Story Update

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Sorry boy and girls!
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Art & Site Update
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What comes next?
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Wow!
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An Easter Treat
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Another Kruhl Delay
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New Cover Art
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Kruhl Delay
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Happy belated Thanksgiving (and a quick note)
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What’s Next?

Sorry boy and girls!

There will be no Kruhl this week, things have been insanely busy this last week at work and I haven’t had the energy to do much in the way of writing or editing. Do plan on a post next week.

Art & Site Update

Apologies. I was a little preemptive in posting this draft, the blog text is up now.

Some of you may have noticed I added pagination (page number links) to the top part of the site. I was getting tired of scrolling all the way to the bottom just to switch pages. In addition, I restyled the bottom pagination so that it matches the top. I originally intended to match the top to the original styling, but because of the way the theme is designed that would have involved a lot of moving stuff around and I really didn’t want to make such a drastic modification. After some experimenting I just decided to restyle both the top and bottom to a new design. I’m rather pleased with the result, I hope you all like the addition.

Please note, I also noticed that the Tags & More page doesn’t work so well on small mobile devices. I have a fix that should work, but it involves switching from using to using a table, to floating divs. It’s not a particularly hard fix, but while I’m fixing it, it probably will load a little funny.

So, I went ahead and updated the cover images for Legacy of Earth and the made entirely new one for the umbrella universe The Earth Source Universe. You can see the images and read their captions in the Gallery below. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did making them!

(click on the magnifying glass to view full size)

  • This is the umbrella universe cover for The Earth Source Universe which includes Battle for Earth and Legacy of Earth.
  • The Legacy of Earth series.
  • Part 1. The person pictured is Jek, the protagonist of the series, the great-grandchild of Lexa Briggs from Battle For Earth.
  • Part 2. This one features Jek in her post-transformation form. She goes by Kayde (short for Kaydence) in this form. I've tweaked with her face multiple times before finally settling on this version. I wound up using a gender-change filter on a popular face morphing app and wound up with a pretty damn good female likeness. This time around she actually looks like her old male self.
  • Part 3. Above is Tanner, the main love interest for the series.
  • Part 4. This one freatures someone? Shhh... It's a secret.

Have delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

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

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

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.

Happy belated Thanksgiving (and a quick note)

I’d just like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy belated Thanksgiving. I hope it was a good one. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I would like to thank everyone for reading, commenting and assisting me over the years. Most especially, the late Holly Happy Heart, Morpheus, The Rev. Anam Chara, Zapper, Enemyoffun, Loki, Maggie Finson, Beyogi, Djkauf and so many countless others. Many of these people provided valuable feedback and much needed grammatical corrections throughout the years (or allowed a fledgling TG writer to play in their backyard) and without their help it’s likely many of my stories would never have seen the light of day.

Thank you all.

 

On a related note, I will not be posting a serial part this week. I’ve yet to finish final edits for the most recent part due to the holiday and I won’t be able to complete them before next week. Rest assured you can count on reading your regularly scheduled dose of the Fall of Kruhl next Saturday.

 

Thank you and have a delightfully demented holiday weekend,

 

Daniel A. Wolfe

 

 

All that being said,

What’s Next?

Yay! I finally completed the last few parts of the Virtually Twisted rewrite and hey it only took me six years to finish this thing off. Okay, so five years and ten and a half months, but whose counting? Yes, that right, I starting this thing back in October 2013, way back before this website even existed! Seems almost like yesterday.

So, exactly how many parts are left, you ask? Part thirty-seven and part thirty-eight (aka the epilogue) still need to be edited and posted here on the website, but that’s it. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out, but I’ll let you folks be the judge of that. Sometime in the coming weeks, I’ll see about having someone comb through it one final time for grammar errors and get this thing posted to all the usual places.

After that… Well, you probably noticed the ‘Featured Image’ for the post and put two and two together, but I’ll just go ahead and said it outright just so everyone is on the same page. Previously, I stated that I was leaning toward another Twisted Universe Story, but after spending so long entrenched in another person’s story universe, I’m itching to work on something of my own. As such, my next project will be a new entry in my Exemplar Universe, the Fall of Kruhl. At one point, the title was going to be the Rise and Fall of Kruhl, but the short title has a better ring and truth be told the Rise comes after the Fall and doesn’t happen until the end of the story. This Tale is set in Amelia van den Broeke’s home town of Tondzaosha, Idaho and picks up pretty much where the prologue to Psyren’s Redemption left off. Part of the story will revolve around Amelia and her past and the other part will revolve around a girl in her late teens who shows up in Tondzaosha, half dead, dragging a massive broadsword and calling herself Kruhl. What initially seems to be an open and closed case ends up becoming a battle for the survival of an entire town as power from another world is unleashed upon the denizens of Tondzaosha. There will probably be a cameo from Sapphira, but she will not play a very large part in the story.

It might be a bit spoiler-ific to say this, but the cover art pretty much gives it away anyways so what the hell? Kruhl’s transformation will involve a change to a seven-foot tall Anthropomorphic Lion (a furry) to a rather small human woman (under five-feet). BTW, the proportions on the cover art are to scale, at least in regards to Kruhl not quite so much with the sword, but that’s something for which I hope you’ll forgive me.

Speaking of the cover, I decided to go with something a little more work-safe. Partially this is because one of the websites I post stories to wants only work safe images on their main page and partially it’s because I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the original cover art I created for the story. Additionally, I think it complements the cover art for Psyren’s Redemption rather well.

I have started writing bits and pieces of the Fall of Kruhl, but at the moment I don’t have enough finished to post even one part. Altogether I’ve written something like 2000 words, but mainly that the start of about four different scenes and half of those are probably getting discarded. That being said I want to have at least three parts completely down before the serialization of Kruhl begins. I should be able to do that before I finish posting Virtually Twisted, but I’ve been wrong before.

For those hoping for a Legacy of Earth update, I don’t have much to comment on other than that progress is slow. I haven’t written on it much lately, but plan to spend some time on it after Kruhl is underway.

Well, that more or less sums everything up. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the ending to Virtually Twisted.

Have a delightfully demented night,

Daniel A. Wolfe

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