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

Saturday Flashback: No Shirts, No Problem

This week’s trip through the Metabods back catalog revisits stories that include that special kind of well-defined, delicious hottie who never wears shirts, whether out of preference (shirts just don’t feel right somehow, you know?) or necessity (they just don’t make shirts for guys with a hundred-inch chest and a 27-inch waist). Shirtlessness is a recurring theme in a lot of my work, of course, going back to the very beginning (one of these is one of my earliest posted stories), not to mention a lot of other writers on the site, so this is just a sampling. Now, get scoping!

Last week I goofed and said the next update, which is on the 23rd, would be Thanksgiving weekend. I was even looking at a calendar as I typed up the post, but the realization hit a few days later that I was a doofus and that Thanksgiving is the 28th this year. So, to clarify, the next update will be 23 November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Sorry for the confusion.

In the meantime, thanks very much for visiting and enjoy the site. Don’t forget to upvote and comment on stories you like—even with older stories it helps the writers known what works, and it helps other visitors find stories that they might like.

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Posted: 16 November 2019

Site Update: 9 November 2019

This week’s story, “Pool Party”, didn’t exactly go where I was originally intending for it to when I first saved a file with that title. (I use Scrivener, and it’s great, but one thing I wish it didn’t do is force you to choose a title when you create the file before you’ve written anything, rather than on first save as with a word processor. Apart from that, though, it’s perfect for how I use it.) Anyway, first I got about 2,000 words into it and realized I needed to completely change the context and setting; then, after I’d started over the characters started asserting their own very firm ideas about what they wanted to have happen, instead of the scenarios I’d been envisioning. I think it turned out pretty hot, though. Let me know what you think.

Lots of other good stuff this week, but special kudos to Mad Dog and Mr. X, who’ve reached a culminating and climactic fiftieth chapter of their long-running story “Spice”. If you haven’t been reading this, you can join in here, but it’s also worth starting at the beginning. Plus there’s some slightly belated Halloween chills, and lots of good old-fashioned size, growth, and sexytimes.

Next update is 23 November—Thanksgiving weekend, here in the States. Maybe there’ll be something relating to turkey, American football, and/or “family get-togethers”; or maybe not. We’ll see how it plays out. In the meantime, thanks for visiting, and enjoy the site.

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Posted: 9 November 2019

Saturday Flashback: Ghosts and the Like

I didn’t do anything on the site for Halloween this year… mostly because the update didn’t fall on the holiday weekend, possibly also because I now weirdly tend associate ghosts with Christmas thanks to a certain dark Yuletide tale I keep returning to. So I reckoned the least I could do was round up some ghost stories for this week’s archive troll. Here we have ghosts, spirits, spooky houses, and other folks who shoulda oughta be dead but ain’t. Enjoy, and have pleasant post-All Hallow’s dreams of smolderingly sexy ghosts doing it. As long as you’re not imagining John Astin’s Judge character from The Frighteners. Do not imagine him fornicating with Michael J. Fox, or Chi McBride, or anyone else from that movie because picturing that will create unhealable festering lacerations in spacetime. So, yeah.

Next update is 9 November. In the meantime, thanks for siting, and enjoy the visit!

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Posted: 2 November 2019