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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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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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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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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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Newsletter and other small stuff

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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