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Progress Report

Mid-September update

Well, here we are in mid-September ish aaaaaand Practice to Deceive 2: Electric Boogaloo is not edited.

(Also, that’s not the title. Just a little joke.)

Why isn’t it edited? Because life, that’s why.

I was cruising fine until pretty dang recently, but the last couple of weeks have been… let’s just say tumultuous. I’m fine – in the sort of macro, cosmic-level kind of view of ‘fine’ – but events did throw a wrench, or if you will, a spanner in the editing works.

So, sorry, no book this month I expect.

As of tomorrow though I’m re-applying my nose to the grindstone, which if I’m right about grindstones, is gonna hurt. On the plus side, it’ll likely get the editing finished sooner rather than later. Yay!

That’s it. As you were.

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Process Progress Report

Editing and chapter-ing

So here’s what I’m looking at today, as I work on editing Seeing is Deceiving. You can click that to enlarge, although you may spoil yourself a teeny bit, just so you know.

My structure for editing Seeing is Deceiving
Click to really spoil yourself

That’s the structure I’ve been working with basically the entire time I’ve been writing this thing.

I tend to write fairly freeform with a bunch of scenes just one after the other. Somewhere along the line with this book (remember, it’s been… a long time) I started to organize it a bit. Partially that was for my own sanity to keep the whole thing in order. That led to dividing it into ‘parts’ and the prologue/epilogue bits. The parts aren’t likely to persist as you see here into the final manuscript, but were mostly for my own brain.

Vaguely/slightly spoiler-ish stuff below.

In broad terms the book’s in two parts: part one is pre-Comic Con, and part two is at Comic Con. That’s the overall structure.

However to keep me sane, I broke down the broad part two into sub-parts.

If you’re not aware, Comic-Con runs from Wednesday through Sunday in July, and that’s why the later parts go from 2 to 5, with a part 2.5 for some reason (I think I may have, somehow, forgotten to add Thursday on first draft??). Each part is a day.

Anyway, what you’re seeing here is editing-and-chaptering in progress.

Editing, for me, is mostly a proofreading exercise – trying to find the typos that a spellchecker won’t always catch, grammar, punctuation and fixing my own personal bugbears in writing, which are many and too OCD-ish to list.

It’s kind of rare I’ll make big changes to the text when I’m editing, but sometimes it happens. Usually any big changes have already been made before I get to this point, which some people think is Very Bad, but whatever, it works for me.

At the same time as going word by word I’m also trying to keep the overall ‘bigger picture’ of the book in my head, so for example trying to make sure there aren’t any loose ends, inconsistencies or major plot holes (oh, there are likely minor ones!). I also try to make sure character ‘voices’ don’t change radically over time, that sort of thing.

‘Chaptering’ is my own word for organizing the book into chapters. I tend to just write and not worry about the length of stuff, and then as I edit, find the natural chapter breaks and divide the book up. Generally I find chapter length doesn’t vary too much, except for when I have a transformation sequence or sex scene… and then things tend to run long. Sometimes really long!

Anyway, as you can see, not that far in. I’m motoring along towards the end of what will likely be Part I in the book, which is about 30K words. Rather crazily, that means there’s about 100K in Part II. Which in itself, is basically the size of your average novel.

Eeek.

I mean, a lot happens, you know. It gets complex. As my stuff tends to do. But there’s fun stuff in there! I mean [redacted] has a drunken seduction scene, it says right there in the outline if you want to go spoil yourself. That’s a good scene. And important for later in the book.

I’ve said too much! Back to the editing.

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News Progress Report

The sequel to Practice to Deceive is done… almost

A month ago (by complete coincidence, but time does fly) I posted this to Instagram…

The sequel to Practice to Deceive... finished. On Instagram, so you know it happened.
@ghostlywriteruk

And not long after I sent out a newsletter. Yep, I still send those. Nope, I don’t have a sign-up right now. Yep, I am an idiot.

If you missed either of those, though, here I am again saying it: the actual writing part (which I hear is important) of the sequel to Practice to Deceive… is done.

[pause for thunderous applause, mutters of “Finally” and “What does he want, a medal?”]

Er, but no, the book isn’t out yet.

What’s left to do then?

Editing. Boy, this has been slow. But I am editing, slowly chipping away. I tend to write very much close to final (partly why I’m so slow) but still, it’s been slower than I’d liked. Trying to up the pace.

Formatting, etc etc. Kindle version, PDF version, etc etc blah blah it’s very dull but it does take time.

Cover making. I don’t really want to pay a lot for a cover design, or have the awkward conversations around it so as I’ve done with other books, I’m cover designing myself. Naturally, I’m making it harder than it needs to be. Please ignore the hastily put together mock cover on the just-published-today-page on this site. It’ll be nothing like that.

Publishing. You know, pressing the buttons and doing the thing.

