desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)


Good morning peeps...

Another day of my musings here on Taboos.

OOh, what is this up above? Its a screencap from one of my favorite all time videos...

When I saw it I was like this is perfect! WHY? Well one it has something to do with my post... two its the pic that inspired the African Sun epic and three, isn't it hot? Erm, it's my fave Duran, Roger in the Hungry Like the Wolf Video from like 1983! OOH yes so long ago... *swoon*

Oh yes, my point

While writing BOOK THREE of AS, I was  thinking, how the hell will I end this? Not the series, I already know what will happen there but the book itself. What can I say that will be approriate? How will I tie it all in and give the audience something to remember the book by, satisfy them, and make them look forward to the next one if its a series?

This, in my mind, is the HARDEST part of writing a book. Have you tied up all lose ends? Gah! So damn hard and I struggle with it all the time. Usually, I like to tie in the title. For book three, I didn't do that... erm yet, but rather I put in a last sentence as a prelude to book four.

What do I do to get to that ending? Well, read through the whole thing, have a conference with my characters to make sure all are satisfied, or in the case of AS, happy for now, and then I read over these last couple of paragraphs again to see if I can sum it up.

Well, in AS, I don't think I did it well yet but, I wrote the last one and when I edit it, NEXT YEAR, I'll probably have a better one.

The key is, its first draft which means, the ending on it now, most likely won't stick because I'll have something much more concrete. As everyone knows, I love revisions. THE QUEEN OF THEM. As long as I can go back in and make change then I'm okay with leaving the story for a bit and coming back to make changes.

So fans, what have I learned? Not to sweat the ending at first glance. Either me, the muses, or betas will say something and make the finish better before its actually subbed. Maybe now I can rest a little easier.

What does that have to do with the pic? I bet Miss, her name escapes me now, the model, is saying, "c'mon Roger, kiss me, don't leave me hanging." It makes you wonder what happens. You never want to leave your audience in the balance. Give them a good ending, one to remember and look forward to either your next "scene" or your next book!

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UPDATES!

WOOHOO!

I finished AS book three and this past weekend, I finished the free read, MI FAMILIA!

WOW, I am floored and very excited!

This only leaves me with taming Wild Horses since I have decided to redo Closely Guarded... I didn't get that far anyway. It will be my NANO novel. Woot!

Yes, I did it. I signed up for Nano again and while I'm finishing subcalls... I have 4, I'll be doing more research for Closely Guarded while I'm on vacation

Subcalls?

XOXO Halloween - Story, My Sexy Vampire 4k in
Val 2012 sub for pub 1  Captain of his Heart (Starting soon)
Val 2012 sub for Rebel My Lieutenant 2 (Starting soon)
XOXO Alt Tattoo Line with a fellow writer

I'm also doing the Xmas line for XOXO but I will be subbing Mi Familia for that. It will be edited, changed around and hopefully will be ready for an XMAS release with True Meaning 2

After Nano, I plan on just working on stories I haven't finished and need editing. Like Trois, Lessons in ink and Masquerade. No deadlines for me accept a small one in December... Very excited about that. I shall start 2012 with a clean slate and hopefully new contracts for next years work.

Thanks for listening!
desiresdd17: (Roger1)


Happy Monday morning, hope you're enjoying the labor day which is a sign for most schools that summer is over and time to return,

Well, it is for my kid. THANK GOODNESS.

For those who have kids, do you get frustrated when you take them out in public and they act as if you haven't taught them anything? That doesn't really happen to me, even with my threee year old but I've seen it in stores where parents try to stop the kid from touching things, running down aisles, or screaming at the top of their lungs.

Argh.

Most of the time, the parents give the glare or they threaten to hurt them. *laughs*

That's what I compare my muse to at times. Not the writer muses, the characters. They're like little kids that do something you don't want them to, but in this case, I let that muse do what it wants.

Example? African Sun!

It was supposed to be a hetero suspense action series with my only gay participants to be the villains and my bisexual Doctor Nicholas Fairlight.

