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!
Sunday, 24 July 2016
From the upcoming 'THE ILLUSTRATED INSTITUTION' by yours truely, Garth P. Toyntanen.
Admittedly this one still needs a bit of work. The final version will see her wearing a doctor’s white coat open over this outfit which is why the fob watch is a little closer to the centre line then seems natural, an example of a little bit of artistic licence applied to ensure it can be seen under her lab coat. So it’s an early attempt but I think it captures that sense and feeling of overbearing dominance successfully. It has been assembled from a number of different photographic sources and even the face and hair contain elements from several different individuals to create a new person who has never actually walked the earth – but we can IMAGINE she has; hey, chaps! Angela Fox has had a go of putting this figure within one of her computer generated backgrounds, which has proved quite successful and provided yet more food for thought and inspiration, so we’ll have to see where that leads.
I really MUST update this blog more often, but in my own defence I HAVE been incredibly busy with my various projects, what with my giving up one day a week to voluntary physiotherapy work and only having a couple of days a week fully open to do this sort of thing when there are no family members around to shoulder surf. Today I'm off out for a birthday celebration meal and drink.
My birthday was actually last Saturday but because of various commitments including a medical I was keen to avoid drinking before having, I was forced to postpone things until this weekend which has actually been advantageous since I've been woefully short of cash of late and I like to leave at least one month between drinking sessions anyway.
If you happen to be around in North London feel free to join me - I'm always glad of the company. Today (after a brief gym session and shower) I'll be starting out briefly in the TOLGATE, the Turnpike Lane Wetherspoons, for a couple of medicinal pints to soothe my nerves before then moving on by tube and bus to the RAILWAY BELLE in New Barnet (also a Wetherspoons establishment). I'm easy to spot - just look for an old hippy-looking guy with long curly hair sporting bright colours (I DO like bright colours – despite moving into my 60th year). Tomorrow it might be worth looking for me in either the Tollgate or the Metropolitan, which is the Wetherspoons pub branch situated above the Baker Street tube station and built into the same block, around lunchtime.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Hi folks. Just a quickie to say I've just stumbled on a sapnking blog new to me - 'Best Spanking Blogs'(click here to visit) or look in my extensive blog list which is situated over in the right hand sidebar (you need to scroll down a ways though - there's a lot of stuff over there!
I'm still struggling with editing a putting together the 'Ordinary House' / 'Twice Kidnapped' thing but meanwhile I've also been putting together more images for my on-going project 'The Illustrated Institution', of which this is the latest. I've been having difficulty creating the face for this one though, so this probably will not be the final version. I'll be interested in any comments.
I’ve been perusing the ‘net for images of leather skirts and white doctors’ coats to try and create a close up image of the domineering psychotherapist figure, which is how I came upon the above mentioned blog. I have a distant image of her supervising a toileting session created for me by Angela Fox but for various reasons I don’t think I can put that one to use in the situation I have in mind, but the face has to match that computer-generated image to some degree which means I have to create a composite from features taken from several separate faces, which is actually a very interesting challenge.
The problem I was experiencing with WordPress righted itself and you can now view everything I've ever put out on Tumbler there, plus one or two other things (I may try to archive this site there too at some point - we'll see).
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
An Important Warning: Thinking of Backing Up Your Tumblr Account by Importing into Wordpress? DON’T!!!
I know many of you will have Tumblr accounts - and I know many of you who DO will, like me, be becoming increasingly alarmed at the the number of deactivated accounts encountered and be searching for ways to back up your precious Tumblr content. I also know many of you will likely own - in addition to your Tumblr account - a Wordpress account and will possibly have seen the idea of importing your Tumblr content into Wordpress mooted as a way of creating a quick, clean, backup. Well, here is an important warning to anyone who has a Wordpress account and is considering backing up their precious Tumblr content by importing it into their Wordpress account - just DON’T!!!
Earlier this morning I decided to try to back up my Tumblr account in just this way, by importing it into my Wordpress account. All started ok, then after a few minutes the import process ground to a halt and the following message popped up:
"Your site has been suspended from WordPress.com for violating the Terms of Service".
Basically I have now lost my Wordpress account. Luckily I have never used it much and there was very little on it (I could never quite get to grips with how it worked) but I think everyone who owns a Tumblr account and is becoming worried about the danger of its deactivation needs to be aware of this potential danger and be VERY wary of importing into Wordpress as a method of backing up Tumblr.
