Progress Continues – New Bonus Section

A good week so far.  I’ve re-published two older titles, Remote Control, the sequel to on call, and Room Mates.  They’re both live on Amazon, and if you haven’t checked them out, I highly encourage you to do so.

Also, I put up the first piece of Bonus Material, which is a desktop wallpaper sized version of the Remote Control cover.  Claire and Alice just looked so cute in that picture, I wanted something more than just a scaled down book cover for them.  Right now it’s only available in 1920×1080, but I’ll release other resolutions over time, and probably also turn other book covers into wallpapers (such as Hypnotic Condition, and a couple others.  Some of them wouldn’t look as good).

Work on new material also continues well.  I just passed the 30,000 word mark on the sequel to Hypnotic Condition, which is most likely going to be titled Hypnotic Summer, and serves as a slice-of-life continuation to Hypnotic Condition.  I still have 2-3 scenes to put in, and the editing process as well, which should hopefully balloon it up to around 40K words, although exact word count isn’t important.  I think I’ll use 30K as my minimum cutoff, since that’s about how long a 5-part omnibus was in the old style, and is enough to convey meat without it feeling too short

My hope is to get Hypnotic Summer published by the 5th of February, but I might be a little after that.  I’ll be taking a short break after that (maybe a week or two) because XCOM2 comes out, and I totally want to play that (if you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know I’m an avid gamer, in addition to a smut writer).  I think a short break will actually be good, but after that I’m fully planning on getting right back on track with something new, as well as getting a couple more older titles online as well.

That’s all, I just wanted to give a quick update, back to work.

On Scale

So, those of you who’ve been coming here for a while know that sometimes I like to reflect on my work and just generally air my thoughts and the like.  Usually, nobody responds to these posts, but that’s ok, just knowing that there’s a few people out there who understand is all I need.

As I hinted in my last post, I really really want to write a sequel to Proteus.  Proteus was the first thing I ever wrote, and it left a few things unresolved.  I could easily explore more of the shadowy villains, as well as some of the shadowy history of a few of the protagonists.  There’s world, and details, and the like, behind all of that.

The problem is that I can’t figure out a good way to make all of that into a story that works.  Proteus had a great story, and with the way it was structured, any sequel would need to build on that.  But every time I build on it, the story ends up being too large to pace properly with erotic bits and the like.

In short, Proteus is about as big a plot as can be fit into an erotic story, and any bigger and it wouldn’t work.  I can’t, however, just turn the sequel into a normal story that isn’t erotica, because then it would actually be lacking, and the plot would just be weird.  So that’s sort of the conundrum I run into.

Other stories where I’m thinking of making a sequel, it comes easy.  If the first story is about getting a girl, the second story can be about getting another, or having more fun with the first, or something like that.  The vast majority of my stories don’t even really have villains or opponents, and are more just about getting the girl.  There’s no need for them to grow in scope, and when they do, they grow into something that is still very manageable.

So after a lot of reflection, I’ve decided that I’m not going to focus on a sequel to Proteus, at least not now.  I may write another story that has a similar plot complexity, but It will probably also be self-contained.  I need to remind myself that not every book needs a sequel, and not every plot thread will ever be resolved.  As I look through the first part of my original sequel, I find elements that just do not work, at all.  It was a terrible third of a book.

My final concern is one of pragmatics.  I want to try and some day, maybe in a year or two, support myself through writing.  Writing has a very strong publish-or-die atmosphere, and I can’t spend days, or weeks, struggling with something that just isn’t happening.  While trying to make a sequel to Proteus, I had at least three of my other stories jump into my mind as being great and easy to continue, as well as two or three new ideas.

Maybe someday, but not today.

In order to not create disappointment, I think I’ll refrain from saying what I’m releasing next until it’s a bit more firmed up.  I didn’t really announce Uniform Daze until it was about 50% drafted, so I might use that as a metric.  Regardless, the story I’m writing now is coming easily, and ideas are flowing.

Uniform Daze Submitted

Just pressed the button to submit my new story, Uniform Daze, for sale on Amazon.  The story clocks in at about 56,000 words, which means it counts as novel length (although yes, it’s a short one).

Once I have a link on Amazon, I’ll make a new post that contains it.  Otherwise, Keep an eye out.

I think it turned out really well, and I’m hoping that people will enjoy.  I’m probably going to take a day or two off of writing before I start work on my next project, which is Editing Proteus (and re-releasing it, the cover right now is ok but the new render engine will let me make it so much better) before starting work on the next arc, which will be a Revised version of Linder Academy (the previously released portion will be rebuilt into a new, more coherent, plot).

While that’s happening, I’ll continue to edit and re-release some of the older stuff.  As far as what’s in the pipe after Linder Academy, I’m not really sure.  The top candidates are a Sequel to Uniform Daze, Hypnotic Condition, or something else in Doctor Goodman’s world.  If you have an opinion, please feel free to shoot a comment or an email.

