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Hey, hello, I’m on ‘va-cay-shun’ as Americans like to say so this’ll be short.

First, thanks to the valiant efforts and kind words of several Amazon reviewers, The New Job will continue… but yeah I’m late. Sue me for your free fiction! It’s been tricky to continue, despite quite a few suggestions. I think I might have to be more specific next time: don’t tell me the destination, just suggest a next step. While many of the ideas were good, many were also way too broad to be feasible. That said, a good idea is a good idea. Not signed up for the newsletter? Do so here and when I do send it, you’ll get access to an 11,000 word (and counting), er, thing.

Second, small thing. I have a DeviantArt account, like most good,,, uh… deviants. For the vast majority of the seven (!!) years it’s been active, it’s just been me collecting my usual perversions in one place. There’s art, cosplay pics, that sort of thing. However in an effort to give back I did toss the first two issues of BBSSG (AKA ‘Betty Brant as Spider-Girl’ fic) on there literally five (!!!) years ago. I’m about to start adding them gradually so there’s a repository there that isn’t behind Yahoo’s walls. In addition I posted Beneath the Veil, which is ancient, but this puts it out there. (One day I might get the energy to rewrite that thing and then maybe publish it…? But really, don’t hold your breath.)

Part of the reason I threw Beneath the Veil on DA is because on a whim I threw it on Fictionmania, and lo and behold… found a group of readers there who’d never read it. Sigh. I mean, it’s only seventeen (!!?!?) years old. Uh, guess I’m not as notorious as I thought. Anyway, that happened. (Also if you’re here and you’re like “Beneath the whatnow?” please please comment and let me know. I’m interested to know what (if anything) people have never read. I work under the assumption everyone’s read everything. Maybe I should write up a ‘checklist’ of stuff. Which will depress me in a “Why haven’t I written more?” kind of way. I digress, as I am wont to do.)

None of this changes anything really, but as a self-pub author, you’ve got to spread yourself around a bit so people can find your stuff. Ergo, this sort of thing happens.

Halloween in a week. Anyone doing anything fun, writing wise?

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So, what happens next?

For those of you who are on my newsletter mailing list, you’re getting access to an ongoing story called (provisionally, I guess) The New Job.

By the way, don’t panic. It’s going to continue. More on that in the next newsletter.

But here’s my question: what the heck should happen next? I wasn’t kidding you when I said I have literally no idea what direction this thing is going in. You know what the general setup is, and you know exactly what our protagonist got their hands on at the end of the last installment.

So what happens next? Let me know in a comment or drop me an email. And make it quick! I have to write this thing soon!

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September update

Hello! Been a while. Well not that long, but a while. An indeterminable unit of time. Long enough that I have a nagging feeling that I need to update you guys about… well, whatever. So let’s see what we got.

Father Knows Best is still being worked on. Seriously! It’s been slow, to be frank, because editing isn’t my favorite task. Especially when editing basically means rewriting, which I’ve mostly been doing – it’s an old story and I feel it needs some work in most scenes. Recently a scene sort of popped into my head which I really felt I needed to add, so that’s getting spliced in somewhere, somehow. I think it’s hot, so, you know… worthwhile. Of course, I still have the ending to write as well.

By the way, I’m sure I’m going to need to change the title on this one. It’s just kind of dull, really. Got any thoughts? I’m also pretty positive it might have to be sold away from Amazon. Even though the story doesn’t feature actual sex between actual blood family members, some might read it that way, and Amazon has a strict no-damn-way policy on stories that feature incest. So, while I’m not changing the story (it’s about a father and his stepdaughter, as you might recall) it might get sold in places other than Amazon. Not something I intend to make a habit of, by the way.

Speaking of title changes, I’m pretty sure I’m going to change the title for what was The Substitute. Partly to avoid confusion with Vic’s original work, but also to make it a little clearer. I’m thinking Her Substitute. At least that implies impersonation and crossdressing! I need to edit this, and I mean really edit it (not rewrite it), but that’s going to take a while as it’s novel-sized. I had this weird notion I’d get it out in October… I really have no idea if that will happen. Good news is I already have my cover image, I’ve just got to piece it together. Who knows, maybe this could be an ebook/paperback simultaneous release.

Finally… the sequel to Practice to Deceive has gotten some love recently. It’s over 55,000 words now, but I’m projecting it’ll be the same length as Practice to Deceive so… plenty of words to go. (About double that number, at least.) I’d say I’m about half-way through the plot too, but things are starting to get interesting.

Elsewhere, The New Job will get more words before the middle of the month. If you don’t know what that is, you’re not subscribed to my newsletter! Subscribe today and get this piece of serialized fiction as I write it, month to month.

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Late, late for a past-due date

Hello hello, here I am again.

