March 2018

OK one more “Stabitha” chapter!

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

I haven’t managed a lot of words on it this week but, after a long fugue state, all the pieces are picking themselves up and moving into place, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s done by the end of April… CHAPTER FIVE “What a martyr, our Miss Charlotte,” I said after Miss Slade exited the classroom. We had a list of the school’s employees, and it would be a long morning, going through them. Carrie nodded. “Wouldn’t even buy a pair of decent shoes with all that free money. And from what I saw in her closet, honey she needed ‘em.” “You know what this means, right?” “Yeah, pressure will be on to clear this one in a hurry.” “You do the money. I’ll do the… No wait, you do the computer forensics for the kink shit, I’ll do the money.” “I always have to do the kink shit,” she groaned. “It’s tough being an expert, Mistress Carrie.” She sighed. “Fuck you, Brian.”   It was dull work, interviewing the dead teacher’s [MORE]

Two more “Stabitha” chapters!

March 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The whole thing is around 40,000 words right now, a lot of that is outline but yeah. The overall construction work is pretty solid at this point. The Master Plan is three Brian books, and if that’s still a thing anyone’s purchasing after book three, well, after Closure on Brian’s Journey, I know Carrie’s a strong enough character to sustain her own trilogy 🙂 CHAPTER THREE “I’m so sorry for your loss,” I said to the pretty teacher’s mother, and boy do I look like I believe it. My head turned just so, my eyes warm (or at least framed warmly by the well practiced look on my face), my voice gentle, rich with sadness, perfect mimicry of every TV cop ever. Because that’s what they’ve seen on TV, that’s what they expect, and all you have to do is give them what they’re waiting for, complete the tribal ritual to everyone’s satisfaction. It’s funny. Even though she’s the one who’ll get upset later, when Carrie gives the news, it sounds as cold [MORE]

“Stabitha” is back in production!

March 21, 2018 // 2 Comments

Getting back into production mode. Winter sucks, amiright? When this book makes me Ian Fleming rich, I’m spending all of winter on a Caribbean island. And I think it might, as do some other people. This is the first book I’ve actually “workshopped,” my contribution to the novel writing class I’ve been teaching, that’s dovetailed into a novel writing group. I’m getting lots of great feedback, so I know it’s going to be a strong story. Here’s what the first two chapters look like now. CHAPTER ONE It doesn’t bother me, the sight of this young woman’s corpse. It was a messy death, blood everywhere, a nice juicy artery slit open while she was still chock full of fluid and very much alive. There’ll be plenty of work for ServPro in this apartment! The bed’s a total loss, and the area rugs, and I bet the walls are going to need more than just repainting. It’s a horrifying scene, no doubt. But it’s just a dead body. And so its [MORE]

Editorial Services is Back, New and Improved!

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Right here at this link. I’m focusing on developmental editing now. I’ve been teaching a small novel writing class, and I’m getting a lot of pleasure out of helping people take “an idea I’ve had for a while,” and turn it into a full fledged novel. I also enjoy helping writers tweak a first draft, giving them feedback they can use to create a much stronger version. Please spread the word! [MORE]