Another month has got away from me since I last posted. I thought summer was supposed to have lazy days? But then, lazy would mean not writing — and that’s not good.
Writing has been going slow, but steady. Picture the tortoise rather than the hare (who got a bit too lazy, didn’t he?). And I imagine winning the race to mean finishing each book. I’m still writing the novel with the working title of Revenge, from which I posted an excerpt back in May.
I’m posting another excerpt below. It’s about how sudden changes can come to your life. How something can upset the house of cards that you’ve carefully built.
I feel good about the progress of the novel, since it gives me the sense of growing as a writer. With my MacGregor books, much of the action was erotic. I’ve tried to come up with interesting characters and situations, but the end result was predictable: Oh, these characters are going to have sex. But as I’ve been writing more — and longer works — the stories have expanded from just sex.
That’s been wonderful. I’ve also been working on vanilla stories, eventually to be published under my own name. And those have been good for me, too, in crafting stories where characters are placed in different situations.
But enough navel gazing :). Let’s get to the excerpt…
Excerpt from work in progress, Revenge
“Strange, isn’t it?” Julie asked. “How things can turn out. I never thought I’d be here, thinking the things I’m thinking.”
Michelle had to laugh. “I never thought I’d be here period. I thought I was going to stay with Joe for my whole life. And stay in that house until we retired and moved somewhere else. But here I am.” She looked about the living room, and out the window at the view of Philadelphia’s buildings lit up at night.
“Yeah,” Julie said. She wasn’t all smiles and giggles now. “Here we are. And part of me so wishes we could do something. Do something without consequences. I didn’t expect to be turned on like this. And I’m not the one who’s gone months without getting any.”
“Rub it in, why don’t you.”
“Sorry. And sorry nothing’s going to happen.”