Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Creating a Release Schedule! Going Forward 2018

After filming a bunch of footage this past weekend, I sat down with VeVe and talked about something that'd been on my mind for some time: the fact that it would be great if we had a dedicated release schedule of some definite sort.

What does that mean?

It means that we would release certain styles of videos on certain days of the month, predictably and on schedule.  This would help us as producers when it comes to scheduling shoots and organizing our release materials, and it would help fans to know when there will be updates to the particular styles they enjoy.

But what does that mean, specifically?

Specifically, we were thinking this:

- Dedicated release updates twice per week = at least 2 new releases per week.
- Dedicated releases will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Tuesday releases will be on a set schedule by video genre
- Thursday releases will be a "Wild Card" (possibly by request)

Here's how it looks:

Example Month

1st Tuesday -- Mixed Wrestling / Anything Mixed (F/M)
2nd Tuesday -- F/F Bondage (bondage wrestling, scenario, etc)
3rd Tuesday -- F/F Competitive Wrestling
4th Tuesday -- F/F Pro-Style

That "Every Tuesday" schedule will be a definite and dedicated thing.  Every Tuesday, there will definitely be a release in the style listed on this schedule.

And Thursdays?

Thursdays are the "Wild Card" release days.  There will be a release, but the style is not currently set on a schedule.  It might be one of the styles listed for Tuesdays (Mixed, F/F Bondage, F/F Wrestling, F/F Pro), or it might be a miscellaneous fantasy fight style: Catball, "Woman to Woman," other martial arts, spy scenarios, agent duel, or other.

Thursday "Wild Card" releases might also be dictated by fan request, or if we make a call for suggestions if we have several options available.

This does not mean we are limited to only making releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Rather, even though we will always be making releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays (barring unforeseen circumstances, of course), we can also make spontaneous releases other times as well, if the timing is right and the stars are particularly aligned.  But this would be more rare.  The real focus will be Tues / Thurs.  I want to focus on those days so that we can really be on target with them.  It helps everyone be able to plan.

When Does This Start?

 This will officially start next Tuesday, August 21.  That is the 3rd Tuesday, which means a F/F competitive wrestling release.  For definite.

And what will Thursday, August 23 hold?  TBA.  But it will be a video from our FetCon 2018 filming (not a mixed video).  I will announce it on Twitter as soon as I can determine what it will be, but I have a good idea.

So, To Sum It Up...

There will definitely be 2 releases per week of some sort.  There will definitely be at least...

1 mixed video
1 F/F bondage-related video
1 F/F competitive wrestling match video
1 F/F Pro-style video

... released each month, on their respective Tuesdays.  There will also be the "Wild Card" releases on Thursdays (could be mixed or F/F, of any genre).

I will also note that sometimes a "release" might be a multi-video / multi-match set.  In which case, the Set and the individuals will all be released at the same time.

Onward and Upward...

... into the new season!  We currently have about a dozen videos to release from filming at FetCon this weekend, so we will get started with those to try out our new schedule.

Of course, once we are back in New York City with the local wrestlers and visiting guests, we will be back to filming even more!  There is SO much yet to do and so many ideas and match-ups on the To Do list.  Here's to moving the queue along as quickly as possible.  We may move our footage from this past weekend along faster than the Tuesday/Thursday schedule, so just a heads-up there.  I may make a separate blog entry with a list of these, to help keep people keep track.

We will definitely keep people informed about the Release Schedule developments via Twitter.  I will work on the FetCon 2018 releases as quickly as possible.  And we will look forward to working with the Tuesday / Thursday Definite Release Schedule.

Stay tuned.  More to come.  Thanks for reading, and I hope that was informative!

Thoughts and opinions welcome!  E-mail us at:  orders (at) doommaidens (dot) com  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Webcast Transcript: Getting Started with Ursa, VeVe, Hanz

Last month, we recorded a little webcast featuring usual hosts VeVe and Hanz, along with special guest Ursa Fierce.  During this webcast, Ursa talked about some of her first impressions with getting into the wrestling scene.  VeVe and Hanz also commented on their early entries into the wrestling scene.

Presented here is a LONG transcript of the relevant dialogue.  I will attempt to title the various topic-shift sections in case you'd like to skim it.

Here is the hour-long video recording, and below that is the LONG text transcript of the relevant, non-tangent portions.


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Ursa's First Impressions

VeVe:
So, we were going to speak a little bit about being a new wrestler, new-ish, coming into the session and video world now. It's cool because we have someone who is experiencing being new to wrestling now, and 2 people who've experienced a while ago and can refer to earlier experiences for a bit more perspective now. [...]

How are you finding entering the wrestling scene, Ursa?

Ursa:
Can we break it down?

VeVe:
So how did it come to pass that you got involved with this anyway?

Ursa:
It's a been like a slow approach for me. I joke that I'm very cautious about doing things, and then I jump in 100%.

With wrestling, I went to a beginner workshop a couple years ago at least, and before that I had a boyfriend who was a wrestler, and we would tussle around a bit, which was really fun.  But also I got really annoyed that I couldn't really match him at all, which was somewhat fun, but at a point I was like, eh, hm, I'm tired of this. So I went to a beginner workshop that you all were having, and it was crazy to me.

It was crazy. I grew up as a theatre kind, as a musician, as a swimmer, which is the least contact of all sports, you're not even in contact with the ground.

 Anyhow, so it was just crazy touching people in new ways, and having my weight be an advantage, where in other sports, and in life as a woman, you try to make your body smaller, not overwhelm people. So being in wrestling, especially this kind of wrestling, is a total flip of the script where that's concerned, and that's been pretty fun.

Hanz:
Were you nervous about it at first, going from the beginner workshop and jumping into the videos and having a public persona?

Ursa:
Yeah, totally, I was terrified. Just going to the first workshop was kind of terrifying. And then I was like, oh these people are nice, I don't know about this wrestling thing, but I like the people. And then I kind of slowly came back, once in a while, for over a year, and then...

The video making I was nervous about, but even more than that, once I started practicing and then I had my first competitive match, that was maybe the most nervous I'd been so far. And it was against -- it was from the live event last fall -- with Kari. Well, that was that one I was --

Hanz:
That was your first one?

