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What comes next?
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Frick on a Stick
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Site Changes (All items now completed)
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Wow!
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An Easter Treat
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Covid-19
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Another Kruhl Delay
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New Cover Art
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Kruhl Delay
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C-C-Changes

What comes next?

As The Fall of Kruhl draws nearer to its climax, I’ve been looking at my options, thinking about what story I’d like to serialize next. Those who follow my blogs know I’ve talked about some projects in the past. There’s A Rock & A Hard Place, my second entry in Morpheus’s Twisted Universe, there’s Legend of Morgana: Revenge of a Spellbinder, the prequel to my Ragnarok Rising Trilogy, there’s always Onryo’s Revenge and Shadow of Arkana, the third and fourth entries in my Exemplar Universe respectively, but there’s also another option I’ve resisted serializing for a very long time.

As much as I’d love to work on any of these stories there’s one major candidate that is pretty much a no-brainer. I’m referring, of course, to Legacy of Earth, my sequel to Battle For Earth. I began work on Legacy over four years ago, and about a year before I launched this website. It’s been sitting on the back burner for far too long. I have over 107,000 words of it written already with another 100,000 planned. Why not finish this story and finally tie things up once and for all?

Now, the reason I’ve been hesitant to serialize Legacy was because I didn’t really want to spend eternity posting it in tiny little chunks. If I serialized it at the same pace I’ve done with Kruhl, Psyren, & the Virtually Twisted Rewrite, it would take me more than two and half years and that’s if I didn’t go over my projected length which I tend to do.

So, what’s my ‘brilliant’ solution? I serialize it in larger chunks. At least, until I get through the first half of the story. Then I’d have to scale things back to shorter postings, but it would cut still drastically cut down the time it would take to serialize the story.

I’m thinking I’d cut the first two parts (basically the first 100,000 words) into 12 different parts ranging from about 3,500 to 4,500 words. Once I got past that, I’d switch to the same, roughly 1,500, word postings I’ve stuck to with Kruhl. If I can manage it, I’ll try to make them longer, but I can’t make any promises.

I could stop serializing altogether and release it when it’s completed, but then I wouldn’t have any new content for the site for months and months and I’d really hate to do that.

I know what I’ve said in the past about never doing this series as one of my ‘weekly serials’. I know some of you probably won’t like this approach, but I don’t think I’ll ever get Legacy completed if I don’t give it more priority. It’s been four years, for hell’s sake! This serialization style really seems to work for me, and I really believe this is the way to go.

Everyone have a delightfully demented quarantine,

 

Daniel A. Wolfe

Frick on a Stick

Well, it seems the power supply in my desktop decided to go kaput. And because I cheaped out and bought a refurbished one (a fact for which I am rather irritated with myself), I can’t send it in for a warranty replacement. Good news is, I have a perfectly functional laptop, which I’ve connected to both my monitors, mechanical keyboard and trackball (it’s similar to a mouse), so I can still write while I wait for the new power supply. I don’t foresee any problems getting the next part of The Fall of Kruhl up Saturday morning, but at this point I’m not making any guarantees.

Anyway, I do hope you all are having a delightfully demented quarantine,

Daniel A. Wolfe

Site Changes (All items now completed)

Some of you may have noticed a few ‘small’ changes to the website. I’ve done this in order to decrease my site’s dependency on plugins and to remove some outdated stuff.

Those who follow me via RSS, social media, or email may have noticed a sudden influx of really generic and ‘demo’ style posts yesterday. I was attempting to restore a feature to the theme, and imported some of the default demo content from the theme in hopes that it would help jog my memory. Because I neglected to disable the ‘publicize’ feature of the website people received notice of these posts via the previously mentioned subscription methods. I do apologize.

