Wednesday, March 12, 2014

in search of my titanium skin

I've written a very few spanking stories, but I found both the act of writing them and the feedback really enjoyable.  However, there are some very good authors that I know read my blog occasionally, and I'm almost hesitant to delve into a post about the theory of writing spanking fiction because I'm hardly qualified.

But I'm having trouble... See, I've had this story idea/fantasy percolating in my head for awhile about a law firm with lots of spankings and sex. Think LA Law but with spankings.  Almost sort of a soap opera type fictional environment with interactions among characters that could change with each chapter/episode rather than just a short story with a beginning, a conflict, a climax, and conclusion.  I've even hammered out a few chapters and have the outlines for more in my head.  It's the set-up I can't quite figure out.  Almost all spanking stories require some suspension of disbelief, and I get that, but I'd like to try and make it at least plausible.  Sure, there are stories about people in spanking relationships that don't require a plausibility set-up. There are stories that take the time to build up to a spanking.  But creating a fantasy fictional world with lots of spankings... it's pretty tough to do.  Of course, these type stories probably appeal more to the hard-core spanko than the curious newbie: sort of like the difference between someone that goes to see a StarTrek movie vs. someone who goes to a convention.  

Awhile back Rollin Hand wrote a couple of essays about plausibility in spanking stories, and did a much better job than I could do at explaining the particular challenges in making a spanking story plausible.

Me, I'm not trying to attain his level of plausibility.  I'd say he comes closer to striving for realism. I'm not looking to write a story that could happen; I'm looking to write a story that might could maybe happen if the reader is willing to take a leap and enter a crazy fantasy world. Still though, you need something to set up the situation so that the reader can take that leap without just dismissing the setting as completely crazy, ridiculous, and outlandish.

Something like... the titanium armor on the space shuttle in the movie Armageddon.  Remember all those asteroid movies several years ago? In this one Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck went up in a space shuttle to blow up the asteroid headed for earth. But wait a minute- the space shuttles were extremely fragile, right? Cold weather caused one of the rings in the rocket booster to crack, some missing tiles caused another to burn up upon re-entry, right? How could we plausibly use a space shuttle to carry a nuclear weapon to land on a runaway asteroid? No, these weren't regular space shuttles... they were special top secret shuttles with titanium armor. Oh. Okay. Disbelief suspended. (Never mind that titanium armor would make the shuttle so heavy that it couldn't launch- I read that in an article somewhere but couldn't find it just now.)

I've read some fun spanking stories with some doozies of a set up. A modern woman thrust into a medieval world where women are spanked all the time...hmm... she's a scientist aboard a spaceship observing a colony of humans that decided to forgo technology and is stuck in a culture of ancient earth.  Just recently there was a discussion on the spanking library forum about creating a fictional world/setting where different authors could write stories. What if it were an island, stuck back in time? How does one explain the different culture allowing spankings? What if the swirling currents surrounding it kept out visitors by ship for centuries? The swirling currents surrounding this made up island have nothing to do with spanking, but are that "titanium armor" allowing the reader to suspend disbelief that such a culture could exist.  

So that's where I'm stuck on this series of stories in a spanking law firm. Still working on finding my titanium skin to help set it up.

Okay so maybe not what you were thinking when you saw the title of this post, huh?


Monday, March 10, 2014

Justice

The Texas judge who beat his daughter lost in the Republican primary last week. 

Background: Back in 2004 a teenage girl who had illegally downloaded files from the internet secretly recorded her dad taking a belt to her for having done so.  She posted the (warning- not for the sensitive) video of it on youtube in 2012, where it went viral, and to date has almost eight million views. She was interviewed on CNN, the Today show, etc... 

The video is horrifying to watch. It brought flashbacks to me, which I wrote about as a newbie blogger back when I thought no one was reading my fresh new spanking blog. Those flashbacks are echoed in some of the first comments on the Reddit story about him losing the primary: "I am 46 years old, watched the video and suddenly became 10 again...my mom did that sort of shit to me. It does stay with you forever."
and in the Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (a/k/a "AMA") of the daughter who posted the video "The last whipping I got was at age 14, when my father suspected I had been holding hands with a boy on the way back from a ski trip. Shirt pulled up to my neck, pants down to my ankles, and a leather belt applied with great force over a 15 minute period of time. Welts which turned into bruises forced me to hide in a corner while dressing after gym class. My childhood was filled with all of the things that affected you. My dad was a preacher, and in my understanding had all of the control of my environment that your father did."

