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So, I am done with the baseball short. 

The dang thing ended up at around 22K.

*shakes fist at characters*

WHYYY! When I tried really hard to make it like 15K, but no, these two continued to talk. And in that 22K, I have like 4 sex scenes. 

JESUS!

There is a lot of banter between these two as well. Some great one liners. It's kind of like The Wretched but with athletes instead of rockstars. It won't be out until November, so we'll see if me and my betas can cut some of the filler.

So that leaves me with Crossfire. I really wanted this story to be done by end of August. Unless I write like 10-12K in the next 3 days, that won't happen, so I'm setting the goal to be done by September 4th. I actually need to be done by Saturday because I have a wedding to attend. That means no writing. Oh and the wedding is out of town so, yeah, probably not going to bother taking my laptop. I will take my Kindle though so we shall see what happens. 

To make that date happen, I will be putting off starting anything else new. Anasa is ready to go, but Crosssfire has to be finished. I wanted it in the editor's hands sooner than later, but due to RL and so many other things, I couldn't make that happen. 

Once I get that done, I'll start rewriting my stories Guardian Angel/Save me, combining them into one titled Save Me. It's the story I wanted to write for my cousin who committed suicide. I've wanted to finish a full book for him for a long time, and since I bought the cover, I'll be doing that. 

Also, I'll be doing Veronica's short, Rain Delay, and Anasa for Michael. Once any one of those are done, I intend to work on a couple of stories for BLMorticia. One is a novella I don't have a title for, but it's set in New Orleans and involves paranormal. The other is a short called Heat of The Night. I have a cover for that as well and I'll be probably giving it away as a freebie or charging 99 cents for it. We shall see how it goes. 

Wish me luck on finishing Crossfire by Sept 4th!

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So, I'm done with one of the shorts. I think it turned out really cute. This is the inspiration for the story and as per usual, it was good to write with Rawiya again. If she were a person in real life, she'd leave me because I seriously treat her badly.

*sighs*

Another issue with being the author of so many pennames. Mind you, I have 2 new secret ones along with Rawiya, BL, Michael, and Veronica. I also have RM Durand who is my vampire writer, my secret pen that does some taboo erotica, as well as Brooklyn Roberts who will be doing Lesbian fic and my fanfic penname Sahara Duran. 

YIKES! How many is that? 10? OMG that is TOO DAMN MANY. Oh and I do have a mainstream name I'd like to use someday. In other words, no romance. Sighs, I doubt that will happen soon, but whatevs, it's there. 

Ahem, back to Rawiya. she is the most seldom used muse, and very easy going. However, it was hard as heck to write this story. Why you ask? Because I wrote two very sweet characters. 

Yep, I wrote good guys. Nice, clean cut, the kind you want to bring home to momma, guys. Not the assholes I usually write. No snark as with BL or Michael. No demons or smartass cops as with Michael. Just, sweet, down home guys that you just wanna pinch their cute cheeks!

*groans* 

And actually, I had to stop writing my BL story to finish it, so now I'm going back to BL to finish the baseball short. I need that done so it will be ready to go soon. I have so many stories on my WIP list. Rewrites, new ones, old ideas like SMOKE which had been there for years. I'll never finish them all. 

And having so many DAMNMUSES  is one reason why.

Maybe I can get through half. Even that might be too much!

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So now I'm down to 2 WIP's, not counting the fanfic I haven't finished. *sighs* Crossfire and Double Play. I'd like to finish Crossfire by the end of August and sub it. Double Play I plan to finish this week. When I do, I'm going to start Anasa. FINALLY!

He is chomping at the bit to get started!



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Well, Under the Gun 3 is done for now. I finished it Thursday night. The muses wanted a wedding scene in the end, but I didn't have it in me and put it to the side. It ended up about 21k, which was 4 short of what I thought. Perhaps time away from it will put me in a better frame of mind.

The good news is, my BL muse is back. I started my MM short for my project and it's going well. I was afraid Michael had completely taken over my brain, but not yet. *grins* I still need to finish PROTEKT3 which I will, but I'm on deadline for the two shorts so they take precedence. 

This past week I got an email from my publisher. She asked my writing plans, and I just happened to go back and look at my answers. 

UGH!

I totally failed. I'm working on PROTEKT, but other than that, I haven't sent her anything I wanted to. It's a bummer. :( She was understanding and I told her she would at least have PROTEKT for sure. 

