Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Titles Retired

So, as you may or may not have noticed, there have been some major changes on this blog. My writing partner and I are looking to take some new directions with our solo projects and due to the lack of reception of Into the Night Land, we've decided to retire the titles from circulation. As such, this blog will also be closing but all of the threads and topics will remain. All of the ideas expressed within these topics are copyrighted to the original owners, including the blog authors.

Thank you for offering your support.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book Three Released!

Here we are again, for the final time! The publishing of Book Three of the Into the Night Land series! The series consists of 3 books and this is the last one.Book Three will remain on sale until January 20th, so, get it while it is cheap!

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This book series is a dark, erotic romance in a post-apocalyptic setting. The characters start out as flawed and through their journey and trials together, they grow and their relationship develops. Also, our apocalypse is unique with nightmarish creatures and body horror aberrations nearly wiping out the entire human race. Join us during our protagonists ups and downs as they try to survive in this new world. Read and review!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Two Released!

Here we are again! The publishing of Book Two of the Into the Night Land series! The series consists of 3 books and this is the second one. And even though all three are already written, we've decided to tantalize our audience with surprises that come later by straggling the release dates. For Book Three, although it'd be nice to release it on a book symbolic date, like Charlotte's birthday, December 2nd, that's a little too close to Christmas to be releasing a book and CreateSpace and Amazon notoriously get backed up around that time. So, we're shooting for the beginning of November 2016 instead!

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This book series is a dark, erotic romance in a post-apocalyptic setting. The characters start out as flawed and through their journey and trials together, they grow and their relationship develops. Also, our apocalypse is unique with nightmarish creatures and body horror aberrations nearly wiping out the entire human race. Join us during our protagonists ups and downs as they try to survive in this new world. Read and review!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Food: Corruption



One of the big motifs in the Into the Night Land trilogy is food and eating. In Jungian psychology, food refers to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs; the way that food items are treated or considered in stories refers to how we feel about the particular idea that they represent. This is the third in the series of entries dealing with this subject matter. This is an analysis that covers all instances of food and eating in Book One: The Journey so spoilers ahead.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Food: Peaches Eats?



One of the big motifs in the Into the Night Land trilogy is food and eating. In Jungian psychology, food refers to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs; the way that food items are treated or considered in stories refers to how we feel about the particular idea that they represent. This is the second in the series of entries dealing with this subject matter. This is an analysis that covers all instances of food and eating in Book One: The Journey so spoilers ahead.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Food: Eating Together



One of the big motifs in the Into the Night Land trilogy is food and eating. In Jungian psychology, food refers to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs; the way that food items are treated or considered refers to how we feel about the particular idea that they represent. This will be the first in a series of entries dealing with this subject matter. This is an analysis that covers all instances of food and eating in Book One: The Journey so spoilers ahead. All entries in this series will be under the "food" tag and will extend for all three books in the trilogy.

((spoilers))

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cheating with Nancy



In the first book of the Into the Night Land trilogy, Book One: The Journey, we never really take a break from painting Eric as a bad guy. I like to start out with flawed characters because generally my type of storytelling leads to catharsis, growth, and wholeness/balance by the end. It’s entertaining for me to start from a place of toxicity and then constantly play the game where you balance a tower of blocks on the table and then shake the legs to see if it topples over. Throughout the first book, we put things in front of Eric to test his resolve to commit to change. One of these was him cheating on Charlotte with Nancy.

Not going to lie, the relationship between Charlotte and Eric is 75-80% physical for a good chunk of the book. They don’t have a whole lot of common ground and because of his jaded outlook, for the first act of the book, he considers her an object. Faced with the prospects of the “never going to get better” Nightmare situation, with a lack of belief in people to triumph or pick themselves back up again, physical intimacy is really all the connection and emotional expression he has left. Charlotte, because of her availability, is forced to be his life-line in a hopeless and meaningless existence. Slowly, through his interactions with her and David and even Peaches, he starts to find meaning and fulfillment in his connections with this family unit.

