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Old and New
When I first started writing, self-publishing was a much more daunting option than it is today. Ereaders were evolving, standards for ebooks were iffy, and what looked great on a computer might look good on some devices and practically unreadable on others.
Further, if you could manage to make a few acceptible files, there weren't many places to sell them.
My, how times have changed.
What fascinates me even more is how I have changed! When publishing rights for Locks of Love reverted to me, it was quite an adventure to delve into something I wrote over five years ago and re-vamp it. Parts of the story, I loved. Parts of it made me cringe. And there I was, with the opportunity to turn a flawed story into something I could be proud of now.
A few things I pondered about the way my particular approach has crystalized as I was doing my rewrite:
-Everyone needs a motivation. "That guy is crazy" just doesn't cut it for me.
-Perfection is tedious. I'm simply not attracted to wealthy, pretty, successful characters unless they have a dark underbelly. Perfect people are boring to read about. I like dirt and grit and neuroses.
-Subtext is critical. Characters often reveal more about themselves by what they don't say than what they do. They also work from the presumption that their point of view is the correct one.
-Things happen for reasons. When a character has a problem, it's not satisfying if it happened randomly. It's much better if their understandable actions provoked an unexpected result.
-I have no idea how writers improve. I simply don't. It must be a synthesis of writing practice and critical reading, constant analysis of what works (and why), and what doesn't work (and why). Not over the course of a little weekend workshop, but over the span of years. I actually had the line, "What have you done?" in my original story. I mean, really? Seriously? No one talks like that. How did I not notice how ridiculous that sounded?
-I love, love, love doing my own cover art. My schooling is in fine arts and my training in graphic design, and no matter how talented another cover artist may be, they can't peek into my head and see the cover how I'm seeing it. I often don't visualize it fully myself until I start composing it in Photoshop or Illustrator.
You can find Locks of Love: A Modern Gay Fairy Tale at the following places-
Amazon for the Kindle
B&N for the Nook
JCP Books in PDF, Mobi and Epub
Until next time!
Swarm 2nd Edition
Enigmatic guys are hot. Michael is of the opinion, though, that Wild Bill manages to take it to an entirely new level.
For some time, Michael has suspected that Bill has done more than just dabble in art. As with every other piece of his personal history, Bill plays his cards close to his chest. But when he lets on that a mural he painted before his change might still exist, Michael is dying to see it—and Bill has never been good at saying no.
Only fragments of the building remain, but it's possible Wild Bill's painting is still there. Unfortunately, there's a lot more in the ruins than Bill and Michael bargained for.
Swarm (Channeling Morpheus 9) is available in PDF, ePub and Mobi at JCP Books
At B&N for the Nook
At Amazon for the Kindle
Swarm appears in the paperback A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion
Did you enjoy Swarm? I'd love it if you left a review on Amazon!