Back in July I was blissfully, stupidly telling myself I’d get allllll of that done in August. HAH! Well, here I am blissfully, stupidly telling myself (and you) that I’m… hoping… to get a bunch of this done before end of September. (This year.)

I mean, compared to the previous, um, near-decade it’s not that long to wait, right?

[ducks thrown objects]

It’s on the way. Really it is. Promise.

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News

Oops

So, it’s possible I deleted your registration here on the site. If I did, sorry. Why? Because basically I fielded hundreds of bots that were registering new accounts. I finally got around to adding a captcha on the registration page, but for security, I deleted just about every account I didn’t recognize.

(For reference, I was at over 600 users, now I’m sub 20, which is more believable!)

In a few cases I recognized your username/email and left your account alone, but in more cases I deleted. Based on previous comments I recreated a number of accounts; they will be getting an email from me (automated) letting you know there’s a new account.

For reference, the usernames in the screenshot below are all that exist on the site now. If you recognize yourself below, check to make sure you can login; if you can’t, you’ve got an email from me. If your username isn’t listed below, you’ll have to register again. Sorry.

Username list

Fucking bots. This is why we can’t have nice things, etc.

Back soon with an actual update of interest.

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Waffle

Nails and the having of them

This isn’t an update. Not really.

A long time ago in the mists of blah blah etc etc choose your preferred metaphor for “a while previous to now”, I used to write ‘my blog’ (how quaint) a lot more frequently. For whatever reason, I’m too tired to psychoanalyze it, I haven’t done so here.

I might? Now and again? When the mood takes me, natch.

The mood is here.

Got my nails done

For the past few months I’ve been getting regular manicure/pedicures. Now, in our metrosexual woke 21st century there’s nothing really weird about that – in fact anyone who asks, I thoroughly recommend it, especially if you skip the strip mall and try to find a salon or person who really takes their work seriously. And I have and I did.

I don’t care a whole lot about how I look. I’m too old and too dull to really worry anymore, and fashion was never my thing. So I don’t get mani-pedis for looks, or fashion, or even health. It’s just a really nice relaxing experience, because man, you get pampered, or at least, I do. My nail technician treats me good, y’all, and I don’t think I’m special. For that 90 or so minutes I’m in the chair I can zone out, think about whatever I want to, watch the world go by and get, as was once memorably said, “a motherfuckin’ foot massage”.

And yesterday on a whim I got my nails painted.

Normally I skip that part, which is perfectly fine. You can get your nails trimmed, your feet buffed and scraped, everything filed down and feeling good and then just not bother with the polish, but yesterday I said to my girl “Let’s do this”, and so we did. I walked out of the place with a sort of sparkly sea green on my nails. Just my hands, but mostly because I don’t wear open-toe shoes.

Throughout the rest of the night, whenever I’d look at my hands, there they were. Surprising me each and every time. I did that? Me? But yeah, I did. And every time I got surprised I also felt something else: pride. Not, “Oh boy, look at me, striking a blow for equality and love and equal rights” but more “Hey, I did something new and different and this is very much not my brand, but also it very much is my brand, so go me.”

Can you guess why I’m talking about this here, and not on, say, my social media accounts? My real social media accounts?

Not because I’m scared, not because I’m embarrassed. But because I think this signals something that I’ve known for a while: I’m bi. Actually bi, not make-believe bi, not bi-in-my-writing bi, but actually bi liking men as well as women and also liking men who look like women bi.

Yeah. I think that’s a thing.

And no, even in my woke metrosexual 21st century real life I’m not ready to stand up and say this – yet. But, I am walking around with some very lovely nails, thank you.

Why yes, you may compliment them.

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News

The One I Want – Kindle edition now live

Cover to The One I Want by Ghostly Writer
The One I Want

Yay, The One I Want is now available for Kindle e-readers via Amazon.com, and .co.uk and all the other countries.

It is still also available on Gumroad, if you’re okay with a PDF and don’t mind slightly different formatting. As this is a novella rather than a novel, I’d totally get that choice. Also, you can save a couple of bucks on Gumroad vs. the ‘Zon, to make my cut from the sale a bit more in my favor.

Frankly though I’ll be happy if you just buy it anywhere. And I’d love to hear what you thought! Drop a comment here, send me an email there, whatever you like, it’s all good.

Of course, if you do purchase on Amazon a review is HIGHLY desirable. I will be your best pal forever if you leave one.

TTFN.

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The One I Want on Kindle, and then?

Just pushed the button to submit The One I Want to the Kindle store. As mentioned it’s going to be a buck more over there, mostly to cover Amazon’s higher fees. If you want to save a buck and gimme a little higher share, Gumroad is still available as an option.

The One I Want Kindle
Oooh, oooh, oooh – honey.

With Amazon’s usual checking procedures hopefully The One I Want will be live over there inside a day or two, worst mid-week. I’ll post again when it’s up.

As usual it’s published worldwide, so you should be able to see it in a store that works for you; if you don’t, please let me know so I can investigate.