Thanks as always for your support!

Progress Continues

Hello All,

After a couple week’s effort, I’ve finally finished the first draft of my upcoming story, tentatively titled Uniform Daze.  Care to take a stab as to what it’s going to feature?

Now begins the process of editing, and I’m hoping I can knuckle down and get it done in a couple days, in time to be released over the weekend.  I’ve discovered that I want to adhere to some stricter stylistic rules, so it may be slow going, but I’m hoping that the effort will pay off in the long term by leaving my stuff more readable, and looking a little less amateurish.  I think too much reading of un-edited work has left my ability to detect proper style a little off.

I’m up to four items released onto Amazon, which is good, although my resolution to do more editing is likely to extend to the rest of what I’m re-publishing, so pace there might slow.  It means I may take a little while longer to get back up to speed, but again I think it’ll be worth it.  I’m also going to give the four that are up a full re-edit, something I hadn’t planned to do, but I think that it would be best if all of my stories have a consistent formatting.  I won’t be changing any content, but I will probably redo my dialogue and punctuation a bit.

The plus side of re-editing older content is that I’ll be re-familiarized with it in case I get any inspiration to continue the stories.  Which I’m planning to do.

Overall, I’m thinking about the effort in terms of being a long term investment, and I think that people would rather read consistent, well formatted stories.  Since I’m going to start writing longer works, the plots contained within will also be elaborating.  I already considered plot development to be my strong suit, and I’d hate for poor mechanics to get in the way of things.

Regardless, I think that Uniform Daze can be ready to drop into the Amazon hopper hopefully sometime Saturday, although Sunday may end up being more likely.  It clocks in at 50,000 words, which puts it just into true Novel territory, which I’m very proud of.  I’m hoping that I can maintain a pace of one novel of this length a month.  Given that January is just now only half over, that’s a reasonable estimation of my pace.

I’ve already decided that I’m going to take another stab at writing the sequel to Proteus.  It’s been too long, and I have some really good ideas for how to make it work.  For whatever reason, during my first tenure as a writer, I had a hard time making that story work, but new ideas and some time away may have been just what I needed.

We’ll see how it goes.  Overall, I just wanted to keep the blog active, as part of showing that my return to active status is a bit more genuine than last time.  Last time, I wrote two short segments of Interface (which is on hold but not dead) clocking in at about ten thousand words total.  This time, I’m much, much further along, and my motivation is high and I anticipate continuing forward after the next release.

That’s all for my rambles for tonight.  Thank you all, as always, for your loyalty and patience as I attempt to find my stride.

Dusting Off, and New Format

Wow, hard to believe it’s been about a year since my last post.  I let things go for far, far too long.

As the title of the post says, I’ve decided that it’s time to end my hiatus, and return to a more active status as an author.  I could go into why the break ended up being so long, but there’s a lot there.  Suffice it to say, I had a lot of stuff to work out, but my desire to write has been really growing, so I’ve decided that it’s time to formally declare myself back on active status.

Also as the title of the post says, I’m going to be changing up my format a little bit.

First, I’m going to be going with an Amazon-only model.  Kindle Unlimited is just too good an approach for erotica.  A lot of authors have been saying that it’s been a really good change for them.  In order to enroll in the program, you have to be Amazon exclusive.  While this means that Smashwords customers will be out of luck, they represented a pretty small number, and I hope that they’ll understand, and possibly even try out going through Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Second, I’m going to abandon the serialized release model that I used in the past.  This is also part of the KU approach, longer novellas do much better, because of the way that they calculate value of a work.  In reality, most of my stories ended up forming a complete story arc anyway, so this is mostly an organizational change, although it should allow me to also evolve and develop stories with different pacing.  There were plenty of times where having to have erotic bits in each release hamstrung me with how the story got to play out.  I think this’ll be better, although it does mean that releases will be a bit further apart.

Third, I’m switching over completely to CG covers.  Checking out the news, it looks like there actually have been cases of models who have objected to how their pictures have been used, despite signing a release.  While the end result could end up either way, I don’t want to take that risk.  The technology has also made huge leaps in the last year, so I don’t think it’s going to hurt me all that much.  People don’t spend that much time looking at the cover, after all.

Anyway, time to wrap this up.  As of this moment, there are three titles up on Amazon, Proteus, On Call, and Crystal Rapture.  I’ll be working on getting the rest of my old library up over the next month or so.  I’m also working on something new in the background, and it’s coming along nicely.  I’m hoping that it’ll be out before too long, but a few weeks is still going to be the earliest.  Until then, keep an eye on both Amazon and here for more details as I post up my older stories, if you haven’t gotten a chance to check them out in the past.