The Crystal Candy Newsletter (September 2019)

Well, here I am about to piss off my readers.

I’m really sorry, in advance.

Something kind of occurred to me all at once over the past few days, and it’s that I’m a moron.

When I started Crystal Candy, it was meant to be more fun and free-flowing and supplementary to Misty Vixen. And it was, when I was writing A Warm Place in the beginning. But then that changed. In five short months, it has become not only the thing that I write first and foremost, but it’s become a huge source of anxiety and stress.

To put aside your immediate fears, let me confirm that no, I am NOT canceling this pen name, nor anything that I’m working on. That’s not what’s happening.

Instead, I’m saying that I am relegating Crystal Candy back to what it was supposed to be: supplementary.

Again, I want to apologize. I’m sorry. I honestly wish I had the mental fortitude and endurance to just keep up with everything. Some days, I can. Some days, I do all the stuff I planned on doing, and then do more. Some days, I can hardly fucking write a hundred words.

I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for basically my entire life, and I’m still dealing with them. One thing I’ve learned is to pick your battles. If something is causing you undue stress, you should really prioritize. And right now, Misty Vixen and Parasexual and Haven and Demoness are my priorities.

So, functionally speaking, what does that mean?

It means that I will have a set word limit for Misty Vixen almost every day, and if/when I hit that word limit each day, if there is time/energy leftover, I’ll work on Crystal Candy. I will try to make an effort to put in at least some work every day, but I definitely cannot keep up this weekly release schedule. It’s just killing me and giving me serious anxiety problems.

So, once more, I’m really sorry.

For now, I’ll be working on Refuge. As I mentioned before, I might also begin working on my survival-horror series, since it’s a lot more interesting. I’ve learned, with some success, how to push past it when what I’m writing no longer interests me, but when I’m really into something, the words flow like a fucking river.

Slight Change of Plans

Hey everyone.

Originally I said I was going to start working on Refuge 4 as soon as I was done with Maidens & Mayhem 3, but I’m going to take a week off from Crystal Candy.

This is going to become the new schedule. Basically, I spend three weeks writing Crystal Candy, then take a week off. So a trilogy, then a week break, rinse and repeat.

The reason for this is twofold. The first is that as much as I was hoping it wouldn’t, writing both Crystal Candy and Misty Vixen is taking a bigger toll on me than I initially predicted it might. While writing Maidens & Mayhem 2 I got really close to like…freaking the fuck out from a stress overload. It isn’t just the writing, but other things going on in my life at the same time. Like, seriously, when that Friday hit, I was really close to some kind of meltdown.

But I chilled out over the weekend, and by the time Monday rolled around, I felt competent and calm enough to tackle Maidens & Mayhem 3. But I knew something had to change.

Combine this with the fact that Crystal Candy sales are flagging, and I’m more inclined to shift my workload. I don’t want to do LESS work, I want to do the SAME amount of work, but shifted towards Misty Vixen. Which is kind of annoying considering I created Crystal Candy to help take the financial pressure off of Misty Vixen!

But I’m just adapting to the situation as it changes, and right now, it looks like this.

To give you an idea of how Crystal Candy is doing:

In April, when I launched it, it did pretty decent, better than I thought it would. And then, in May, that DOUBLED. In June, I managed to hit a little bit higher than in May, so still a big win. But then it dropped by nearly HALF in July, and it’s looking like it’s going to earn even less than that in August, unless this last week sees a lot of sales. At most, I might break even with July. And those numbers, unfortunately, just aren’t worth this level of effort, as much as I hate saying that.

Another part of the problem is that some of my health issues have returned, namely the hazy thing where it’s hard to focus. It went away for a bit, but it’s been coming back, and it fucking sucks. It’s worst when I’m editing, which is why some things are taking so fucking long.

I think another part of the problem is that Maidens & Mayhem just isn’t coming out the way I thought it would. Or maybe I’m just not in the mood for another fantasy story right now? And it’s kind of a problem for Refuge, too. Not as much, but it is there. I think one issue is that, with going back to writing short, serialized fiction, I'm always kind of…working against myself, I guess? It’s like working with a handicap, maybe? Basically, I already don’t like writing short fiction, so automatically, ANYTHING I write that’s short fiction has a mental strike against it. So something that I can usually push past, is now something that I can’t because I’m already at a disadvantage.

