Today in Spam! 9 19 2014

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Post: New Transformations Latexica

Submitted: 9/19/2014

Text:
As the wound heals, inspect for signs of infection including increased pain, redness and fluid around the cut. A high body temperature is also a sign of infection. If a wound seems infected, let the victim rest. Physical activity can spread the infection. If infection develops, seek the help of a medical expert.

Blog Improvements!

Over the next couple days I will be making some significant tweaks to the Realms. On top of the top level pages I made not too long ago, I will be adding subpages. These new pages will be new versions of my story indexes (table of contents), thereby retiring the Index-of-stories tag. As the text will be copy pasted, I don’t foresee any enduser issues.

Also, I will be introducing a new kind of post: Today In Spam. I often get some amusing spam — especially in relation to the post it is in, and I thought I should share that amusement. It will also provide a secondary service of if I didn’t realize it was an actual human making a legitimate comment. Anything is possible! I will of course omit any websites and emails. The first will appear today!

9 13 2014 EMCSA Update

WITHIN: Graded primarily on heat and narrative
WITHOUT: Graded primarily on narrative
Possible spoilers below …

WITHIN
Abby’s Ascention (mc ff mf fd gr ma sf) (new)  by effjoo
–2.5/5 (not great, had some redeeming qualities)–

A gem that reshapes the protagonist and those around her? Sure, why not? While definitely polished, the start of this wasn’t particularly enticing. I think I was “secretly” wanting for that gem to appear almost right away. Backstory can be fine, but having it at the beginning can make a start dull, especially if the main characters had little of note prior to a magical gem! Perhaps its arguably more realistic to find a magical object by subtle chance, but even Bilbo found the prior owner of the Ring of Power almost right away. I guess my point is the finding of the stone here seemed like a hollow experience. Anyway, not much of note really happens until almost halfway through the first chap. Kinda predictable, too. A plain girl transforms into a gorgeous woman with ridiculous power. Sure, even I use related themes sometimes, but it is an overly trodden path. Overall, interesting in its own right, but it never had the serious umph it was trying for.
(ReReadability: low / follow: no)

Nine to Hive (mc ff mf fd ft ma gr sf bd) (1 new chapter)  by Half Shim
–3.5/5 (good, not quite earth shattering)–

I find myself really enjoying the disorienting nature of the plot. There is a definite order to the plot, but we don’t get to see it all at once. Not yet. We are evolving in fits and spurts along with the character, while trying to decipher bizarre realities with her! This is really quite well written. Quite a lot happens in this rather long chapter. Narratively, excellent, while not too much in the way of heat for me. It’s hard to say if its clear how this will end, showing multiple possibilities, but at this point it is clear things may get even more interesting!
(Chap ReReadability: moderate / Chap: 6)

WITHOUT
Wind the Mirror (mc mf fd sf) (new)  by Arafinte
~~2/5 (so-so, maybe a good story to others but didn’t mesmerize me)~~

Virtual reality can be a fine theme, but this felt a bit like the holodecks of Star Trek TNG and later. Even an addictive aspect to it was discussed via the neurotic Barclay character! That all made this feel like it was one step away from a fanfic. The writing felt generally polished, but felt almost too in your face, for lack of better words. The story flowed at you rather than with you … Probably an interesting story hiding here, but I started skimming fairly early.
(ReReadability: Low / Follow: no)

RANDOM COMMENTS
Of all the things that more than turns my head, a woman wearing tight jeans and flip flops is an image that can truly melt my brain.

Aug 30 2014 EMCSA Update

WITHIN: Graded primarily on heat and narrative
WITHOUT: Graded primarily on narrative
Possible spoilers below …

WITHIN
Nine to Hive (mc ff mf fd ft ma gr sf bd) (1 new chapter)  by Half Shim
-3.5/5 (good, not quite earth shattering)–

I’m glad to see a new chap of this one, even if its been over a year since the last update. I must admit, though, in the meta sense, calling each chap a “day” can be a touch frustrating to the otherwise patient reader … Anyway, written just fine and quite vivid. Dreams! I did feel a touch out of sync, though, probably because of how long its been. The wonderfully surreal nature of the installment did bring me back into sync  :). Some continued TF latex heat, while the more serious heat came later. Things do seem to be moving along. From reading Half Shim’s prior work, I have a good idea where this could be going, and I am excited. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long for the next chap!
(Chap ReReadability: moderate / Chap: 5)

Under Her Wing (mc ff) (new)  by Ogodei-Khan
–2/5 (so-so, maybe a good story to others but didn’t mesmerize me)–

Though perhaps not as pulled in as expected, this was written well enough. I’ve never personally been in some New Age shop, so I haven’t any personal analogue in mind. However, the writer does a well enough job giving the reader an idea of what one should expect. Interesting, but for whatever reason, didn’t keep my attention all that well. While it was a source of inspiration, as stated by the author, quoting Pink Floyd felt somewhat out of place. I do like Pink Floyd, yes, but having it referenced only at the start might’ve improved the feel. Much of their music, like The Wall, is rather subversive, and I just didn’t see that in this story. Not quite sure I understand what happened here, as it was a bit of a WTF ending …
(ReReadability: low / Follow: no)

WITHOUT
The Collars (mc mf md) (new)  by Dracone
~~1.5/5 (poor +, need to be mesmerized to really like this)~~

Had a bit of an overly sluggish feel with the paragraphs often being on the longer side. The overall writing felt a bit clunky, too, and in need of a further revision. Partly as a result of that, I wasn’t particularly pulled into this, and skimmed a bit. Everything just seemed too quick and easy. Resistance? Moral dilemma? It would’ve helped to see a bit of that. The show Continuum shows related tech, and effectively discusses their moral and ethical implications. I could tell there was an interesting story hiding here, but it was hard to see …

RANDOM COMMENTS
I’ve found my tastes in IN stories broadened of late to general lesbian IN. Attractive women coming together for pleasure. Why not?