A part of me wants to write something dystopian. DAMN MUSE! *shakes fists at Michael* He always has to be so damn complicated. My pub is having a subcall, so that might be why. 

GRR. I really need to shut down the plot bunnies. My feeble brain cannot keep up with all the ideas. I have loads of them and yet, not enough hands or stamina. I can barely keep up with what I have. 

So as for WIP's? I'm still on PROTEKT3, but the MM shorts, one of which is for charity are on my mind first and foremost. BL is writing one and Rawiya the other. I also have my Veronica novella to start. When PROTEKT3 is done, I'll probably start on that, but BL has 2 stories she'd like done b4 the end of the year. DON'T THEY ALL?

UGH!

I will be tired as hell, but I'm hoping to get at least 2-3 more subs in my the end of the year!


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Whew. He looks how I feel.

It's been a topsy turvy week that started promising and ended on kind of a sour note. RL, got in the way of me finishing Immortals 1 and Nola Nuptials on Monday, but I did just finish both first drafts and I'm pretty pleased. I also came to the conclusion I write better love scenes after I've had liquor. ITS TRUE! I actually do well with a lot of my writing when having libations. However, I know I can't do that all the time, so ... *shrugs* When I can't get booze, I'll have to make do. So that leaves me with these WIP's

Veronica *I've decided to pick up another project with co-author. We'll be doing shorts so Veronica will have two stories. Woot! Michael * With those two finished, I can concentrate on PROTEKT 3 and Gren Dumont. I also have Smoke edits and edits to come on Tempo.

BL * BL and I have plenty of things to work on. UTG3, Hirah 3, the follow up to Odd Couple, Wild Horses, and new stories that would like to see the light of day. *groans* Damn muse!

Rawiya * Poor Rawiya. I'd like to do at least one more book for her by the end of the year, but there are 4 other secret muses wanting work. Grr. I will try to get something done for this muse. I do adore her, and wish I had more hands. :D

I've also decided to add yet another muse to my list. If you follow Nola Exotica, you know about Ryland Durand. He is the author half of the twins. Well, once I finish Immortals, any vampire books I write will be authored under Ryland. It will be Michael writing as RM Durand. It won't be something I do all the time, but any MM vampire, will be under him.

<3

I have a couple of vamp stories on my WIP list, so no worries there. I'll find use for him. That is a lot right? Ugh! This is why I drink. #damnmuses.

Anyways, the muse at the top is Marcus Patrick. Whatever happened to him? Ta ta for now!  
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marco12 

The title of this post, is WRITING!

I know what you're saying. Shar isn't your blog, taboos and perversions about WRITING? It sure is, but I wanted to chat more about what I'm working on. 

For some reason I am feeling EXTREMELY chatty today. I've written three blog posts and this is the 4th. What can I say, I have a lot on my mind. 

Ahem

Okay, so I'm working on Nola Nuptials and Immortals One Demon be Mine. If I can stop blogging and get back to these stories, I should have both finished by Monday. Demon is at the point where the MCs want to jump in bed. They're diggin each other, blah blah. And Nola was a request from a reader to see a wedding. Frankie and Kajika's wedding since they've been through so much. They are my most beloved characters so I'm giving them their HEA.

Once I'm done with these two, I will start PROTEKT 3. I have the title, I wrote the synopsis. My editor likes it so she is waiting for me to send her the damn book. I'm also starting Veronica's first short story. It will be very simple, sexy, erotica MF to get her going before I start writing longer works. This is to get her out there and hope she grabs some people along the way. When I finish one of those, I'll be working on Our Father Gren DuMont which is the twins PREQUEL. I'm also doing a story for Rawiya. It looks to be Sugar Daddy and I'll be making it simpler instead of the complex plot I'd already done. 

By the time May is done, I'll be ready to pull on BL again and we'll start with UTG3 as well as Hirah 3. Hirah 3 is done first draft wise, but I plan on adding more and perhaps changing some things. BL and I also would like to do a new erotica series called Fender Benders which will be all metal erotica shorts. We'll see how that goes!

In this mosh of info, you're probably wondering what happened with Smoke. Well, Smoke is getting read by the betas and I already have 3 people who've gotten back to me. One wasn't okay with the 3 POV thing, so I separated it in chapters. When I get the others back, I'll begin going through chapter by chapter to see what can be cut or added. I'm sitting on 72 chapters. Some are long, some aren't. If I figure out that the chapter isn't needed it will get deleted. 