Ursa:
Well, first, I fought Aqua X before that. But she's very small and inexperienced, so it was like this will probably be ok. And it was still hard match.

But then I'd been training a bit and I was going to be fighting Kari. And at that point I felt like I actually had some skin in the game. 'Cause I was like I know a couple things, like if I lose this, then that'll be terrible. And it's two 8 or 10 minute rounds. I think it was 8 that day. And I was like, oh, that's really long. And it's live, so there's that added pressure. So I was super nervous for that.

VeVe: 
That's like how you felt going into the Aqua match vs the Kari match. But then doing the Aqua match vs the Kari match, how does that compare?

Ursa:
The Aqua match -- she was very squirmy and energetic, and I had to keep moving the whole time. And I learned a lot. I think we both learned a lot through doing during the match, which I see happening with other beginning wrestlers: someone tries a thing, and you're like oh that worked for them, and so you try it on them. Or you're getting somewhere with one thing, and then they adjust. So I feel like I learned a lot, but had to keep the momentum up.

By the time I wrestled Kari, she had already wrestled Sweetie Dreams, I think, and maybe someone else also? And she was pretty beat [tired]. So, I went in really, really nervous, and then as we got going, I was like, oh, she's a lot lower energy at this point, so how do I navigate that? She was doing a lot of turtle defense [on elbows and knees in a ball], which I had never seen before.

She's like 280 lbs maybe, so to break down that kind of turtle, I was just hanging on her, like I don't know what I'm doing. But trying to work what I'd learned without -- I don't know -- she's a visitor, she's visiting, I don't want to make it horrible for her. If that makes sense. So, they were different matches, for sure.

How about you guys, do you remember?

Hanz and VeVe Give Their First Impressions

Hanz:
 I remember. I wore a mask for the first couple years. That's how nervous I was about doing videos. 

VeVe:
Yeah, the first video match that I did was against Veronica Vicious, who was a founding member of the original Doom Maidens, back in the day.

 When we first started out -- doing videos was something that Hanz had to be our consultant about, because we hadn't quite figured out how to do that fro ourselves. So, Hanz was the cameraman of the hour. And we didn't have a format, we were just going to try this for the first time ever, and we went, I think, for 30 minutes straight, or maybe there was a short break. But it was exhausting, it was wild. 
Veronica and I were both really new to wrestling at the time, and something that I think people only learn later is conserving energy at all. So that was 100% full tilt the whole time, just like murderous. 

And I think, you know, it was probably a really exciting match, looking back, but it's also one that I'm really glad has mostly sort of disappeared from the internet because one of the things I also hadn't really learned yet in my novicedom was: I wore this awful tank top, tie dye, and I had an awful haircut. It was very learning experience.

Ursa: 
Had you been training BJJ or any sort of wrestling before that?

VeVe:
That was before I started training formally, but when we were just first founding Doom Maidens, we were doing our own practice sessions. So there were a couple people who knew a bit more than I did. So we were showing up for these little get-together self-training. ... So, we knew just that much, a little bit.

Ursa:
 Just enough to be dangerous to each other?

VeVe:
 I think maybe knowing almost anything can help be a little less dangerous. I know the first couple times I wrestled I did jump in with zero training whatsoever, and one of the first things I thought: I should start learning stuff to be less dangerous.

On Learning and Improving and Trying New Things

Ursa:
 Yeah. It's funny how just a little bit of knowledge takes you a long way. My first-FIRST competitive match was with Sweetie Dreams, and I had no idea what I was in for.

VeVe:
 Oh, I remember. That was shocking to you.

Ursa: It was shocking to me! Cause I had only wrestled her before in practice, and wrestled other people who were very kindly calibrating their skill level to mine. And so, I was like, wait, but it's a video -- you actually use all your skill? I thought it was going to be acting. Just a little bit. So I didn't know how much I didn't know.

 She got me with so many smothers, so I was like, oh my god, I can't breathe, rather than I shall turn my head now and be able to breathe.

VeVe:
That's a great thing about doing matches: you learn what you need to work on. It's also a great thing about when you're new: you can learn something every day that's super helpful. Whereas, when you've been doing it for a long time, it takes so much more investment to make small improvement. When you know nothing, everything is a giant improvement. It's a fun time. You really see advancement quickly.

Hanz:
 It's true. At first you're just improving by leaps and bounds, and then it gets to a point where you really have to study. Heh.

Ursa:
 And you're also just improving incrementally at that point, too, right? It's like [hand gesture curve]? 

Hanz:
 I've still got plenty to learn.

 VeVe: [to Hanz]
We tease you that you neither train nor ever change anything.

 Hanz:
 I don't.

 VeVe:
So you can get better at the 2 things you do.

 Hanz:
 Yep. Scissors and arm triangles.

 VeVe:
 You're the same wrestler every time.

 Hanz: 
 But they work.

 Ursa:
 You just rely on everyone else to change.

 Hanz: 
I'm the video game play who plays the fighting game and just hits "B" [button] all the time. Just like a constant low kick, and the other person gets pissed, like: why don't you do any real moves? Well, why don't you stop the low kick first? [...]

 Ursa:
So Hanz, you started masked?

 Hanz:
 I did. That was the only way I could convince myself to do videos and put them out there. Since then, I've actually gone and taken most of those down and away. After a while, I didn't like the way the mask looked, and as a fan as well of mixed videos, I always like mixed videos where you can see both people's faces, and see the emotions of the match. The mask was kind of taking away from that. 

Ursa:
 I've also heard people say that if the man is masked and is beaten, then he has no skin in the game. Right? You can't be properly humiliated if you're masked.

 Hanz:
 It's like a shield to hide behind. No just out there. But yeah, I finally decided to do one without the mask. It was actually for you guys, against Orlandoe, and I remember being really nervous about it, like, oh, I'm going to do a non-masked one. So we did the match, and I saw it when it was done, watched it, then I was like, yes, this looks better, I like it better. I'm just going to do this from now on. But it's scary at first. A little bit.

 VeVe: 
 What was the tipping or trigger point thing that made you say: I'm going to try this?

