Friday, 19 April 2019

New Robin Stone Book

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robin-stone/forced-to-wear-schoool-mackintoshes/ebook/product-24069317.html
Hi there folks!

I don't have much time to say much today except to announce the publication of a new book by my friend, Robin Stone (available on LULU here - click here or on the image above). I am primarily acting as publisher on this one, although I have done some editing and have also been responsible for formatting it so as to suit the requirements of epub.  It is only available as an epub at the moment - and Kindle on Amazon - but PDF and print versions will appear on LULU shortly after Easter. It is not strictly speaking a brand new publication in that it has been previously published under a different title but it has been updated to some extent I'm led to believe.  The cover is by one of Robins friends incidentally. The subject matter is self-explanatory from the title!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

The NEW Arranged Marriage - A New Way Forward?

So - now that here in the UK ‘Civil Partnerships‘ have given way to full-blown same-sex marriages and the customs of other cultures are more and more often tolerated one’s thoughts turn to the possibility that there might now be one more way for a step parent or legal guardian to get a recalcitrant and permanently pouting late teen off their hands!  Yes - you've undoubtedly guessed it: Perhaps the door is now open to a whole new interpretation of that term: ‘the arranged marriage‘!  

Actually I've been thinking along those lines for quite some time now, although I'm not sure where it's likely to lead in terms of writing yet - if anywhere - and I feel I ought to get my present project out first but next time I allow myself to go out on a drinking binge I may well take my trusty laptop and see what comes out after a couple of pints or ten! It's the Wetherspoon's Spring beer festival soon, so you never know - I'll keep you posted on that in case anyone cares to join me for a pint or so; I may well be down in Ramsgate using the fairly new and wonderful Ramsgate Wetherspoons or indeed in one of the three Wetherspoons in Brighton - most likely the Marina 'Spoons; Ramsgate because I'm looking to buy a property around there to rent out (I need the income!) and Brighton...well just because I like the place!

Oh lordy - I cannot BELIEVE how long it has been since I've posted here! What can I say? It's the demands of probate and all that goes with it I'm afraid. However - having said all of that - I'm still managing to put a little time aside to work on my various projects each week, albeit often just one or two days per week at present, while also collaborating with Robin Stone in various ways. Incidentally, Robin is currently working on an exciting new project, which I'll probably have a hand in at some point and which he is  hoping and planing to get out in the fairly near future; so keep your eyes open for that one!  As with his last publication - available here on LULU or on Amazon - I will probably be acting in the role of publisher as well as doing a bit of proofreading, editing, perhaps contributing some pics and so on and stuff like that!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

A New Experimental Pic For You

Here is something new I’ve been playing with today - another idea which may make it into my long awaited (I’m sure - ha ha!) new book, which I plan to be a sort of illustrated version of my old ‘INSTITUTIONALISED‘ series (still around on LULU and Amazon etc by the way!)  This one was inspired by something my pal ROBIN STONE (the chap whose book I published on LULU a couple of weeks back - click here to see) sent me recently. Any way - enough for now because I have to rush out so please tell me what you think thus far. The image most likely wont be used in this form or necessarily with this background scene (which is just something I slung together from bits and pieces I had lying around on my hard drive to give a 'feel' for it rather than a plain background).

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Creating A New Character

A character I’ve been working on for an illustrated publication I’ve had on the back burner for some time and based on an old photograph I came across once. The original, although perfectly innocent and depicted in an everyday medical setting, I found had possible sinister overtones, certainly enough to have triggered my imagination into action. It was the syringe, but also somehow in combination with the woman’s expression - it was / is something I found / find difficult to put a finger on let alone put into words.  

I’m not quite sure I have been entirely successful in capturing that whatever-it-is - and I think I may have made her too broad in the beam. But I think it has got SOMETHING going for her, even if it does need a little more work. She won’t be depicted in isolation, as here, in the finished work of course - but to say any more would be to risk giving too much away! 

All I can say right now is that in the completed background pic when I've tried her in it (in this form, but a little narrower in the hip) she looks a lot better for some reason the dress not so blurred, nevertheless, please let me know what you think.

And another thing: It appears the links I placed within my last posting I'd messed up and thus in a few minutes I'm going to remedy that and so you should all be able to find my Tumblr blog alternative, ready for the fateful day I get shut down on super-puritanical Tumbrl. And at some point I'll post a link in the right hand sidebar too - but I've been a bit busy of late, so please cut me a little slack folks!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

A Work In Progress - And A New Blog (Same As The Old Blog?)