Tempo was actually accepted by Evernight which gives me and Michael our first contract of 2017! *throws confetti* the plan was to have 10 submissions this year. *grimaces* Right now I'd settle for five but we'll see what happens. I'm also self-pubbing books and as you know that takes time and money. I need covers and editing done on these books, so we shall so how it all goes!

That's the update for now. 

Oh and the muse? That is Mario Dapper. He is Veronica's first vic ... I mean, muse. *winks* A sexy MF IR with some heat. *winks*
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Greetings folks.

It's February! OHEMGEE, can you believe it? January already flew by and now the second month of 2017 is upon us.

January was a busy month for me. I managed to write over 75k last month, mostly because I finished like 4 stories. *laughs* The one I'm doing with my co-author isn't done, but we're almost to the finish line. Currently we're clocking in at 56k and probably looking at 65-70k for our book.

This month I'm focusing on a new set of challenges. I've decided to let BL relax and won't be doing UTG3 until I pick her up again in May. That way I can concentrate on doing Michael's stories as well as my new  muses like Veronica Bagby. Michael has a 5 book series at this point for Immortals, then the story with my co-author, as well as PROTEKT 3 which has no name at this point. Then there is Smoke which I need to re-open this week and get back to, But I didn't want to do so until I got at least the co-author book and my DD Fanfic off the list.

Why you ask? Because I realized BL has over 30 books to her credit. Sure, 18 of those are for The Wretched alone which is a collection of novellas, but dang, my Michael muse is starving for more attention. Such is the reason why I've to stop writing with the Wicked Gal for now. No worries, she'll be back. I already have a lot for her to tackle once we start writing again.

Another series for her with my co-author, the first book is done. UTG3, a Wretched spinoff or two, the follow up to Odd Couple, the redo of My Lieutenant, and possibly Wild Horses will finally get a look over. AGAIN. So believe you me, she has a lot on her plate and I'll look to doing more with her after May.

When I looked at the breakdown of books per author, they looked like this:

Michael 14
BL 31
Rawiya 7

Rawiya doesn't do a bunch, so I'm not really worried about her. She is supposed to be the opposite of BL anyway, so I'm not really concerned that she has a low amount. I would like to try getting her another book or 2 before the end of the year. Sugar Daddy is on tap to be re-done and I have a new one titled Love in the Slow Lane. We'll see how it goes.

In the meantime, wish me luck on my WIPs. As you can see I'll be hella busy. And I've decided to dip my toe in freelance writing as well. Hmm. We'll see how much I do. You can follow me there if you so desire. Sharita Lira

Oh and the muse is David Garrett. In my co-author story, he is Frederick Tremblay world famous violinist. <3
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Ah. Even more relief!

I can breathe a little bit easier now with yet another book off my WIP list. My first draft of Hirah 3 is done. So, I'll let her fester, then go back when it's time to edit. I worried I wouldn't be able to pull it off, but once I gave them something to disagree on, the story wrote itself. Then, it was sweet reunion. It ended up being about 24k, which is cool.

Now, on to the next project. I am still doing edits on See No Evil and at this point I'm looking at February for it to come out. This is difficult, because again, it's being self-published. So when the money is low and I'm not able to pay an editor, the book gets shelved. I'll finally be able to get it to her so she can work on it.

The next project is a Valentine's Day short I committed to doing by February 5th. I don't have a title, but it will be the same story I mentioned in my last post with Ryland and Valios. I'm thinking since it is mostly about lust and not love, it should be an easy task. I'm hoping to drum up some readership for Michael's Immortal Souls series, which I am starting immediately.

At this point, I am ready to put BL away for the moment. We're going to finish UTG3, then I will stop writing with her until May. Then, I will pick up the follow-up to Odd Couple, perhaps My Lieutenant, as well as more books in the Metalrotica series. There is also a chance I will work with my co-author at that time on another book with BL as well.

While Michael and I finish up the short, we will do Immortals, and start the last book in the PROTEKT series. We also have my book with my co-author and Smoke to finish. I plan on getting at least 4 books for Michael done before I start with BL again.

I'm also planning a book for Rawiya and 2 of my new muses. At least one in the time I leave BL alone. Geez! I'm making a tall order for myself, but I really feel I can get something accomplished.

With January almost done, I have several releases to look forward to.

