Category Archives: Zeitgeist

Review and Preview 2020/2021

It may be a tad early for my annual R&P, but I like to get it out of the way before everybody else starts their own laments – and laments will come!

There’s no nice way to say it. The clusterfuck of our Lord 2020 had been a low-blow chapter-wise:

  • Only two new parts of Pony Boot Camp (sorry for that!), and Chapter VI of Æquinoctium (not sorry for that!)

Looking at the numbers for complete stories, we find ourselves with: Continue reading


Life Imitates Art

Posted on 10th May 2020

https://venomstories.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/aequinoctium-chapter-four-part-3/

Weirdly enough, the initial aspect Denise’s mind took from the scene before her was how loud a silenced gun actually was. In contrast, R’s presence didn’t qualify as a surprise any more. As that nutcase ex machina was crouching on the squat member, strangling him out with a knee to his neck whilst keeping her gun trained at the second Rapid Responder, Denise could glimpse the mean-looking sniper rifle with its black skeleton buttstock strapped to R’s back.


C. F. S.

Greetings, my plentiful readership!

As you can already tell, I am way behind my writing schedule. In parts – and here only indirectly – this is attributed to COVID-19. With kindergartens and schools closed, some colleagues of mine have to stay with their hell spawn fledglings, and priorities have to be set. Since I am neither a virologist nor an epidemiologist, I have no business with commenting on how to behave and what to avoid in the current situation. Yet I cannot help but notice how certain individuals and organisations are attempting to use the outbreak‘s slipstream to push their own agendas (curfews to fight the climate change, just to name a random one).

So the best strategy for this crisis and everything which may come afterwards once again boils down to C. F. S.

Common Fucking Sense.


Review and Preview 2019/2020

Greetings, fellow survivors of 2019!

With Twenty-twenty upon us, things again are bound to get a bit nostalgic. And so, as always, let us have a look at almost-last year’s loot:

  • Four new parts of Pony Boot Camp

Not an impressively high number as such, but I’m content as this quartette not only closed the Gymkhana story arc, but also opened a worthy follow-up. Continue reading


Review and Preview 2018/2019

Anybody else happy that 2018 is almost over?

It presented itself somewhat troublesome, and it shows in my story output — two additional parts for Pony Boot Camp, one (!) for Æquinoctium, and two stand-alone stories.

I am saddened that I didn’t come up with anything for Christmas (especially anything with ponies). My writing has been delayed and derailed to much higher degrees than I had experienced in the past. It is this that keeps me away from making any far-reaching prophecies. Continue reading


To the Next Five Years!

Today is my fifth anniversary on Word Press – reason enough to take a stroll down Nostalgia Street. (Actually, the anniversary was yesterday, but one has to consider the… uhm… the leap year, right, the leap year – or just learn how to read the bloody calendar!)

It had never been my intention to create a blog as such, but I still landed at WP because of its popularity and its “low-threshold-ness”. What I had in mind was to create a base camp for my stories, from where they could travel the vastness of the Internet. Continue reading


The 100th Post

Actually, this is the 101st post I’ve created on this site. The 100th was The Writer, kind of fitting. Now, 100 posts in almost five years doesn’t sound much, but the overwhelming majority of them are short stories or story chapters, a fact which puts the numbers in perspective.

And I already know how to celebrate this milestone — with post no. 102, of course!


A Few Words about my Stories

With my twentieth story out on WordPress, I reckon it to be time for a little self-advertisement commented list to help navigating through my humble body of work. I found it reasonable to start each entry with a passage from the respective story, followed by some deep thoughts of mine. I also added a small guide, characterising the story in question with up to five points in the categories fetish, violence and humour:

○    none
●    a wee bit
●●    some
●●●    moderate
●●●●    plenty
●●●●●    pervasive

Of course these are my personal ratings, and they are based more on quantity than on quality. Therefore the rating is sometimes accompanied by a trigger warning in the genre description (“caution!”), if the story contains problematic topics such as portrayal of racism, sexual violence or controversial use of religious images.

The sorting is alphabetical and recognises articles, which leads us straight to… Continue reading


Review and Preview 2017/2018

So, it’s that time of the year again. 2017 is almost dead, but let’s flog it some more with a little review.

First of all – of course – Pony Boot Camp: It took quite some time and chapters, but the “no good deed goes unpunished” story arc is completed and has positioned the characters neatly for the next phase within the narration as a whole.

It seemed that Æquinoctium had also come to stay. Originally planned as a one-part story, even a third instalment won’t be enough to finish it now. Continue reading


Sneak Peek: Pony Boot Camp — Part Forty-Two

It is not without pride that I announce that with the last chapter, Part Forty-One, Pony Boot Camp has broken the 100,000 words barrier. According to my processing program, the current version including chapter headlines and so on is sporting exactly 102,520 words!

[pause for applause] Continue reading