Saturday Flashback: Smoochies

The deadline for that IRL writing project that’s been disrupting my schedule the last couple months was Friday. Good news: it’s over, bad news: I didn’t have time to write a word of smut this week. So one last postponement, and next time you’ll definitely get a double-helping from me… plus all the great stuff from the site’s contributors that I’ve got backed up in my in-box. In the meantime: guys smooching! I’ve tossed together some of the highest concentrations of making out, snogging, and just plain kissing on the site. Can’t hate that, right?

Next update is 1 February. Until then, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 25 January 2020

Saturday Flashback: January 2013

It’s the future, and we don’t have flying cars—but we do have archives of chasm-filling proportions. For this week’s retrospective I’m going back to January 2013, when Apple Maps was a joke, the base-breaking royal was the Duchess of Cambridge, and Oprah got Lance Armstrong to come clean about being dirty. There’s a lot of interesting stuff from back then—including a weird plotline coincidence about wizards, kings, and royal conspiracies. Take a look through stories you might not know or maybe forgot.

Next update is 25 January. In the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 18 January 2020

Site Update: 11 January 2020

This week I had a lot of fun writing five new chapters for the commissioned story “One Hot Summer”. That turned out to be rather more than the commission, as you might have guessed, but I had to get to a certain… climactic moment in the story, and I was really enjoying hanging out with these guys. So, yeah, ten thousand words this week about hot guys making pizza, eating special baked goods, and slowly getting bigger. Hope you like. If not, there’s all kinds of stuff in the update below, new and continuing, for you to select from, so have at it.

Speaking of which, Richard Jasper, also known in the community as Arpeejay and one of the “name” authors in strength and muscle erotica, sent me a note about posting his existing stories here, which I’m delighted to do. The first two are shared below, and we should be seeing a steady stream in coming weeks. Incidentally, you don’t have to write something special just for the site to post here, so if you’ve got stories that have been shared elsewhere but you think will fit here, by all means let me know.

Next update is 25 January. Check out the 2019 Year-End Round-Up if you missed it last week, and be sure to tip your servers—I mean, be sure to upvote and comment on stories you like, cuz authors needs to knows what works. And whatever you do, do not downvote just because you don’t like the genre—that’s not what we are here. Read the tags, that’s what they’re there for, and if it’s not up your street go ahead and find something great that is. In the meantime, hope you’re having a good new year so far and that an excellent 2020 lies ahead. Thanks for stopping by and visiting a while. Enjoy the site!

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Posted: 11 January 2020

Site Update: 28 December 2019

Here it is, a little late but reasonably epic: the Metabods holiday party. Instead of revisiting the gothic confines of FitzHardinge Manor, this year I followed two shipwrecked space travelers who discover their own form of Yuletide celebrations beyond the pale of the known galaxy. I hope you like it. Also joining the party are a bunch of Christmassy transformations and a whole bunch more from a wide array of authors.

Upvote and comment on the ones you like, and let me know the kinds of things you’d like to see on the site in the new year.

The next update will be 11 January. In the meantime, thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s holiday, and the best possible 2020 to you all.

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Posted: 28 December 2019

Saturday Flashback: XXXmas

As announced on Twitter, I ended up with a load of extra shifts this week at one of my jobs, and that plus the exam week workload at my other job means no time for me to BRK, much to my chagrin and personal disappointment. Consequently the update scheduled for today is postponed one week to 28 December. I wish it weren’t so, and I do apologize. In the meantime, I’m posting an extra flashback of holiday-themed sexy. Tune in next week the update as planned, and in the meantime thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 21 December 2019

Site Update: 7 December 2019

New this week from me: two chapters continuing “Flashmob”. I wanted to write more but ran out of time, so maybe I’ll be returning to it in coming weeks. Plus a wide array of strange tales from contributors veteran and new. I hope you like, and as always don’t forget to comment and upvote on stories that you especially like.

Heartfelt and humble thanks to my Patreon supporters, who really do make a difference. Next update is 21 December. I’d love to have a bunch of holiday-themed stories, whether it be Christmas or solstice or Hanukkah or just that year-end mystique that all humans and animals feel in their bones, so if you write something seasonal like that involving meta guys by all means send it in. In the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 7 December 2019

Saturday Flashback: International Affairs

Most of the stories I write are set by default in my home country, the United States, and many of the stories submitted to Metabods are situated here as well, though that’s been less and less predictably the case over the years. (I should do one of those maps by IP address and see where all the site visitors are coming from.) In the wake of the very American Thanksgiving holiday we just celebrated here, I thought I’d make today’s archive binge a selection of stories where the action isn’t automatically taking place in the land of baseball, apple pie, and Manifest Destiny. It doesn’t hurt that we Americans, parochial as we often are, tend to lust after the exotic, making the men of foreign climes potentially extra-special in all the ways Metabods loves to celebrate.

Stars or thumbs: The final results of the stars or thumbs Twitter poll were 2 to 1 for switching from stars to a thumbs up, with 71 votes cast. The tally on the Patreon poll was 7 to 1 for thumbs-up voting, with 16 votes cast. There were also some interesting comments going both ways, and some useful suggestions. I’m taking this as it being reasonable for me to go ahead and do this if I choose to, but there are flaws in both approaches that I’m aware of and that I’ll need to consider before proceeding. Thank you very much to everyone who voted—as always I truly appreciate the feedback on the site.

Future updates: Special, heartfelt thanks to my Patreon supporters, who help make writing possible. The next update is 7 December. Fellow authors! The update after that is on the 21st, just before Christmas (I checked!), so if you’re mulling any holly-and-misteltoe shenanigans of your own I’d love to include them then along with my own holiday contributions. In the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 30 November 2019

Site Update: 23 November 2019

Two new stories from me this week. I had a surprise inspiration to continue “New Neighbors”, which I’d always meant to come back to, and I like the way it turned out as Jimmy deals with his connection with Connor and Kevin and how it isn’t all about his abilities. Plus there’s a new story, “Against Protocol”, that works nicely as a B-side. Plus there are a number of interesting stories this week, with a lot of variety in plot, character, and type of change or enhancement. I hope you like, and please make sure to comment on and upvote stories you enjoy so the authors how what works.

Speaking of which, I’ve been thinking about the star ratings lately. The original purpose was to help sort stories so that ones that are exceptional get marked that way by reader votes, and that’s pretty much how it works. But what’s giving me pause is the way the star voting allows for stories being dissed, rather than not being recommended, and I’m wondering if that’s the best way to treat stories and their writers while helping bring good stories to the attention of readers who are looking for them. A single one-star vote can undermine several four- and five-star votes.

One alternative is to institute a thumbs-up voting system instead, which is used on a number of sites (Not Always Right is one of the sites that got me thinking of it). If a reader wanted to recommend a story, they’d give it a thumbs up, and stories would be listed with their recommendation count as well as their page views. (If I did this, I’d convert the star ratings to thumbs up on a sliding scale by number of stars.)

I’m still of two minds about this—there are downsides both ways. If the star rating system is used as intended, it can be valuable in tiering the stories; is that what we want to do? What do you think? I’ve set up polls on Twitter and on Patreon for you guys to chime in, and please add a comment too about whether you think the voting system is worth changing and why.

Next update is 7 December. If you’re in the States or affiliated lands, have a great holiday, and in the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 23 November 2019