New Avatar Chapter is UP!

Okay, it’s been a looong time since I’ve posted anything here. I’m sorry about that. As you probably know, last year was about the worst year of my life — which is saying something. Things this year are somewhat better, but still very far from stellar. That’s one reason why it’s taking me so very long to write anything.

I want to thank those of you that stuck with me, sending encouraging emails and asking how I’ve been. I really appreciate that. And that has been the vast majority of you all. It makes me feel really good to know that my work is good enough that people are actually interested in how I’m doing, not just how the writing is going.

I will point out, however, that sending me an email with a subject line of ‘More’, with the message saying “More, please respond” is… not my favorite thing to see. Nor is an angry email about how I’ve failed you. Sorry, but my life, while better, is still difficult, and I don’t live to write you stories. You guys know who you are.

Ah life. In case you’re interested, my job still sucks (although is in somewhat less danger of being lost), my company has completely trashed my skills and killed my career, and while my health isn’t too bad, my wife’s health is not so great. ’nuff said about that.

In addition to the latest Avatar chapter, I’m about to release a new book into the wild called ‘Enslaving Cousin Carla’. It’s more of a pure BDSM sex book without much plot, but ya know it’s me writing, so there’s gotta be at least SOME plot. Not much in this one though. I’ll be interested to see how it sells, and I’ll tweet and leave a post here when it’s up. I just need to do a once over edit of the thing, but I’m stalling to get some work done on other stuff. Like Avatar.

I’ve been moving my work over to a new editing program called Liquid Story Binder XE. When I first tried this thing out (free 30 day trial), I found it to be a bit difficult to use. Several months ago, I gave it another, more serious try, and I just love, Love, LOVE this thing now. It does tons of stuff to make writing, plotting and organizing complex stories MUCH easier. Did I mention that I love it?

Of course, getting all of the Avatar information into the damned thing is QUITE the time sink. However, since Avatar’s going to be with me long after Book 2 of Establishment is finished (can’t wait to get into the Conflict stories, and also a new side story that blends into the main plot of Establishment and…), it’s well worth my time to put all the bios, plot notes, general notes, FAQs, time lines and other information into LSB.

So that’s where I’m at. Hoping to finish editing the new book (15 chapters!) and get that out, working on Avatar and…

Hey, did I mention I got a great idea for another SG-69 story? Dunno if I’ll do it up, and if I do there won’t be any sex in it. Still, I think it’ll be fun to write. AFTER I’ve gotten more Avatar chapters done.

Again, thanks for sticking with me all these years. I really appreciate it.

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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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36 Responses to New Avatar Chapter is UP!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good news
    Good to hear the writing is going well. Great to hear that you’ve written a new Avatar chapter – yeh!
    How will the pay for book be available?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yay!
    Glad to see you are still around and kicking dude, I didn’t want to send you any emails asking how you were doing since I figured you had enough on your plate as is, keep up the good work and I hope things turn out for the best for you. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    awesome!
    I’m so glad that you are doing better! I’ve been following you on twitter and feel your pain and anger with the corporate world. The only thing that I can say is persevere and one day you will get yours. Not sure if that will help but i ‘ve been told I’m not good at comforting. I look forward to reading your latest installment!

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: awesome!
      Thanks. Yeah, I’m hoping to survive the corporate world. It’s really a sucky place that I rather doubt will ever get better. Our capitalistic system is broken — mainline cuz it ain’t capitalistic, but little more than a corporate run and owned system.
      Hope you enjoy the latest installment.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good to have you back…
    Thank you for your story Avitar is one of 5 that keep my going back to storiesonline I check every few days for updates and was happy to see you after so long. I’m sorry to hear you have been having hard times and hope the worst is over…
    oh and as for the sg-69 thing good stories don’t have to be full of sex… its the interactions of the characters … if they have sex and it fits the story good if they have sex and it doesnt fit it ruins the story.
    I’m starting to ramble like i do on voicemail so
    ……………
    Good Luck …. Keep writing……. THANK YOU …..
    Oh and THANK YOU !!!!!!

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Good to have you back…
      Well, SG is on the back burner until I get more Avatar work done. Thanks for hanging in there though, I appreciate it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good to see you back…
    You and to be fair a couple of other authors are the only reason I maintain a SOL account.