(January)
Under the Gun 2 re-release
Hirah #2


(February)
See No Evil
Wounded Pride (DSP)


(March)
Hirah #3
Under the Gun 3


(April)
Demon be Mine (Immortals 1)

I also have books going to publishers. So I hope this means new readership throughout the year. and my anxieties are gone for now, but perhaps with the more I get accomplished, the more I'll forget to worry.

Oh and you ask, why I have Jason Momoa up there? Well if you didn't know, he's my muse for Valios. *fan self* He's such a charmer, but he's a demon too. ;)

Thx for listening

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WIPs

Smoke MM
Love at the Right Tempo MM
Under The Gun 3 BL
Valentine's Day Free MM
DD Fanfic An Unexplainable Predictament SD
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Yep, that's been me lately with a drink nearby as I trudge through the year. I can't believe my last entry on LJ was in 2013, or maybe I can since so much has gone on the last couple of years.

Oh, no worries. If you still follow me somewhere, I still write. Funny, I was just reading the last entry about writing over 500k. Phew, was I productive! Yeah, well, I haven't gotten close to that in the last year or so. More responsibilities, growing kids and sometimes, well ... I lost the love I once had for writing.

Why you ask?

Well, because I feel as though I could do better accomplishing wise. Sure I have books published, some of them have been out 2 or 3 times. *laughs* But, when you're not feeling the excitement because of lack of sales, notieriety or a combination of both, it zaps your resolve. Your love for the craft starts going down the proverbial drain of self doubt and anxiety. Why isn't my shit good enough? Why isn't anyone giving a damn about anything I do?

Then, something happens to give you a little spark. An email from the publisher, from a reader, a good review and you say, yeah, I am good enough. I might not be the best and I have a ton to still learn but, I am still a newbie. It's six years and counting that I've been writing professionally and though I'm not exactly where I want to be, I have done a lot in that span of time.

Since my last post, I believe I've put out like 20 books. lol I finished The Wretched Tales and now I'm working on a spinoff series for a new character, Hirah Blaze. I finished On the Run with Michael and it's sequel to the PROTEKT series, Closely Guarded releases in 2 weeks. I'm almost done with N'awlins Exotica. I'm on the final book, See No Evil and I love my characters. I also wrote a book with a co-author. It sold pretty well and is now being translated into French and Italian. I re-released Under the Gun, Smooth Like Latte, and Time to Make the Donuts. The last 2 as a duet with a new publisher. So yes, I've been hella busy. And all this with a teen, almost going to college and an 8 year old who is going on 25. *laughs*  And of course, the dreaded EDJ which I have 2 of now because I thought we'd need the extra money for son to go to away to school. Now though, this extra money is to help my ailing mom and hopefully help us save some money for the family goals.

Anyways, writing is very few and far between these days. I got an email from my co-author and told her since I've been working so hard outside the home, I don't want to commit to co-writing again until the new year. We have several other projects on the docket, but with my schedule which is not as flexible anymore, I don't want to say I'll be availaible when I'm not sure I will be. All this makes me antsy. I still love to write and my muses are bursting with ideas, but dammit, it's hard when I barely have time to eat, sleep, and breathe. Hubs has bene supportive. He told me to keep pushing and not worry, but it's hard not to when so many doubts creeep in the back of your mind. Same thing with BFF who urges me to keep trucking, whch is good.

However, what's most helpful is gettng my thoughts here on LJ. When I checked into this a couple of days ago, it reminded me of my zeal to write and how much I pushed to do it regardless of what was going on. How I managed to finish Nano even with a horrid EDJ. I changed the EDJ since then, but it's still a PITA. *laughs* Reading my old entries and what I was working on has lit a little fire under me that I sorely needed.

So I'm thinking, I'll start filling in this journal again with my thoughts because I need this as part of therapy. I need to actually write down what's going on in my brain to make sense out of the mess up there and to clear my head of my anxieties and doubts. I believe this will help, just as it did back then. Maybe, some will follow, some will not. Its cool either way, because as I said, it really is like a couch session for me. *laughs*

BTW, that's my new muse above. Isn't he the cutest? He's the male MC in Hirah Blaze's story. Chad Stevenson. I'm hoping to get Hirah up and going by the end of next week. Until next time! You can check out all my available books on Pinterest

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Works in progress

Free story Wanting part 3 BL
See No Evil Book 6 N'awlins Exotica Michael/Rawiya
Hirah Blaze Book 3 BL
Under the Gun 3 BL
Immortals Series Book 1 Michael
DD Fanfic An Unexplainable Predictament
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Greetings folks. So another year is gone. Wha? Are you kidding me? I really cannot believe that 2013 is gone but hey, its 2014 so let's go!