Okay, it’s like, when you come up against something that, under normal circumstances, is just fucking annoying, and irritating, and you can push past it and deal with it. But then you come up against it and you have a really bad headache. Some stuff you can still push past, but some stuff you could push past minus the headache, now, if you come up against it with the headache, it’s just like, “No, this is too much, I can’t fucking tolerate this.”

Does that make sense?

And I know a lot of people would be like, “Well just do it anyway. I mean, it’s your job.” But part of my job is deciding what my job is. It’d be different if it was Misty Vixen material. I’ve been able to push through basically everything I’ve ever written under that name, and it’s easier for a number of reasons. There’s less holding me back or adding to my stress. But that isn’t the case with Crystal Candy.

So I don’t know.

Right now, I’m feeling good about Refuge. I think I can push through another trilogy at a reasonable rate with a reasonable amount of suffering. (And don’t let that fool you, almost everything I’ve ever written has involved SOME suffering. Even my favorite novels, I had times where I was like, FUCK, I WANT THIS TO BE OVER I’M SO SICK OF WRITING THIS FUUUUUUUCK).

I think I need to do something fucking weird and different. I mean, A Warm Place had its problems, but I had a lot of fun writing it because it was so different from anything else I’ve ever written.

Maybe when Refuge 6 is written, I’ll switch over to something radically different. I have been thinking about that dark monster survival-horror story a lot recently.

We’ll see. Sorry about all this. I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m really just trying to work with what I have. I’d love to be a lot more diligent, and hardworking, and consistent, to just buckle down and do the writing and roll out story after story in an unbroken, assembly line of consistency like apparently Eric Vall can just do, with a goddamned fucking 400 page novel every WEEK now, but apparently I just can’t. I’m not good enough or stable enough or smart enough or whatever.

The Crystal Candy Newsletter (August 2019)

Newsletter time! Sorry it’s late, normally I put these up on the 1st of the month, but as I mentioned earlier, I was on something of a vacation.

Not a whole lot to say. The first trilogy of Refuge is done.

So if you’re interested in sci-fi, military action, and people fucking a lot, pick it up!

August is going to largely be dedicated to my next series, a fantasy harem set in a world similar to my Fantasy Universe. I intend to have it up by the end of the week. As always, the first chapters of my works will be available as an early access feature for 3$/month over on my Patreon. I’m also going to attempt to finish off getting nude versions of the ladies of A Warm Place soon, but it does cost money and take time.

Last week of the month should see Refuge 4 and the kick off of the second trilogy in that series, then once that’s wrapped up, back to the fantasy harem, and so on and so forth.

To those that are supporting me, by leaving reviews, or donating through Patreon, or buying or borrowing my stories and reading them, thank you so much. It means more than I can properly convey. It is so appreciated.

And now, onto the writing.

Quickie Update

Hello, everyone. Just a little update here.

So, the first little arc of Refuge is up.

I am right now taking a short break to finish up Haven 2, finish my editing of the Wanderlust series so that I can get it updated now that I have new cover art, and begin planning my next series as Crystal Candy.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be running two series simultaneously. I’ll be releasing them in trilogies, bouncing back and forth, at a pace of about an episode a week. I know I’m going to be missing my mark this time around, but I’m taking a short vacation around the end of the month where I’m not going to be able to work really, and honestly I could use the break.

Production will resume the second week of August, and ideally I’ll be able to keep that schedule from now on. As for what it’s about? It’s a fantasy harem, so if any of my Misty Vixen fans are reading this, similar to the world I’ve established in Demoness and Wanderlust, etc. The basic premise is that a guy comes to a shitty village with a lot of problems and starts fixing them. And fucks hot chicks, obviously.

I’ll release more on it as we get closer to the release date. After writing a trilogy of episodes for this new one, I’ll go back to Refuge, and back and forth until either I get really burned out on one of them, or they’re finished, in either case, I’ll start a new series, because I have a fucking shitload of ideas. Like, seriously, a lot. I still want to do that modern horror, and a MILF harem. And another Sci-Fi one that’s a much lighter tone. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg really.

