Okay, first off I know it's a little presumptuous to call it a treat, but I hope you agree.
The reason a lot of my stories end up in the premier-members-only section of SOL is because I publish them for sale. I learned a while back that sometimes customers Google my name after (buying and) reading something, at which time they were led to SOL where they could find everything for free. So that's why I made them preview only.
That said, those of you who follow me at SOL know that I post everything here first and that, while it's being posted, it's free for everyone to read. That lets faithful SOL members, free or not, read the new offering and make comments on how it could be made better. I value that benefit a great deal.
That's why you can read the current story, The Palpable Prosecutor for free before I publish it and it turns into a premier members only story.
I got a request from someone to open up last year's Halloween offering, Bewitched! so that people who can't afford to pay for a book can read it again at this time of year. So I'm doing that and it will remain available to all until early November.
Well, I think of SOL readers as part of my family.
I still need to make a living, but I can live with giving family a break now and then.
So please enjoy Bewitched! at this time of year if that's the kind of story you enjoy. For those who aren't into the incest themed stories I post a lot of, Bewitched! isn't one of those stories.
Thanks to everyone for all you do to help me be a better writer.
Time marches on, as does life. The last two months I couldn't write because all my time was invested in building the foundation for my wife's sewing room addition to the house.
The good news is that, during those two months, Michelle and Andy processed a new book titled "The Palpable Prosecutor".
I finished the foundation last week and Andy returned The Palpable Prosecutor to me this week. I just spent the day doing a final edit and I'll have it converted to the format I can upload to SOL by the end of the week.
So, Monday morning I'll start posting it. It's 21 chapters long and I'll post two chapters a day.
Since the teaser is restricted by length, I'll tease you here in this blog entry.
Lacey Cragg is a high profile federal prosecutor who has been assigned a case in which the previous prosecutor was murdered. The prologue will make it clear who did that and the same people want her dead, too. Enter a retired Delta Force operator (named Bob, if you can imagine that) who happens to be at the right place at the right time and saves her life. From there he continues to affect her life in ways she couldn't have imagined. Nor could he, for that matter. It gets complicated but it's basically a coming of age romance. Except she's very late coming of age. Like I said, it's complicated. For those of you who like a slow buildup, this one's for you.
I hope you'll give it a try and that you enjoy it.
As always, my thanks to Michelle and Andy
And, of course, to all of you for reading.
This author thing is hard to understand, much less explain to people. The new story I just posted is a good example.
I was working on three (or four, depending on how you look at it) pretty long stories (books) when I made my last blog entry about having to slow down. By the way, my deepest thanks to all of you who wrote back. It's really heartwarming that so many people care. And for those of you who haven't mentioned it yet, I did try Dragon voice to text. It hasn't worked out yet, but might in the future.
Back to the primary purpose for this entry. I was working on all these long books and was frustrated because it was going so slowly. Then, as often happens, an idea for a new story came to me while I was dozing off. It was a complete plot idea for a short story.
So I got up and wrote it.
That happens to me all the time. I'll be neck deep in something and then something shiny distracts me and off I go.
Maybe I have ADHD, or something. Or maybe this was just something I could actually finish before my beard grew another inch.
Anyway, here it is. It's only two chapters long, so I posted both of them at once. That will only put it on the new stories page (page one) for a few hours, probably, but hopefully this blog entry will alert those who won't see it there to the fact that it actually exists.
The name of it is "Visiting The Psychiatrist" and I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for reading
It's been long enough since I posted something that I'm expecting the "Are you still alive?" notes to start coming in. So I'm going to try to head those off.
The second thing I want to say is that what follows is not for the purposes of generating sympathy. Save your sympathy for somebody who needs it and is worse off than I am.
I'm having to slow down. It's not because I want to (I still have over 200 story ideas in the projects folder, and probably ten or fifteen novellas half written) but because my body is betraying me.
I have had neuropathy in my feet and legs for a dozen years or so. It's finally moving to my hands. I used to be able to type 90 words per minute with a three or four percent error rate. Michelle and Andy will vouch for all those errors, because they find and fix them.
But with the neuropathy in my hands, my fingers can't feel the keys on the keyboard anymore, and now, instead of looking at the screen while I type, I have to look at the keyboard. That means the error rare has gone way, way up, and I don't catch those errors until I do a final review.
So it takes me longer to put what my muse whispers onto the screen, and then it takes longer to find and correct the errors. Basically, I'm down to about 30-40 wpm.
So it just takes longer to complete a project.
I'm fine, really. I have to wear gloves to handle anything even marginally rough, because it's really painful if I don't. But other than that, and the fact I can't feel things with my fingertips (other than pain <G>) not much has changed for me.
I'm just slower. That's all.
I'm still working on things, between trying to assault the Honey-do list, which always gets longer in the spring and summertime.
Again, no notes of sympathy. My lifestyle in years past led to this, and I made all those decisions, so it's my fault that I'm where I am.
That said, please keep and eye out, because I'll still surface from time to time.
Thanks for reading.
I started releasing a new story today called Buck Fever.
This one took longer because I was trying to do something a lot of people asked for. That didn't work, as it turned out. As somebody semi-famous once said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." The Foreword addresses that.
Then, because the ending was all bolluxed up, I had to solicit help from some folks who have been reading my stuff for a long time. The idea was to have them decide which ending I should use.
Turns out they like whatever kind of ending I write. I'm not tooting my own horn, here. That's just how the "poll" turned out.
So I was left with the original conundrum - how to finish the story.
Anyway, it's finished, for better or worse, and I'll post it a couple of chapters a day over the next week and a half to two weeks. That depends on what gets added to my spring Honey-do list.
I hope you like it.