Friday, December 14, 2012

Writer's of the Future

Earlier this year, I dusted off an old short story (sci fi, not erotic). I revised it and sent it to the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.

I heard today that my story received an "Honorable Mention". At first I was thrilled. It's not a win, but it is acknowledgement that the story and the writing were pretty good. Then I got onto the contest's forums and read people's opinions of this. The consensus is that an honorable mention is basically the nicest rejection you'll ever receive. And now I'm disappointed.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Preview of Pleasure Drone

I posted an early preview of Pleasure Drone.

Today's rehearsal went fairly well, so I partially cleaned up the introduction and posted it as an early preview.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hypnosis Safety Question

I received an email today asking about hypnosis safety. This potential new sub stated that she had read of hypnotists abusing their sub's trust and implanting post-hypnotic triggers that made the sub vomit whenever she heard a trigger phrase. The incident that she cited wasn't just abusive, it was also sloppy and created a lot of problems for the sub.

I've heard of several amateurs causing similar problems. So I can understand why the potential new sub would be concerned. Unfortunately, it's impossible for me to know what every hypnotist online intends to do with their subs. The best advice I can give is not to let strangers hypnotize you. Get know someone well before you let them hypnotize you. Most of the time you can get a good sense of trust and compatibility from discussing goals, fantasies, and past experiences. Not always, but most of the time. Talk with other subs in the erotic hypnosis communities, they'll let you know if they've had a good or bad experience with a particular hypnotist.

I tried to account for potential abuse in two of my recordings. My recording, Trance Conditioning, includes the following post hypnotic suggestion:
If anything happens while you’re in a trance that requires your full attention or threatens your safety, you know you can wake and deal with the situation; returning to the trance when …it is safe. Or if a hypnotist gives you a suggestion that makes you uncomfortable, you know you can wake and talk about your concern before you accept the suggestion. Your subconscious will always protect you from harm.
 And Obedient Desire contains the following:
Your safety is as important as fulfillment. You may also select just one  person to obey. You will love, cherish and obey this one person. Obey every safe command that they give, and disregard commands that may be harmful.
Of course, it's impossible to foresee every possible situation. But taking at least basic precautions can minimize risk.




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Preview Pymalion Trances




Some of you may know that I'm hard at work on my second erotic novel, Pygmalion Hypnosis (working title). Some of you may not know, so I've posted a synopsis and and early draft of my first chapter.

http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/stories/pygmalion.html

Friday, September 28, 2012

Results of the Blog Review Tour

This week, five bloggers reviewed my erotic interracial romance novel, Redemption for the Hypnotist. The results were quite good.

The Steam Side    4 steams (out of 5)
Long and Short Reviews 4 1/2 stars 
Wicked Readings by Tawania 4 stars
Slave's Erotic Reviews 4 pens
Erzabet's Enchantments 3 stars

Three of the five reviewers also said they're looking forward to my next book. So I'm pretty encouraged.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review tour for REDEMPTION FOR THE HYPNOTIST


I have arranged a blog review tour for my erotic novel, REDEMPTION FOR THE HYPNOTIST. The tour will run September 24-28, 2012.


Reviews will be posted on the following blogs:
The bloggers encourage comments and discussion. At the end of the week, I will be giving away one of my hypnotic audio mp3 files to a randomly selected commenter.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ooops... did it again.

Oops, I did it again. I got so caught up in writing that I neglected to rehearse/record Pleasure Drone.

In a way, this is good. I've written 21,700 words for my second novel (Tentatively titled Pygmalion Trances). In a way this is bad, because when I went to rehearse Pleasure Drone today, my voice wasn't as strong as I like. I need to build it back up again.

For those who are interested, Pygmalion Trances is a sequel to Redemption for the Hypnotist. And here is my working synopsis of Pygmalion Trances. (it's subject to change.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Great review of Redemption...

Not Now Mommy's Reading has posted a great review of my novel, Redemption for the Hypnotist

Redemption for the Hynotist ... is a surprisingly good read! ...

... Once I began to read, it was almost impossible to put down.

Read the whole review at  Not Now Mommy's Reading.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Upcoming Virtual Book Tour

I have arranged a short virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.



Five or six book review blogs will review my erotic novel, Redemption for the Hypnotist. It will be interesting to read a few opinions of the book from people outside the erotic hypnosis community.

The tour will include a giveaway. Winner's choice of one hypnosis mp3 (from my catalog). Winner will be selected at random from all the commenters to the blogged reviews.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Testimonial video for You Can Enjoy Eating Healthy

One of my listeners produced a testimonial video for my latest hypnosis mp3, You Can Enjoy Eating Healthy.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Release: You can Enjoy Eating Healthy

You Can Enjoy Eating Healthy
This unique hypnosis program is based on my own experience learning to prepare meals that support my fitness goals. This program helps you visualize the process of setting a goal for yourself, discovering your own unique nutritional needs, and then discovering and preparing meals to support your goals and needs. Throughout the program, positive feelings of enthusiasm, enjoyment and satisfaction are connected to the process of discovering, planning, and preparing healthy meals.

Instructions are given for mindful eating and being attentive to your body's response to foods so you can discover hidden allergies or food intolerances. Suggestions are also given for self confidence, positive self talk, and reducing social eating during holiday gatherings.

Post-hypnotic suggestions: Set a goal for yourself. Enjoy the process of discovering and preparing healthy meals. Eat mindfully. Be mindful of your body. Be confident that you can achieve your goal.

To listen to an excerpt and to purchase, visit http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/self-help/eating-healthy.html

Monday, July 9, 2012

Eroticast

Eroticast, has just created a new section for erotic hypnosis. The site is designed to be a repository of erotic audio stories. Just about anyone can record a short story and post it there. So I've posted a couple of my samples there. I'll likely post more soon, but I don't want to monopolize the section while it's first starting out.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finished writing Pleasure Drone

I finished writing the script for Pleasure Drone today. This is an abduction, brainwash and objectification fantasy inspired by the hypnosis scene in Our Man Flint. But of course, Pleasure Drone will be sexually explicit including an MFF threesome.

I almost added a trigger to the final paragraph. But in the end I decided against it. The trigger would have been to become an obedient pleasure drone at my command. And this would have helped the listener go into a trance more quickly each time they listened to the file.

But a lot of my customers are married couples. And I don't want anyone getting concerned I might be trying to steal women from their husbands. That actually happened once. Right after I released Trance Junkie, a husband emailed me saying his wife was afraid I was trying to steal her from him. I reassured them that I wasn't. Everything I say in these recordings is meant to be part of a fantasy. I never meet my customers in-person.

So no trigger in the Pleasure Drone script. But I am thinking about offering live skype sessions (for a fee) to install a trigger and make the listener become a drone for their spouse.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Facebook page discussion forum

I've always thought it would be nice to have a forum where my customers could ask me questions and discuss their experience with my recordings. I just never had the time or skill to set one up.

But yesterday I attended a business incubator presentation that suggest Facebook pages could be used for this purpose. So I set one up. Of course, I'll post news and announcements to the page, But the set up allows people to post questions. Not only can I answer questions there, but so can other facebook members.

Here's the link. Please, "like" it to join the discussion.


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hypnotic-Dreams/141816349287746

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Article

I've written another short article and posted it on hub pages.

Please read, Hyperemperia, The Art of Hypnotic Storytelling

(I'd post a quote, but I'm afraid they'll deleted the article if they 'duplicate content' on this blog.)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Paypal Problem resolved

The paypal problem has been resolved. They 'once again' determined that my recordings do not violate their terms of service. So I can resume sales of MP3 files immediately.

Thank the gods, I didn't have to get a lawyer. In spite of the problem,  paypal's bureaucracy, and the automated emails, their tech support people were actually quite nice and helpful.

Problems with Paypal

Yes, I'm having a disagreement with Paypal. People have warned me for years that Paypal didn't allow sales of adult products. But I've been using them as my payment processor for over 10 years. I considered my business to be "grandfathered in" because I signed up before they implemented the 'no adult product' policy.

In fact when I called their support line today, the Paypal rep verified that they had reviewed my web site and products several times over the past few years and never had a problem. He didn't understand why they would suddenly change their mind, but he had to send the issue to a different department for resolution.

The timing was also quite malicious. I typically withdraw most of my funds the first week of the month (to pay rent and other bills).  They froze my account just a few hours before I made this month's withdrawal. 

So sales of my mp3 files are temporarily suspended. Hopefully this will be resolved on Monday. If not, I'll have to contact a lawyer about taking legal action against them. I think that Paypal's practice of suspending accounts and withholding money for 6 months may be a violation of the Hobbs Act 18 U.S.C. (interference with interstate commerce by extortion). After all they have essentially shut down my business.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Group Hypnosis session on Skype

You know, it might be a good idea to get feedback (on my Eating Healthy script) from several listeners. So I've decided to set up a group hypnosis session on skype.

(Anyone ever do this? Can you help me set it up? Do I need to know everyone's skype ID before the beginning of the call?)

I'll host just one session, either Sat June 2 or Sun June 3, either 10 ET or 11 ET.

I'll be asking for feedback on the script, the title and my mockups for the cover art.

If you're interested, please RSVP with your preferred date/time and your skype ID.  Use my contact page to RSVP.

         http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/pages/contact.html

PS. The Eating Healthy script is non-sexual and gender neutral.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

All hypnosis is not self hypnosis

There's an article on the ShreveportTimes website, Hypnosis works but it's a natural process, not magic. In this article, the author reiterates a statement that many hypnotists state, that "all hypnosis is self hypnosis".  He states this for the same reason that most hypnotists do, to counter the image of hypnosis if popular TV shows.

Popular movies and TV shows portray hypnosis as a way for villains to gain complete control over someone. For some people that's sexy, for others its frightening. But therapeutic hypnosis is a cooperative effort between the hypnotist and subject. The author goes on to say that,

The hypnotherapist simply acts as a "coach" to help you access the unconscious mind and the place of healing residing there. Hypnosis is not mind control; there's never been a documented case that I'm aware of where that's happened, outside of the movies. Even the stage hypnotists understand this. If you've ever been to one of those shows, you'll note that the hypnotist asks for volunteers, knowing that the act of raising the hand is really saying, "let me help you entertain this crowd."

Although I agree with the 'coach' statement,  I disagree that this 'self hypnosis'. And this is really a disagreement over the definition of the term 'self hypnosis'. Self hypnosis [in my definition] is when you guide yourself into a trance and reprogram your own subconscious mind. If I hypnotize someone, I am guiding them into a trance, offering suggestions for change. Certainly it's up to the subject to accept or reject my suggestions. But it's a cooperative effort, not self hypnosis.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Eating Healthy script

I've finished writing the first draft of a new hypnosis script for Eating Healthy (working title).

I've included a lot in this script, including activity-based meal planning (i.e., planning your meals to support your favorite activity like bicycling or weightlifting), an enjoyable anticipation for discovering and learning to prepare new meals, and mindful eating. I've included a some confidence building suggestions with each step and some suggestions for restraint from over eating during social events.

A lot of the material is, in fact, based on my own personal experience. About 10 years ago, I started to realize that my Irritable Bowl (IBS) problems were actually caused by my reliance on TV dinners. So I learned how to cook a few meals. When that helped me solve my IBS problems, I took it further, learning how to plan meals to support my exercising goals... and I actually enjoyed the process of learning new meals.

So I've included much of that in the script and I think I've got something that will be both unique and effective for many people.

When I started writing the script, I read and listened to a few weight loss hypnosis tapes and CDs. It's annoying how uniform they all are. Paul McKenna's so called revolutionary system contained the exact same suggestions as a weight loss tape my mother has owned since the 1970s. (And its obvious that McKenna's publisher paid for most of his reviews on amazon.com and goodreads.com)

Anyway, time to start rehearsing and revising. And I think I'll want a test subject for this in a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Redemption on Good Reads

One of my readers was kind enough to post his review to Goodreads. com. I've heard good things about Goodreads.com helping to promote books. So today, I uploaded the cover art and synopsis to the site. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kickstarter doesn''t allow self-help projects

I started researching and and taking notes for two self-help hypnosis scripts, Confidence in Public Speaking, and A Mindset for Healthy Eating. Since these would be non-sexual hypnosis recordings, I thought it would be a good idea to try posting the projects on Kickstarter.com to see how many people would pledge to buy copies when they become available. Unfortunately, Kickstarter doesn't allow self-help projects.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New article: Sharing your kink

I just posted a new article, titled Sharing Your Kink, here is an excerpt...

How do I Introduce my girlfriend or boyfriend to my kink?
We see this question a lot in the hypnosis fetish community. And I suspect it gets asked a lot in other fetish groups too. People who think their sexual interests are unusual are often afraid of sharing that interest with a lover. They fear being thought weird or perverted, and they fear that perception would lead to rejection and breaking up....
Read the whole article here... 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Revisiting the meditation script

I think it's time I revisited My First Meditation. This is be a breath awareness meditation for beginners. I wrote the script some time ago. I even tested it with a couple of people who were more experienced meditators than myself. But I was never satisfied with the pacing, so I set it aside.