 Hanz: 
 I think I just got to the point where I would see -- cause I was doing videos for my own store at that point -- and they all had the mask on, and I would watch them back, and I would be like: I would like this video better, like -- I like stuff about my early videos, but the one thing I would change is I wish I wasn't wearing the mask. And also, it was hard to breathe in that thing. And I would breathe loudly. It was kind of Darth Vader-ish. So.... which was kind of distracting as well. So I was just like, you know, I'm going try it without the mask and see how it looks.

 Ursa:
 You've never gone back...

 Hanz:
 Nope.

 Ursa:
 Did you ever think you'd be making the kind of videos you've been making lately?

 Hanz:
 Ha. No, I didn't. So that's another whole step. Completely unmasked. That was actually less scary than taking the mask off the face. That was a much less scary step than removing the mask originally.

VeVe:
 There's nothing more you can do about identity after you've shown the face.

 Hanz:
 Yeah. The mask is like your face is out there, and this is what everyone sees. [...]

 Ursa: 
 With the sexier (unclothed) stuff -- I would love to feel like I could do that, but there's so much stigma around it, I think especially for women. There are plenty of women around who do it and are amazing, but, personally, that feel like a scarier step for me than doing regular sexy stuff with clothes.
Body Positivity, Confidence, and Being Yourself

Hanz:
 You're always afraid people are going to shame you for it, right? But it can be a very body-positive kind of thing. That's the way I think about it.

 Just sort of, growing up, it was always this shame with nudity or eroticism. And to get to just do it and put it out there is kind of freeing in a way. Just be like: no, this is a good thing, and I shouldn't have to be afraid that someone's going to make me feel ashamed of it. Like they shouldn't be able to make me feel ashamed of it.

 So. Yeah. I thought about it for a long time: do I really want to do this? It's kind of a big step, and once I came to the conclusion, it's like: you grew up feeling ashamed of this, so this is kind of like stepping away from that, which is nice.

 Ursa: 
 It can be empowering. Just talking about body-positivity, a lot of this wrestling has been therapeutic for me in a way, in that I'm like, yeah, this is my body, and it's not just thin, fit who can show their bodies in bikinis. I can also, and it's going to be wonderful. And it's out there for the world, and that's how it is. Fully own it. It can be good.

 VeVe: 
 You can get a totally realistic assessment "by doing" of what you're body can do. And here's how everything feels, and here are my abilities, and here's me up against another person. And I think a lot of so many assumptions are out there. Even just today, after I've been doing this for some many years, I went into a session and got: "you're pretty strong for a girl." Just "by doing," people find out --

 Ursa: 
Have you seen my muscles? Have you seen them? They're still muscles, even though I have tits. It's crazy.

 VeVe: 
 They work, and they move, and they do things. And by wrestling, you get rid of some of those assumptions. I can't do this. I can! I'm doing this right now.

 Ursa:
 I think it's something that you've challenged me a lot on. I'm like: my body doesn't do that! And you're like: just maybe keep trying. And then I'm like: oh, I can do it. It just took practice. Because my body's used to sitting at a desk and not squiggling under a human.

 Also, it's so nice to get all of the positive reinforcements from fans. So when I meet people being like: oh my god, you're so gorgeous. And I'm like: yes I am, and people in the mid-west never appreciated me. I'm like: I was wasted on everyone else, and now I'm finally getting the recognition I feel like I deserved all along, and it's so nice. It's so nice getting that. So, thank you. And I'm like: I know, I know, and it's nice that you know too.

 VeVe: 
 That's one thing I always say when I have a muscle worship fan. I'll get a couple questions, like: do you like being worshipped? I'm like: yeah, of course! And: "I so like your muscles" or "I so like your body." and I'm like: That's really nice, because I do! And I put a lot of work into doing it. So it's nice to know other people like what I like about myself. And that's pretty cool.

 Ursa: 
 And I feel like in this work too, it's sort of a reflection -- and I'm going to get a little philosophical here -- but I feel like there's a fan for everything, there's a fan for every body type. Your fans may not be the same as my fans. But really, the more you are yourself, people like it. And I feel like that plays out in the real world too, in that you're like: well, if there's everyone who likes my body, maybe I don't need to try to be so one way or another in the world, and I can just be myself and somebody will like that.

It's a nice little playing out of that theory. Because people talk about, you know, oh, well, just be yourself, go all Hamlet, "This about all, to thine own self be true," but it's nice in this work to actually see that play out. And the more you are yourself, the more you share of yourself, people are like oh my god, you're amazing, and getting that immediate feedback, you're like, huh, yeah, all right, great! 

Hanz:
Do you actually find in doing this that the confidence [you build] -- do you find that crossing over into your non-wrestling day-to-day life?

 Ursa:
 Yeah, I think it feed back and forth, you know. I think me feeling confident and good about myself allows me to do wrestling. And I think the more I do it, the more feedback I get that comes back and feeds the other. So I think it all kind of builds. And it gives me more confidence, and having more confidence gives me more wrestling mojo --

 Hanz:
 I've told a few people that part of the thing that made me jump off -- because I've always wanted to do this and try this, but I was always hesitant and nervous -- but the thing I always think to myself: when I get to the end of my life, when I'm in my deathbed, my worst fear would be looking back on my life and thinking there are all these things I wanted to try and never did it because I was too scared. If I could be in that moment and say: there are all these things I wanted to try and I tried then, even though I was scared and I did it anyway, at that point I would be happy and look back on my life.

 Ursa:
 No regrets.

 Hanz:
 Yeah, that was a faster way to say that.

 Ursa:
I feel like another thing I've been learning in my own life and in wrestling is to deal with discomfort. Which I feel like in the US and Western civilization we're taught that if something's uncomfortable, you shy away from it, you don't do it. And just learning to be like: ah, I'm being choked right now, or, like in our match, I'm being body scissored right now, very hard, and I could tap right now, or if I just chill out, I could probably get out of this. So, that's a nice --

 Hanz:
 You're very resistant to my body scissors.

 Ursa:
 Yes! I'm so happy. I actually said I was injured from that match, and I was afraid it was from the body scissors, but it was just a muscle thing. But at first I was like: oh no, did I resist too much? I just resisted appropriately.

 Hanz: 
 I always try to put those things on slow, you know. So, rib stuff...

 Ursa:
 I'm not saying it was pleasant. So, when you put the video out, and people buy it, and you listen to the noises I was making, I think you'll be able to tell that was not pleasant. I was like, what are these noises coming out of me? They sound really sad and unhappy.

