Monday, July 1, 2024

The Cave Unleashed 19: Bird Boy/Toyboy vs. Enchanter/Scourge


THE CAVE RING AREA. LOS ANGELES CA.

Me. Xaq. As if you didn't know.


“It’s your lucky day, Birdy. We’re gonna wreck you.”

His bleach blond buddy smirks at me, “Since you get off on being humiliated, you’re gonna love what we got planned for you and your little master.”

Saturday, June 22, 2024

The Cave 32: Ryan Meets Mano



WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ZUT ALORS BOITE. LOS ANGELES CA.



For a guy who just broke up with his boyfriend, I feel pretty good.

Maybe it’s because we didn’t completely breakup? Luke ended our dating relationship but changed it to a friend with benefits arrangement where everything will stay about the same. And the fact that I have another boyfriend, Corey, and another friend with benefits, Pete, could be helping, too. Weirdly, those relationships are both the cause and solution in this case.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Cave 31: Bane vs. Cage 3



WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ZUT ALORS BOITE. LOS ANGELES CA.

The waiter sets down our drinks, “Do you have any questions about the menu?”

Before I can answer, Luke says, “Give us a few minutes, please.”

I’m surprised. Luke only orders one of two things here. And I know what I want. Something is up. Luke is a great guy. We’ve been dating for months. I know he’s challenged because I’m also dating Corey, a 19-year-old college student, and I spend a lot of time with Pete, a friend with benefits. He wants me to make a choice, but I’m just not ready to commit. I tense a little. 




Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Cave Undercard 38: Captain Patriot vs. Him


THE CAVE. CAPTAIN PATRIOT’S LOCKER ROOM.


“Cody! How’d things go with Winston?”

I smile, “Awesome. Tons of fun. Before, during, and after the match. Xaq joined in our post-match shower.” I tell Darius, “Toyboy managed to handle Pink Punk all on his own. I wondered if he would have some help to move me around, but his GI Joe action figure never arrived.”

(check out the fun here … The Cave 31: Pink Punk vs. Toyboy

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Playing with AI (3 of 3)

This is it. Overall, I had fun doing this. However, I haven't been back to it in a month. It was a short-term game for me, but the novelty wore off fast. I did make AI images of my dogs and got really close. Why? Don't I own a camera? Yes, but I was testing it out. I also tried some other prompts and instructions, just to see how I could use it. However, the limitations are the limitations and I have no use for any of these images (except for these posts). I can't see myself doing more until my next superhero story.

Today's images are superhero-themed and some are also wrestling-focused with our heroes (and villains) in the ring. Of course, I'll start with Superman defeated. I put in something like Superman lying defeated in a professional wrestling ring with a muscular burly villain in camouflage pro wrestling gear.


Sunday, May 26, 2024

Playing with AI (2 of 3)

My past "process" posts appealed to many readers, like the Route 69 one and the perfect GIF-making one. I hope that's the case with these. While I was playing, of course I had to try wrestlers. Some of these are neat. Not like the coolest ones on Tumblr, but I figure those take more time with a paid program.

I started with some solo wrestlers, prompting on the gear, otherwise just asking for pro wrestlers in a pro wrestling ring, photorealistic style to see what happened. I like it. Of course, I'll never get a guy who looks exactly like this again, so I can't use it for characters in Cave stories.


Friday, May 24, 2024

Playing with AI (1 of 3)

For those of you who read my latest Superman story, I made all the images with AI. I didn't want to pay for anything, so I used the free Bing AI image generator. It was a way to do something different and play with a new toy. I had aspirations to build my real artistic skills, but time has not been on my side. The Superman story went long and had all 'new' characters. That meant more time that I didn't have time for any elaborate image making. That's where Bing came in.

You might have strong feelings on using AI. I do when it's used to fake things, but in this case, I was fine with it. I'm not replacing a human creator. I'm not trying to deceive anyone. I'm not passing off the images as something they're not. I openly stated in the story that all the images were AI-generated. So, I didn't (and don't) see any harm in trying it out.

I generated a ton of images, so I decided to share some of the better ones over the next few days in three posts: (1) alternate story images, (2) wrestling images, and (3) superhero images.