Frankly it’s just Asking for trouble, having a Questions page...
Speaking of which, here’s a poem by Rudyard Kipling
on the subject of questions.
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Q: Why is this such a long page?
A: Why don’t you scroll down and find out?! (Although it is slightly shorter since I reduced the font size!) Alternatively just scroll up to the internal links above, or follow this internal link to the internal links....
Q: First: Who are you? Second: Where are you from? Third: Male or female? Fourth: How old are you?
A: Hey, no fair working four Questions into one paragraph! Anyway: First: Leem. Second: Somewhere in England (right). Third: Male, last time I checked. (Mind you, I’m so fat it’s hard to tell just by looking down.) Fourth: This reminds me of the time some journalist tried to find out Cary Grant’s age by sending him a telegram: HOW OLD CARY GRANT QUERY. Mr. Grant promptly replied: OLD CARY GRANT FINE STOP HOW YOU QUERY. So...old Leem fine, how you?
Q: What’s this site all about?
A: This is a showcase for my erotic stories about people being transformed into statues or otherwise immobilised. I’ve also included a Gallery of the art that inspired some of the stories.
Q: What’s so erotic about getting turned into a statue?
A: That’s where the site’s name comes from. “The Pygmalion Syndrome”, in its broadest definition, means falling in love with your own creation, which I guess is something that all writers are guilty of to some extent, but I’m using it in a narrower sense to mean sexual attraction to the idea of people becoming frozen or otherwise statue-like. Also known as petriphilia or agalmatophilia, it’s usually regarded as a subset of sexual attraction to robots and androids, also known as ASFR (“Alt. Sex. Fetish. Robots.”) A gentleman named Robotdoll posted an FAQ Page on his ASFR Site, which is now defunct :-( .
I’ve reprinted most of the key points of Robotdoll’s FAQ here, in more or less the original format (so don’t blame me for the background colour...!)
The material in this box is Copyright © by Robotdoll,
Q-What is alt.sex.fetish.robots?
Q-You mean you want to have sex with robots? Why?
Q-What about scenes where people are frozen, paralyzed, or become statues? How about mannequins? Are they appropriate here too?
Q-What makes a good robot fantasy?
START-UP/WIND-DOWN- In some cases, the only moments the actors will act robotic is when they are being activated or deactivated. A little jerkiness in their arms and legs, some stiff action. If done well, this can be very erotic.
Q-Is the ideal fantasy for living statuary different than for robots?
Q-Isn't all this about the "woman as sex object" thing that women's groups complain about?
Q-Are there any books about robot people?
Q-Are there any good examples of robot people or living statuary in film and TV?
You’re back with Leem. For further information on living robots and statuary in films, TV, comics and literature, check out WK’s ASFR Master List.
Q: So there’s a lot of this sort of thing about, is there?
A: See this site’s Links page for a fairly comprehensive listing of other sites devoted to the concept. And that doesn’t include all the various newsgroups and on-line groups that deal with it.
Q: How did you get started as a writer?
A: Way back in the spring of 1999 I got connected to the internet and did a search for the phrase “living mannequin”, never expecting to find anything that matched my particular fetish. Imagine my surprise!
So then I checked out the stories on those sites and decided it couldn’t hurt to try writing one of my own. A mere fortnight later, the original version of Jaskri and the Maiden was born (see also the final version) and I never looked back.
Q: What’s a fortnight?
A: You must be American. Look it up, for heaven’s sake.
Q: Where did the name Jaskri come from?
A: I honestly don’t know. It just sort of popped into my head. Maybe Diann travelled back from AD 3500-ish and put it there.
Q: Why did it take you so long to give all the stories logos?
A: Because making up logos can be a difficult and time-consuming process.
My favourite logos are the ones for The Chosen, for which I included a mock-up of a holday brochure; and for the Ketrin series, where I’ve incorporated a figure into the lettering. I’ve redone the logo for On Display again, with a silhouette of Donatello’s David in profile superimposed on the original art deco lettering. Anyway, I don’t suppose I’ll be pursuing a career in graphic desigm anytime soon.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I find notes pinned to the inside of the refrigerator door. How they get there I’ll never know.
Q: How do you know you’ll never know?