 VeVe:
 Then afterwards, maybe some happy noises for escaping...

 Ursa:
Yeah. Like so many people have fallen victim to your body scissors. You know, it's kind of a cheap shot. It's very effective. But it doesn't feel like it should be as good as it is, but it's very --

 Hanz: 
 It's my version of a low kick.

 Ursa: 
 Yeah. It's pretty bad.

Ursa's Intro into the Video Realm

 VeVe [to Ursa]:
 I wanted to ask you, what was the thing where you went from coming to training sessions and hovering on the edges, what was the catalyst to jumping in and doing the videos?

 Ursa:
 I think it was actually the other way for me. I think I was attracted to the video work. I was like: yeah, I want to be a star, put me on camera. And then I got thoroughly beaten, and I was like: hmmm, I guess I'm going to have to do some work if I don't want this to happen all the time.

 So videos have kind of been a motivation for me to train, more than the other way around. I had desire before [to train], but I wasn't making it a priority. And having the videos as a thing that's like, oh you have this thing coming up on this date, makes me more accountable to coming to practices. 

Hanz:
 That is a good motivation: oh I have a competitive match coming up, on this date, vs this person -- 

Ursa:
 I don't want to look like a fool. I don't want to submit to these body scissors, so I better learn how to get out of them. When is that coming out, by the way [Ursa vs Hanz]? I'm curious to see it. And VeVe wasn't around for it.

 VeVe:
 No, I was away on tour, but I've heard a bit.

 Ursa:
 I feel like for a novice I did pretty well.

 Hanz:
 You really did, actually. It was a tough match.

 Ursa: 
 You came out hard, too.

 VeVe:
 He was feeling threatened.

 Ursa:
 Yeah, apparently. It was not just aggressive cuddling.

 Hanz:
 It's a little different from those rare times when I'm actually at practice. It's a different sort of energy, so...

 Ursa:
 The question is: what was the motivation to start videoing? I've always been interested in fetish work, to be honest, and it's something that always sounded fun to me, but I do have hang-ups, like any body else, or any body with my upbringing maybe. And this seemed like a really fun and safe way to get into it.

 But I don't know if there was a moment. I do remember I was like: oh tell me more. We had brunch, we met for brunch at a very busy restaurant-bar. We discussed fetish work. And I was like: ok, I really still don't understand this, but I'm not going to understand it unless I try it. So... This wrestling stuff has definitely been a challenge for me, and I like challenges. And so, this feels scary to me, so I think I need to do it.

 Hanz: 
 Rising to the challenge.

 Ursa:
 Yeah.

 VeVe: 
We had thing about just getting started: doing competitive matches vs doing domination or fantasy stuff. This is something I'm still going back and forth on, as we often get new people getting involved. I'm like: what's the best way to start people out? And I imagine it does vary for different people, like [for example,] Oh, I'm super comfortable as a physical person jumping in, or I'm super comfortable as an actress, or whatever.

 But how was that for you, being like: here's a competitive match where you're going to fight somebody. Or: here's a scenario or a role, or here's some body to dominate?

 Ursa:
 Yeah. So, for me, knowing so little about wrestling when I started, I was like: I don't know how to dominate someone with wrestling. I don't know what a submission is, I don't know what looks convincing and what doesn't. So, competitive was a better way for me to start, because then you just go and do what you can.

 If you're dominating, you're more in charge, the focus is on you. You have to know what you're doing a little bit. And I wasn't ready to do that in a wrestling context. So, competitive was the better way for me to enter. Until I knew a little bit more of what I'm doing. Honestly, and to know what bodies can take. Doing a little research and development.

 VeVe:
I know when I started out, I thought that we were going to be like all really known for being super real and competitive all the time. And that was one of the first conceptual organizing principles for us. But as soon as we started doing that and people started to see and notice even a little bit, fans write in and suggestions come in, and it turns out that competitive was not the only thing that people wanted. So it was a great way to start out and to learn a foundation of moves and skills and learn that they can be applied in so many ways.

 Ursa:
 I'm kind of at a 180 now in that I'm like: competitive, that sounds hard! And a little more nerve-wracking, because you do have skin in the game, you have to prove yourself, or take a little bit of an ego bashing, or a physical bashing that goes with the ego bashing.

 So, the more I know now, I'm like: yeah, let me dominate that person, that sounds great! I really actually want to do more scenario customs with more plot, and femme fatale, and assassins, and I want my fingers in that. That sounds so fun to me. If anyone's listening who wants them, let me know...

 Hanz:
It's good you kind of start out with a base thing, the one thing, and slowly start branching out into other styles or other things. It's always kind of fun to see people's personalities develop that way too. It's like: oh, it started with competitive wrestling, and bondage wrestling...

and, to the point where it's like: there's an artwork of me and you [VeVe] that somebody made... it's like a poster. And it's really cool. Wow, somebody drew this and made this picture of us from, you know, that they took from a video still from the end of one of our bondage wrestling matches.

 Ursa:
 I love fan art.

 Hanz:
 It's like influencing people. Influencing other people's creativity... 

Ursa:
 Or inspiring people, even.

Ideas and Inspiration

 Hanz:
 It's pretty cool to think about that, the stuff that goes out there and inspires other people to create things.

 VeVe:
 I've had a very interesting that that happens with people sending in custom video requests. And sometimes then you make the video and, if they agree it's ok, we'll put that out to the public, and other people will see that and send in custom requests based on the other person's requests, and they'll almost get into a dialogue, tweaking the scenario... among multiple people.

 Ursa:
 Oh, they don't know it, but they're part of the story. Oh, interesting.

 VeVe:
And sometimes the character created by one person gets put into someone else's thing, same costume or this story, this character persona situation, is going to morph again over here. I don't think any of the guys have necessarily realized, but I'm sure if they ever met up, they could write wonderful collaborative fiction together.

 Ursa:
 Man, I have so many idea. If I had a camera man and a co-star at the ready, man, you would see some crazy stuff, world. I've got ideas for days.

 Hanz: 
That could probably be arranged.

 VeVe: 
 I think you've kind of got that. Ursa: I have lots of ideas.

 Hanz:
 You should make some of them. Put them out there, see what comes back. Ursa: I'm always curious how things will be received, too.

