I like to curl up on a rainy day with a good book or short story. It’s nice to escape to other worlds or see this one through the eyes of interesting characters who find themselves in frightening or intriguing situations. Visiting other parts of the real world can be a great pastime as well. I’ve never been to England, but I kind of know the language—and the slang, vernacular, colloquialisms and the like. Some of them can be very entertaining—in a story set in England or if used by characters from locations where the variations are known to be common. For example mate as buddy or friend is common to England, Scotland and even Australia. So used in context with these places and/or people, “He was my best mate at school” makes sense and it adds to the realism of the story.
Pride’s Children is almost done and ready to move along to an editor. As I finish the story, I am also searching for a skilled editor to help me polish the manuscript so that I can offer readers a great reading experience. Yes, I have prospective editors in mind. Affording an editor, well, that’s a tough nut to crack, but I’ve got some ideas to make it happen.
The initial offering of Pride’s Children will be in eBook format only: both Kindle and Kobo formats. If you don’t have an actual eReader, no problem; both Kindle and Kobo offer software for all platforms – Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, even Blackberry – and it’s free! I actually started eReading using the Kobo software on my Windows laptop. It was a great way to start. I later got a Kobo mini and now use a Kobo Arc 7, which is a full Android tablet with Kobo as its prime interface.
eReading is actually a great way to read. You can carry an entire library around with you in your pocket or backpack. I’m hoping to release Pride’s Children before the end of the year so you can include it in your library.
I really want to apologize for the lack of attention to the blog. It is not as easy as I had anticipated to keep up this little experiment and do the work at the same time. Not to mention doing the “business” of writing as well: licensing cover art, legal stuff, hunting for an editor, trying to find money to see me through this. It’s a pretty long row to hoe. I’m sorry I have not been more attentive to this plan, but the social experiment may move into a new direction shortly.
I’ve almost completed eight chapters, written nearly 36,000 words and I can’t believe that the writing has taken on it’s own life. Things I hadn’t even thought of while outlining are pouring out. It remains to be seen if it is all good for the story.
The world has grown up a lot over my lifetime. Attitudes have changed, and continue to do so almost as quickly as technology does. This includes our ability to discuss sex. However, I still have to wonder–as I’m sure many authors do–just how much sex is enough to include in my work? You’ll notice in my profile, I call myself an “author of gay fiction”–not a “gay pornographer.”
It’s been a while since my last post but I have been making significant progress. Pride’s Children is beginning to take shape. I’m now working on chapter five and I’m finding that the story is beginning to take on a life of its own. So much is evolving with the writing, things I had not thought of while planning and outlining. Yet it all seems for the better. It’s beginning to feel organic.
Last night, I was a very disappointed reader. It was definitely the fault of both the writer and her editor. After all, what the author did wrong, the editor should have found and had the author fix. I’m not going to name names and I hope I can do this without dropping too many clues as to the author’s identity or accidentally disclosing the book in question; I’m certainly not established enough in this craft to actually point fingers, but as an avid reader I think I know what fails me. Continue reading
Here I sit on a Wednesday morning with my third cuppa joe and two scenes completed in my first chapter. My muse is running around in my brain with all kinds of ideas, many of which will work and some of those can even tie together. But she’s going too fast; I’m not able to keep up with my creative forces and sort out the ideas, or write them down in an orderly arrangement of good thoughts and discard the ones that are pure fluff. Continue reading
Today, I launch the social experiment I mentioned in my first post. As I write my novel, I will post periodically about progress, problems, victories and headaches. It will be as though you are literally behind the scenes, not just watching a video about it. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the process by leaving your comments and participating in polls. It will be good fun but, more than that, I think it will be a good tool for me to clamp down and get the work done. It’s so easy for a writer to procrastinate, playing a couple dozen games of Spider Solitaire before stoking one key. So I will set some rules for myself: Continue reading
I am a new author of gay fiction.
Born in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, I was raised in Toronto.
While growing up gay is always a challenge, it was considerably challenging growing up gay in the 1960s and 1970s. Living in a larger urban centre certainly had its advantages back then, but there has been a lot of change in the past 40 years. Continue reading