Um ... I might have stepped on my crank, so to speak.
It's like this. When I write, I get an idea and then the idea gets me, and I sit down and the words flow because my muse makes all this happen. I don't think about the technical aspects of writing until the story is finished. Then I go back and edit it, and pick better words, and separate things into their own paragraphs, and look at punctuation and spelling and all that. And it's after that that I send it to Michelle or Peaches, and they do their thing with it.
But when I write, I just write.
So what that means is that I never know if what I'm writing will be good, bad or indifferent. I can't plan that.
Now it's not immodest of me to say that a lot of what I've written was well received. And I'm happy about that, but I don't take full credit for that. I get good ideas from people like you. And I get help from all sorts of people, in terms of mistakes getting identified and fixed. Another example is that I got help from readers in New Zealand on the background and details for my story Inspecting The Inspector.
And along in roughly April of 2007, as I was starting to expand into longer stories, I made the acquaintence of the woman I call Peaches. That was kind of important, because she shot straight with me about things, and she's a very smart woman. She helped make my writing a hell of a lot better than it was before I met her. Almost as important is the fact that I like her a lot and quite often when I'm writing about a female character, I think of her. Sometimes that's obvious, because I actually put her into the story. I do that sometimes because that's the only thing I have to pay her with for all the hard work she's done for me. But even if the story isn't about her, I still think of her a lot while I'm writing.
In a sense, Peaches is my muse.
She would disagree. She doesn't like some of the books I've written. She hasn't even read some of the books I've written. And that's fine. I dont' expect everybody to like everything I write.
But I know how important she is in the writing process, even if she thinks I'm full of it when I say that.
So that's why I wrote story number 200 to be about her. The purpose of that story is to honor her contribution to what you all have enjoyed.
And that's why I said it was going to be a special story.
And then I wrote Santa's Special Delivery, which is shaping up to be one of my most read, and most popular stories of all time.
So I'm taking this opportunity to try to manage expectations, because a lot of you wrote to me about Santa's Special Delivery, and sort of waxed poetic about it, and in the next sentence said you couldn't wait for the "special" 200th story.
Of course I hope you like it. I just want you to understand what I meant when I said it would be special.
It's special, because it's special to me.
She is special to me.
And story number 200 is in honor of her.
Thanks for all the wonderful things you said about Santas's Special Delivery. I'm truly honored by the response.
Thanks for reading, as always.
And Merry Christmas to everyone.