 VeVe:
 You could find out that people might start feedbacking. Just put out one kernel and see what -- 

Ursa:
 Ok, this would take more people, but, on the train on the way here -- do you want to hear my idea? So, this was a silly one that I would call "Ursa-locks and the Three Chairs." In which I would be a Goldilocks character and try three different men's faces to sit on, to find the one that's just right. 

Hanz:
 Wow.

 Ursa:
 It'd be so cute, right? These are the kinds of things I think of on the train. One would be too pointy, maybe. One would be too... flat? One would be just right, and I'd spend the most time there until maybe I broke it... I don't know...

 Hanz:
 .. broke their face...

 Ursa:
 ...Yeah... We talked about having a very proper tea party, but having faces to sit on, instead of chairs. 

VeVe:
 I really want to do that.

 Ursa:
 It would be so cute. I have such cute tea dresses. I want that to happen. ... I've also been seeing other people doing some giantess stuff and some remote controlling stuff. The mesmerizing sort of things. And that stuff looks really fun.

 VeVe: 
And some of that you can do without any camera person... POV.

Fielding a Question

 Ursa:
 Do we have any Twitter questions?

 VeVe:
 I know we have the question as to whether you've done any arm wrestling.

 Ursa:
 I have done some armwrestling. Lana Luxor and I did a 5-minute armwrestling video. And, friend, she is so F-ing strong. She's got built arms. It was a battle. So I did some armwrestling with her. I had a double-session with Sweetie and a very large man, and I don't think we did armwrestling, but we did tried to hang off of his arms, which was fun, and double bearhugged him.. I've done a lot more bearhugs as far as feats of strength go. I've been doing a lot of bearhugging, which is fun. Hanz and I have an unnamed date for a bearhug-off. Less armwrestling, though, I'm curious, now that I've been training a little more. How strong I am...

 VeVe:
 You've shot with Amazon Annie, who is a bit of an armwrestling champ. But you didn't take her own...

 Ursa:
 I did a lift and carry with her, where she lifted me, which was so fun. And impressive. She was dressed as either superwoman or wonder woman, and she had these 4 inch heels, I was like: I can't get up there, you are too tall now. So she took them off.

 [Regarding questions], you can always find me on the Doom Maidens website and e-mail me questions. And maybe we will talk about them on a separate podcast.

 VeVe: 
 Well, we've discussed your entry onto the wrestling scene and tonight your entry onto the podcast as well. Welcome Ursa.

 Ursa:
 Thank you. Everyone I've worked with has been so nice, and it's been really nice coming into this very accepting, and warm, encouraging environment. Except for Hanz. ha ha.

 Hanz:
 I do get a lot of smack talk.

 VeVe: 
 It's not all from Lana, either.

 Hanz:
 It's not all from Lana. But she is relentless.

 Ursa:
 Yeah, I heard that you have to do more squats now, something about Queen Beth.

 VeVe: 
I heard she sent you some intimidation photos.

 Hanz:
 She sent me a photo of her from Monday, of her posing over the final score. Kind of a calling-out. 

Ursa:
 I'd watch that match. Queen Beth vs Hanz. But the Monday matches, whew [Sweetie, Lana, Taylor, Queen Beth]. I was tired after it, and I didn't even wrestle. 

VeVe: 
All right, we're going to sign off. Hope you enjoyed.

 Ursa: 
Thanks for tuning in.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Punishment Round! What about it?

The agony of defeat -- literally!  Let's talk about the Punishment Round!

First off: 

What is the Punishment Round?  



I hope most of you readers may know, but if by some chance you're not quite sure, I will enlighten you!

The Punishment Round is a special "bonus round" that we added to the ends of our competitive matches, as of November 2016.  This special round takes place after the match winner has been declared, and it is a chance for the winner to punish and torment the defeated opponent for losing.  The punishment usually takes the form of the winner's favorite wrestling holds, which the winner can now apply on the loser, unresisted, as hard or as long as she or he desires.

Sometimes the punishment-administering winners will lock on their holds and squeeze/crank until the loser taps out due to the pain.  The winner may tighten the same hold again and again to make the loser submit over and over.  Sometimes the winner locks on a hold and uses it as a chance to pose with the loser, or to enjoy the view of the loser's discomfort, or even to contort the loser into a humiliating position that doesn't necessarily cause a tap-out.



It's freedom of choice for the winner!  She can choose whatever suits her mood: classic "underground wrestling" style holds (ex: scissors and facesitting), competitive-style submission holds (ex: arm locks, triangles, etc), pro-style wrestling holds (ex: Camel Clutch, Lotus Lock, etc), or something unusually creative.

Why a Punishment Round?

The original concept for our Punishment Round was part of a special commission request from a patron.  This patron had sponsored a competitive match between VeVe Lane and Miss Scorpion in November 2016.  However, he had requested that instead of the usual 20-minute long wrestling match that, rather, the ladies have a 15-minute match with a 5-minute "Punishment Round."

The reason for including the Punishment Round was that the patron wanted to see a truly competitive match, but he also wanted to see certain holds being applied flawlessly and in a prolonged fashion.  He knew that in a competitive bout, the submission holds could be unpredictable or applied too quickly to get a good look at.  And so, enter the Punishment Round: a chance for the winner, who competitively fought her way to victory, to savor the moment and take her sweet time applying "picture perfect" holds on her defeated rival.  It was like an extended victory posing session... except that it wasn't just posing; indeed, the holds here were intended to make the loser submit.

Other fans saw this Punishment Round and were so pleased by the idea that they requested we include Punishment Rounds in every competitive match, both F/F and mixed, going forward.  And we were glad to add the Punishment Round in as a new fixture!

(granted, if a visiting wrestler is opposed to having a Punishment Round in a competitive bout, we can also waive it.  However, almost every competitive match since the initial introduction has had a Punishment Round)

Who's the Most Punishing?

It does certainly seem that wrestlers with the most experience administering Punishment Rounds are the most punishing!  

I've found it amusing to watch how wrestlers develop as "punishers," from their very first time administering a Punishment Round and onward to their subsequent instances.  I really took note of this when a fan requested a compilation of Ursa's Punishment Rounds.  I dove in to pull together the footage for a compilation, and I was struck by Ursa's style development between her first Punishment Round and her most recent.  As her confidence and experience increased, so did her comfort with sitting harder into the holds and toying more with her opponents.