Well, I ended up with that but with book three completed, my hetero hero isn't into the heroine any longer. He's fallen for my doctor! YIKES

This mght not make my editor too happy but I went with it. It's so intriguing to have the characters go on and do what they want. AS was the last story I'm just letting it do what it wants and fly by the seat of its pants. Since I learned how to do short plot and the character arc where I find out the characters motivation and his goals, the muse is a little more controlled.
;
Doesn't mean they don't throw a wrinkle in there however. :D

Still, whatever they do, I let them run amok in the story because that's what I want is an interesting story. Might not please alot of traditional folks but we and the muses, writing and characters, do it for ourselves first!

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Soooo Where does that leave me?

AS is almost done. I have about 3 scenes left in there that should finish the first draft. At this point, the story is at 52k which makes the series 188k. WOW! I never thought that would happen.

Mi Familia is at about 35k now. I'm looking to finish that this week as well. It was hard to concentrate on both effectively so, alas I'll finish AS most likely today and do Mi Familia over the next 3 or so.

That only leaves Taming And Closely Guarded which I plan on working on after I finish the Halloween subcall for my publisher to do my vamp M/M, My Sexy Vampire.

Then 2 more subcalls for the 31st of October and 1 in November where I'll be writing with another author.

Very excited about that.

The goal is to finish 2 of the calls before I leave on my trip in October,

Thanks for listening!

desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)





Greetings folks. Welcome to another Monday!

So, NEWS!

I finished Lessons in Ink! WOOT!

Another one off the number of WIP's.

As I try to get better at writing, I've noticed something new about myself each time. This week, how I struggle with an ending!

ARGHHH! The Muses know it but they don't convey it to you. you're sitting there, dumbfounded, wondering how to end the particular story. I don't mean necessarily the ending scene, but the actual ending. Last line

Usually in all my writing, I have tried to tie in the title or at least the plot of the story. Sometimes I have succeeded, other times, erm no. I have always felt like I wanted to leave a lasting impression on my reader where they would say, what an ending. I'm satisfied, and want to read more by this writer.

In a lot of ways, I myself am not satisfied by my choice of words. So typically, I go back to the story to read over it for errors and check for coherence, not only that, I read the ending again and again, seeing if I myself enjoy it. If not, I change it.

Once I get one that I sort of like, then I'll leave it, hoping that if it gets picked up, I'll come up with a better one of the editor will. LOL

But why is that ending so damn hard? The last few words...I mean, only a sentence right?

Well, yeah, but it's the one that will make the reader draw a conclusion to say, oh that was great or that book sucked.

THAT, my friends, IS MY FEAR!

*****

So, yeah, I Finished Lessons!

That leaves, AS, the ongoing Mi Familia, A Second Chance, and Trois as my WIP's.

This week, I will be doing round two of edits on Binding Justice. Plus, I'll be starting, Taming Wild Horses, my gay foursome story for my main editor. He is giving me till June 10th to complete.

Trois is on hold because I have Justice and I need to edit my Pirate story for a publisher. I also would like to finish A Second Chance for my other pub.

Right after, I will continue to do Taming as well as start reediting Masquerade and Sweetest Taboo.

A lot on the docket, but hopefully, the work will all pay off as I try to get 20 stories/books published this year.

Toodles for now!
desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)


Happy Monday and welcome to the Weekly Update!

WOOHOO! I'm so excited to say that Vertigo is finished. YESS!

Now truly, in the life of a writer even when you type the words, the end, it doesn't mean it's necessarily over. it only means the toughest part, getting all your thoughts on paper is done. The next part is the hardest, editing, revising, to make it sound coherent.

So what about when that ending you just typed was unexpected?



Vertigo's author is my gay man, Michael Mandrake.

When he and I sat at the table, writing the last of Vertigo on Sunday, there was an internal discussion as to how it would end.

Should it be happy ending where all the characters get what they want and live HEA (happy ever after) or should it be a bittersweet one?

Well, because I listen extensively to my writer within, Michael, and the characters, they chose the bittersweet ending which I won't go into because I want you read it when it comes out! ;P

However, I will tell you that it shocked me, how it came out and how effortless it was for me to write this controversial ending. COMPLETELY FLOORED ME. I was so shocked, I tweeted and Facebooked about it...

