Getting old ain't for pussies!
And work has been nuts. Not BIG nuts, mind you - it's like being stoned to death with popcorn.
I have about 60% of a chapter of Community working, and I have NOT given up writing, but Dorable, my sassy little muse likes quieter, more sane times.
Don't give up. I haven't.
And for those of you who wrote, asking my status, thanks!
More than one reader wrote me to let me know that I had a continuity error in Chapter 41 of Community. I fixed it, I think. Sometimes it's hard to tell, you know.
I know that I'm not the guy who should try to edit his own writing. That's one of the fun things about writing. I do pretty well with spelling and grammar, but I type poorly. Editors catch that.
I sometimes write a little faster than my brain processes the materials in a story, and that's where continuity errors creep in.
For heaven's sake, if you see me treading upon my tallywhacker in these things, let me know.
A chapter of Community just went to the editor. Should be posted in a couple of days.
Tossed a little twist into the mix.
I want to thank everyone who commented on that last blog post. Several of you said it was the first time you've commented in relation to a bit on SOL, and while all comments are good, some of the comments were VERY good.
I have taken some of the suggestions to heart and will do a few things a little different. Not TOO different, you understand, just some technical issues and story changes. You'll see them in weeks to come.
As always, thanks for reading.
I do get comments. Lots of them. They, along with the huge monthly checks, are what keep me writing.
99% of my comments are positive.
That other 1%, though. Last week when I posted (reposted, actually) the last chapter of Sunday Afternoon, I got a negative comment. It was anonymous, so I decided to post a reply of sorts on here.
The complaint was "This is almost a pure sex
story, with only a bare minimum of character
development, a bare minimum of plot, and the
little bit of conflict being too shallow to be
first, thanks for taking time to write. Even negative comments are great, especially when, as this writer did, there is an explanation of why there's a negative complaint. "U rite stoopud" is NOT a good negative comment.
Second, that story was one of the earliest in my attempts at writing this stuff. It was actually the second story I posted. The first one can't be on here due to the ages of the participants.
Truth is, I have evolved as a writer. Evidence? Read Cindy from start to finish. There's better than a year's growth in my writing career there. You can see it if you look: Lots of sex early on, less later, with more time for the story.
As I said many times before, I started writing because I couldn't find the stories I WANTED to read. I've learned better. First, there are some authors that I have found since I started this journey that do a very good job without exceeding my finely tuned 'squick factor'. Second, I learned that there's a lot of fun in doing a story with characters and plot and, yes, sex, right along with a life for the characters.
And to close this little baring of soul, to each of you who take time to comment, Thanks! And to those who read and haven't commented, it's painless. Doesn't take long, and I appreciate it.
With the closing of the nominations for the Clitorides Awards I am pleasantly surprised to find myself in third place for Author of the Year.
My three stories, Cindy, Nikki, and Christina are doing quite well. Cindy (my little cutie!) is in fifth position for Epic Erotic Story and in second position for Best Romantic Story. The rest of the bunch did quite well, too.
In addition to the huge checks I get every month for writing, these numbers do indeed create a good feeling. It tells me that my efforts to present entertaining and engaging stories are successful.
To all you folks who took that little effort to go nominate me, I offer my deep thanks.