So, do people with more wins deal out more punishing Punishment Rounds?  Maybe!  For the most part, you can say yes.  Take VeVe for example: lots of wins to gain her lots of chances to administer Punishment Rounds... and her Punishment Rounds can be brutal with tight holds, hard squeezing, repeated squeezing, making losers count out their submissions, bullying, taunting, and general unpleasantness for the defeated opponents!

Granted, there are exceptions.  For instance, inexperienced punishers who impressed me include Queen Beth and Rachel DD.  

Queen Beth got to administer her very first Punishment Round in her second video match ever.  She'd suffered through punishment from VeVe only days before she got to turn things around and dish out the punishment to Taylor.  

Beth doesn't yet have a wide vocabulary of the classic "underground wrestling" holds or pro-style holds that are commonly used to display or humiliate one's defeated opponent, so she instead improvised to suitably flaunt her victory.  She used a mixture of competitive-style holds combined with strutting, smack talking, gloating, making her opponent massage her, and making her opponent into her throne.  Quite queenly!

Rachel DD also ran a nice, though somewhat atypical, Punishment Round in her victory over Kim Chi (aka Michi).  Rachel is a wrestler who doesn't get many opportunities to savor Punishment Rounds; rather, she's more often the one on the receiving end of them!

Now, this instance with Rachel was unusual in that it too place *before* we started doing Punishment Rounds!  This match was in July 2016.  It was a particular custom commission that had request a victory round for the winner.  Rachel pulled out the hard-fought win and then impressed us with a nicely-done Punishment Round involving foot domination, tickling, and lovely taunting.  She hasn't had very many other opportunities since then, but this one did strike me as both impressive and surprising!

Where do Punishment Rounds go from here?

I'm personally fond of the Punishment Rounds, as they have been developing.  I am especially fond of Punishment Rounds where the victor is satisfied and confident and knows what she wants!  

It's also amusing when fans suggest or request certain holds be incorporated into Punishment Rounds and then the victorious wrestler picks up on the suggestion.  It's almost like an unspoken shout-out.  Aralia's Camel Clutch is a good example of this.  It was a fan suggestion that really stuck with her.  And the Camel Clutch has now becoming one of her signature punishing moves.


Aside from fan suggestions, we tend to let the victorious wrestlers have total free reign during their Punishment Rounds.  They choose their own holds, their own personal tone.  They decide in the moment how they want to interact with their defeated opponent, whether they will use long holds or many holds.

In a way, the Punishment Round is as much a test for the winner as it is for the loser!  The winner gets a chance to show off her dominating abilities, or perhaps to try them out for the first time, or to develop them with each new Punishment Round.  She's on the spot after a bout of competitive physical exertion.  She was just priorly showing her stuff in the fight, and now she gets to show her stuff, in a different mode, in the bonus round.

But anyway...

Punishment Rounds are here to stay!  A victory lap, a bonus round, a chance to show-off, a chance to hit the bull's eye with fans' hold suggestions, a extended victory posing session, a chance to make you opponent regret whatever mistakes she or he made during the match.  The Punishment Round: it's not just the thrill of victory; it's what you do with that victory that counts!




Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Day in the Wrestling-Doing Life: Friday, May 18

In honor of my blog revival, here is a second post for 2018!  Today I will take a moment to relay a particular wrestle-doing filled day I just had, a "Day in the Life Of...", if you will.  This day was both typical and atypical!

Today is Sunday.  Let me tell you about Friday.  Friday was the day I wrote my "blog revival" entry.

The day started out with me riding my bike across town, to set up camp in a cafe located near our Big Studio.

Friday morning was spent chatting variously online with Lana Luxor, Ursa, and Hanz, as I worked on getting our video store catalogue caught up with recent releases.  Up came the topic of blogging, and, to put my money where my mouth was, I jumped in, now inspired, and a wrote a blog entry about writing blog entries.

Then I headed off to the Big Studio to meet with Ursa for some mini-filming.  Ursa has been collecting a few nifty leotards for her own wrestling adventures, and she decided to put on a fashion show of her own to show them off.  So, we filmed a Fashion Show video!



Sporting her shiny tights throughout, Ursa displayed 3 different leotards, plus a 4th outfit that excited her greatly.    (Ursa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ursafierce)

Following Ursa's attire adventures, Sweetie Dreams arrived at the studio with a training partner, and I coached them through reviews of triangle chokes from a variety of directions.  Sweetie proved to be quite apt at wrapping her legs around her training partner's neck from the front, back, side, underneath, and then some.

Feeling pumped, Sweetie also requested a competitive match against our wily male wrestler Rizzo.  So, we'll work to get that one set up and see what happens.  (Sweetie Dreams on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweetiedreamsbb)


After the practice session, I jumped back on the bike and rode across town as fast as I could to meet Orlandoe at the Small Studio, where she was having a session. 


And, indeed, folks, Orlandoe is back and is wrestling.  She's been training harder than ever and is excited to be doing mixed matches.  However, she is not doing videos at this time, FYI.

Orlandoe and I chatted for a bit, and she was in very good spirits.  But that catching-up couldn't last long, because I had to go *back* to the Big Studio, ASAP, to meet Hanz and Taylor for a video shoot.

When I arrived at the Big Studio, Hanz and Taylor were steeling themselves for their "Iron Match" aka their continuous 60-minute long competitive mixed wrestling match.  This was a match I would be filming for Hanz's studio: Hanz Vanderkill's Mixed Battle Theatre.

We set up the timer, and off they went.  Taylor has *much* less wrestling experience than Hanz, but she is very athletic, and she made it through the whole hour-long match without taking any prolonged rest periods.  There would be only a brief pause here or there to fix hair, reset after a submission, etc.

The studio had no windows and no air conditioning, so, needless to say, it was a sweaty time for these two.  Here's a photo of them from after the match:


And while I'm at it, here are links to Hanz and Taylor on Twitter, respectively:  https://twitter.com/hanzvanderkill  and https://twitter.com/Taylor_DM_

Once that filming was done, I headed home, where I then chatted online with Lana Luxor and Sweetie Dreams, as we set up for a competitive match for them.  I also confirmed competitive matches with Aralia vs Taylor as well as a Lana vs Taylor (a rematch).  All 3 of these matches are slated to take place on the same day: Monday, May 28.  And I anticipate all 3 of them to be very competitive, indeed!