Anyways, what did I manage to accomplish? I released 18 books, only two were novels. I also did a couple of shorts for anthologies too. What I noticed when I did my video for covers only 3 were released through pubs. A Special After Christmas Gift, Queer Fables, and Candyman. That brings me to my goal of subbing to other pubs. I was supposed to do 10. :/ I only subbed 3 and just one was a new pub I haven't been pubbed by. So that one still stands. The breakdown is 5 from Michael, 3 from Rawiya, and 2 from BL.

Writing wise I passed my 500k goal. Just barely too. 501K plus and only because I suffered writer's block in December. I didn't really think it could happen to me but after finishing I Love it Rough I did. My brain was exhausted, I was stressed from the EDJ and Christmas and it sent the muses into hiding. For nearly 2 weeks I didn't write anything. *grimaces* I started a short on 12/30 just to get out the kinks and I hope that works since I have a few things I want to write this month. Mainly some revisions and rewrites. There are stories that need to be revised for me to submit in the coming months. And I have some new stories I'd like to write this year.

I'll continue to write the Wretched for BL since its gaining some popularity. Someone asked me today when I was continuing. ;D Made me pretty happy. Also, edits on I Love it Rough this month for the 2/17 release. I have the twins story and I'd like to do a baseball anthology between the muses.

This year the writing goal is 325k. Why? Well, I figured 11 months at 25k a month = 275k plus Nano at 50k. That gives me more time to edit, revise, read, learn, research and promo. I'm pretty sure I'll pass that easily with the novels I have planned but I left it low so the daily pressure wouldn't be so high.

We shall see what happens especially when my 4th muse begins writing. I'm looking forward to the challenges and the new year.
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Greetings again...

And yes, I have another hot man up there to begin my post. Don't I always? Yeah well, I did it to not only catch your attention but illustrate how I feel right now. All wet... sweaty... even though that ain't sweat on this hottie... *winks*

Anyways, I feel pressured to produce. Why? I haven't subbed ANYTHING until the last couple of days. I've been busy learning, reading books on writing, taking classes and doing the freebie stories for BL's The Wretched. I did manage to finish Jayden for Rawiya which I'm rather excited about but until I subbed ML3 and UTG the new version by BL, I hadn't sent anything into publishers since like, oh I dunno, the first of the year?

Well, not counting the sub I just did for the charity anthology anyway. Seems like I'm running in place as far as my writing is concerned. I'm keeping up with word count, reading, learning but right now, I have no new releases to come out for the year.

So very different from last year when I think I had like 15 books come out with pubs as well as self pub. The royalties started rolling in and I even ended the year with a couple of best selling books on Amazon. This year it's been all about the Wretched, keeping up the monthly bit with Corey and company while I try fitting Michael and Rawiya around BL's rigorous schedule. The number of downloads say we should continue to do the freebies since they all have at least 2-300 downloads at Smashwords where I hardly make any money. Someone's paying attention there and so, I continue to churn out the Wretched Tales.

But even with those stories, I still feel like I've hit a wall. With the debacle at NBP, the pub that went down the tubes as well as troubles with another over moneys and statements, it makes me weary to sub anywhere. Sure I still want to see in work to publishers but I'd rather deal with those that have a good track record. No more small presses for me. I need to go bigger and ask my peers more questions. Although this is my plan, I'm also feeling a sense of self-doubt. Am I good enough to be with some of the bigger pubs? Can I produce a story that people will pick up when I sub to say Dreamspinner or LooseID? That theory was tested when I tried doing the subcall for MLR and because I didn;t feel the story was ready I nixed subbing to them.

Despite this, I still want to sub Jayden before the end of this year. It will most likely be my last sub of the year. On the Run won't be ready for subbing until January most likely and other that I Love it Rough, The Wretched Tales, and a possible Xmas Tale, I don't see myself with many new stories for this year.

It may seem like i'm panicking a little and well that's because I am. I recall when I first started how I was so prolific. I subbed short stories to pubs and they were accepted in anthologies. Then my first couple of stories came out for Michael, then BL, then Rawiya with NNP. Wow, I was on a roll but this year its the exact opposite. I sincerely hope that changes. I blame it on stress, the day job for one, takes a lot of my time and well, I have a family so a lot of my brain power goes there.