My muses are demons, what the hell, blah blah

*laughs*

As you know, my Vertigo tale is a paranormal so, anything can happen there. And my character, David, (my model David Taylor above) really surprised me with what he wanted to occur.

So, what have I learned? As a fellow author who I respect in the genre told me, write whats in your heart. Don't change it because you might think it's unpopular with the critics. Follow your inspiration and muses, which I've always done and will continued to do.

I've come up with some really interesting things and I'm sure as I get better as a writer, I'll have more surprising stories and endings to tell!

*****

So, in the post, VERTIGO DONE! WOOT!

I'm really happy to at least have the general ideas on paper. Now, as I said, comes the hard part. Revising, editing...etc. My editor is still working on Binding Justice so he can get it out for a May 29th release. After that, it will most likely be Imperfect Lover he'll work on and then Vertigo. He also has a gay western antho he'd like me to be in, so that might come before the others.

As it stands, these are now my WIP's

Trois in Treble (MMF) Midway point
Mi Familia (Ongoing gay menage) No end in sight
Lessons in Ink (gay romance) getting back to that!
African Sun Part 3 No end in sight
A Second Chance - Still going on this one. I've put it down a while so I could work finish Vertigo. Now that its complete, I will pick it up again.

I have a few subs I'd like to do. A hetero involving a curvy woman, my pirate story which is pretty much done, just some revising, and the gay western antho due by June 1st. That last one I will start on Friday or Saturday. I'd like to go on and get these shorts done this week.

This week, I will also be revising The Masquerade which I've been posting on Free Fic Friday on LJ. I found a potential publisher for it and will be doing some revising and major editing and I hope to get it to the publisher by months end.

Now, I am shooting to get Lessons done and the 2 short subs before starting the gay western!

Also, my fanfiction muse is hungry! Been writing shorts and it would like me to do another big story. So, the goal is to finish 2 of the ones Ive been working on and start a new chapter one next month when the calendar for subs is light and I have Masquerade and the gay western done.

I have no dates to finish Trois and AS! They will just continue until the muses have been satisfied.

Ta for now!
desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)



Good morning folks! Today's LJ update on the Triad is talking about distractions!

Whew. Why would I pick that photograph? Well besides it being absolutely gorgeous and different, it is one of the things that distracts me from my daily writing. Not just that  photo in particular, but all outside forces.

What am I saying? Facebook, Twitter, email, any electronic device. How about those important distractions like family; two kids hubby!

Then comes the other ones, people working on your house, your stresses. These all play a big part in my life right now and yes, they take away from what I love most: to write.

How do I deal? Well, when I have serious writing to do, I looked at the advice from a fellow writer, who says she turns off her wireless. That way, if she does get the urge to Tweet or FB, she wont be able to. Did that! ;)

Family? I'm lucky my mom takes the kids on some weekends, this happened to be one of them so I did get some extra writing done. Also, I write at night when the whole house is asleep, so hubby and the kids are gone to bed.

The house? Write when they are gone, or if I have blog posts to do, which I have plenty, get those done and leave serious writing till later.

Stress? Unfortunately, that really doesnt go anywhere but, I do try to relax my mind and put on music or clear my head b4 I sit down to write. Sometimes that stress comes out in the story and if it does, there is times it fits and other times it doesn't.

This weekend I think I wrote about 5k on African Sun and Trois combined and I know I put some tension in there. It might have even fit the plot! EUREKA!

So, thats how I deal. Has it been successful? Yep, to a point. There are times its failed, but for the most part, I fight distractions with the right plans.

That social networking is addictive btw!

*****

Ohh! WOOHOO! Guess what? I did actually finish a story. Did I say that last week? I dont think so.

My Lieutenant is in the capable hands of a dear author and friend. She's looking it over to see if I had a clue what I was talking about. lol so, one less WIP. Of course, it goes into edits but that's always separate.

Got alot down on AS and Trois, FINALLY! Me and Dina, (the heroine in the MMF) settled how she would be a more integral part of the story so I hope to get Trois moving in the right direction. No date of completion was set for either AS or Trois. Just letting them ride their course until they say they are done. AS is over 13K and Trois is now at about 18K. I'm thinking AS will be about 50K.

News: Binding Justice was accepted by my editor so I'm pretty stoked. He didn't even tell me either. He put a note on my Facebook. Clever! 0.o

I'm thinking there may be a sequel for Binding... hmmm...much later!

Vertigo is almost complete! I was supposed to have it done by yesterday but alas, no... I'm hoping to get it done by Friday or sooner. The editor likes this one so I need to get it done.

Mi Familia is rolling along and my Second Chance story, I'm giving it a break so I can do some research.

So that makes 5 now? IDK, I lose count.

Oh and lastly, I was really excited to get some FF done! WOOT!

Yesterday was ff day to update the site. Worked on 2 stories I adore, and Im hoping to get one close to completion. The other no end in sight Thats my recreational writing btw. lol

All in all a productive week I had. This week more challenges as I try to finish Vertigo and hopefully make a significant dent in AS and Trois.

I've also joined a bunch of authors doing a faux NaNowrimo. 50k in 30 days. Piece of cake for me. If you'd like to see, it just started yesterday...

http://may50k.blogspot.com/

Cheers folks and have a good week!


desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)


Yep, this explains it. Up past my knees in WIP's, Edits, promos and...whew...


As some of you know, I have teamed up with a group of fellow authors to do a all gay male blog called, Its Raining Men.

We just opened last Friday and its doing really well. Which is great for all of us since it will not only help our careers, but also our peers. It will also be a source of great entertainment for all of our viewers. :)

Here is the drawback: It's another thing that cuts into my writing time. :P

I have edits and thank goodness my editor is not hot to have mine at the moment. He did email me and said he'd be looking over the Bondage Antho stories which meant Binding Justice would be under a microscope. *shudder*

I also have Perfect Man (Lose Myself) AS, and Vertigo for him.

What I'm hoping is I'll have 3 of these 6 done by the end of the month. If I continue at the pace I'm going, I wont have them complete.
Thank goodness there are only 3 calls this month. 2 for my main publisher. WHEW...

So yes, I am soaked because Its Raining MEN!! LOL <3 BWAHHAA! Pun intended. Now, do I really want an umbrella?
I think I'll take my chances...

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WIPS

Vertigo
AS
Lieutenant
Lessons
Mi Familia
Trois in Tune


My goal is to get Vertigo, Lieutenant, and Lessons done. Trois, Im not so sure. Since I nixed the deadline, the characters are more at ease to allow the story to go at a slower pace.

Vertigo has taken a different turn. The muse likes the fright angle while Lieutenant wants to finish to make it to the Masquerade crew. (Yep, thats where its going)

Lessons is going very well. I've written 3K on this story so far and I'm looking to have between 7-10

SUBS...

Main publisher. 2 Revisions - Sweetest Taboo to a pub for a contest...

Thats all for now. Make sure you visit Its Raining Men


desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)



Back with another update!

When you think 5 for 7 its a pretty good ratio, right? Unless its 5 out of 7 Lottery numbers...nope, not unless they have prizes for that.

Well, I did 5-7 submissions this month and it feels great to say I met those 5. 1 accepted, 1 rejected, still waiting on 3 more for the month of March. Not bad.

I could feel myself beginning to feel like January when I began to question my muses. Of course they are fighting back.

On the Trois story, I'm feeling I wrote too much of my gay couple who has yet to invite their female into the relationship. She just began speaking to me so what can I do. 13K in and she's finally talking.

So, I wont be making that deadline but I'm set to send my fave editor the first 3 chapters and the dreaded synopsis this week.

His words? I'd rather have an MFM but okay. lol

I'm pretty excited to have the next two months with very little deadlines.

5 for April - One is almost done, 3 are less than 8K Max. The big one I'm still deciding if I want to do it.

1 for May which I have basically written, just needs changes.

I'm trying to avoid writer burnout before more busy months come when I'll need my fingers to cooperate with my muses.

So, I made those five and I'm happy.

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As I stated 5 for April and 3 of them are pretty much written.

I started AS III The Beauty Within which made my good friends happy...you know who you are.

Why you ask? Well, the AS Muse wanted to make sure I at least STARTED it before the April. They had thoughts and since i just killed a character and bringing in another, I had more to write.

So as it stands I have 5

African Sun

Trois MMF

Vertigo

Lessons

Lieutenant

I hope to get 3 done by months end. :)

Plus fanfic muse is calling. I'll be writing a couple at friends requests.

Till next time...



desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)


  My lovely friends, Book three of the novel, African Sun has been pushed back until March 15th. I need time to work on edits and finish the story My Lieutenant as well as work on 3 stories for anthologies this month. not to mention, the longer versions of Vertigo and Lose.

Sakina understands, she'd mad but ah well. I can't please every muse. i'm trying but, can't do it all the time.

I hope by then to have all the above out the way. In the meantime, I will be editing parts one and two so my editor can get them contracted and released.

:) Thanks for all your support.
desiresdd17: (Roger)


Greetings readers...

Can I just say how much I love my muses?

As you know, my alter egos and me form the Triad...






Michael on the left, me in the middle and BLMorticia on the right.

Lately I have been finishing stories, not really working on anything new for the exception of Sweetest Taboo and Binding Justice. I have not submitted but once this year until yesterday when I did one for a publisher for Masquerade and earlier this morning for Binding Justice.

What does this show?

That I haven't done any new anthology submissions.

Well, that will change!

For the next couple of months, (March and April) I have about 5-7 I would like to do. Now, that doesn't mean they are a guarantee but, its in my head to do something for each one.

For the next one due March 15th, I am to do to eight page stories, both m/m. One of the mobster genre another about tall Dark Men.


Well, I had absolutely no ideas for that first one until I read the call again then brainstormed a little. Rawiya and Michael came up empty but for whatever reason when I started thinking mobster, ruthless, foulmouthed...

There came Miss Thang to the rescue...





Mind you, she's the rock and roller but any dialogue that will allow her to be the sass crass slut that she is, she likes. So she came up with an idea that she will have me working on along with her other story, My Lieutenant.

I love her...she does more than just stories about musicians. She is my original pseudonym after all, so really I cannot say I'm surprised.

I'm lucky to have my two alter egos to help me along as I continue to make a name for myself. They have been very helpful and heres hoping they will not fail me anytime soon.

I really don't think they will. We have a book full of ideas to keep us busy.

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UPDATES
  • As I stated, Binding Justice is done. Submitted to my editor yesterday. We shall see if he likes it enough to include it in his bondage antho.
  • Masquerade was given to a different editor yesterday so I'll keep you posted there.
  • Not sure if I revealed that Sweetest Taboo was turned down on its first run but I have another one that I am thinking of giving it to.
  • Starting this week, I will be doing part two of Vertigo as well as more on Lose Myself. He would like at least 5K more on that story before considering to release a full version.
  • I will be doing edits on African Sun starting today as well as starting part three on Tuesday. My target date for finishing part three is 4/30/11, I hope to get 1 and 2 out before late summer, early fall
  • My Lieutenant is almost done. I'll be working on that along with the new mob story as well as the Tall dark man story all at once.
  • I began my free read, Mi Familia on my Blog, crossposting here in my slash group as well as on Literotica.com and GayDemon.com
I think that is plenty to do right? *laughs*

Of course there are more stories on the brain but my biggest focus is getting them complete for my fave publisher.

I'll keep you abreast of anymore developments if you're paying attention.

That's all for now...




desiresdd17: (GeishaJohn)
Wow,

I am so entirely excited about whats to come.

I got an email from my editor over the weekend. He likes what I sent him, Lose, Vertigo Part One, and Binding Justice.
In conversation, we talked about adding to the first ones and he wants to see the rest of Justice which is almost done.

I'm really thrilled that more of my work will be coming out.

If edits go well, AS could be out by April or May at the latest on Amazon and my editors pub co.

Woohoo!

Too happy about this... :)

I thank all my friends for all the cheers. You have more to do now...

;)

You know who you are!

Thx and love to all of you

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