 

And since I hadn't mentioned it yet, if you are looking for either Lana or Aralia on Twitter, they are here respectively:   https://twitter.com/LanaxLuxor  and  https://twitter.com/araliadm

Whew, ok, and I think that was it!  It was a big wrestle-doing day, and I myself hadn't done any wrestling at all!  (that will be for tomorrow morning, when I get up to go to early morning training)

So, I will leave it all at that for now.  I'd say that day was typical in that it was pretty wrestle-doing-filled.  But it was atypical because my days are always fairly varied in their specifics!  For instance, I didn't do any filming for the Doom Maidens studio, nor did I release any videos, or....? 

But anyway, anyway.  Enough from me for now!  Time to post!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blog Revival! New wrestlers, 2018 updates, a webcast panel?

Hello Blog!  Hello Readers!  It has been WAY too long!

I see here that my last update was regarding our November 2017 Live Filming Event.  And here, now, today, it is mid-May 2018.  That is too long a stretch without a blog entry.  And yet there are many reasons for this absence from the blog-o-sphere:

I have been buried under unending tons of video footage, I moved to a new house, I have been slammed with home renovations for the past 5 months, I've been playing catch up with making video release pages for the Doom Maidens website, I've been making a further commute to our big studio, and I've been working a good bit with the newcomer wrestlers.  And, so, my attentions have been elsewhere!  Alas, the poor blog had been utterly forgotten.

Until now!

A blog revival?  For real?  I mean, for real?  Why now?  Well, I'll tell you why now.  It has to do with our newcomer wrestlers.

We have a lovely group of new local wrestlers in our crew here in New York City.  Two of our rookies, in particular, who have been very active and energetic and dedicated have been Lana Luxor and Ursa Fierce.  Both of these ladies went from 0 to 60 with the wrestling-doings, jumping into the deep end "officially" only about a year ago, and quickly developing as they find their footing in the wrestling realm.

Ursa & Lana (on bottom), being hazed during our Christmas celebration.


They inspired my blog revival because I was hoping to inspire them to start blogging on their own.

 Lana has been able to travel and tour a bit in the last year's time, and so she's been able to meet new people around the country: producers, fans, other wrestlers.

A relatively quick intro to the realm.  And, consequently, a great way to start getting to know people and to be known in turn.  She's gotten quite a crash course, and she's handling it very well!  But is there a good way for her to share her thoughts and experiences from this first, formative year?



Ursa, however, has not been able to travel at all, and she's only been able to work with us here locally in NYC.  I've had the chance to observe her develop as a wrestler, but, due to my current workload (everything), I haven't been able to document this development as much as I would like, or as much as I had been able to do with other newcomers in the past.

Ursa's got a great attitude and is making much progress, but how, I wondered, could she become more known to people?

Oh, right: blogging!

Or vlogging, or podcasting, or webcasting.  But more on that in a bit.

When I first started blogging, it was like blogging was the thing to do.  VeVe maintained a blog, Hanz maintained a blog, Amazon Annie had one, and other ladies did as well.  I had this blog and then my bondage wrestling blog, among others beforehand. Web journaling was a thing for a while.

But blogging does require a lot of time and dedication.  Composing blog entries can be time consuming.  You don't realize this much when it's just something you do.  BUT when you add Twitter into the mix, the blog starts to move toward the back burner.  The wonderful "micro-blog" of Twitter lets you make quickie updates on the fly, which frees up more time for doing other things.  Time that might be otherwise consumed by composing a more standard blog entry.

So, as micro blogs like Twitter free up time -- people can shoot out quick updates and then move on -- that time quickly gets consumed with more doings.  More filming, more image-making work, more real-time conversing.  Less time composing a "static" long-form blog entry.  Less time, less, and less, and then the blog is totally, yet innocently, forgotten.

My blogging colleagues don't maintain their blogs.  They are just too busy.  But when they DID maintain their blogs, they wrote quite a lot.  And people liked to read those blogs.

But maybe our newcomers would like to give blogging a try.  Long-form blogging is a great chance to get to know a person a bit more personally than short-form "micro-blog" Twitter status updates.  Tweets alone are so short, brief, sometimes vague.  Even with the increased character limit on Twitter, a Tweet cannot compare to a long-form journal entry when it comes to familiarizing oneself with a person.

Don't get me wrong, I love Twitter.  Love, love, love it.  But I think Twitter really works best for people who are already known in some way.  People who have a body of work somewhere else, besides Twitter.  A newcomer with only a Twitter presence as fan-outreach -- I'm not sure that will do it when it comes to the "getting to know you" aspect.

So, to blog?!

Or webcast / podcast / vlog?

Frankly, I personally think blogging is the "easiest" and most accessible.  However, granted, if you are not a natural writer, composing a journal entry can be daunting.  If you prefer to speak, rather than write, a vlog (video blog) might be the way.  Or a podcast (audio only, like a radio show).  But, due to the current nature of the internet, I think audiences have an easier time accessing text content, compared with video or audio.  Also, creating text blogs doesn't require equipment other than the computer; meanwhile, vlogs and podcasts require additional video and audio recording equipment.

Granted, I know a lot of people use their phones to record video and audio, but then that video and audio needs to be uploaded somewhere, stored, and distributed.  And I still think text is easier to share, at this current time.

ANYWAY.

I'd love it if the rookie ladies could blog a bit!

That said, we are also talking about having them come on for a podcast, since it seems they may prefer to speak rather than type.  The podcast would be audio only, and then I would like to transcribe it to text form afterwards.

And Hanz is interested in reviving his blog too, as we speak of all of this.  He is a big fan of podcasting, and he's experienced in that arena.  So, maybe he blogs, maybe he podcasts.   But something will happen.

Mark my words, readers, I will keep on it!  ... and as for me, I will keep up my blog revival as well.  Time management, let's do it!  And now, off I go, to go back to real-time chatting for scheduling and coordinating and planning.  Here's to more long-form storytelling to come...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 2017 Live Filming Event Follow-Up

This past Saturday was our Live Filming Event for November 2017, and I think it went very well!  The ladies were all full of competitive spirit, and they gave us all some fantastic displays of rough and tumble submission wrestling!