These flashbacks of abuse made me wonder, at the time I first posted, and to some extent still today... "Wait a minute... I like spankings. I get a sexual thrill from them.  Am I all fucked up and sick because of it? Did I become obsessed with spankings because I got them?" That video is the very definition of Sqwicky for me.

Admittedly, at the dawn of the internet, most of the stories about spankings involved childhood spankings. I read them. I liked them.  I think most spankos were exposed to spankings initially in childhood.  I've come to understand though, that for every spanko like me that got spanked, and is worried that they're sick and twisted because of childhood spankings, there's another who worries that they're interested in it because they never got spanked and thinks they're subconsciously seeking the love and affection and firm support they never got growing up.  I think I've learned enough in the last few years of talking to fellow spankos that I can now say comfortably that I am confident that a desire for spanking, or to be spanked, has nothing to do with whether or not one was spanked growing up.

A couple of additional thoughts:
1) I really admire Michael Masterston, the owner and founder of the realspankings.com family of spanking sites. He opens up here about growing up in Texas and his fascination with spanking.  I've written before about the evolution of a spanko, and how for a long time I was just a consumer of stories and videos. I think he's someone who has mastered the consumerism among spankos, and that maybe his voice is lost in the spanking community because he's opening himself up, but only to those who subscribe to his website. Again, I'm a big fan of his work, and admit that I subscribed to his website months and months and months at a time even way back when I didn't always have reliable access to the internet because they were pioneers in spanking video and I wanted to support that company.  All that having been said, I'd like to issue him a challenge, and I don't have an open communications channel to do so... Every new model for that site he asks if they were spanked growing up, and then asks details about it.  I'd challenge him, in light of this post and the truths behind it, to stop asking that question of his new models.  

2)County Court at Law judges are a unique breed.  The quintessential big-fish-in-a-small-pond.  Texas elects all state and county judges.  I looked it up and couldn't find reliable data on this, but in my experience it's really rare for a sitting CCL judge to lose in the primary.  I haven't had a hearing in front of a CCL judge in years, though as we attempt to streamline the justice system. CCL judges may likely take a more prominent role in the years to come.  Still, it should be pretty embarrassing for a multi-term CCL judge to lose at the primary level, when there's not even a Democrat running for it. Certain counties vote certain ways... no Republican is going to get elected to the judiciary in Dallas or Harris county, and no Democrat candidate is going to get elected in the county in which he was running.  By the way, I looked up Judge William Adams, and there's no disciplinary actions against him on the state bar website.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

howdy y'all

No, this isn't a post about cowboy spankings, in spite of the title. Just me saying hi, because I haven't in awhile. Yes, I might really say "howdy y'all' when coming upon a group of old friends. So I'm just explaining because somewhat surprisingly I've seen a jump the blog statistics from those of you across the pond. (and I'm hoping it's not just spam.)

Not really inspired to post something by anything spanking related in my life lately, but I felt like I should, because it's been awhile.  Yes, in case you were wondering, the puppy dog eyes post was inspired by a fairly recent real spanking.  Since my last post there's been a recent "controversy" over a State Senator's bill in Kansas to allow more severe spankings in schools. To anyone who follows politics, a crazy idea submitted as a proposed bill by some state Senator somewhere is hardly news. As expected though, the leading "thought leader" internet magazine is all over it.  Really now, what else is new?

Really, the biggest news spanking wise, for me lately, is that I discovered the spanking library is now accessible on iphones and ipads! Woo-Hoo! There're ~20,000 stories collected from the internet in an archive that's searchable.  I've always thought it was a worthwhile cause- I've always had an interest in spanking but really got into it first through stories on the internet. Yet it has been largely inaccessible to me until they embraced apple products.  Couldn't even read it on the Chrome app for ipad until recently.
It's still a bit quirky in navigation- you cannot open more than one window (or one story) at a time, but I think that's largely because they're trying to protect stories from being copied and pasted into different formats. You can add multiple stories to your reading list so you can find them again (but be careful not to click on the description twice or it will accidentally remove them from your reading list.) Definitely not perfect- it logs me out when I try to click on the "next" button for the next chapter in a serial, can't see comments after the story, etc... but it's a huge benefit to be able to read the stories at all. Not only that but there are really good stories, including some that have been published, and some from some (Ahem) amateur authors that have only written a couple of short stories.

And what's a good post celebrating new spanking stories access without some great spanking library illustrations, courtesy of an accomplished author (a/k/a DJ Black) who has many stories on my reading list on the spanking library right now?