It’s Up!

Yes, another chapter has been posted. Enjoy!

So, as usual, I have a few things to blather on about.

The first one is that someone recently contacted me about selling my stuff in a game called Second Life. I thought it was nice that he asked my permission, even though he seemed a bit put off when I didn’t give it. He was still very polite and very nice, but erroneously assumed that I don’t understand Second Life. Well… maybe I don’t, but since I have enough trouble with my current life, I don’t want to get involved with a Second one. Or any online game which requires a big time commitment. Including EverCrack, and WoW. Especially not WoW. It’s not that I don’t like WarCraft. I do. It’s a really cool game. But I have an objection to paying a lot of money for a video game, then continuing to pay to play it.

Yes, I know Second Life can be played as a free game.

Anyway, I gave him two reasons why I didn’t want to grant permission, both of which I thought were quite reasonable. Of course, they were my reasons, so naturally I’d think they were reasonable.

  1. I do not allow my free stories to be posted on a pay site. He wanted to charge for the stories.

(Not to be a dick about it, and not that it would have made a difference, but um… if yer gonna sell someone’s stories, you might want to offer them a cut, even if the cash is virtual.)

  1. (And this one’s more important, and I suspect that he might not have entirely understood why I said it) My stories, the free ones, depict acts that might be described as controversial. Done by people who many prudes would consider inappropriate people. Of course, they’re not people, they’re characters, but prudes and self righteous assholes of all kinds wouldn’t agree.

Second Life is currently getting a lot of attention about Child Porn (the congressional battle cry for legislation: It’s for the children!). Some people feel that an online avatar, or a picture, which might look like a child, is the same thing as child porn. I think that this is really, really fucking stupid and does not border on, but steps clearly over, the line into Thought Police Territory. And I think it detracts from the effort to fight something actually important: real child abuse.

I do not intend to debate my thoughts on child porn, and I’m warning you right now, if you start an argument in the comments, I’ll delete your comment. There is nothing you can say that will make me change my mind on this. Real child abuse should be punished, but a drawing of a child is NOT the same thing.

On to other stuff. Chanta’s Bitches is still a cool site, you should check it out and no they aren’t paying me to say that πŸ™‚ Actually, if you like porn, I think you should take advantage of these types of sites before the Talibush has them shut down.

Oh, and speaking of thought crime, please turn your attention to the latest bills that the whores in congress are trying to pass for their pimps: http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9719339-7.html?part=dht&tag=nl.e703

Oh, and remember that whole “Spying on Americans” thing? Here’s a little info on that: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070504-bush-administration-proposes-retroactive-immunity-for-phone-companies.html

Honestly folks, it just takes a short time to pick up the phone or write an email to your rep and explain to them why these bills are a bad idea. And if you don’t think they are, well… perhaps a free country isn’t where you want to live. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is sitting back and laughing their asses off at us.

Okay, back to info about writing. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I have just submitted my first erotic story to a publication, but it’ll be months before I hear back from them, so I have to sit tight. I have another good, short story and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with that one, and, in addition to Avatar, I’m working on two erotic novels and a SciFi novel and a Fantasy novel. So… I am spending time writing, which is good, just not a huge amount of Avatar writing, which, I guess from certain folks point of view isn’t so good.

I’ve been considering posting just one of my low-sex-content stories, but we’ll see. In the mean time, thanks to all the folks that are still stickin’ with me.

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About Dark Pen

I am Dark Pen. I write BDSM stories, almost always with plot and consider myself a Soldier in the battle against America's war on sex.
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23 Responses to It’s Up!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks
    Great chapter and of course we need more, MORE, MORE!!!!!
    I’ll just take them as I can get them.
    Thanks
    Mark

  2. Anonymous says:

    A Thank You
    I have not read the new chapter yet, deciding to read the blog first, so a big thank you for your continued hard work and good luck with your other ventures.

  3. Wonderful job
    Hey there! Good job on the new Avatar chapter. i needed something to cheer me up today… it’s been a hell of a time here.
    Thanks for Avatar, and i’ll take whatever you post, whenever you can get to it.
    Blessings,
    kiska

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Wonderful job
      You’re welcome. Glad you liked it. Oh, and BTW, I love your pic there πŸ™‚

      • Re: Wonderful job
        Thanks! i made it myself… out of one of my pics… and the quote just came to me. *smiles* All around, it’s one of my favorite icons.