We had our 8-wrestler competitive tournament, where competitors fought to progress through the bracket, in hopes of making it to 1st place.  We also had 3 competitive heavy-weight matches, including a surprise last-minute addition.

I'm seriously pressed for time right now, but this post will include a list of matches and will show how our Tournament matches have been numbered.

Heavy-weight Stand-Alone Matches:
- Sweetie Dreams vs Kari
- Ursa vs Kari
- Sweetie Dreams vs Amazon Annie

Tournament Matches:
1. Aralia vs Lydia Vengeance
2. Lana Luxor vs Kim Chi
3. Taylor vs Ilarija
4. Lea Hart vs Rachel DD

5. Kim Chi vs Lydia Vengeance
6. Lea Hart vs Ilarija

7. Aralia vs Rachel DD (Rematch)
8. Taylor vs Lana Luxor

9. Taylor vs Rachel DD (Rematch)
10. Aralia vs Lana Luxor (Rematch)

At the very bottom of this post is the Tournament Bracket Sheet, for a visual.

All match footage has been processed, and all match videos are ready to go, both in usual 1280x720 (4 mbps) resolution and Full HD 1920x1080 resolution (6 mbps), for those who like larger files.

We are in the process of releasing matches to our store.  Some have already been released as I write this (whew, what a day).  If you would like to get any in advance of their release, you can reach us here to inquire:  orders@doommaidens.com

















Friday, October 27, 2017

Live Streaming Matches? Thoughts and Possibilities

Happy October!

There's so much going on this season, my goodness.  There's also so much I want to talk about.  Between all of the regular filming, and the meeting and training of new & upcoming local wrestlers, and preparations for the big November 18 live filming event, and... I'll just stop now before I run off course before I've even begun.  But these things are all related to the idea of this post.

As some of you know, last year we had started doing periodic live streaming webcasts for our Doom Menagerie youtube channel (for interviews and chat, link here: Doom Menagerie youtube).  The discovery of youtube's basic Live Streaming feature led us to having some live streaming talk shows, often involving guests who were either on set in person or tele-commuting in from other parts of the world.

As a result of doing that, we acquired a reasonably good quality webcam and microphone.  However, over the course of the year, we never really did much with these items, aside from the simple, relatively infrequent, and often-impromptu talk shows.

Until recently.

Enter the Live Streaming Match Possibility.

A recent custom request for a live streaming competitive match brought this possibility into reality.

I'd pondered the idea of live streaming matches before, but I'd never quite had the impetus to really put serious go-power into it.  We once tried a crude live stream of a match, just because.  But it was ad hoc, we hadn't meant it as a serious thing, and the stream only showed a stationary behind-the-scenes view of a regular filming session (so, I, as "real" camera operator, was blocking a lot of what the webcam saw).  So the concept went onto the back burner.

But an actual request for a live stream match changed things.

For this, we took care to set up the webcam at the best angle for viewing the action.  We did not have a separate camera operator on the mats.  Everything was set up specifically for the webcam live viewing experience.  It was a live show.  No stops, no need for editing or piecing together, all in the moment.

And it worked out really well!

I'd definitely love to do this again.  (note, the match was also recorded for the client on a separate camera, which was also stationary and provided a similar view, though with a slightly different angle)

More Live Streaming Matches?

I'd really be down for doing more live streaming matches.  VeVe and Hanz are also keen on the idea as well.  In fact, they were kind enough to do a vlog entry about it yesterday (linked below).

We've even been discussing live streaming possibilities for our upcoming November 18 Live Filming Event, which is full of competitive F/F matches (here "Live" means with live audience of viewers present in the studio).  Of course, there are things to be considered there:

1. What does the webcam see?

We'll definitely be recording the matches with a moving, on-mat camera operator (myself), who will be running the usual video camera.  Assuming the webcam remains stationary, for least disturbance, it will see the camera operator as well as the action, and webcam views of the action might possibly become obstructed at times.

Nonetheless, the webcam would be positioned for best view of the mats, but I still think stationary is the best way for that thing, for now.

2. Run webcam between cuts.

The webcam would essentially get the experience that the in-studio audience would be getting.  So, when the regular recording camera cuts off as competitors are shifting around, moving from interview position to fight position, getting ready, etc, the webcam would still be running.

Hanz mentioned that he liked that behind-the-scenes aspect.  The "fly on the wall" experience, as he said.  But, really, it is a virtual in-studio audience experience.  Except you can't see what is outside of the camera's frame, unless someone turns the thing for you.

3. Interactivity?

Wouldn't it be neat if webcam viewing audiences could interact during the course of the event?  Or would it?  They could comment on the action during breaks, ask questions to each other, or possibly to the webcam system operator?  I'm not imagining comments during the action, really, lest something be missed.  But, say, during the breaks between rounds: "Did you see that last submission?  What was that move called?"  "I can't believe she actually pulled that off." "Has anyone seen her do that move before? Did that come out of nowhere?"

4. Live, in real time

It's like going to a show together, even when you live somewhere far away.  Is this a cool aspect?  Do people like that aspect of "live" in real time?  It's exciting, but can also be a little nerve-wrecking.  There's no way of knowing for sure what will happen.

5. Platform?

It remains to be seen what the best platform for broadcasting this sort of endeavor may be.  We also don't want to have issues with losing the stream, technical difficulties.  I'm not extremely high-tech, and we are often operating over wireless networks, so it's no high-end stream production like they may do with a UFC broadcast!

Hanz seems full of thoughts and ideas of the tech end, so I am inclined to defer to him in this area.

6. And more?

What more?  Does this sort of thing interest people?  It is certainly easy to do on a small scale, especially for a single viewer or small web audience. It's easy to coordinate a small audience or single viewer, to make sure everyone arrives on time.

Anyway, ok, just putting this out there.  Again, this would not replace the regular filming, but rather would be a potentially fun supplement.  I'm curious as to whether anyone feels strongly about this or has thoughts on the matter.

As always, you can e-mail us here:  orders@doommaidens.com

Or find us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/doommaidens

And now, as promised, here is the mini vlog of little thoughts from VeVe and Hanz on the subject: