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Two Months In

08/27/2020

Wow, has it really been two months since my revelatory little blog? Geesh my how the time flies! I just wanted to again thank all the ladies who’ve reached out to me and offered their support, it really has helped me pull through what has been some really challenging times.

It’s been a strange experience for me to say the least. Recognizing that I have these feelings and at last coming to accept it has been a very surreal experience. I’m still very much in the closet, but I’ve been seeing a counselor and this weekend I’ll be moving some place where I’ll be a little more free to begin exploring. My new roommates are very open-minded and seem like very lovely human-beings.

I’m learning a lot about myself and have allowed myself to express thoughts and feelings I never would have entertained before. As soon as I posted that blog, it was as if someone had flicked a switch in my head. I never really felt particularly inclined toward wearing feminine apparel or cosmetics and now the idea is very appealing.

On other positive note, I’ve lost over sixty pounds in the last eight or nine months and my momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I’m more conscious of my health and now that I’ve accepted that I’m trans, my weight-loss has become all that much more important.

Some of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook may know that I’m working at getting some of my stories up for sale on Amazon with the help from the lovely ladies at DopplerPress. As such, those that I do end up publishing will be pulled from here or other sites. If you wish to save a copy of my stories now, I have no qualms with that, but I do hope that you will chose to support me when my stories show up on Amazon. Do know that whatever goes up for sale, will be much more polished than what I share here.

I’m still debating whether I will continue to serialize my stories, or if I’ll publish them directly to Amazon. At the bare minimum, I will finish sharing The Fall of Kruhl here. I don’t believe it’s fair to go this far without letting you read the rest.

On one final note, there will be no Kruhl this weekend. I do have a story part almost completed, but with the move I won’t be able to finish it off, least of all edit it.

I hope you all are having a delightfully demented night,

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Scribble Hub

07/12/2020

For anyone interested, I have created a Scribblehub account. I probably won’t upload all my stories to begin with, but for now I’ve uploaded Psyren’s Redemption. Fall of Kruhl will, of course, follow when its completed and Battle For Earth will likely come next. It’s still pending approval, but sooner or later, it should pop up. I’ve added a Scribble Hub button to the Subscribe widget.

My Scribble Hub Profile.

Edit, Psyren’s Redemption is live now, unfortunately I uploaded the wrong cover, but pending approval that should be corrected.

Have a delightfully demented day,

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Thank you all!

07/01/2020

I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who reached out to me with my ‘coming out’. My anxiety has hit me harder than it has in years and your kind words and support have helped me find the strength to keep going. I am truly heart-warmed by all your responses!

Everyone have a delightfully demented evening,

Daniela Wolfe

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Frick on a Stick

04/30/2020

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

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Happy belated Thanksgiving (and a quick note)

11/29/2019

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,

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What’s Next?

09/02/2019

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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The Bad and the Good

03/18/2019

The sewer in my basement has backed up… again! Fortunately, I managed to catch it pretty early and nothing important inside the house is damaged, but I did have to go to the laundromat to wash all the clothes that got sewage on them… NOT FUN! The last time it backed up, a lot of stuff got thrown out and nothing important is stored down there. Unfortunately, this time the back up was caused by the main sewer line collapsing. Which means I can’t use my toilet or shower or really use any running water at this point. I took off work to deal with this mess, and have had to run to a nearby store to make use of the facilities. The one good thing, at least for me, is that I rent and it my landlord who is paying for the repairs.

In other news, I did find a job and it will come with a bit of pay bump. I will be starting at the beginning of April so at least I have that going for me. On that note, I may have to change my posting schedule for the weekly serial to evenings instead of mornings. I would prefer to keep it as is, but my new work schedule is going to make that fairly difficult, but I will have to cross that road when I come to it.

On a side note, I split parts 7 and 8 of Virtually Twisted into two different posts just for better link consistency.

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An update on the layoff

02/10/2019

Regarding my previous blog. First, I’d like to thank everyone who rang in and offered their sympathies. Although the writing had been on the wall for a good amount of time, it came as a shock. I am still feeling down, but I believe I’ve accepted the reality of the situation. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional impact and I truly feel as if I am in mourning.

I received the information on the severance and was shocked to see how low the amount is. I’ve never had any illusions that the company I work for cares one bit about me, but it really is quite the slap in the face. A friend of mine had something similar happen to them almost thirty years ago and they were give a severance almost four times the amount I would get if I stayed on. Suffice it to say I am beginning the process of looking for another job.

One of my coworkers has offered to help me get a position at his wife’s place of work and I’ve submitted an application so please keep your fingers crossed. In addition, if that doesn’t pan out, I’ve caught wind from another coworker of possible positions opening up at another location which is yet to be opened within the next month or two in which I would be qualified for. Also my direct boss has also told me that when he will be looking for employment elsewhere and when gets settled if he’s in a position to help me get a job he will give me a ring. I’ve been very touched that so many of the people I work with would be willing to help me out and I just wish I could return the favor.

I hope that those of you who are in a similar boat as me are able to find employment and you have nothing but my deepest empathy and understanding. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

For those that are interested, as I predicted I wasn’t able to write much for the first couple days after the announcement, but I’m now back to putting word to paper (figuratively speaking) and it has been a very welcoming distraction.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

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Well this sucks…

02/06/2019

Some of you may know this, most of you probably don’t, but I’ve mentioned at bigcloset in comments that I was afraid for my job. Well, it appears, just as I feared, that I will be getting laid off by April.