I wonder how people are able to juggle all of it. Working FT, writing, family, etc. I guess I'm just not that strong. At least not yet but I hope to be stronger as I continue to strive to be the best author I can be!

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Progress

Sent Something Like Jayden to the betas
Subbed UTG by BL and ML3, editing UTG2
Writing Ryland and Ryder's third book and about to do I Love it Rough
Thinking about a possible print or full volume for the Wretched
Halloween short for the Wretched and or Nathan/Bryant
Christmas story... not sure what characters
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Greetings again...

Oh yeah the man above? Oh he's just a guy... not a muse... NOT NOW ANYWAY... ahem... *rapidly blinks and clears throat* I feel like I'm being suffocated by my muses. All of them want their story now and they're fighting one another for position in my brain.

Case in point, I'm writing Something Like Jayden for Rawiya right now and figured I'd follow up with a new story that's been bugging me as of late, tentatively titled On the Run for BLMorticia. But I also have I Love it Rough the sequel to ILEP and Ryland and Ryder's third story Mon... whatever to come up for Michael. I'd originally thought On the Run would be next but now, seems like Michael wants to get his two stories done first since they are sequels.

o.0

What? I know, I know he really does want to get back to the twins and Frankie and Kajika but he literally took over my head space and swayed my thoughts in his favor. "Oh you're writing the Wretched for her every month. The least you can do is give me my sequels now and do her story for NanoWriMo." Michael speaks to me in a pissed off voice. *blinks* Damn Michael, I didn't think you had it in you but you do I suppose. You wanted your stories next and you'll get them. Now BL's pouting and Rawiya's busy finishing her latest story.

Ah well, you can't please them all but at least I intend to get these books written by the end of the year. I actually made a small list of books I wanted to see done by the 31st of December and where they might be subbed or self pubbed. 12 stories are on that list including the ones mentioned above. We shall see if I actually get all these done. A couple are already finished, they just need to go to the publishers.

This puts back many rewrites (pipe dreaming)  I'd intended to do but won't so I can finish out these stories for the year. Looking to end on a high note, hopefully with contracts from two bigger pubs under my belt! Wish me luck

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WIPS Something Like Jayden - about 75% of the way done and The Wretched 1.5 will be released over the weekend.
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*sitting at my computer and going through stories instead of writing. A necessary evil*

Ahem, that's not me, instead just a model by the name of Fernando Sippel. You know I always like to feature pretty mens in my posts!

Yeah, okay, back to the posts.

Authors, you know the word edits well. You do it yourself, you send it to an editor, you send it back to them, you go through it again. If you have betas, they go through it, and then you do a final edit to see if the book is ready to publish. Gah? Yeah at times you add more words, you cut some too. You might change the name of a character. You catch your silly mistakes and you obsess over the amount of pink balloons on the side from your editor. But as you know, it is necessary if you're going to put out a good book.

I've been doing a slew of these and well putting them off too. Err... I'm still sitting on Closely Guarded but its got a week b4 I submit. I've put Wild Horses and Trois in Treble as well as Vertigo 2 to the side. My editor is editing ML3, I'm editing Under the Gun to be re-submitted to my other pub, oh and dont forget my epic African Sun I've been sitting on for like a year and a half.

:P

Oh man, the edits! I haven't written much in the novel department, more short stories than ever just to keep up word count. Now I'm ready to start my next 3 books. Not all at once but Jayden for Rawiya, On the Run for BL, and the sequel to I Like Em Pretty for Michael, await my attention. Once they're done, they'll need edits too.

Oh the mind numbing horror but as I said very necessary. I do enjoy the edits but at times I wish the plot bunnies would edit themselves!

Wish me luck!
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Greetings again to anyone following.

The muses and I have quite a lot of work ahead, mostly edits since I keep writing stories and hanging on to them for weeks.

LOL

Usually I have something I've learned to say in these posts but I'm actually saving that for a blog.

Just updates today. Woot! What are we, me and the muses working on now?

Well, there will be a lot of writing that isn't published to keep up the WC.

Edits, edits edits

Edits for BL on ML3 and Wild Horses. Actually a revise on the latter since I hated the story once first draft was done.

