whilst angry at the arbitrary nature of this act. But there is the distinct possibility that this is either a blip that will see nothing else happen as regards my other stories on the site, or that it is only the first sign of what could become a concerted campaign to see my work deleted again and again. In the case of the former, then I see no reason for anything to change and I will continue to post and interact with the community on DA as before. But if the amount of censorship and it's ham-fisted nature becomes more oppressive I may well be forced to consider whether or not I can remain an active user of the site as a whole.

There appears to be nothing that I or anyone else can do about this matter and I don't even get to know what the complaint was or who made it. I only hope that it was genuinely motivated and not some throwaway gesture, or worse, a malicious act on the part of someone whom I may unknowingly (or quite possibly knowingly) offended in the recent past.

Right now the prospect of distributing my work via online publishing and getting paid for the interest that it generates has never sounded more attractive than sharing it entirely for free around here and being subjected to treatment of this kind.
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: PCW
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Noodles
  • Drinking: Beer
For better or worse I have now decided to take the approach to pricing my e-books that will see all of them sold for at least $0.99 in future, not because I think it's a means to make a whole heap of money, but more on account of I feel the need to move towards a value of some kind being attached to my work when it's distributed in the wider world that is out there beyond the limits of sites such as this one.

Of course this means that whereas the titles that were available online for free were being downloaded at a quite remarkable rate, now that I'm asking less than the price of a cup of coffee, that's slowed right down to a virtual crawl in comparison.

While it would have been nice to sell a couple of hundred copies of those same titles even at the new price, I gave away somewhere in the region of 1,000 e-books, and I don't think that there's any way I can be accused of profiteering to think there should be a time when I expect even a small amount of remuneration for the time and effort that goes into producing a piece of prose.

I sometimes shudder to think of the profits that might have been made by the plagiarist who stole my work and that of others at times when I have worried about making ends meet and seen the worth of my paycheck decrease in real terms whilst almost a decade has passed since I was offered any form of a raise, so I'll apologize again if anyone is offended by my need to begin to use my writing as a means to generate even a small amount of additional income for myself and my family.

Real world commitments and illness have made it hard to devote more than a tiny amount of time to writing in the past month. But I still hope to have the new story for "The Retreat Omnibus" completed before too long and then post the whole thing to Smashwords before starting to work on a volume of the stories featuring Jemima and her adventures in the bedroom.
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: Wrestlers form a conga-line
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Bran Flakes
  • Drinking: Strong coffee
When I first started putting stuff up on Smashwords for download, I was conflicted because of the fact that much of it has been on offer around here for a while now and, of course, free of charge. I felt a certain guilt at the idea of even asking for a nominal fee of $0.99 for a story and have thus far only asked a price for anything that features an entirely new piece in amongst older stories.

But now a part of me is wondering if I've made a mistake of confusing my pre-existing audience around here with the potential one out there in the wider wilds of the internet. I've had large numbers of downloads on the stuff that I've been offering for free and by contrast quite few on the title that's only available for actual purchase.

I worry that I may inadvertently have given the impression that I'm not serious and that I undervalue my work. So as a result I'm considering asking $0.99 for an individual story, regardless of its age. On the other hand, I'm also weighing up the notion of making such freebie previews available for the period of a month and then beginning to charge for them after that time.

I'd seriously appreciate any thoughts and comments that people have on this matter.
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: Wrestlers form a conga-line
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Bran Flakes
  • Drinking: Strong coffee
After a few last minutes of tinkering, "The Man in Black Omnibus" is now available from Smashwords in most e-reader formats:

www.smashwords.com/books/view/…

Here you have collected all five of the existing stories from the series ("Riding Magenta", "Rubbermaid", "Pony Up", "Deflowered" and "Rubbermaid: By Popular Demand") as well as an exclusive story never before seen titled "Snowball's Chance", in which The Man in Black celebrates the festive season in his own inimitable style.

So far I've had a tentative download of the preview, and I'm just waiting to see what interest there might be.
  • Listening to: The Lake by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
  • Watching: Wrestlers form a conga-line
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Bran Flakes
  • Drinking: Strong coffee