I do have my tax return to fall back on, and since the company I work for is closing the entire office, I will get what you might call a bonus for staying on until the bitter end as we have a lot of loose ends to tie up. I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I remain undecided at this moment, news has only just trickled down this morning so I’m unsure what this ‘bonus’ amount will be, but suffice it to say I am in a good enough financial situation that I should be able to keep myself afloat for some time after my final day. I’m trying to stay positive about this but it’s hard. I am really bummed about this, there are a lot of friendships I’ve made over the course of my employment and truth be told I’ve gotten very comfortable where I’m at in life. Also, I hate job hunting. Good news is I have enough experience and expertise to help me land another job and some of those skills could crossover into other fields if absolutely necessary.

What does this mean for my writing and my website? Well, I have another year of web-hosting paid for my website. So I won’t need to worry about keeping up on any payments. Internet is included in my rent so as long as I keep that up I should still have access. I’m pretty down today and don’t feel up to writing or really doing much of anything, but when I get bad news of this sort I tend to spend a day or two feeling sorry for myself and jump right back into my writing so I wouldn’t expect any delays in that regard. Even if it were I have enough of a backlog that it will be months before it becomes an issue.

Everyone have a delightfully demented day (at least better than the one I’m having),

Daniel A. Wolfe

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The New, the Upcoming & the Poll

07/30/2018

The New…

Well, now that I’ve worked out the kinks on this new site theme it’s finally time for an update.

First, let’s talk about the new snazzy site layout. I used the ‘Seashell’ theme by Meks and made significant alterations of my own. The appearance is the most notable change, but there are some important differences that are just a little less obvious. Rather than writing a  wordy blog extolling the virtues of these changes I’ll just list the new features and keep it short.

  • ‘Tags’ are now ‘themes’
  • ‘Categories’ are now ‘Categories’ (Yes, they’re different, trust me on this).
  • All Taxonomies can now be filtered on the main page as well as on Archive pages.
    • Available Taxonomies include: Books, Categories, Genres, Story Lengths, Series, Theme, Universe
  • New “Random Fact” and “Arbitrary Quote” widgets located at the bottom of the page.
  • Subscribe and Follow widgets are now located in drop down menus within the navigation bar.
  • Subscribe and Follow widgets also available in the site’s “Contact” page to ensure functionality for users with older browsers. (Seriously though, keep your browser up to date. It’s important to keep your information safe and secure.)
  • Date, author, comment, and taxonomy meta now located within Meta Boxes on the right of every post.
  • More colorful follow widget including a rainbow effect on the tgstorytime button. (Trust me I had the darnedest time making that work which is why it’s been mentioned).
  • Customizable colors on meta box (see poll at bottom of the blog)
  • Recent comments widget now located at the bottom of the page.
  • New subheader box which includes unique background images on all the main pages. With the exception of the archive, individual posts and home page which all share the same header.
  • I’ve transitioned the site to the new Gutenberg Editor which will become the defacto editor in the next major WordPress update. This won’t effect the user experience over all, and the difference will be negligible when actually viewing the site. It is, however, a big change under the hood and vastly changes how I compose my posts.

The Upcoming…

I’d like to thank everybody for participating in the previous site poll. It really helped me get a better idea of what stories people are most interested. The absolutely most popular choice was the Twisted Story, which I suppose shouldn’t surprise me given the popularity of Morpheus and his story universes. That being said, it’s between that story and the next runner up my Morgana le Fey centered Ragnarok Rising prequel. I haven’t made my final decision, yet, but I am leaning toward the Twisted story. I’ve worked out what the plot will be and the physical description of the protagonist and created cover images for both.

In addition, since I’ll be coming out with a revised version of Virtually Twisted I decided to update the cover image. Unfortunately, The images I used in the original were rather small so in order to preserve the overall look of the original cover and make a larger vision I had to make a few sacrifices. Overall I think it turned out rather good so I’m willing to live with the shortcomings of the new version.

 

A quick note on the cover for “Morgana”. It is not strictly speaking an original work, it’s based off a very old cover for “Norse Stories” by Hamilton Wright Mabie. It’s fallen into public domain, so there are no legal worries over using the image. As some of you recall I took a similar route with the Ragnarok Rising cover images creating images. You may view all three cover images below. 

See all three covers below:

With the exception of Virtually Twisted, the titles of the stories are not, strictly speaking, set in stone. They could change at some point down the line, but I’m relatively happy with them so it probably won’t happen. The title for A Rock and A Hard Place isn’t particularly original, I admit, but it does have a double meaning. The meaning of the original idiom is very applicable as is the Rock Music motif that you’ve probably picked up on. 

As far as actually story progress, my considerable backlog of story parts for Psyren’s Redemption, isn’t so considerable anymore. Unfortunately, my vacation, real life issues and the site redesign occupied a fair bit of my time. Have no fear, I plan to continue weekly postings. You should not notice any difference on that front.

What you should know, is that I may not be able to serialize the revised Virtually Twisted and whatever story I do finally settle on at the same time. It was never set in stone to begin with, but I feel I should give some form of notice. _If_ it does happen, I do believe that the serialization of A Rock and a Hard Place will begin some time after I’ve begun to post Virtually Twisted.

Sorry, it couldn’t be better news, but those that have been following me since my early days on tgstorytime, bigcloset topshelf and fictionmania probably aren’t very surprised by this new development.

 

The Poll…

One of the coolest things about the theme I’m using is the ability to customize the color of the meta boxes on each post, and, in truth, this particular feature is the main thing that initially attracted me to the theme in the first place. That being said, the more time goes on the less I’m certain that I want the site to be so colorful. I’m considering just using the default color and keeping the meta boxes all the same.

To show you what I mean and for those that desire a visual aid, please refer to the images below (they’re from my test site):

So taking the images above into account, what do you think?

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Thank you for reading and participating, and don’t forget to have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe.