Thursday, 27 October 2016

Institutuional Discipline...

...But what KIND of institution?  You decide!

Hi folks.  Every now and then somebody sends me a picture or piece of writing which inspires me and demands to be adapted and perhaps extended in some way.  It might be something entirely innocent but which nevertheless can be interpreted - or be able to be interpreted - in an entirely different way.  And such was the case with the image I received in my email yesterday (many thanks for that, Robin!).  As always we must assume all are of marriageable age (I hate that term, but one has to use it, as I often do in my discipline / corporal punishment / spanking writing, to avoid the unwanted attentions of Plod).  Click to enlarge (obviously)

Now changing the colour of an object or item of clothing, say - which was the original request in this case; changing the colour of the gymslips from navy blue to bottle green - is usually the easy bit. Although yesterday's thing turned out to suffer all manner of complications, because of all those bright highlights and deep shadowing.  And the are limits. 

For example, when I took it a stage further for my own amusement, added a nurse figure (which you'll have seen before) and rearranged things, although I was happy enough initially I then decided I wanted to make the nurse's dress navy blue.  But try as I may I couldn't get it the blessed thing dark enough without all manner of defects becoming visible.  The dress was originally a sort of light sea green and the image came from a catalogue which I scanned a good few years back. The colour change was partly to disguise the source - I have navy blue versions I could have used directly.  I suspect the defects which become visible are likely artifacts from the scanning process, some kind of aliasing caused by moire patterning due to an interaction between the scanning and the fine detail in the fabric itself. 

I am not sure why exactly why - something you might like to discuss perhaps - but I would definitely have preferred navy blue if I had been able to achieve it. I would like her to look a little older too, but still attractive (that seems to be important, too). That's not the model's original face of course.  It's an amalgam of three different faces and hair using features of each.  And the cap has been changed too. It originally had a straight flat top.  One approach I could have tried - and has worked in the past - is to desaturate the image to black and white monochrome first, and then colourise it.  I might give that a try at some point, but for now it's back to the writing.  

I have discovered a really cheap but quiet and well kept pub down the road a ways in Tottenham.  Called 'The Elbow Room', one can get a pint of fine hand-pulled real ale there for a thoroughly reasonable £2.10 (£1.95 on Tuesdays).  AND they have a loyalty car
d scheme: buy 6 pints and get the next FREE!!!  So that's where I'm off to in a mo, to sit and write on my trusty laptop.  See Y'all!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Of Disappearing Blogs - And a Bit of Photo Art to Keep You Amused

Another blog has disappeared - back up your blog content now, lest yours is next! Yep! I just discovered Alec Leamus's blog - Beyond The Magic Box - ( has been removed!!!  Another one bites the dust.  For myself: A while back I backed up a lot of this blog to a Word Press blog of the same name, although I have to admit I'm not up to date with my backups - but on the other hand I haven't been posting to this blog as frequently as I once did because it is somewhat more time consuming compared to posting on Tumblr or Pinterest, say... Oh well. fingers crossed! 
Another day in the Dept. of Applied Experimental Behavioural Psychology's Secure Residential Unit
The dress is originaly from a 1960s women's workwear catalogue - the woman's face is another of my composit constructions, which I think (I hope) I'm slowly getting better at.  The figure was originaly holding a pair of glasses which overlaped the dress and so I had to do a bit of reconstruction work, which to be honest hasn't quite come off as well as I would have hoped  - perhaps I'll have another crack at some future date (the hand holding the mug and cane needs a re-think too; it creates the illusion of too many fingers as it is at present)... Ok, so I've had another shot at getting that hand right (or at least improving it) - see below (scroll down).

The background and the coloured area on the mug she is holding were originaly a different colour.  The badge I have tried to make look as if embroidered on the dress itself rather than a pin-on type of thing.  It doesn't really fit in with my novels since it is more like the kind of thing which I describe as being worn in the workroom / sweatshop in which my heroine is put to work, but it just caught my imagination for some reason.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

That Nurse Helena Traslation / Interpretation Project - The Next Instalment

This is the last three of the set I have.  If you have the rest of this set (assuming it exists some place) please let me know, or better still send it to me via email (  I reiterate - I’m not a French speaker (only JUST manage English - on a GOOD day!) I’ve just done my best using Google translate and a bit of thought.  It would have been somewhat darker had it been one of my storylines!  The French language originals are below.

Friday, 7 October 2016

An Amazing Nurse Helena Annotated Photoset - And an Attempted English Translation / Interpretation

 Hi Folks!  A while ago a kind soul sent me a set of six annotated photoset pages originating from the excellent and always innovative Nurse Helena (thanks again Candii).  Originally in French, I've had a shot at translating and re-annotating them in English.  Thus far I have completed the first three of the set of six, which I present here, first the three French Language originals and then - if you scroll further down the page - my three translations / interpretations.

 I have to admit don't speak French, so I have had to rely on on-line language translation programmes which sometimes fail to provide a direct translation which makes any sense, and thus here and there I have had to make a semi-educated guess to come up with my own interpretation, but I think the gist and the spirit of the thing survives.  Please let me know what you think...

I hope to complete the final three next week, probably next Tuesday, which will likely be my next opportunity to get back on my main, desktop computer.  I'll be away from home for the weekend but will have my smart phone with me and so can answer emails and comments and so on.  Bye for now and best wishes.  Garth

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Domesticated Heiress: Re-educated and Returned to the Loving Care of her Guardian

People often enquire as to the ultimate fate of the heroines featured in my (Garth Toyntanen) institutional discipline stories.  Here is one possibilty I like to imagine:  Follow me on Twitter to read more of my thoughts as and when they occur, moment by moment

 Domesticated Heiress: Re-educated and Returned to the Loving Care of her Guardian

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

After Those Admission Procedures - Beyond Those First Few Days

So, there's been quite a lot about admission procedures written here in the past, quite often also referring to the 'Reader's Letters' sections of magazines such as Janus, Whispers, Blushes et al wherein it was frequently the subject of many a stimulating missive.  Obviously the intention is that at some point corporal punishment is to be introduced, if not during the admission procedures themselves (something I prefer to avoid on the grounds of straining plausibility).  

But assuming the groundwork has still to be laid down in readiness for the introduction of the cane or the strap - and when that time comes I am of the mind that the subject should be ready to accept such behavioural correction with a high degree of passivity, quite accepting of the legitimacy and definitely not requiring restraint in any manner - the question becomes how to proceed next?  Perhaps by having her suffer, as if by chance, a series of small, apparently unconnected and yet belittling experiences, each seemingly insignificant in itself and yet each gradually chipping away at the subject's self confidence and self esteem?  To be honest, to my mind this sort of subtle, covert approach is best applied in preperation to having the subject admitted - better still, admitting herself, 'voluntarily' - in the leadup and thus BEFORE the admission procedures. 

On the other hand, perhaps the best way forward is the more direct approach...  And few photosets manage to illustrate the latter approach as well as those wonderous Nurse Helena pics:  Here's one someone was kind enough to send to me and which seems particularly appropiate to such a disscussion.

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Friday, 26 August 2016


From the upcoming illustrated rewritten version of the INSTITUTIONALISED series by GARTH TOYNTANEN, the working title (would you believe): THE ILLUSTRATED INSTITUTION

Yep!  Work is still carrying on with this exciting project, bit by bit.  In the meantime, whenever I am out or travelling I try to put aside some time dedicated to finishing off a bit of writing here and there on the laptop, - even if only while enjoying a cup of coffee - and am hoping soon to start editing together the parts which will go to make up the novel I began way back in the summer of 2014 and which I have mentioned may times before - I just hope it turns out to have been worth all the work; and your wait!  And THAT is part of the reason for all the delays; I am worried about disappointing anybody; SO worried I keep putting off finishing it off!

The latest thing I have been writing kind of overlaps with my last book, ON BECOMING SUBJECT TO MISS SWANLEY'S METHODS (KINDLE edition available on AMAZON - click here!) within which a phone conversation ensues between the eponymous heroine (if that is the right term) and a prospective client.  In the new work we initially look in on the events occurring at the other end of the line at the exact time of that call.

Now: This coming Tuesday I am hoping to cycle down to Brighton from up here in North London and hopefully will stay down there a few days (the nearest thing to a holiday I'm likely to get this year) if I can find a cheap guest house.  So if you will be around in that area and fancy meeting for a pint look for my tweets on Twitter or look to the comments attached to this post.

See you next time!