PS: Please pass this around via social media, repost, reblog or whatever - ta!
Friday, 24 June 2016
I don't have much time to say a lot at the moment but here’s one to whet your appetite taken from my ‘Illustrated Institution‘ project, which is exactly what it says on the label; basically an illustrated, simplified and abridged version of my much acclaimed INSTITUTIONALISED series.
You’ll have seen an early version of this before but I’ve done a lot more work on it since. In particular it has taken an age to get the faces right. Each is an amalgam made up from elements of several different faces to create new characters who never existed before, if you see what I mean.
Quite a lot of the other artwork will be based elements taken from the work of Angela Fox, similarly modified, and some elements will be coming from work I did for and with Roger Benson (though the later may appear in a separate book - we’ll see!).
This present offering MAY become the basis of the cover (minus the speech and the think bubble of course) depending on the feedback I receive; so let me know what you think; don’t be shy!
I have several written projects in the pipeline at the moment, including 'An Ordinary House' - with which I am struggling with dialogue issues and which may end up with a different tittle - and 'Red Letter Days' - which at one time I was calling 'Hostage of Discipline' and which is a real complex thing that I started while on holiday back in 2014.
This latter tale has been more or less NEARLY in a publishable state for ages, and at present contains several of the themes and ideas which I originally started exploring in 'An Ordinary House', the trouble is I having been struggling to create an opening for it (I have about five part-written capremise of the story - and I want to avoid that non-linear storytelling style I've used before, hopping back and forth through time and between different geographical locations - but at the same time I want to be able to make clear early on to the reader both the kind of thing which awaits them further down the line while also making clear this is going to be anything but the standard D/S corporal punishment fare they might be expecting. It's actually quite a difficult balance to achieve it turns out.ndidates). I want to spend time to develop the characters and locations and the
Anyway, I'll tell you more next time, but for now suffice it to say my aim is to get some part of this one out by my birthday - which incidentally is Saturday July 16th (I plan to be in Brighton either that weekend or the weekend after, so come meet me for a drink if you can!)
PS: I've also been doing a bit more work on the SelectaCorp game project (see last entry), coming up with ideas and stuff which I hope has been useful - hopefully I'll have more to say on that too next time.
Bye for now.
Friday, 3 June 2016
Yep! It's been a mighty long time since my last post, and I do seem to have neglected this blog in favour of my Tumblr blog and Pinterest account somewhat - for which I can only appologise. In my defence I have to say I've had a mighty struggle with my internet provider as well as certain personal / family problems which have kept me away from home quite a lot.
I've also now taken on a little unpaid voluntary physiotherapy / rehabilitation work with vulnerable adults which involves my taking over from their National Health Service (NHS) physiotherapist at the end of the physio's allotted time with the client and continuing to monitor, supervise and encourage the client's further progress / rehabilitation by working through their exercise programme with them on a regular basis. The latter though - now that I've worked through the various courses and taking hand-over from the physios concerned with my first couple of clients - will entail just one day per week and will slot nicely into my weekly routine with little or no disruption of my various publication projects as I've planned it to occupy one of the 'dead days' during which the 'other half' (the Mrs, for the uninitiated) is around the flat making work difficult in any case.
The reason I've felt able to update the Tumblr and Pinterest accounts is simply the ease with which I can post to them - I can even reblog stuff from various sources straight of my smart phone - as compared to blogger, although I can be a lot more creative with blogger. Added to this is the fact that I have built up quite a collection of photo-manipulated, annotated and captioned stuff which I can just simply drag and drop into the other accounts. It's a whole lot more long-winded on blogger.
Right, that having been said; my work with SelectaCorp on their new game -
‘Celesta University: Degrees of Depravity’ - has been continuing in the background all the while (as have some of my other projects such as some writing and also my 'Illustrated Institution' art project, of which more another time) - albeit in a sort of stop-start ad hoc manner. At the time of writing the game has been in beta testing and I have been running through it experimenting with gameplay (ie, playing the thing). SelectaCorp have now put out a series of gameplay guide videos (CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEYOUTUBE CHANNEL DIRECTLY) which you can see on this page - thanks for the link, Ulver! Give 'em a view, make constructive criticism and share what you think.
I should point out that it is possible the final version of the game could vary in detail from what you see here - for example I myself recently made a suggestion to the writers aimed at improving a small part of the opening / introductory section - but these vids should give you a good idea of where it is all going and what to expect. All suggestions will be welcomed by the writers I'm sure.