Edits on Guardian Angel, now by Michael Mandrake since it has a sequel. BTW sequel due August 1

Edits on Closely Guarded. Its due for a subcall 8/15

And edits on Under the Gun since BL is subbing for publication.

Somewhere in there I'll try writing Something Like Jayden from Rawiya and another Wretched as well as Fangirl, the next Reluctant Groupie!

Then at end the month, I Love it Rough, the sequel to I Like Em Pretty for Michael!

Really excited about that one. Lots of research to do in the midst of the edits.

I'm very much looking forward to it.

So far, I've wrote 252K this year of fiction and looking forward to doing Nano in Nov!

I'll return sometime this month with a learning post but for now, we'll just do the general update

Thanks for listening!

 
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Wow, I haven't been writing in this journal since January! *sighs* I've been in FB land, on the blogs for the three muses, releasing books almost every month and haven't been here to update on progress. I will TRY to be better, I promise.

I also been busy collecting new muses. See this man up here? His name is Pedro Perestello. OMG is he hot! Those eyes, that hair, that bod. GOOD LORD.

Anyway, that's not what the update is about. Wanting to try catching up for anyone that just might be paying attention to me. I just looked at the last entry back in January where i recall talking about my novel, I Like Em Pretty. Well, it's been edited, released, and in about a month and a half on the market, it's done well. Not like bestseller or anything but hey, any book sale is a good one, isn't it? i do love this series and will be even happier when people catch on to what me and the muses are trying to accomplish.

By the way, this book became a full scale series called N'awlins Exotica. It's set in New Orleans, tapping into the taboos of Det Frankie Choteau, his lover Kajika Fortier as well as others in the very vibrant city known as the Big Easy.

If you'd like to learn more, visit the FB page.

Now, besides that, I was also able to do a story for a reader as requested. This became part of the series, a twincest story called Mon Frere, My True Love. It was a best seller on All Romance and did well on Amazon too. That surprised the heck out of me since I wasn't expecting many people to want to read that kind of story. Now, I'm working on book 2 of the Ryland Twins books with a story called, Mon Amour, Forever More as well as I Love It Rough, the sequel to I Like EM Pretty.

What else? BL's been busy with the Wretched. Queer Fables is coming out next month and her metal tales are on book 3 called Deep Dark Secret. Rawiya released One Shot as part of the Reluctant Groupie series and we're about to start a novel together next month called Love in the Slow Lane.

During this time period, there is more plot bunnies that have jumped into my brain. Plenty of them including a plan for a 4th muse later on in the year. Yes I said four but she'll only be doing het and it will be temporary.

The idea, I have is to do only het for women in their 40's. She'll have a best friend who's a gay man who tried to be straight for her years back. It's interracial and she'll have the same amount of snark if not more than BL. I'm looking to launch her later in the year under her own imprint. Look for more from me on this as the months roll along.

So what's next? Besides what I've already mention, other stories are in queue. More learning, some promoing, and re-doing of my website. I try making myself pretty accessible to readers, interacting on FB mostly, a little Twitter, as well as the blogs. It does take time away from writing but how else will people know about your books.

How am I doing on goals? I'm on point with the 500k but as far as subs, I might not make it. 5 seems more doable even though I have plenty of time left in the year. However, the subs also take weeks to be looked at by pubs, they also take time to be beta'd properly, so 10 is too high. 5 I think I'll make.

More than that, I just want to continue to improve on what I'm doing, reading, taking classes, learning from peers so I can become a more successful storyteller. I really do enjoy writing and can't imagine doing anything else at this stage in my life right now.

:D

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May is edit month. Editing Closely Guarded, Wild Horses revise, The Wretched 3 and Guardian Angel, my only story under Sharita Lira

Like I said, I'll try to be here more often

Thanks for listening!

Good GOD!

Oct. 3rd, 2012 04:54 pm
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I havent been here in the longest. One reason? LJ keeps getting hacked and there were plenty of times I couldn't get in. Grrr

Well I'm here now and I figured I'd come back and just update what I've been doing...

Working, WRITING, enjoying time with family and friends. Not in that order though. Writing is last on the last.

1. Computer problems
2. Learning and reading other authors
3. Fear of burnout

That last one especially. I fear if I overwork my muses I might burn out like I did in 2010. I did Nano, I did Slash fics for xmas. By early 2011 I could barely write without getting disenchanted. 