Anyway, I hope you like what I’ve written so far, and thank you to the people who have been reviewing. Like, fuck, Crystal Candy has done SO much better for reviews than anything I ever wrote as short fiction for Misty Vixen. It is really appreciated.

And now I am off to take a break. Eventually, after I finish editing Haven 2 and Wanderlust.

The Crystal Candy Newsletter (July 2019)

Hello everyone.

Not much to say, besides the fact that I finished A Warm Place!

You can read the whole series right here.

Overall, I’m decently satisfied with how it turned out. If you want a little more expansion on my thoughts of the series, check out this blog post.

So what’s next?

Refuge - A Sci-Fi Survival Harem.

So yeah, that’s my new series. I’ve been planning it for a little while now. I took the last week of June off to catch up on Haven 2 for Misty Vixen, (which partially worked), and plan Refuge. I didn’t get as much done as I’d like, because I ran into some personal problems.

Presently, I’m attempting to adopt a strategy to help me work around the limitations in my life. Right now, what that’s looking like translates to you getting a new Crystal Candy title once a week. It isn’t really the pace I want to work at, and if Crystal Candy was the only thing I was working on, then I could probably get two titles a week out. But that simply isn’t the case, and I can’t keep trying to push myself like that, because it doesn’t result in more getting done, it actually results in less getting done, because I’ll go really hard for a day or two, and then on the third day I’ll feel fucking brain-dead, and get depressed because I feel like such a lazy piece of shit, and then instead of writing at least some, I’ll write literally nothing, because I know I can’t hit my mark that day, so why bother doing anything?

It’s a bad cycle.

The first episode of Refuge should be going up by the end of the week. Wish me luck.

Oh, also, sorry the drawings have slowed down. I’m a little strapped for cash because of the way bills have fallen and the money that I do have set aside for drawings is being diverted to having new cover art created for Misty Vixen, because I think that will make a massive impact in the long run. But Jessica is presently being worked on!

A Warm Place Is Done!

Hello! I have just finished up my first series as Crystal Candy, and I thought it’d be nice to make a little blog post about it, talk about my thoughts on it, and discuss the potential future of the series and the universe. But first, if you haven’t read it, then don’t read this! Go get started!

I’ve wanted to write a snowbound survival story for a long time now. I don’t know why, honestly. I fucking hate the snow, I hate the cold, I hate winter, and I’d be totally fucked if I was thrown into a survival situation. Seriously, I can’t even stand camping.

And yet, for some reason, survival stories really appeal to me.

I began to get my fix with regards to winter survival when I wrote Haven, and I’m getting more of it as I pen the sequel, but it wasn’t enough. I needed more. When I decided to go ahead with Crystal Candy, I came up with a good dozen ideas for stories. But A Warm Place came first, and hit the hardest. And even better, when I started writing it, it felt good.

That doesn’t always happen. I’ve gotten better about pushing on anyways, and it’s extremely rare that I outright abandon a project once I start it. But not all of them feel good from the beginning.

Given that it was my first entry as Crystal Candy, I went into it with a few goals in mind. As I’ve stated before, I’m trying to be a little more business-minded with this name. I know that can rub people the wrong way, but it seems to be working really well for me. The thing is, although I am attempting to make my work more palatable to a larger audience, I’m not really sure I’m even capable of ‘selling out’. What I mean by that is that there are some lines I just won’t cross. I’m willing to experiment with some new stuff, and I’m willing to impose certain things on my work, but there’s some things I won’t do. I think at least partially because it just isn’t sustainable, writing-wise.

The biggest example is the protagonist’s attitude. A lot of people seem to say that ‘alpha males’ are in. The thing is, I hate alpha males. I hate the concept. It’s a dumb concept. It’s not even a true one, it’s a false narrative. Everything guys use to justify their behavior with regards to acting ‘alpha' is really just a smokescreen, and a poor one, for the fact that they’re just fucking selfish assholes with no empathy, and they want to get away with that. And I hate guys like that. Like, a lot.

So I’m unwilling to make an asshole protagonist. But I am willing to make a more assertive protagonist, and maybe a somewhat more dominant one. I was worried about how successfully I could pull this off, both because I didn’t want to drift into asshole territory, even on accident, but also because I’m not really used to writing more assertive protagonists. But I seem to have done at least a passable job. And I had fun writing Chris Weston.

