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Seeing is Deceiving: Paperback live

Seeing is Deceiving is now live in paperback. As in, you can buy it. Right now. And apparently have it in your hot little hands by Wednesday, at least here in the US, with Prime, etc etc.

Seeing is Deceiving paperback
It’ll look something like this. Trust me, it’s big

Damn, Amazon is on a tear. Trying to impress someone?

Anyway, you’d think after doing this for so long I’d know all the stuff but no! This being the first time I’ve actually had a paperback of a book available/submitted at the same time as the ebook, it’s the first time I’ve found out that the paperback can get processed this quick and can go on sale earlier than the pre-order!

Er, whoops?

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Seeing is Deceiving: Pre-order is live!

Seeing is Deceiving mockups - ereader, phone, paperback
Seeing is Deceiving: Pre-order your Kindle copy now

Well, that was quick (kinda).

The pre-order for the Kindle version of Seeing is Deceiving, the sequel to Practice to Deceive, is live now. Go go go go! After pre-ordering the book will drop onto your Kindle on Monday, January 30th. (Phew. Just in under the wire for the month.)

I say that was ‘quick’ because between the time I uploaded the file and I had finished with the paperback version, voila! The pre-order popped up. Pretty quick, Amazon. In, uh, stark contrast to me.

Wait, you’re still here? You have questions? Right, right. Let’s hear them, reader of my imagination.

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News Progress Report

So that was 2022

At this time of year – still 2022 around these parts – it’s tempting to do one of those retrospective doohickeys, you know, look back at all the great words that were written in your blog.

But we know better than that, don’t we? We do. It’s not like I have a lot of blog entries to peruse. So while 2022 started in what I felt was a positive way, it’s ended in a sort of… medium way. But better than it could have, for sure, because…

I finished the edit

Yes thank GOD, I finished the edit on Seeing is Deceiving, AKA Practice to Deceive 2. HURRAH. Yes, your next mask fiction novel is inbound.

Yes, it’s done. Also, follow me on possibly the only social network I give a shit about any more: @ghostlywriteruk

Honestly the editing felt like more of a drag than the writing at times, but it’s done and even better, I recently invested in some new software that should help me get the book formatted and ready for publication quicker than ever. So that’s next! No, it won’t be out today (ha!) but I have a good feeling about January. I really do!

It’s a big book (surprise, surprise) and it took way too fucking long but it’s done. So yay! That’s coming closer. It’s real. Itshappening.gif.

Also, let’s be real

I have to remind myself that despite publishing one thing in 2022 and finishing one other thing, that was, in fact, more productive than I’ve been in years.

And I know that I’ve said this before, but man, 2022 sucked in a few very specific ways (and is, in fact, still sucky in some) so the fact that anything came out is good.

What’s up for 2023?

As always, I have plans. As always, they may not come to fruition! But it’s good to have plans.

First thing, obbbbbviously, is publishing Seeing is Deceiving. It will be on Amazon; it will be on Gumroad (and maybe elsewhere) as a PDF and/or other file for those who aren’t Amazon friendly. It will be a paperback for the two of you who want to buy a physical copy.

Then – honestly, unsure. I’ve got thoughts. I’ve got ideas. We’ll see which way the muse takes me. Hopefully roughly and from behind.

That’ll do! Gonna go off and (gasp) work on formatting the book. Woo!

Happy New Year, everyone. Here’s to surviving 2023.

(Twenty-fucking-twenty-THREE!)

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Merry Christmas, I got you… err…

Well, not a whole lot. Some words?

Yep, it’s Christmas Eve and nope, the book isn’t finished (editing wise). It’s closer! It gets closer. But it won’t be out this year.

Next year? 99.9% sure. I mean, I could be hit by a bus.

However, I do have a little something. It’s really not much! At all! But it’s something and hey, if I don’t drop it here it’s going nowhere else because: it’s a cut scene.

Literally until this week, this (small) scene was in the draft. And then for reasons I won’t bore you with (right now; I reserve the right to bore you later), it got cut. It ain’t going back in. It’s just never going to happen in the book. So you might as well get it here, eh?

Regardless of the fact this scene isn’t going in the book, it’s still full of spoilers for reasons you’ll see.

Sooo SPOILERS AHEAD. You will spoil stuff about the book if you read beyond this point, regardless of it not being in the book. Trust me.

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Late November update (ugh)

Life happens.

And when it does it tends to happen all at once, as they say.

I can’t fully disclose here because, well because, but suffice to say September and October ended up being a little nuts. And then November? Let’s just say I looked at the date as I sat down to write this and went what?

Time is passing way too quick, people.

Editing has stalled. Not because of any inherent issue with editing, just with time and my inclination, because of the because circumstances up above. Things have happened, personal and stress-inducing things, that have left me much more interested in basically meditating and keeping my mind clean of all thought vs. getting into the book in the last two (sigh) months.

Sorry. You’re waiting, you’re relatively patient, and I appreciate that.

What can I say? I will slog onwards. About 50K to go, editing wise, but man, that seems like a lot right now. Wish me luck, etc!

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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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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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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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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.