July’s newsletter just went out. At last. I’ve tried to send them about the middle of the month, so by my calendar, I’m about ten days late – apologies. I know, I know, it’s free and all that but I still feel weirdly responsible. Damn my Catholic tendencies! Anyway the good news, as newsletter subscribers now know, is that the resulting update to my free, ongoing fiction is double the size of previous updates. Double for nothing! What a bargain, etc.

Of course, if I was writing that stuff much earlier, then the newsletter wouldn’t be late, but that would make me organized and who wants to be organized? Not me at least. Seat of my pants, that’s me.

Away from the newsletter, I’ve taken a break from editing (read: completely rewriting) Father Knows Best and to my surprise, that break led me back to the sequel to Practice to Deceive, which gained quite a few thousand words recently. It’s shaping up pretty nicely I think. I have no idea when it might be done – it feels big – but what I’m writing is fun. A new antagonist…

Well, I’d better get back to it! I’d love to hear from you if you’re getting the newsletter. And if you aren’t, sign up! Mid-August you’ll get to read what I’m cooking up….

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Woo-hoo! Editing finished for ALWAL – The Spy…

Yeah! Turns out I was generally pretty happy with what I had in the final stretch of A Lie Within A Lie: The Spy, also known as A Lie Within A Lie 2… so I managed to finish up the editing today. Hurrah!

The other good news is that I feel confident I can get the thing formatted and ready a lot quicker than ALWAL: The Singer. Which means I can definitely hit my release date; May 14th. A Saturday! I’m giving you a whole weekend to devour this thing. (Remember, it’s twice the size of the first book….)

Anyway, if you haven’t visited the book page here on the site, here’s a sneak at the cover…

A Lie Within A Lie - The Spy - female mask fiction novel

Of course, now I also have to figure out how to do paperback version of both books, which is a whole new challenge. I’m on a bit of a roll so maybe I can try it out in time for the launch? That’d be nice.

One or two of you contacted me about ALWAL and not being able to buy it via Amazon. That’s frustrating, considering Amazon’s huge reach, but it’s inevitable for a little longer; basically as part of Kindle Unlimited, a book has to remain exclusive for three months. I think I’m about to get my first royalty payments for the KU version of ALWAL, so we’ll see how that stacks up against book sales. If it’s good, then I’m afraid ALWAL 2 will be in KU for at least 90 days too. However, if you’re burning to see ALWAL 2 in other formats earlier than that, let me know. I still intend to sell them on Gumroad too at some point, probably both as PDFs and standard eBook formats, for those who are Kindle-haters.

So, editing done, pre-order soon, paperback versions to come… and then what? Who knows. On to the next thing I suppose! Stay tuned for more blog posts. And please, leave a comment!It feels a bit lonely out here some days. You can register here.

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More ALWAL progress… and my guess at a release date

Well, the wall has been scaled, at least partially.

I’m entering into the home stretch with editing of A Lie Within A Lie: The Spy, now down to less than 20K to go. I’m pretty pleased with what I’m seeing, as well. I’m aiming to get as much of this cranked out this weekend, and then it’ll be down to the final tasks.

Fingers crossed, I’d like to be done next week. I think I may put another pre-order up, and if I can, just for my own sense of weird symmetry, might aim to have the book on-sale on May 14th or 15th. An even month from the original’s release.

Editing the novel has reminded me of what I put in the book, too (It can be easy to forget!). It’s broader than I remember. There’s M2F masking, as you know, but there’s also a bunch of other variants. Without spoiling things, you can expect some M2M and even F2F. For anyone who thought A Lie Within A Lie: The Singer was too focused on one specific kind of masking, the sequel might change your mind. It’s definitely got variance. And quite a lot of kinkiness too, I feel.

Right, back to it. More to come!

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Progress on A Lie Within A Lie: The Spy

As you might have seen, I’ve stated that A Lie Within A Lie is one complete 150,000 word story over two books. As you also probably know, I’m editing ALWAL Part 2 – The Spyright now. What you might not realize is that The Spy is double the length of The Singer, so it’s a big mountain.

I’m about half-way up that mountain right now. I’ll be honest, I thought I was further along, but I looked up at the cliff face this morning and realized that yep, still plenty of mountain to climb.

It’s going to be interesting to see people’s reactions to this book. It takes the plot in some interesting directions after The Singer, and I hope you have plenty of things to say about it when it’s done!

Speaking of when it’s done, which I know you all want to know… I’m hoping, fingers crossed, to have this out in May. I’d love to get it out before May 14th, so a month since The Singer was released, but… can’t say for sure. I’ve lost some time due to illness this month, but I’m trying to focus now and git ‘er done for you. Fingers crossed…

… and back to it.