It’s done! The novel for which I took a break from my blog is now published! Self published, yes, and not under a big publishing house — but this baby’s done and out there.
I’m going to have a giveaway for 5 ebooks, but more on that in a post to come soon. Also in that post, I’ll describe the novel and include an excerpt. But first, I want to say a bit about writing this novel and its effect on me.
Before I get into all that, I want to thank you, dear reader, for your patience while I took a break from posting on my blog. Unfortunately, I will test your patience as I take more breaks here and there to write other stories.
I’m afraid that I’ve become addicted to stories, and the stories longer than the quickies that I publish here are intoxicating to write.
Finishing the novel re-invigorated my dream to become a full-time writer. Working on the novel was a rush. Not just a “this is kinda fun” type of enjoyment. Writing it was an exciting, pulse-quickening rush that I yearned to get back to when I had to take care of my day job. Yes, those bills must be paid.
That rush sparked a dream to replace my day job with writing full time. Do I think that’s realistic? I really don’t know. I’m sure it will take time, if it ever happens. I know others have dreams of becoming full-time writers, actors, musicians, artists, etc. I’ve read success stories where some dreamers have reached that goal. But I’m certainly not expecting to hit the big time like E.L. James with her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I’d much rather have enough success from my stories to simply pay the bills.
In heading toward this goal of writing full time, I’m working on more stories that will become ebooks. But not just for that goal alone — because writing gives me a beautiful feeling of creating a story out of my imagination.
So, I’ll have a few more ebooks coming out in the next couple of months. Nothing as big as the novel, though. That took a long time!
I used to publish erotic stories on Ruthie’s Club, which brought together writers and illustrators to put out stories with pictures accompanying them. Sadly, Ruthie’s Club is no longer around. I miss working with the good people there, and I miss Garv’s illustrations for each week of fresh stories. Here’s a slideshow of his stuff (like Musclehead, I enjoy pin-ups).
Bavarian Beauty started as a story on Ruthie’s Club. When I revisited the story, I realized that I wanted to write more of it. I wanted to give more to the characters, and see what happened next. The short story grew into a novel during the past two years — and it was thrilling to expand the story. Then I put the novel back in the files to take a rest from it. After working on other stories, I returned to it. I read the novel twice and edited it, rewriting several sections. That brings us to now, with the novel finally published.
I’ll be diving into my dusty files to read those stories that were published on the Club and give them a new life as ebooks. That doesn’t mean they’ll grow into novels like Bavarian Beauty. Most of them will probably feel complete as shorter works.
And then, I have ideas for brand-new stories. As I worked on a few stories during my break, my brain buzzed with new ideas. However, the old saying is so true: There just ain’t enough time in the day. But I’m trying to make more time to write these stories that give me thrills.
Don’t worry that this means I won’t be publishing stories on my blog any longer. Because I will. I’ll come back to publishing some quickie, short-short stories here, along with posts when I publish a new ebook and include excerpts from it.
Also, I’ll be doing a Flickr photo tour of Oktoberfest and Bavaria, like I did with Brazil during the World Cup. It fits in with my novel. Plus, I can’t help it; researching photos is just too much fun.
Thank you for taking the time to read me going on and on like this.