I hoped to have a big announcement tonight, but due to the vagaries of the self publishing process, my latest short story is still processing through one of the big retailers. So instead of a formal announcement, I’ll give you the short version. She Ruined Me: My Favorite Friend With Benefits weighs in at just a touch under 11,000 words and is my first effort of a first person story based at least in part on a real person who I’ve lusted over. It’s the erotic author’s version of a love letter, so we’ll see how it goes.
It’s sort of fun knowing that the real life version of Emma is going to read the final product and I’m sure she’ll be giving me more than an ear full of feedback. I have to admit, there’s something just plain fun about writing with a real person in mind. It’s easy to imagine how they move, how they respond to your touch, because you’ve seen them in the flesh – and maybe even had more than a passing “friendship” on which to at least base your ideas. Hopefully she’ll take it in the spirit it was intended now that it’s gone from thought exercise to published product. I’ll let you know how that works out.
I know the usual posting schedule is Mondays and Thursdays, but as soon as I have confirmation that the last retailer has the story available on their site, I’ll have the official announcement. In the meantime, if you just can’t help yourself I recommend you check it out on the site that rhymes with Glamazon.
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Years ago I remember getting school papers handed back drenched in red ink. That had such a strong impact on my formative young mind that I still think of red pen as the only proper “instrument of correction.” Now that the Thanksgiving hiatus is past, I’ve been getting busy with my red pen… and while that sounds dirty, the fact is I’m making good progress on editing the current WIP (which is still going by its working title Blast from the Past, by the way). I’m cautiously optimistic that by the end of the coming weekend, I might actually be in a position to hit the publish button and make sure it’s available to everyone who’s looking for the perfect Christmas present for the pervert in their life.
I’m not now, nor have I ever been a real fan of editing – trying to correct your own work is a tough business. I can definitely see why it would pay to give that job to a professional. Since hiring a professional – or even an amateur – for just a single title would likely eat up every penny I’ve made this year, I’ll just have to muddle through doing as best I can to make things more readable. Even so, I think I’ll manage to scrape off the worse of the rough edges in something like a timely manner. I really hope that by this time next week we’ll be ready for the big announcement and cover reveal, so stay tuned.
There is no writing or editing happening today. In fact there’s barely blogging happening today. I just wanted to stop by long enough to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving before I drop off into a food-related coma.
Keeping with the recent trend of good news, it feels good to say that as of last Friday I officially have a rough draft sitting on simmer waiting for me to get back to it for the first round of editing. I had good intentions of diving into it this week, but the impending holiday and house full of family does not tend to lend itself to spending a lot of time tending to your pervy hobby. It’s just as well. Having a full week of down time to get a little distance between me and the story is really for the best. No matter how good we think we are, I doubt there are one in a million who can legitimately edit their own work minutes after they wrote it. For better or worse, we’re always going to read what we think should be there instead of what’s actually on the page. You’d best believe that’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way. Many, many times.
For now, I’ll keep jotting down notes for whatever comes next and do my best to enjoy a little bit of down time with the family. I’m not complaining about that at all.
Good news all around. First and foremost, I’m starting to feel like myself again. I’ve never been one to do handstands and and spit moonbeams, but I’m feeling a lot of the old me bubbling back to the surface. After taking more than my share of body blows over the last few weeks, I’m obnoxiously happy to see things getting back to my particular brand of normal.
Since “normal” for me includes imagining all manner of debauched situations and putting them down on electronic paper, I’m even happier that the words are coming a little faster now than they were before. They’re coming so fast now that I sat down a few minutes ago and found myself all but finished the first draft of my current work in progress. That was unexpected, especially considering the amount of time lately that I’ve spent not working on it. Blatantly ignoring it would probably be a better description.
Tonight I’m optimistic that I can put the last couple of hundred words on the epilogue and call the first draft done. If not tonight, then we’ll definitely hit that point over the weekend. If there’s a better feeling that finishing the first draft, it’s that moment right before you finish. Then again, I suppose that’s true of so many of life’s more exciting moments.
I think I’m closing in on a logical place to wrap up the current work in progress… and that always makes me happy. At the moment, I’m looking for this to most likely be four chapters of “action” and a short epilogue.
If you’ve read any of my other short stories or collections, you’ve probably discovered that I’m generally more interested in the action than in tying up the loose ends into a nice happy bow. In this case, I want to make an exception without trying to force too much fluff getting in the way of the good stuff. There are plenty of writers out there who want you to get lost in their deft story telling. I like reading those stories too, but I’m a simple man whose real desire in writing is to give you a quick, hot story to get you off. It might not be art, but it’s my niche and I enjoy it immensely.
Assuming no new crisis emerges, I’m putting a self-imposed deadline of one week from tonight to have the first draft in the can. After it percolates for a few days or a week, I’ll start sprucing it up and see if it passes muster with the “new and improved” retailer requirements. This one has been something of a long, hard slog – frustrating to say the least. I think it’s been a good story and I’m looking forward to pushing it out of the house to see if readers agree.