If he had a choice, there’s no doubt in my mind that Eric would have preferred to find Nancy first. By themselves, traveling, surviving, and fucking, giving each other the bare bones of human interaction. What he’d prefer about Nancy is her sexual experience, lust, and her lack of desire to really challenge him. He would have never had to ask for it because she’d probably beat him to the punch a lot of the time. She’s ideal for a man like Eric, and almost a complete opposite of Charlotte. Early to mid-twenties she’s actually lived IN the world and has a command over her own body, a knowledge of what she wants, and the confidence to go and get it. This is compared to Charlotte, college freshman, 18, virginal, barely toed the line during her high school years, let alone the past year as a legal adult. Compared to her, Nancy looks like a community pool: open all the time and anything goes. No instruction required and initiative is part of the packaging.

Even if Eric at the beginning of the book might have preferred to meet Nancy first, it would have resulted in a toxic relationship where mutual respect and expectations were never met. Because she’s just like him, coming from the same mindset that Eric does, they would have enabled each other’s issues and wallowed in their self-loathing and self-absorption. By the time he meets Nancy, he’s already starting to change because of the influence from his traveling companions, so, although he goes for it and taps that, there’s no real connection or desire to get to know her as a person. Yet even as he’s starting to move away from who he was, he straddles the line between them by giving into the temptation to objectify Nancy in the first place. And by this same have his cake and eat it too logic, he has crossed back over into old behaviors of demeaning Charlotte as well. He fully expects to get away with it and no doubt, had plans to continue answering booty calls for the rest of their planned travel time with McCullen’s group.

Loyalty is not just about respect for other people but respect for the self. Charlotte expects a standard of behavior and commitment from Eric, especially with the emotional connections they’ve made. In his mind, it doesn’t count because neither of them has directly defined what they have together as exclusive. Yet he knows full-well that is exactly how she feels about it and what she expects, otherwise, why even come up with a cover story? Eric defends himself, trying to justify his old motivations and need for connection through physical intimacy, as if things are exactly the same as they were when he and Charlotte first met. Obviously, that’s not true. If he can channel his need for connection into an emotional bond with his companions, then his need for Nancy to suck his cock just to stave off the inevitable hopelessness of a world filled with monsters, falls apart.

This comes back to the internal mantra he has of not being “good enough.” A lot of times, we’ll justify giving away our potential by blaming the rest of the world for having low expectations of us. They think I’m a loser, so, why not give them what they want? It’s a way to avoid the risk of failure. The mantra of “I’m not good enough” says that in order to justify your existence, you need to constantly prove your worth. You can’t just be validated for being alive, in deserving life but have to earn it. This can produce workaholics and dead beats; those who give in to the desperate desire “not to be worthless” and those who embrace low standards because they feel doomed to fail if they try.

Eric, standing at the boundary of his changing internal landscape is challenged by the temptation to give up. What Charlotte wants and needs is a “good man”, someone to lead her, to guide her, respect her, and stand beside her as an equal partner. Someone worthy of her love. Even as Eric wants to rise to that, faced with Tommy as a pseudo-rival for Charlotte’s affections, he shoots himself in the foot to test her willingness to bet on him. He’s not even aware of that level to it but it’s what it comes down to. Ultimately, Eric is not given a second chance because Charlotte is willing to bet on him but because he is. He’s had a taste of growth from being with Charlotte and David and now, going back to the cynical bottom line with Nancy is equated with death. He recognizes the value of growth compared to stagnation, even if he hasn’t totally accepted that he can be a better man yet.

There’s also another layer to this…you guessed it! Because it’s part of my “shaming” kink, lol. The Lovable Asshole is humorous being put in situations where he is forced to defend himself and his bad behaviors. Because a very big part of his identity is that he feels no shame, so, it ends up making him look quite ridiculous when he tries to find justifications for stuff that is inexcusable. There’s something hot about the taboo of getting caught being naughty, showing more of his colors during the confrontation, exemplifying why he shouldn’t be forgiven just by being argumentative. And of course, there’s the buildup to the scene that is entertaining; We know as soon as he’s flirting with Nancy that he’s in deep shit. It’s the predictable “You’re gonna get it…” shaking our head at the oh so typical rascal.