Fifty Shades of Easter

A silly story, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post, was concieved of on Good Friday this year and written and published the following day. You can find “Fifty Shades of Easter” here.

It’s now very early on Easter Sunday morning. I actually don’t celebrate Easter- I’m not Christian- but I do like the holiday for the festivities and food, and so I sort of observe the fun aspects without going to church.  In the story, my characters Agent Diamond and Charming Guy attend an Easter egg decorating fundraiser at a local Catholic church, and stop a crime in progress with the help of some fetishists.

We also learn a little bit of Agent Diamond’s background. I concieved of both Agent Diamond and Charming Guy as kind of silly, cardboard, cartoonish “spy” stereotypes, but slowly they’ve been acquiring families and backstories, and details of their personalities are slowly being fleshed out. I’ve been focusing a lot on Agent Diamond mostly because I enjoy writing about strong women, but I think the next story I write I need to focus on Charming Guy more than I have been. He’s Agent Diamond’s sidekick, really, being her junior in many ways, but he has his own strengths which complement Agent Diamond’s strengths and cover up a few of her weaknesses.

This particular story was written with fewer of the wisecracks and gags that Agent Diamond and Charming Guy stories usually contain, and my only explanation for that was that (a) I happen to have a cold, and (b) I wanted this story published before Easter. It was, if only barely (I published it about 11 pm on Saturday night).  I do admit I was contemplating making this an “adult” story and putting in a lot of actual fetish jokes, but I’m not certain how well that would go over with most of the people who’ve been downloading these stories. I have found that the less expicit work of mine is more popular.

I do admit that the intial, risqué images I had in my mind would have been suitable for a politically incorrect animated show (and I did imagine vignettes with characters from Family Guy, honestly), but I’ve got no way to contact any of the writers of that show, or to know that they would welcome a contribution from someone like me. That being said, if I ever do get a chance to contribute material to an “edgy” animated show, this will be among the things I would come up with.

In any case- though Passover is over if you celebrate it I hope it was fun for you, and if you celebrate Easter I hope you enjoy today’s holiday (and Monday’s, if you are given Monday off as a holiday as well). If, like me, you enjoy the trappings of these holidays but don’t worry too much about the religious aspects, please find what pleasure you can in whatever parts you enjoy, and if you find comfort in the coming of Spring, I sincerely hope you live somewhere other than southwestern Ontario in Canada because outside it is currently snowing.

Please enjoy “Fifty Shades of Easter” with my best wishes, and let me know if you enjoyed it.

Agent Diamond and the Red Rose Mystery

My character Agent Diamond showed up in a few dreams lately. I have several story ideas involving her, and, to a lesser extent, Charming Guy as well. I have been focusing a lot on Agent Diamond, so I may have to spend time contemplating Charming Guy to try and include more of him, or feature him in a story.

Around Valentine’s Day, I thought about how AD and CG are probably the subject of office gossip- and that led me to think, what might trigger a round of gossip? A dozen red roses show up for AD with no note- who are they from? Everyone assumes CG  but of course that’s ridiculous (he and AD are strictly platonic friends, with AD the older and more experienced secret agent). Who gave AD those roses?

This led me to wonder if AD has a romantic story in her past, a former beau who had to vanish from her life because he represents enemies of the agency she works for. I’ve concocted the outline of a story that I hope to finish and release for next year’s Valentine’s Day. The story will  explain why, every year, AD gets a dozen red roses, and why there’s an Escher print in her living room of a fish swimming in a river, with a scrap of paper hidden in the frame behind the print that says only: “To my little fish, the one that got away.”

I may give CG a romantic story as well. He tends not to take romance very seriously, but it’s not because he is a jerk. He’s just not ready to settle down. I am thinking he may fall in love with someone who does not reciprocate his affection, but I haven’t decided on the details yet.