Now, because I know what it’s like to be a fan of something, I think the natural question is: Will there be more, in any capacity?

The answer to that is: Almost certainly! Initially, I told myself I was going to avoid shared universes for Crystal Candy, because they can be a pain to keep track of, but then I got another idea for this universe, and I also realized some of my stories are similar enough that they could theoretically take place in the same universe, so I figured, well why not? There very likely won’t be any character overlap, because I think it kind of breaks the rules of a harem in a way, if that makes sense. However, there might be SOME wiggle room there, because I know how much people like cameos and recurring characters. But anyway, this is what I have.

  • An idea for another, stand-alone series set in the same universe. The basic premise of A Warm Place was that it takes place in one area. This idea would pretty much be the opposite: It would follow a group of characters moving across the land in search of something. That’s about as far as I’ve gotten in terms of any planning. Right now, it’s just an idea I’ve jotted down.

  • A potential sequel series to A Warm Place. So, I’m even less sure about this one, but let’s just say that I have an idea. It would likely take place a few years later, and it would be bigger in scope. Not like a LOT bigger, but appreciably bigger. I mean, that’s how sequels work. If this does happen, unless something changes, it’ll happen after the first one.

  • Okay, just one more idea, and it’s…weird. So, just to get this out in the open, I like writing about incest. If that grosses you out or offends you, sorry. You can just ignore this part. I’ve been wanting to experiment with it for a long time now, and I finally have begun writing an incest story set in my Science Fiction Universe as Misty Vixen. It’s free and you can read it over on my website right now, right here. Obviously, I can’t publish anything incest-themed on the Kindle. Amazon would have a goddamned shit-fit. And even if publishing pseudo-incest wasn’t also risky (it totally is), I wouldn’t do it anyway, because pseudo isn’t good enough for me. No step-anythings here. Yeah, yeah, I’m a freak, I know. Aren’t we all? But anyway, I came up with an idea that would fit really well in this universe. If and when I do write it, it will be posted here, for free. Let me know if you’d be into that!

And that’s it really. That’s all I have to say about the series. I hope it turned out well, and I hope you like the other series and ideas that I have to write! Thank you for reading and supporting me!

The Crystal Candy Newsletter (June 2019)

Okay, my first official Newsletter! Unfortunately I don’t really have much to say. To anyone who is reading this who isn’t up to speed on who I am, please refer to this blog post. In short, I write sexy harem erotica, and I am also Misty Vixen.

Let’s play catch up first.

So, I launched Crystal Candy in April. Since then, I’ve managed to set up a few online presences. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • TWITTER: This is my main social media presence (besides this site). I’ll update here whenever I post new stories.

  • AMAZON: This is where all my stories end up.

  • PATREON: This is for people who want to go the extra mile to support me. Here you can get early access to parts of my in-progress work, and also nude drawings of the women in my stories.

That’s the gist of my online presence. As for writing material, so far I’ve managed to write eight stories in my A Warm Place series. As for what that’s about: Set in the near future when a new ice age has devastated the planet, A Warm Place focuses on a skilled survivor named Chris, who finds himself in the presence of several very attractive women who are eager to get intimate in this frozen, post-apocalyptic setting.

In May I also began a GameLit Sci-Fi Action series called Planet of the Bugs. I wrote two titles in it, and then decided to call it quits. For a more detailed reason as to why, please refer to this blog post. For a brief explanation: I wasn’t enjoying writing it and it wasn’t good enough GameLit, so there really wasn’t a reason to keep going.

Okay, so that basically gets us all caught up. So what’s coming up?

I intend to finish A Warm Place by the end of June. Right now, I’m aiming for 12 total titles. It’s possible that it could go on for longer, but I’d like to end it without dragging it out too much. I do like it, and I do plan on writing another series set in the same universe, but I have so many other ideas I want to get to. I’m aiming for about one release a week. I’d like to go faster, but I do also need to find time to write for Misty Vixen as well.

The only other thing I can think to mention is that I will try to get more nude drawings out to my Patreon in June. Jessica is presently being worked on, and will hopefully be done soon. Hannah comes next. Also, Susan is already out, and you can actually see Lara nude for free right here!

I Have Canceled Planet of the Bugs (Sorry)

Hello, everyone.

I’m cancelling Planet of the Bugs.

I hate to do this so early in my career as Crystal Candy, but I really feel it’s the right thing to do for a number of reasons. I’ll explain why.

The number one overall reason I’m doing this is because I’m genuinely just not feeling this series. I’m having a very difficult time writing it. At first I thought it might just be because I was in a bit of a writing slump. Sometimes (see: often actually) it happens, the words come like pulling teeth. But then I tried doing some planning for Haven 2 for Misty Vixen, and had just a great time where the ideas were flowing like water. And then, after I spent half the day painstakingly pounding out five fucking thousand words for Planet of the Bugs 3, I finally put it away for the day and decided to take a shot at writing A Warm Place 7.

I immediately pounded out two thousand words for it in like an hour with ease.

So obviously the problem is the story, not my current state of mind. And honestly, I’ve been feeling this way towards the series almost since the very beginning. I thought it would pass, and that I should give it a shot anyway, because I thought it was a half-decent idea, and because I wanted to at least try to dip my toe into the GameLit/LitRPG genre.

That is the second reason I’m pulling the plug: I am failing at that. That’s not a self-pitying statement, that’s just me looking at it with as critical and unbiased an eye as I can manage. Besides the fact that the sales are low, I got a review recently (a nice one) that pretty much said the story isn’t for GameLit or LitRPG people, so obviously I missed my mark, and that was one of the primary reasons I was even writing the story.

And the idea of doing this for another 10 or even 20 novellas is unthinkable.

The third reason is kind of a combination of both. Every minute I spend writing Planet of the Bugs means I’m not writing something. I’m bleeding both happiness and sales. Mainly happiness.

So I’ve unpublished Planet of the Bugs 1 & 2, and I’ve shelved it. Possibly forever. I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up who might have been actually enjoying it, but it’s theoretically possible that I may come back around to liking the idea enough to pick it back up in the future, as I did actually have a whole campaign planned out for this. Not exactly in detail, but I did at least have a skeletal outline written up.

For now, I’m shifting my focus back to A Warm Place. Also, if you liked the sci-fi and action aspects of Planet of the Bugs, then don’t worry, I do have more stories that will be a lot like that, just not taking place in a video game. And a feel a lot more confident about them. Also, I’m not even entirely finished with the GameLit genre. I have a few more ideas that would only really work as GameLit that I feel a lot better about, so we’ll see.

Again, sorry! If you want to return either of the Planet of a Bugs titles if you purchased them, I’ll understand.

Now, I’ve got to go write A Warm Place 7!

About A Warm Place

I figure that every time I start a new series, I should probably make a blog post about it, letting people know what’s up and giving a little background.

So, A Warm Place!

 
 

To start off with, let’s set the stage. A Warm Place takes place in 2028. Following a few years of increasingly dangerous and strange weather patterns across the globe, society began to deteriorate and then collapse when, in 2026, Earth entered a new ice age. During the two years that followed, billions died and the Earth became a hellish frozen wasteland where the survivors either roam the frigid landscapes attempting to stay alive, live together in small groups, or make a go of living a bleak facsimile of what life was like before the snow in townships.

Chris Weston has done all three, and recently finds himself traversing the wilderness in almost total isolation. That changes when he meets two extremely attractive women living on their own. They are willing to satisfying him however he sees fit if he’ll help provide for them and take care of them. And he starts making a new home for himself as he develops a relationship with both of the women, Lara and Susan. (You can see what Lara looks like, clothed and naked, right here.)

At its core, this series is a survival harem erotica. So there’s going to be detailed sex, and there’s going to be some violence. Also there’s a cheating subplot, in case that kind of thing turns you off.

A Warm Place grew out of, primarily, my weird enjoyment of winter survival scenarios. It honestly hasn’t shown up all that much during my writing so far (as Misty Vixen), but it’s been there for at least a year or two. I’m not really sure where I picked it up or why, because I fucking hate the winter, and I’d be actually really terrible at surviving in the wilderness.

