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So, What’s Next

Well, it’s over, sort of. I spent the week editing and tidying up Beyond Nova and now it’s in the hands of the editor. I will readily confess I took a couple of days where I avoided the whole idea of work.
But that time of play is over.
Now it is time to decide on the next project.
Once we have a project it is back to this for several weeks.
I have several starts on file. I call it my Nits and Bobs file. It has nearly a dozen partial stories that have been gathering dust there for years. I will review them all, think up a few more ideas, confer with my editor and friends, and then choose the next effort.
Right now I’m having trouble deciding which way to go, fantasy adventure, romance, both together maybe? Feel free to chime in any time folks, I’d love some input.


It is time for the ROW80 check-in again and this time there’s a problem I rarely face. I have no idea at all what to do next. The bomb fell last night. I have been all pumped because I had a manuscript being edited and she seemed to like the story. Last night I got the verdict. “I love this. It is a sweet story and I just love the characters, but… there isn’t nearly enough angst or challenges here to hold the average reader.”
Ouch. A moment to think and I knew the truth; it would be more work to fix it than it would be to write a new one from scratch. So, that one goes to the back burner. Now the dilemma; what to do next?
I wanted to put out another romance next, and I do have a manuscript almost ready to give her. I also have another one started, I have the sequel to Novan Witch well under way, I have the sequel to Immortal Tigress started and a dozen ideas running through my head for new romances. The big question is what the heck to do?
So, gentle readers, I put the question to you. What would you recommend I do next? I would love a bit of feedback on this one.
Anyway, on with the goals.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I’m right on track here.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I’m happy with where I am here as well. So many wonderful blogs, so little time…
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
This is temporarily on hold. Perhaps I can get it back on track later this week.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
See above for the mess I’m in here.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
One down, one to go here.  All good.
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
One down and one to go here, but I have no worries about this one.
Ok, that’s it for me on this snowy day in the frozen North. How are you folks doing? Are you reaching your goals?  What would you do with a dilemma such as mine?

New Book Just Out

Hi folks, here’s me blowing my own horn again. My latest book is just out. I write the original manuscript many years ago. In the fading years of the 20th century, a friend of mine (a transsexual woman) grew tired of the abuses heaped on her head by the system that was supposed to be helping her. (Aversion therapy, shock treatments, humiliation therapy, this is helping?) She also grew tired of the constant mental abuse from her family. Felicia took her own life in the most violent way she could find.

In the years that followed her suicide I wrote four novels with transgender people as main characters. Not surprising, I was unable to sell them. However, these folks are people, just like everybody else, so I was determined to tell some stories for them. The first I self-published was “A Simple Twist of Fate.” Some of you may have read it. Eventually I hope to publish all four. Here is the second of four for your enjoyment. I promise a happy ending.

This book also has another story to it. It began with a challenge from another writer. Several standard story opening lines were thrown into a jar. The idea was to use the line and build a novel off it. Seela is the only novel completed from that writer’s challenge. I believe there were seven of us. 
I’ve been told that publishing these stories is a terrible risk. What do you think? Am I risking my bread and butter?