But my health has been improving lately. So I'm revisiting it, and rehearsing, and determined to get it right. Cross your fingers, pray real hard, and hopefully I'll be able to make the recording available by the end of May.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Release: The Essence of a Slave

It's a miracle. I actually met a target date!!

The Essence of a Slave is now available. This is a kidnap fantasy for women who dream of being sexual slaves. While riding a train, you are kidnapped and taken to a hidden palace. You're chained to a column in the harem where you see the slaves are happy and eager to please. The Master looks into your heart and sees you have always been a slave, though you were denied the opportunity to understand this. He describes how you would have discovered your inner slave had you been raised properly. His story shows you what's in your heart, and frees you to embrace your inner slave.

This is an emotionally intense D/s fantasy that includes post-hypnotic suggestions think and feel like a true slave (kajira), ie., to feel a need to belong to someone, devote yourself to serving and pleasing them.

The Essence of a Slave is available for the introductory price of $20 USD through April 26, 2012.


I've also posted an updated excerpt, to listen and/or to buy your copy, visit http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/for-women/essence-slave.html

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

new hypnosis social network

There is a new social network for people interested in erotic hypnosis

http://www.hypbook.com/

I know, I'm the first one to complain about having too many social networks. But I think this one actually REPLACES hypnotizeme, which wasn't working very well.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Status update on Essence of a Slave

I recorded a session of Essence of a Slave yesterday. Started listening to it today. It sounds good so far. So there's a good chance I might actually be able to release this recording near my target date ( April 20-25).

Now if I can just figure out what music to use.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A flier for A More Sensual Kegel

One of my customers asked what she could do to help me promote my recordings. So I thought about it, and I came up with this flier for A More Sensual Kegel.

I in A More Sensual Kegel to be a self-help sexual health product. In fact I used very mild language so that even the most conservative women could benefit from it. But those women haven't found me yet. So I put together this little all-venue flier. It could be safely posted anywhere from grocery store bulletin boards to college campuses.


So if you'd be interested in helping me sharing this wonderful product with the women in your community. Please, print this flier and post it where women will see it.

Thanks.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

hyperempiria

I learned a new word today, "hyperempiria". The word refers to a paradigm for hypnosis which regards suggestion as an art form enabling us to work directly with the ultimate artistic medium, human experience itself.

I've been telling folks that I was pioneering a new art form with my hypnotic audio stories. But now I see I'm not the first person to recognize that hypnosis can be artistic. Although, judging from the facts that word is not in any dictionary, and a google search only brings up some esoteric books and blogs, it's clear that not too many people recognize the existence of the art form.


I wonder what it would take to get a broader public recognition of hyperempiria.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Early Preview for Essence of a Slave

Although I'm still rehearsing Essence of a Slave, I've posted an excerpt from the April 2 rehearsal as an early preview.

Essence of a Slave is a kidnap and enslavement fantasy that includes post-hypnotic suggestions to think and feel like a true slave. 

Rehearsals are going fairly well, with any luck, I'll be able to record the final session in a week or so. You can listen to the preview at http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/for-women/essence-slave.html

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Should I produce more self help recordings?

Been thinking about this question this week. Should I consider producing some self help hypnosis recordings? (Weight loss, smoking cessation, improve self esteem, etc.)

The question came up because sales of my erotic hypnosis recordings have decreased over the last year (in spite of my producing new recordings). Someone suggested I expand my offerings to include self help hypnosis. I've always resisted this in the past, because I'm not a licensed therapist. But now I wonder if it might have been a good idea.

Anyone have an opinion on this?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eliminated from ABNA

Amazon announced the results of the second round of the ABNA today. My novel, Redemption for the Hypnotist, was eliminated. I'm disappointed, but not really surprised. I always suspected the sexual content of my book would get me eliminated.

Although, since they still haven't posted the reviews. I don't know what decision was based on.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Art for Essence of a Slave

I selected the cover art for Essence of a Slave, my next erotic hypnosis script.

While I was working on this image, my mother walked by and glanced over my shoulder. She was appalled that I was working on anything related to sexual slavery, and pestered me about it for the next two hours. She just can't understand the concept of consensual slavery.

But I think this is a very sensual picture. And the girl kind of reminds me of Ksenia Solo from the TV show Lost Girl.