So that was the foundation of the series. Another big factor was the fact that I needed to try and solve a problem I’ve apparently been having with all my other stories: my protagonists aren’t assertive enough. This initially grew out of a sort of subversive, counterculture mindset. I hate alpha males, I hate that people think that that’s actually a thing (it isn’t, 'alphas’ are basically just assholes). I hate how lazy and stereotypical these types of characters are. And, on top of that, I was tired of seeing book after book after book AFTER BOOK obsessively drooling over billionaires, CEOs, cowboys, firefighters, soldiers, etc. (If you can’t tell, I still feel this way.) I just wanted to write about, like, regular dudes.

But, after about four years, I’ve had to make some concessions if I was going to keep doing this as my actual, literal job that pays the bills. Being an indie author is kind of cutthroat.

So, one of the other major goals of Crystal Candy is to write protagonists that are a little more traditional in harem stories. There’s obviously some lines I’m not willing to cross, even in the name of money, perhaps especially in the name of money, but I figure I can make a guy who’s more assertive without being an asshole. Based on the reactions I’ve been getting from A Warm Place so far, I think I’ve done a decent job. I hope so.

As of right now, A Warm Place has six parts published, as well as two collections.

I really must point out that the Collections serve merely for the sake of cost and convenience. There’s no additional content, no bonus features, it’s literally just three stories in one bundle for a little cheaper than it would be to purchase them individually. If you have the Kindle Unlimited, you can read every single thing I write through there.

As for the future of this series. I’m thinking there’s going to be twelve in total. Theoretically, I could go on for a long time, but I don’t want it to wear out its welcome, and I also have to diversify and write a bunch of other things. That being said, I could see this being a potential shared universe with another series set in it. I have an idea for that, but that’s in the future.

I hope you enjoy the stories I have to tell!

If you do, I would be really appreciative if you could either let your friends and/or fellow readers know about me and my work, or leave some kind of review on Amazon for some of my stories. Those help and also are awesome.

Thanks!

Welcome To My Site!

This is my first ever blog post as Crystal Candy!

If you’re reading this, then I am so glad to have you here. Let’s get started and I can tell you all about myself and what I have to offer.

I write stories about people fucking, let’s just establish that right now. My big theme is harems, as in one dude banging the fuck out of a lot of hot chicks. It’s something I enjoy writing about, and apparently it’s something a lot of people enjoy reading about, so everyone’s happy! Probably the coolest thing about writing about harems is that you can wrap a LOT around it in terms of genre, plot, and setting. So expect a diverse array of stories from me.

I write serial fiction, as it allows me to tell stories at a pretty brisk pace. My titles tend to be between 10,000 - 20,000 words long. I sell them for 2.99$ apiece, but they’ll all be available through the Kindle Unlimited, so you can binge-read them like crazy. I aim to keep a release date of about once a week, and I plan on having several serials going at the same time. I’ll be releasing in trilogies.

So, what do I have to offer right now?

So far, not as much as I’d like. At present, I have a single serial harem story going. It’s called A Warm Place, and it’s set in a post-apocalyptic, near future ice age. It has a heavy emphasis on survival and, obviously, sex. Currently, it’s five parts in, but the sixth part is very close to publishing, and I imagine it will at least go on for another six parts.

You can get started right HERE.

Once A Warm Place 6 is published, I will begin releasing the first trilogy in my GameLit Sci-Fi Action serial, Planet of the Bugs. You can read more about it HERE.

Although my primary focus as Crystal Candy will be writing these harems, I do plan on offering a few bonuses. Namely, drawings of all the pretty ladies I write about. On the website, you’ll have free access to clothed versions. On the my Patreon, however, you will get access to naked versions!

I’m excited about the drawings.

Okay, so where else am I?

You can find me on Twitter. That’s the best place to keep up to date with me and my works.

You can help support me via my Patreon. 1$/month patrons are basically a fancy of way of supporting me and telling me you like me. 3$/month patrons get sneak previews of whatever I’m writing. 5$/month patrons get access to the sneak previews AND all the naked lady drawings!

Finally, check out my Amazon Author Page. Make sure to click that +FOLLOW button below my profile picture. I’m told it helps us both.

The only other thing I have to say is that I am also Misty Vixen. As Misty, I write novel-length stories that more heavily emphasize human men in relationships with monster, alien, or otherwise inhuman women, relationships based on trust and communication and respect, and awesome adventures in four shared universes (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, & Post-Apocalyptic). Check out my books! (There’s like 40 of them…)

I hope you enjoy the stories I have to tell!