A: One of the notes told me so.
Q: Seriously, though. What tools do you use to create this site?
A: I originally used Microsoft Front Page Express (which comes free with Internet Explorer) to create the basic page template, but since then I’ve just cut and pasted the raw code for each new page. Originally I wrote stories in Microsoft Word 97 and saved them as plain HTML. Then I upgraded to Word 2000, and discovered to my horror that despite its many advantages as a word processor, it saves pages in a hideously bloated form of HTML complete with CSS and XML and God only knows what else. Removing all this extra code is a fiendishly time-consuming process, so nowadays I then began writing stories in raw HTML, using code based on Front Page Express but without its redundancies. Just lately I’ve begun using CSS (to quote Manuel from Fawlty Towers: “I learn it from a book”).
My preferred fonts are Georgia and Verdana, with a smattering of Garamond. Georgia is a nice chunky font that’s easy on the eye when reading. The only problem I have with it is that it uses ‘lower case’ numerals (0123456789), and I prefer numerals which are all the same height. So, despite the extra coding involved, I always switch to Times New Roman when displaying numbers (0123456789). They’re actually very slightly shorter than capitals in Georgia, so in CSS I’ve specified a slightly bigger size so the heights match.
Q: Any advice for budding writers?
A: Learn good spelling and grammar sos you can write good like what I does. Don’t leave it all to spellchekcers.
Then write about whatever you enjoy writing about. If you put your heart and soul into it, it’ll come across to your readers. Find sites that take your kind of writing and submit. Good luck, and don’t forget to drop me an e-mail when you win your Pulitzer Prize!
Q: I’ve written a story about living statues. Would you be interested in posting it here?
A: Sorry. This site is only for my stories. I don’t want to seem selfish, but I don’t have the time or patience to host a big story site. I admire the stamina and dedication of those that do. The story archive sites on the Links page are always looking for new material. Check out their Submission pages for details.
Q: I’ve written a sequel to one of your stories. Would you be willing to post it here?
A: Well, that’s a bit different. Obviously I’d need to read and approve of the story first. Assuming that I did approve I’d post the story here and give you full credit as the author, but it would still be ‘mine’ in the sense that the characters and settings would be mine.
Q: I love this story you’ve written and I’d like to post it on my site.
A: Like all creative types (!) I’m always vain enough to enjoy a little more exposure. If you’d like to post one (or all) of my stories on your site, there are just a few formalities I’d ask you to honour:
i) Please give me the URL so I can check out your site, just to make sure it doesn’t contain instructions on how to manufacture atomic weapons to blow up Portugal*, or suchlike shenanigans.
*That seemed a lot wittier when I first wrote it (sigh...)
ii) Once I’ve submitted the story, please post it uncut and uncensored. If you’d like to suggest any alterations or improvements that’s fine, but please don’t go changing it without telling me.
iii) Please include my e-mail address <leem10538a [at] hotmail [dot] com> [replacing the bracketed words with the appropriate symbols], and a link back to this site, and of course I’ll then add a reciprocal link to yours.
I don’t think any of these demands - ahem - requests are unreasonable, do you?
Q: I’ve just read this story of yours and I’d love to make it into a six billion dollar movie starring Viggo Mortensen, Ellen deGeneres, Harrison Ford and David Hyde Pierce. Only instead of all this crap about living statues I think we should have San Francisco being invaded by giant topless Neanderthal nymphomaniac women.
A: You must be crazy! There is no way you could ever persuade me to prostitute my Art for...sorry, how much was that again? Ahem. Please step right this way, Mister Spielberg.
(But on the other hand...)
Q: My God, these stories are evil! You deserve to burn in Hell for writing this depraved, obscene garbage!
A: Oh, get off your damn moral hobby-horse! Recent events have shown us what true evil means, and erotic stories don’t even begin to come close. If, even now, you really think I should burn in hell for writing about a harmless sexual fantasy, then there is no compassion in your soul.
(Fortunately the good people still vastly outnumber the evil, which is why the human race still has a slightly better than even chance of survival.)
Q: Will you be adding to this page as time goes on?
A: I’m sorry, our time is up. Please enjoy the rest of your visit to “The Pygmalion Syndrome”. Have a nice day!
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