Essence of a Slave will be a kidnapping and D/s fantasy with  post-hypnotic suggestions to think and feel like a true slave.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

International Women's Day

One of my Facebook friends just informed me that today is International Women's Day. I guess facebook is good for something after all. (Although that really isn't saying much).

But it's a nice coincidence that I finally finished and released Reorienting. This latest hypnotic audio story will help bisexual and bi curious women become more comfortable with their desire for other women. (It could also help straight women become more open to experimenting with other women, but that's yet to be proven.)

In this audio story, you are invited to a party with other bi-curious and bisexual women. The entertainment is a demonstration of hypnotic mirroring, a phenomenon where a shared gaze connects you with another woman and enables you to share her thoughts and feelings. You discover that you're connected to a bi-curious woman. You experience her attraction for other women, her curiosity about making love to a woman, and her first experience with another woman.
Sophisticated NLP draws the listener into the story. You find yourself participating in the hypnosis demonstration, mirroring women around you, sharing their thoughts and feelings, and allowing yourself to be seduced and influenced by an experienced bisexual woman.
 As usual, I'm having an introductory sale. So the mp3 is available for $20 USD through March 12; after which it will be available for $25 USD.

for more details visit http://www.hypnoticdreams.com/for-women/reorienting.html

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finally Recorded Reorienting


I finally (yes FINALLY) recorded a session that meets my quality standards.

I'm editing it now and should be able to make it available in about a week.

Reorienting is an erotic hypnosis audio story about a woman's first bisexual experience; it includes post-hypnotic suggestions to feel the desire to be with another woman and to be more open to new experiences.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Amazon Breakthrough Novel First round Results

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award: 1st round results posted. They liked my pitch letter. So Redemption for the Hypnotist will be moving into the second round. I wouldn't be surprised if the book gets eliminated in the second round because of the sexual theme. But you never know, the judges might just like my writing.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

skipping the valentines day sale

I think I'll skip the "I hate Valentine's Day" sale this year. I've held the sale for the last 3 years in a row and it's beginning to feel like a cliche.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rehearsing again

Rehearsing again. My voice is starting to come back, but it's still not as strong as I like. Hopefully the rehearsals will help strengthen it.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Coupon with Purchase

Guess I'm not doing enough to promote my site. That's typical, I've always hated advertising. But I got to do something. So for the near future, anyone who buys one of my erotic hypnosis mp3s will receive a coupon code worth 10% off the price of my ebook.

Friday, January 27, 2012

think I finally figured it out

I think I've finally figured out why I've been having so much trouble with my voice the past couple of  years.

For those who might wonder, it was a posture issue. The last 3 years, I've spent most of my days (12-14 hours a day) in a reclining position while worked on a laptop computer. This kept my neck bent forward, which seems to have kept my throat crimped.

I've always sat up straight to rehearse or record, but apparently that wasn't enough. The past few days, I've stopped reclining, sitting up straight most of the day, and it seems to have helped. And I've partially recovered my singing voice.

With any luck, I should be able to bring my vocal back up to recording quality in another week or two.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Amazon Breakthrough Novel

I decided to submit Redemption for the Hypnotist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It's a toss up if the book will make it past the first round or be disqualified because of the explicit sexual content.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New femdom script: Sympathetic Magic

I've written the first draft of Sympathetic Magic. In this fantasy, a witch captures the essence of your cock and stores it in a cock-shaped pendant. Through hypnosis and NLP (disguised as magic) she convinces your subconscious mind that she has linked your cock to the pendant so that when she strokes the pendant, you feel it in your cock. And of course, each stroke makes you more mindlessly aroused and eager to please her.

I emailed the script to Tammy. But I think she was planning to be offline for a couple of weeks. If anyone happens to call her on niteflirt, please let her know to check her email.

Status of Reorienting

People are starting to ask what's taking so long with Reorienting. Back in early Dec I recorded a session I thought would work. But after cleaning it up and listening to it, I wasn't satisfied with the quality of my voice.

As a merchant, I have to acknowledge that people are spending hard-earned money on my recordings and they deserve the best quality that I can provide. I've been procrastinating on the decision whether or not to use the Dec recording or aim for better, and that's why I haven't said anything here.

Today I've decided I'm going to scrap everything and rerecord it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

World Hypnotism Day

Yes, I know Jan 4th is World Hypnotism Day. And yes, I know I had a sale last year to celebrate. But I've decided to skip it this year.