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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

News Process Progress Report

These aren’t resolutions for 2022

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

Now, where were we? Oh yeah.

News Progress Report

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?

Progress Report

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!

(PS: Not getting the newsletter? You can subscribe here.)

News Progress Report

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.

News Progress Report

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….

News Progress Report

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.