Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update, Lookout, and Almost Apology

Alright, I know many of you have been wondering why I haven't been on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook as much lately.  Every time I peek around the corner into those little internet worlds, I hear your grumblings, questions, and see the pouty-pout faces.  I would apologize for my sudden disappearance except I am not going to.  :)

Instead, I thought I would stop in here and send a note out to the all my friends, readers, followers, circle buddies, etc., and try to explain what has been going on.  Quite simply, I have been writing.  I have been working on two stories simultaneously, which is not as easy as it sounds or I expected.  Hopefully they will both make it to the shelves by the end of this year with any luck, but I am not letting them go until they are right which is taking up an enormous amount of my time.

These stories are going to be a little different.  To those of you who have been reading what I have published since July and here on the blog, this is going to be a bit of shock.  Both stories are a bit of a departure from the erotica I have been writing lately.  These stories are more character driven rather than sex driven.  Why the change?  No real reason, both had started out as simple erotica ideas, but both developed into something more while I sat and outlined and came up with character sketches.  These characters have stories that transcend (maybe that's not the right word) the simple story lines and/or scenes I have been putting out.  Simply, (and maybe a little crazy ) both protagonists were unhappy with the idea of a ten to fifteen thousand word short story.  Both (that's two characters in my head!), wanted more real estate than the short story.  So, one is going to be a series and one is going to be however long it takes to get her to shut up - could be a novella could be a full blown hundred thousand words.

It may sound like I am complaining, but I'm not.  It's nice to actually get into writing a more complete story, something closer to the literary fiction that I love to read.  Don't get me wrong, I love the little smut stories I have been putting out there.  I think they have their place in the spectrum and I have enjoyed writing them and hearing what you have thought. But these two are going a little different direction.  Are they erotica?  I am fairly sure, at this point anyway, that they are.  Both have an arc that points them in that direction.  The series' arc is based on an erotic theme and the story line winds around it.

The second story is constantly evolving which is a whole new experience for me as a writer.  I have character sketches that are pretty solid and working, but the outline is constantly changing.  As soon as I get something written, a good two or three thousand words, something will happen in the story that alters the future and I have to change the outline to accommodate.  I have never had a story morph in such a way, but it's exciting and I like nothing better than typing away on it.

There it is, my explanation for my absence, my writer's note that is supposed to get me excused from all of the social media.  :)  I am still around if anyone needs me, just drop me a line or catch me, if you can, when I pop up here and there.  Until I come out of these two projects, please enjoy what I have written since the beginning of summer and remember, I miss you all as much as you miss me.

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