Also, there was a point I felt I wasn't good enough. I started feeling like the sales were more important than my actual love for writing which they aren't. I got discouraged, I stopped blogging for a while, I started doing everything else other than writing, Not to mention, I started working the Day Job and getting home, not wanting to write anything.

Then a revelation. Mostly from author friends as well comrades. Don't measure your success against others. The love for writing began to come back and well, sales got better too. *yay* No not like EL James but hey if I can pay a few bills and feed my family its a good thing. 

Now it just needs to be more so I can do a little of both. Pay Bills or support family AND get something I'd like. Also, enough to put back into promo would be nice which I have done to a small extent. 

Still, the most important thing authors must remember is, your work is like your baby or child. You care a lot for it and when it doesn't meet your high expectations, you're disappointed. So you sulk, cry, drink, eat chocolate and hope it gets better. You also do what you can to help the process along. Which I've done and thankfully, I'm seeing better results.

Out of the 3 names, Rawiya does the best. It might be because her romance is overly sensual, can be funny and very relatable. Michael hasn't done a relatable book just yet and BL, well, she does what she wants. Still her books do well also especially My Lieutenant. 

I want them all to have that one book that knocks everyone's socks off. None of them have done that yet. I'm proud of all my pseudos and what they've accomplished to the point and working to get even better. Editors, betas, classes, reading others more often. Its all part of the plan.

Will it work? I know it will. :D

* * * *

WIPS

Working on

Taming Wild Horses (How long have I said that?) Im actually doing it though. I hope to finish next Tuesday

Trois in Treble  (Ditto)

Vertigo 2 I've finished it but it needs rewrites

I also need to finish the YDA and Under the Gun Series. They both have 4 books.
 
BL is doing the Wretched Series and all want to do a baseball bk for next yr

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An episode of writing with the muse for you.

I know, I know you think it's nuts to say you and an imaginary person are busy writing but I and a lot of my fellow writers consider our muses regular people. I enjoy all the time I spend with my muses but Rawiya, who is supposed to be a lot like myself, I enjoy the most.

Right now, we're writing Sugar Daddy together, pretty much free form. I haven't wrote an outline, only because the basis of the story was already done in the short that came out in a book last year. What we're filling in is the details about our characters. Our young man in culinary school who loves old American films and rhythm & blues while my attorney or barrister as he is called is a seasoned man looking for that special someone.

The seasoned one is the protagonist. He's been living the life of a sheltered man because of his career but now he'd like to be happy and settle down with one man. Only one problem. His wife and friend who entered into the agreement with him claims to be in love and doesn't want to grant him a divorce. What will he have to do to get it? Will his potential lover be okay with the fact he's still married?

So many questions! A very sensitive subject that we're tackling here, reading other books dealing with the same subject matter as ell as articles about gay married men trapped in marriages. The ideas are flowing and hopefully that will continue.

Did I mention how much I love Rawiya? Oh yeah the why. *grins* My sweet muse is already thinking of how we can get them into bed and throw that curveball to get them out of it. Matthew, the young man, knows hardly nothing about his new friend except likes, dislikes, and occupation.  Knows nothing about the wife and hasn't seen a picture. His friend is chiding him about this currently. How will he take it? We don't know. That's the fun of writing with the muse. Usually the characters follow our lead but we shall see what happens.

I do love to write!


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So, here I am again with the updates. WOW, this is two posts in one day to my regular journal. *SHOCK*

Anyways the goals were in the last post, now, here is a past that lists my ideas you so they can be seen by me and you, my friends. Let me know if any of these stand out as something you would want to read.

  • Binding Justice, M/M Bondage erotica romance
  • Through the Darkness I Found Love M/M erotica dark suspense thriller
  • My Lieutenant M/M Interracial humor erotica romance
  • Sugar Daddy M/M Interracial humor erotica Romance (This story is partially published by STARbooks)
  • Curing All Ills M/F Contemporary erotica romance
  • Faith and Devotion M/M/M Menage erotica romance
  • SMOKED M/F, M/M, M/M Menage erotica suspense romance
  • The Incumbent M/M, M/F, Drama erotica
  • Taming Wild Horses M/M/M/M Menage erotica romance
Now, of course I cannot give storylines, just watch the space and you will see updates on all of them. If you saw any of these titiles for amazon or on the pubs website, would they be a definite? Let me know THANKS!

To see my stories that are out visit my blogs http://tabooindeed.blogspot.com and http://rawiyaserptica.blogspot.com

Love you all!

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