      • Dark Pen says:

        Re: Wonderful job
        Gee, did you make it from a picture of you or some other fortunate girl who’s being played with?

      • Re: Wonderful job
        *grins* i was said fortunate girl. Thank goodness! That was from… about three months ago i think.
        i have more nice pics from yesterday… but i’m not sure how to use them for icons yet. So i’m just enjoying the fact that they help me remember more details. i must say that being double-jointed has its good points… though i’m still sore. (*laughs* Again, thank goodness. i like being sore from such things.)
        Sorry… still floating when i think about it. *blush* Shutting up now. *zips lips*

  4. steveh11 says:

    DP, you know that I look forward to stuff from you for me to read. Wherever, whatever…

  5. Anonymous says:

    After reading the stuff about your politicians I just have to think “Thank God I’m a Canadian” but when you think about it, our political idiots arn’t any better than yours. wanna swap them and see what happpens?
    I’m really interested in reading your sci-fi and fantasy stuff and I hope you can get them published and sold. I love your writing and think they would do well.
    I also love your Avatar books.

    • Dark Pen says:

      As you’ve pointed out, you haven’t escaped just cuz you’re a Canadian. Well, you haven’t completely escaped anyway. The RIAA and MPAA have a long arm, and I keep hearing the name Bev Oda pop up with regard to the person who’s fucking up Canada’s copyright laws and trying to get you guys to move to an the US model of CopyReich.
      In the US, I have lost all respect for politicians. I still believe that if Americans would wake the fuck up, we could start electing real leaders to office instead of the corporate whores we currently have. Unfortunately, too many ‘Mericans have fallen to the Religious Reich (I’m gettin’ some mileage outta that word today!) and are trying to push their moralistic bullshit on the rest of us, while the rest scream “Take our freedom! Please save us from the terrorists!” for people in this country to wake the fuck up and realize that we’re being screwed by the very people we pay to keep us free: Our Congress.

      • Anonymous says:

        Canada
        Although some people like to claim Canada is all nice and dandy, it is not so.
        We have CRTC, that is FCC equivalent, except more annoying as CRTC imposes “”cancon rules”” . These rules force you to have certain amount of CANadian CONtent (think about it this way: you want to make a radio/tv channel, and the government tells you that 40% of content needs to be of Canadian origin. Good luck with the anime only channel, or any American channel).
        And then we have SOCAN, think RIIA/ASCAP/BMI all rolled into one organization.
        And then we have more than willing government. Various additional taxes and levys being forced upon various media (cds/dvd), with constant threat that hard drives also will have end up with levies.
        Sometimes we get lucky with some legalese quagmire (like satellite tv cracking being legal), but its a wishful thinking that we have it really that rosy. We still are part of the UN Bono act (there is a reason why currently Project Gutenberg runs out of Australia).
        ps: I love your avatar. Although I enjoy the erotica aspect of the story, what really has me hooked is the overall story arch. How has Ken ruined the life of that guy that broke into the mansion? How is Cindy important to the circle? Whats with the records of Ari/Tina’s father? Revenge from Crazy Sally? Since vacuum-bots and lawn-mower-bots are on sale, is military trying to crack their logic? Will they notice that its hard to crack (if not one of hardest to crack ever)? Once cracked, will they notice that it was delibarately crippled algorithms, and themselves unable to fix them up? What about Tina’s visions? Cheers

      • Anonymous says:

