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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.
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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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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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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.

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This is a warm up

Flexin’ those fingers, flexin’ those fingers. This is a warm up for writing.

Or it’s procrastination. But the good thing is, either way, there’s words at the end of it! Yay! Okay, some random stuff.

I checked: You’re The One That I Want (I namechecked it last time, right?) is just over 12K words right now. That’s before the rewrite that, goddammit, I’m doing today. End of January, I said, right? Right.

Progress continues on the sequel to Practice to Deceive, and I namechecked that too, right? Didn’t I? Well, anyway, it’s called Seeing is Deceiving. I’ve had that title for years. I have the title for a third book too. Hope for your sake if I do write a third one it doesn’t take, umm, eight years to get done.

Anyway yes, progress, and I actually put it on Instagram, which I never ever post to but here you go, just so we have a picture.

Oh, turns out I put it on my Story so you had to be following me to see which sort of defeats my purpose here. And look at that moire pattern, yuck. This is why I hate the ‘verité’ (blurgh) of phonecam-aimed-at-monitor shots.

Anyway.

Yes, I know it’s just 266 words but as I tell myself on these days, that’s 266 more than I had before, when I had none! Also, we’re up to 108K, which is… more. And more is good.

Back to that after I take a crack at editing YTOTIW – easier than You’re The One That I Want but also, jeez, what a terrible acronym.

Okay, fingers feel warm. Time to make the words.

And hey, you’ve been good. Here’s the opening to (sigh) YTOTIW. As it currently stands, pre-edits. You can tap/click for the original. Sorry for the squinting.

Screenshot of opening of YTWTIO
You’ll probably figure out why the title

That’ll do. Laters.

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These aren’t resolutions for 2022

But promises. To myself. And I guess, to you.

Now, where were we? Oh yeah.

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Wow, 2 years? Or is it 4?

Every year about this time, in a highly idiosyncratic and in no way common routine, I start thinking about the year just gone and the year ahead.

It’s interesting. You should try it.

Anyway. Shitty jokes aside, let’s talk.

First: yes, I know, I suck, I haven’t published a thing, etc etc etc. Let’s just get past that, shall we? Okay.

Second: have I actually written? At all? Yeah, some. Not a lot, and really not enough to finish much, but yeah.

Third: was 2021 a shitty year? Well, does the Pope shit in the woods? (Yes, when the Vatican’s unavailable.)

Every time (counts on fingers: like, 5 times) I have opened this site in the last couple of (counts on thumbs: yeah, 2 is right) years, I have laughed bitterly at this entry about 2017 sucking.

I legitimately have no idea why I wrote that. Well, I have one idea. But honestly, if that was the primary reason why 2017 “sucked”, then boy howdy, is 2017 me in for one hell of a surprise.

As is 2018, 2019 and even 2020 me.

But.

Despite 2021 ultimately being Another Year of Suck, like the sequel that nobody wanted (Surprise! They filmed it at the same time as 2020 in secret), I genuinely feel like I’m turning a corner. And not just because of the looming New Year.

Now, talking about this too much would lean far too heavily into what we pseudononymous author types like to call Personally Identifiable Information, but suffice to say, there have been some changes in my life that I see as being positive. For real.

Which is nice.

Because yeah, honestly, this year has sucked, and not in a 2017 type way or even a 2020 type way but in a real, genuine, “holy fuck I wouldn’t have believed this last year” kinda way.

But we survived. We’re here. You and I. Fuck. Yes. So let’s get into 2022 and slap it about a bit, okay?