Oh, it’s ebook only btw. I don’t think it’d be big enough to be a paperback. If you prefer a printed form, best option is to pick it up at Gumroad and print it yourself (you have both Letter and A4 paper options to choose from too, fancy).

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The One I Want – out now (ish)

It’s February 1st. And you know what that means –

… don’t go back and look at any other February 1st entries because I will feel horrendously embarrassed by the span of time between the last thing I released and this thanks

The One I Want: promo image
Out now. Kinda. Sorta.

We’re doing something different here

The One I Want is making its debut on Gumroad, not on Amazon. And there’s a few reasons for that.

  1. The cover is highly likely to change, and I like to go out with a final, great cover on Amazon. (Learnt my lesson on Practice to Deceive.)
  2. I’ve had feedback from a few peeps that they had trouble buying on Amazon, so wanted to ensure this (DRM free, PDF only) option was available from the start.
  3. It’s actually going to be (shhh!) cheaper on Gumroad than Amazon. It’s priced at $4* right now on Gumroad; it’ll be at least $5 on Amazon. (I’m likely rejiggering all my prices, to be honest.)
  4. Er, the Amazon version isn’t ready and I wanted to keep my promise and get it out in February. So there.

Above and beyond all that, I’m also able to offer two different versions of the same story on Gumroad. As it’s a plain ol’ PDF, you get both ‘Letter’ sized and ‘A4’ sized. It’s purely for those of you who like to print stuff. I know you’re out there.

Now; if you’re a die-hard Kindle person, you can still import the PDF to Kindle if you like or you can wait a little while and it’ll make its way to Amazon. You’ll pay like a buck more, but it’ll be in your Kindle library, easy to download everywhere, still available to you if your backups die, etc.

Oh and of course, Amazon has reviews. So that’d be nice.

With all that said

The One I Want isn’t entirely my typical kind of story, but then it’s entirely atypical either. It’s got steamy sex. It’s got disguise. It’s got all the latex thingummies and doodads.

What it doesn’t have is a transformation scene. It’s implied (this is a male-to-female scenario, spoilers and all that) but it’s not shown ‘on-page’. For some, that might be a bummer. If so, I wanted you to know up front.

I’ve written dozens of transformation scenes in Practice to Deceive, Her Substitute and even (eventually) in A Lie Within A Lie, so I don’t feel it’s exactly lacking in my repetoire. But, if it’s your primary reason for reading, just know that going in.

It’s still, like, super hot though. So I’m told.

And hopefully you’ll tell me! I’m still hammering on the comments and the contact form, but you can always email me directly; details are in fact, in the PDF file.

Now what am I forgetting oh yeah

ps – congrats to the person who, I presume, got some sort of notification from Gumroad and snuck in to buy this early

* Strictly speaking it’s “$4 or above”. Gumroad lets you pay more. So if you wanna ‘tip’ me, essentially, I’d appreciate it – but not required!

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News Progress Report

Done (one)

We’re done! With one thing. And hey, it’s the thing I said I was gonna finish this month so… yay me! Be proud of yourself, ego. ID? You get the drift.

I am talking about The One I Want, which is the easier to type/say title for what I referred to before as You’re The One That I Want. Probably less chance of accidentally selling it to Grease fans, eh? (Although Google may lead them here anyway? OK, if you’re here looking for fan fiction where Sandra Dee is impersonated by Rizzo, uh, sorry, but good idea! You should write it yourself.)

Anyway, as I desperate pad a one line update to a third para you should know that YES! This will still be available to buy this month (January) or at the worst, early February. I am thinking about putting it on Gumroad first for a limited period and then dropping it on the Zon, mostly because I don’t have a cover yet… but we’ll see.

The One I Want word count

Final word count ended up higher than I’d had before at about 14K, which is nice. There were extensive rewrites that I think help the thing overall. I really hope you like it.

With that, back to Seeing is Deceiving and getting that bastard wrestled into submission. But keep your peepers peeled for updates on when this thing’s out.

Oh btw, I’m on Instagram these days. If you want to stalk my every move, actually you’ll still need to make more of an effort – but I do throw out updates on there every now and again. I’m here if you wanna do the follow thing.

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No really, I am here

As you know, things around here have been dormant, and I keep opening up random corners of the site going “Jesus! There’s a rat’s nest in here, and they’ve been chewing on the wires!”

Ergo, didn’t even realize on my post asking for comments that, umm, it’s a bit hard to make a comment as you can’t register here; and that my contact form was utterly broken.

For now, until I figure out my preference, you can register on WordPress.com for an account and use that to comment. (I honestly can’t even remember what commenting plugin I was using previously. I’ll figure it out.)

But arguably, it’ll be a lot easier to just email me. The email is gw at (the site domain), or if you like, ghostlywriter at the email service beginning with G. (Yes. I know how dumb it is to try and fool bots and crawlers. Whatever, I get enough spam.)

Or, use the (now functioning) contact form.

Normal service, etc.