        Congress Critters
        There are times, and as I get older they get more frequent, I think the best thing that could happen is mandatory term limits for all public offices – twelve years total in any form of elected office and that’s it. Forever.
        Other fun things like busting up the two major parties would be nice.
        How about a review of all laws, on a rotating basis. They have to be each voted up or down every twenty years? One law for each vote.
        Speaking of laws; force Congress to craft all supporting regulations for each law. (as it exists now, unelected and unaccountable agencies write regulations – which is why HDTV has been crammed down the throat of Americans, who neither requested or desired it)
        Slash and burn the federal code to force it back into compliance with the Constitution. Hell, if I’d just get that one, I’d be happy.
        Long, long mandatory prison terms for politicians who abuse the public trust.
        Repeal ALL of the USA Patriot Act, the DMCA, and roll back copyright and patent laws to about 1960. Criminalize patent banks.
        Send the President, Vice, and current and former AG to stand trial for willfully abusing their public office, breaking their oath of office, and attempting to put an end-run around the Constitution.
        Dismantle the TSA – contract with Colt and/or S&W to give firearms loaded with glazer rounds to any adult passenger who wants one. (If mutually assured destruction is good enough for international relations, its good enough at 30,000 feet.)

      • Dark Pen says:

        Re: Congress Critters
        Hmmm… Have to say I agree with almost all of that except the giving loaded firearms to people on a plane. There are just too many idiots for that to work. Dismantling the TSA would be a good start though, as those fuckers have sucked down waaay too much money with about zero return. Unless you count the idiot policies they have as something useful.

      • Anonymous says:

        Re: Congress Critters
        True, unfortunately, about the gun thing.
        But it dovetails neatly with my general stance on gun control. Mao (the raving psychopath) was fundamentally correct that power comes out the barrel of a gun. In fact, one of the first things a repressive government does is erect barriers to firearm ownership and start confiscating the existing private ones… at least the ones in the hands of the plebes.
        Personally, I feel if Bill Gates wants his own private B-52, he should be able to get one. As long as I can get a MANPAD. πŸ™‚
        I also believe in universal concealed carry. A patently obvious assertion is that the police rarely PREVENT crime, but are there to pick up the pieces after it occurs. An elderly woman has no defense against a younger, male attacker if she has to rely on her own strength and speed; but a bullet from a gun held by a well trained hand is much, much faster than the fastest human. At a range greater than six feet or so, the attacker will get hit at least once if the gun is cleared and the wielder is shooting to kill. (if not, she shouldn’t have pulled the gun in the first place – it isn’t a magic wand, it is designed to murder)
        I believe violent crime will skyrocket for the first year or two; but then dwindle to almost nothing. Possibly the only violent crimes will be ones of passion or induced due to mind-altering substances (including alchohol).
        As an added bonus, it would also do wonders to minimize terrorist attacks. A while back, some kid tried to waste people in a shopping mall. An off-duty cop heard the gunfire and returned in kind. Net result: three dead folks, including the attacker. If that cop wasn’t there, it would have been very, very bad – the suicidal idiot had a LOT of ammo on him.
        That isn’t to say innocent people might get in the crossfire; it will probably happen, but on balance, more lives will be saved (once the psychopaths are wiped out) than taken.
        Of course, the idea is just that – but hey, it might actually help. It would also put the power back in the hands of the people. The gov’t will hate it; as will the cops. If that isn’t itself a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

      • Anonymous says:

        Re: Congress Critters
        Perhaps, just perhaps, people don’t need something like the TSA, even supposing that it was effective and efficient. I don’t want to turn this into an anarchist rant, but if we can’t trust ‘the people’ to not murder, than why should we trust the police, who are only a (generally violent, in fact, the psychological profile of a cop is about the same as a violent offender) subset of the populace? Really, if people can’t be trusted to do sane things, why should they be trusted to elect sane leaders, all the while expending great resources to do so. Just a thought; sorry if it’s slightly off topic.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Argue?
    Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t think anyone who reads your stories would like /depictions/ of a child in sexual acts as actual child abuse. After all, stories are depictions, so anyone who’s read yours would be felons. (If this sounded mean-spirited, sorry. Posts like this just don’t sound well online.) Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Argue?
      It doesn’t sound mean spirited. But it’s kinda my point. I mean, people write murder mysteries all the time, but no know goes after them for that. They write horror, depicting gruesome crimes etc. but no one complains.
      However, when it’s for the children, it becomes an issue.
      Ah well, I shouldn’t write when I’m so tired…

  7. Anonymous says:

    MEH

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi
    Darkpen wanbtyed to post this to tell you that you weave a mean word web. you got me hooked on the story hope theres a new chapter soon.

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