For anyone who might be interested the changes to the site include:

  • Reverted some of the changes I’ve made to the theme to allow for smoother updates.
  • Removed the ‘Mega Menu’ and reverted the site back to the default menu.
  • Styled default menu to ‘resemble’ the ‘Mega Menu’.
  • Menu now changes color to match page or post color.
  • Enabled the default ‘Search’ box. (It can be toggled via the magnifying glass icon adjacent to the main menu)
  • Subscribe & Follow widgets are now located inside of a popup menu instead of a dropdown.
  • Subscribe & Follow widgets on contact page widgets fixed and made to resemble those in popup menu.
  • Moved sidebar search form down. It was retained as a redundancy for smartphones and legacy devices.
  • Added ‘Meta’ (Login), ‘Blog Stat’ (Total site visits) to the sidebar widget area.
  • Added ‘Recent Posts’, and ‘Most Liked Content Widgets’ to bottom widget area.
  • Removed ‘Arbitrary Quote’ and ‘Random Fact’ widgets, which were powered by a outdated plugin, from the bottom widget area.
  • Scroll Menu on Main page and Archive pages and Meta Boxes on individual post pages no longer scroll with content.

Additional items now completed:

    • Subheader images on individual posts and archive pages are now displaying
    • Taxonomies (‘themes’, ‘genres’, ‘book’, etc.) now showing on post meta boxes
    • Added new taxonomies: ‘rating’ (maturity level), and ‘orientation’ (sexual preference)
    • Updated and re-alphabetized ‘Santa Babe’ (1 & 2) & ‘Honey Bunny’ stories on ‘My Stories’ page to include new universe name ‘Alluring Legends’.
    • Update remainder of ‘My Stories’ page to list the new ‘rating’ and ‘orientation’ taxonomies.
    • Updated Taxonomies list on ‘My Stories’ to update automatically any time a stories taxonomies are updated.
    • Updated font sizes on ‘My Stories’ page to lower disparity between different portions of content.
    • Removed ‘Story Related Art’ page due to extremely low view count.
    • Fix ‘arrow’ on Menu dropdown to match color of menu.
    • Add icon to ‘Stories’ button to indicate it is a dropdown menu.
    • Updated ‘Featured Images’ on older posts to add more variety and color.
    • Updated ‘Post Colors’ on older posts so that they now match their ‘Featured Image’.

Everyone have a delightfully demented day,

 

Daniel A. Wolfe

Wow!

People really seem to like Honey Bunny! Not only did the site views spike drastically Saturday evening after I posted the story, but yesterday I received more web traffic than any single day since I launched the site! I would never have guessed that this tale would generate so much traffic. I am utterly flabbergasted and amazed, thank you all so much!

On a side note, I plan to incorporate these stories under an umbrella universe. Of course, there would be other transformation methods introduced. Using a single hook for an entire universe would get pretty old.

I have an idea for a ‘Christmas in July’ story with Sammie and Nikki(Santa) vacationing at the beach and another in which Jack Frost would appear. I want to expand the universe to feature other fantastical beings like the tooth fairy, cupid, mother nature, father time, etc, but I can’t think of name that would fit well.

My first thought was something like Holiday Hijinks, but the name seemed so generic and only works for Santa, Cupid and the Easter Bunny. I’ve playing with terms like ‘mythical’ or ‘fantastical’, but these tend to be a little too broad for the scope of the universe. At this point, I have no plans to include the sort of ancient gods, or creatures that such a terms tend to be associated with.

If you all have any ideas, I would appreciated the feedback.

Everyone have a delightfully demented Monday and do try to stay safe from this awful virus,

Daniel A. Wolfe

An Easter Treat

I just thought I’d post an update to let everyone know, there will be no Fall of Kruhl this week. Instead, I’ll be posting a new story, set in the same universe as Santa Babe, but revolving around a warren of anthropomorphic Easter Bunnies. Like Santa Babe, it’s pretty much smut, but it was quite fun to write! It’s an odd tale, to be sure, but I hope you’ll like it.

It’s about 7,500 words and it still needs some edits. If you don’t see a posting first thing tomorrow morning, please don’t fret! I’d like to have it out at the usual time, but, truth be told, I probably won’t get it out until later in the day Saturday. Failing some spectacular disaster, I will definitely have it posted by Sunday.

Have a delightfully demented day, and stay healthy!

Daniel A. Wolfe

Covid-19

I just thought I’d leave a quick note. With the spread of this pandemic things are starting to get a little scary. Please use all the precautions you can. Wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. If you are working retail, my hats off to you, and I feel your pain. There are a lot of myths and rumors flying around and I would urge everyone to use common sense. Is it really worth risking your health or even your life? Play it safe.

