Well, it's finally happened. I've written the same story twice and didn't realize it until Andy got the second one and kindly suggested I might want to get checked out for early onset Alzheimers.
Most of you know I have a projects folder, where I keep story ideas. A lot of what's in that folder was sent to me by my readers, maybe even some of you who are reading this blog entry. How that works is that, when I'm ready to start a new project, I sift through that folder, pulling up ideas to work on. Sometimes the idea is just a blurb like, "Write a story about a clown who falls in love with a lion tamer and they run away to join the real world."
Or something. You get my drift.
At other times I've done some preliminary work on an idea, writing various parts of it, or maybe starting it and then putting it on the back burner for one reason or another. I have ideas half written in there.
In this case, I think I pulled the idea out and wrote it as the short story called Posing Uncle Bob. I posted that and then went on to do other things. What I didn't know was that the same idea was in the projects folder as a much longer story. Same plot, but told in a different manner. Think of it as Posing Uncle Bob being the idea as a stroke story, and this one being the same idea as a much longer stroke story.
This wasn't an Aplha and Bravo version kind of thing. It really was the same story, just expressed in a longer, more complicated version. And I had worked on some other ideas between writing the short story and then seeing another half-finished version of it.
Now I don't like the idea of writing the same story over again. I've bought more than one Yani CD with the same song on it, and that really pisses me off. At the same time, a lot of effort went into writing the long version.
So I'm not going to post the longer version of "Posing Uncle Bob", which has a different title. Instead, I'm going to package it into a volume of other stories and sell it to people who shop at Amazon and don't have an account at SOL. The Amazon folks don't get to read any of the incest stories I have at SOL (unless they have an SOL account, of course) because Amazon won't publish them, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get this one through.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know I haven't just been beating ... er ... I mean slacking off. My mind just hiccuped a few thousand times while I typed.
And before anybody reminds me how recently Posing Uncle Bob was posted (as did Andy), I'd like to mention that, after writing over 300 books and stories, I can't remember every single thing I ever wrote and get to have this kind of mixup once.
Or you can decide I am flirting with dementia. Doesn't matter to me.
Now, as to what I've done other than screw up.
I do have that original fairy tale finished and ready to post that I mentioned in my last blog entry. I just keep forgetting to do it. Soon, I promise. It's only three chapters long, so it will only be on the update pages for three days, so keep an eye out.
And I just sent a fourteen chapter book to Michelle to look over. It will take her and Andy a month or so to put lipstick on the pig's mouth before you see it.
That means I'll be continuing one of the other things I've been dabbling at. I currently have four or five stories I was working on in fits and spurts, until the one I just sent Michelle grabbed me by the balls and squeezed, warning me it wanted to be finished.
Thanks to everybody who has expressed well wishes about my hands. I got the left one operated on but it didn't do much. It might improve, but we won't know for a year or so. I have good days (when I can type) and bad days (when I can type but it hurts a lot so I usually don't). What can I say? Life goes on. Eat your vegetables, kids, and lose weight. You may not understand diabetes, but it will fuck you up. I'm not lying to you.
I get cataract surgery in both eyes during April, and that will hopefully improve things a bit. That means I'll at least be able to see what I'm writing. And the mistakes I'm making.
And that's all the news for now that isn't.
I know it's been a while, but patience is a virtue. I'm happy to report that most of you are pretty virtuous.
I don't want to go into boring detail, but many of you know I've been having trouble with my hands, and a lot of you inquire about that now and then, so I'll give you an update.
Physical therapy didn't help. So now I have a date with a surgeon to find out if he thinks anything can be done that way.
That said, I was finally able to finish a couple of things. One will start posting Monday, January 30th. It's six chapters and will be posted in one week. It's called Getting Ready For Prom. After that I'll post an original fairy tale called The Frog Prince. It may only take a couple of days to get that one up. There's another one with Andy for his final touches but I don't know when he'll get done with it.
So thanks for being patient. If the surgery happens it could take quite a while because there could be as many as four separate surgeries to get everything done. I have no idea when that would happen or how long the recovery would take. I'll keep you posted about that.
See you tomorrow for the start of prom.
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