Hi again Folks - I'm back. So, I'm still struggling with various bank issues linked to the probate process as regards my late mother's estate but at least now I'm getting in a position where I feel I can put a little time aside to work on my various projects again. To the this end I have been working on building a composit image for one of my heroines and presented here are a couple of later stages in its progression and evolution.
The upper image has all manner of disjointed discontinuities where some of the various components which went to make up the image don't quite meet up and match properly. In the lower image, although still nothing like perfect, I have attempted to address some of those issues (including the design of the dummy / pacifyer, which I wasn't happy with).  While doing so - and in redesigning the pacifyer - I came up with what I think to be a particularly tormenting refinement of the disciplinary element; the idea just sort of popped up in my head. 

The basic  idea is a simple but effective disciplinary measure, but with a major part of that disciplinary effect built around the fact that the pacifyer is NOT fastened in place, that in principle the hapless subject COULD spit it out! (plus I thought I might find creating a realistic-looking retaining strap, and the effect on dimpling the skin, difficult to bring off). 

The dummy could be any colour of course, but for the thing I'm working on I wanted the dummy to match the girl's hospital-issue pyjamas, which long ago I'd decided would be a sort of striped, subjued bottle green-like shade and several images already exist on my hardrive ready to go with that look, else I might now in hindsight have adopted the idea of light and dark striped grey pyjamas.  I would welcome your comments and ideas on this.

Finaly - Tumblr is becoming ever more puritanicle it its outlook with quite rigid censorship now running rampant (no female nipples can be shown, for instance, just like being back in the 1960s) and I fear sooner or later my Tumblr blog will fall foul of this policy and end up disapearing.  Already several of the images on my Tumblr blog have been tagged as 'adult content' and as such are now only viewable by the three of us: me, myself and I!  For this reason - like many other Tumblr users - I have now opened an account with BDMSIR.COM, a new and very Tumblr-like blog site, so hopefully should my present Tumblr blog vanish you'll be able to contiue following me there.  And please DO follow me and others there and so help make this new venture a success (although I don't yet have much content posted there to be honest). Just click here https://toyntanenbeyondthebarredwindow.bdsmlr.com/, on the blog site name above or the lower of the two images above to be rushed startight there! 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A Notification Of A New Book For A New Year (Not Mine Unfortunately) / Test Posting

I am having problems re-opening my blog after having made it invitation only for a while (for personal reasons) so this is something of a test run. Please let me know when or if you see this.

I have been 'off the air' for quite some time following my mother's death back in November and her burial a couple of weeks before Christmas, since when - other than for a break over the Christmas / New Year period (mostly spent in the pub - a nine day mega-bender) I have been largely dealing with her estate and legal matters pertaining to probate as a co-executor of her will along with one of my aunts and am only now trying to get my life up and running again.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robin-stone/the-mayfair-regression-sanatorium/ebook/product-23682934.html
One thing I DID manage to do before it all went pear shaped with my mother (actually it was way back in June last year - a measure of how long all this has been going on for) was publish this for my mate Robin Stone on LULU. It is presently only available published by yours truly as a PDF but in the fullness of time it will also appear under Robin's own name, in various formats such as EPUB and hopefully also on Amazon too!  While not really my thing in certain aspects and not my writing stle, nonetheless I have had a guiding hand, contributed the opening section, written and or edited one or two areas and done quite a lot on the artwork side. Click here to visit the relevant LULU page. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Detention And Control In A Domestic Enviroment - And In A Bygone Era

It was a different era. The equipment kept up in the girl’s bedroom, simple and old fashioned. But the approach is sophisticated - and the thrice-daily sessions supervised by her live-in nurse are proving highly effective. By the time she’s ready to be shipped off to the residential institution her guardian has in mind the girl will actually be GRATEFUL for the rigid framework of rules, stipulations, regulations and restrictions she will encounter there
  
So - two images, one featuring a cane, the other without a cane. The question is kind of two-fold really. One: Which do you prefer? Two: does the imagery do anything for you at all? OK - here's a THIRD question (I just thought of this) Who out there prefers this kind of 'bygone era' kind of setting to a more modern setting?

Sorry I've not been around much by the way folks, but as well as all the problems I outlined before my mother has been in hospital these last - near-on - four weeks with pneumonia and I have had to be in the hospital almost every day with just a couple of days or so here and there to get anything done. It's just been that kind of year I'm afraid!