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Good to see you back…
      Thanks 🙂 But you never know. I’ve read a few things that surprised me, but I’ll admit the pickin’s is slim lately.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Happiness is…
    …hearing that a favorite author continues to work and be able to support his family, even as he continues to provide excellent new stories.
    …celebrating the ongoing joy of a couple’s life tog3ether, despite illness.
    …seeing a new chapter of a great story from a much-loved author.
    …what I hope for you for all the next year.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see you doing ok. Can’t wait to read the new chapter, Avatar is quite possibly my favorite series on SOL.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see you and this awesome story return. 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good Luck
    Fantastic news all round! glad to hear that you are doing better and i will wait with bated breath for both ne chapters of avatar and SG-69.
    I Love your stories!
    Keep up the good work.
    Ray C.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s really good to hear that some parts of your life are starting to turn around. The last message you posted was very dark and I have often checked this page for updates with the hope that you might have seen some positives.
    Again, good to see you back.
    GwaiLo

    • Dark Pen says:

      Yeah, things are still more than a little rough around the edges, but they are better than they’ve been for the last few years. Thanks for your thoughts

  11. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back!
    It’s been a long dry spell but it’s good to see you back. I look forward to your future chapters.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wllcome back
    I’m SO glad you’re back and healthy. All good wishes to your wife too. It’s good to know things are going up in your life (as we say in my country “The sun shell shine on my street too one day”). You really are one of the most gifted writers around and many of us I believe were anxious to here from you again. Hope to see your new book soon (at least you would make some cash out of it, I hope).
    All the best !!!

  13. navano_draco says:

    Thank you.
    I would like to say thank you for opening me up to the world of BDSM. I first read Avatar about 2 years ago after hearing about it from a friend. Since then I have read and reread it. Also my wife would like to tank you because without me learning about my Dom side we would not be as happy as we are now. I look forward to reading all of your other works(I am purchasing them today if all goes well). I hope that everything gets even better for you. Great writing.

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Thank you.
      You’re welcome. I’m always happy to hear that people are branching out in their relationships and finding things that make them stronger. Glad you and your wife are enjoying the story.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Glad your back!
    Just wanted to add that I too am glad your back. I knew your life had taken a bad turn last year and had not bothered you with mail cause I knew you would be back if you could. Avatar is my favorite long story going so to find new chapters is wonderful. Glad your doing better and writing again. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your work. Avatar is what Time Enough for Love would have been if old Robert H. had had balls! LOL, Steve

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Glad your back!
      You mean if Heinlein hadn’t had to get his work published in a puritan society 🙂 Although his characters did remark a number of times that they had no interest (or apparent understanding) of the BDSM world. Still, the guy was amazing, and really has influenced my writing.

  15. allen_wilson says:

    Stay Strong
    It was good to read a new Avatar chapter. but even better to hear your RL is better. Even if it’s marginally better.
    Watch over the family, and I for one can wait for the next chapter.
    AFW

  16. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back
    Hi 🙂
    Good to see you have a more cheery outlook on life now, although it could be better. I was getting worried about you with the darkness of your last post here and the long dry spell.
    All the best to you and your wife, may you live many long, fruitful lives where you get to write plenty of stories.
    I’d run to read avatar right now, but unfortunately it’s nearing 2 am, and I’d rather be awake when I’m enjoying my story snack 😉
    Again: Best wishes, stay strong!
    Treiss

    • Dark Pen says:

      Re: Welcome back
      Thank you for your thoughts and comments. While the darkness isn’t over, things are better than they were. Hopefully, someday soon they will actually go from just okay to actually good 🙂

  17. Anonymous says:

    Enslaving Cousin Carla
    For those of you not on the A1 mailing list. DarkPen’s new book has been published!!
    http://www.a1adultebooks.com/site.php?pr=2547
    I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I figured those reading here would want to know right away.
    DarkPen, hopefully this isn’t a post you’re upset about but please delete if so.
    GwaiLo

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hooray
    Hooray, I was almost about to write you off as lost in the digital wilderness. Do you need a new editor or something? Let us know if you need anything.
    Welcome back,
    Reader

  19. Anonymous says:

    🙂
    yay, just randomly thought i’d reread avatar on sol and discovered it was updated came straight here to say thank you 🙂

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