Click here to visit the CDC’s website to learn more about Covid-19 and how you can help lessen the impact of this pandemic.

Stay healthy and do try to have a delightfully demented weekend,

Daniel A. Wolfe

Another Kruhl Delay

As much as I hate to do this, there will be no Fall of Kruhl this week. I’ve been dealing with personal issues this week, coupled with overtime at work. I haven’t had a time to prepare this week’s installment.

 

Have delightfully demented weekend, and do try to stay healthy,

Daniel A. Wolfe

 

P.S. The featured image for this post is of Sapphira from the Exemplar Universe.

New Cover Art

Inspiration struck, and I found myself whipping together new covers for the next two stories in my Exemplar Universe. You can view them below. Worth noting the titles on the cover images are working titles. They may or may not stick.

Have a delightfully demented night,

Daniel A. Wolfe

Kruhl Delay

Sorry, I’ve been working a lot of overtime lately and haven’t quite been able to polish this weeks serial part. I’m hoping to get it out sometime Sunday, but it could be pushed back until Monday or later.

Have a delightfully demented night,

Daniel A. Wolfe

PS The above image is pretty close to how a protagonist in a future Exemplar Universe will look. She actually will be making an appearance in the Fall of Kruhl, but let’s just say ‘she’ looks very different at this point in the storyline.

C-C-Changes

Now that I’ve cleared the issues that arose from the hosting move, I thought I’d post a more in depth blog about the state of things. As you may have noticed from the now deleted blog, the site is back up and running on a new host.

My hosting plan was about to expire with JustHost and I’ve been itching to move to a new host for some time. I initially signed up for eHost, but they shutdown and were absorbed by their sister company JustHost. While I’m not opposed to such a change in practice, there was one big shift which turned me off with my then new host. JustHost doesn’t allow adult content, while it’s sister company eHost did. Granted most of what I write is Pg-13ish, but JustHost’s definition of Pornography is so broad they could have easily used it to justify shutting down my site were an over zealous employee to look too closely at a story like Santa Babe or if a third-party were to report me.

This time around I picked a host which is friendlier to erotic content. I do have a storage cap this time around, but have no fear, it would probably take me several decades to reach that point if ever. Best of all I can post an image like the one below without worrying about having my site shut down.

What does this shift to a new porn friendly provider mean? Not a whole lot, I’ve moved the WordPress install to a sub-directory, and put a landing page in the main directory which warns people this site contains adult content and prompts them to agree to the terms of use. In case someone visits via direct link, there’s also a popup which appears once a month and warns people that the site contains adult content and prompts them to visit said landing page. For the most part I’ll be producing the same sort of content I always have, but these changes have been implemented to protect me and give me peace of mind.

Stories like Santa Babe might get more ‘adult’ preview images, and may share a story with a graphic sex scene some time in the future, but overall I don’t plan on making any drastic changes to my writing style or suddenly start producing outright porn. As far as I’m concerned it’s pretty much business as usual.

I planned to have the site moved to the host weeks ago, but I experienced a lot of issues getting the domain name transfer to go through and when JustHost did finally approve it, it happened a day later than was promised after already being delayed for almost a month. Needless to say I will not be going to JustHost any time soon. Other than that, the move was almost seemless, unfortunately, a few likes on some of the more recent story postings were lost, but it’s something I can live with.

While the transfer was underway, I did institute some improvements to site. The ‘My Stories’ page was revamped, as noted in a recent blog update, and some of the taxonomies or ‘tags’ were updated to help differentiate the “Part” taxonomies for The Fall of Kruhl and Psyren’s Redemption. I also instituted some minor tweaks and fixes here and there that I’ve been putting off for a time. I did notice that the contact form, is not working and I’ll have a fix for that implemented hopefully within a few hours.

There are a few changes I wanted to implement for the site, the foremost of this will be a rating system for stories and I’m also considering a separate type of tag for the sexual orientation of a story protagonist. Let me know if there are any other improvements you’d like to see! I’m mostly self-taught when it comes to web development so some things may be beyond my technical expertise, but if they’re within my capability and within the purview of this site, I will definitely give them some serious consideration.

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