Sunday, 28 March 2010

Six Sentence Sunday

I only recently come across this concept – post six sentences from a longer piece on a Sunday. Nice idea, so here’s my first offering.

These six sentences come from Kissed by a Rose, which gets it’s print release next week. If you can’t wait for the print, you can already get it in the digital format of your choice from Phaze. (That link takes you to my author page, where the print edition will appear when it is released and where all my other books are too)

“I have no idea what the future holds, who does? All I know is that I want to spend every second of every day with Chloe. Because when I’m with her, the sky seems a little bluer and the clouds a little fluffier. Even the birdsong sounds a little sweeter. What I’m trying to say is that I’m crazy about her, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy. I’m going to stick around for as long as she wants me.”

Saturday, 27 March 2010

SOL No More

This evening I received an e-mail from the owner/operator of the StoriesOnline website informing me that he considered my blog to be nothing more than spam.

In a message which was unnecessarily aggressive in tone, he said he’d been monitoring my activity for ‘a while’ and he was ‘getting tired of it’. My SOL blog was simply a re-posting of this one, warts and all and it’s the fact that I have spoken about works that have not been posted on his site that he objects to.

In the world of the open, social-web where users are sharing good content via sites like twitter, facebook and tumblr, SOL is a closed eco-system where the owner wants visitors to remain rather than be directed elsewhere. Sounds a lot like a certain social-networking site owned by an international media company that is losing users left right and centre, don’t you think? (Speaking of that same international media company, news that The Times is putting its website behind a paywall is not surprising but the only people who think it will work are the editor and Mr Murdoch himself – a dinosaur from a media era that no longer exists. I’ll be quite funny when he has to admit defeat)

The site owner said “Your profile and your page header is full of links to sell your stories” and “You've become a parasite.”

This from a man who’s entire business model is based on authors posting stories they write for free, all of which are accepted regardless of quality, so that his site members will pay for premium access so they can read more stories and use facilities like a library and have the ability to download stories in various formats. The site contains literally thousands of stories, many of dubious quality, but as I’ve spoken about here before, there are a few gems – although you do have to work hard to find them.

I politely responded to him saying that if he felt he no longer wanted me to be a member of his ‘community’ he should cancel my account and remove my stories and blog entries forthwith. This he has done. Well, my stories are gone - the last time I checked the account was still active, although my author’s ‘premium access’ has been revoked now my stories have gone and instead of a random story and library, I now have an advert telling me the cost of premium access and encouraging me to buy. Seems I’m not totally unwelcome as long as I pay up. (Access is $70 per year, if your interested)

I’m sure the removal of my 30 odd stories will not be considered any great loss and while I admit I’m sad to see my stories removed from the site, that sadness is more sentimental than anything else. Before I began selling my work, first to Ruthie’s Club and then through Phaze, StoriesOnline was where I posted my stories, and I’ve received many nice e-mails from readers on the site in respect of them.

It is a shame that site members will no longer be able to stumble across my stories and enjoy them. I guess I’ll just have to post html versions of the stories to my own site instead.

Flash Fiction – Love is…

I got a message from a reader on StoriesOnline this week about one of my flash offerings, entitled Love is… He was very complimentary of the 300 word story, and it prompted me to read it again since I hadn’t read it in a while.

And he was right – it is very nice.

My Flash stories are the least read of all my stories on SOL so I thought I’d offer you the chance to read them on this blog. Over the next few weeks I’ll post some of them and I’d love to know what you think of them.

Love is… was written while my wife was pregnant and as part of a challenge at The Fishtank to write a story that had a lot of smells in it. This is one of the very first flash stories I ever wrote. I hope you enjoy it.

Love is…

She meets me at the door. "You're late."

"I had to clean up."

She holds me close and rests her head on my shoulder. I breathe deeply. She's used her peppermint shampoo. The one that's good for headaches.

"You smell like the bar."

She's right. I can smell it myself—the second-hand tobacco, the stale beer, the oil from the fryer. The stench hangs off my clothes and adheres to my skin. "Goes with job."

"Do you need two jobs? I never see you."

"We need the extra cash. I'll take a shower. Get in bed and I'll join you when I'm done."

The shower is invigorating. I walk into the bedroom. She is under the covers, lying on her side. She always sleeps naked. I slip into bed and spoon up beside her. Her skin is soft and smooth and smells of camomile. I put my head on her lavender scented pillow and drape my arm over her. I cup her breast and squeeze tenderly.

"Ow. Don't. They're sore."

I let go and slide my hand down her body until it rests on her once flat belly. I'm hard. She must feel me against her rear.

"I want to make love," she says, "but I'm scared."

"Don't be. It won't do any harm?"


"I promise."

I adjust my hips. She does too. "Be gentle."

One thrust and we are one. "Go slowly."

I go as slowly as either of us can stand, but it's been weeks. We're both aching for release and I get carried away. She moans and comes first. Before she's finished, I fill her with more seed, not that it's needed. I hug her gently and whisper sweet words in her ear. My hand returns to her belly. My latest, greatest reason to love her.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Keyword Round-up

It’s always interesting to take a look at my websites stats information to see what sort of keyword searches are bringing people to my site. Some of them really do crack me up. Here are some of the best so far in March

  • “Maggie Jackcart” – I have no idea who she is or if she’s even real.
  • “Twins Snoging” – so that would be for my free story “Would Twins do this”
  • “Virgin sucked my cock filetype pdf” – who searched for this? Who?
  • “Tits scream please fuck me filetype pdf” – I’d guess this was the same person, right?
  • “Naruto Shippuuden” – anyone know what language this is?
  • “Passionate Plots” – I’m quite happy with this one.
  • “Romantic Novel steamy extracts” – and this one.
  • “She measured his wife cock” – that makes no sense.
  • “VW golf sloshing water sound in rear” – you’re on the wrong site mate.
  • “6470a gelnway ave 290” – I wonder who lives there then.
  • “at 40 something having her dress lifted and her knickers pulled down she was mortified” – Someone’s being a bit specific aren’t they?
  • “do twin brothers wank together” – I have no idea and you won’t find the answer on my site.

The mind boggles.

Monday, 22 March 2010

It’s not only the Politicians that Lie

The other day I was listening to a radio phone in about the current strike by British Airways staff and its impact on the impending general election. Before I get to the point of this post, can I just as why the hell and American trade union (The Teamsters) think they have any right to get involved in a British trade dispute? Showing solidarity and support indeed. It’s none of their bloody business. I digress.

Back to the phone in. At one point, the host wheeled out some pollster who claimed he knew what made certain types of people vote the way they did.

It was mildly interesting, but one thing he did say which struck me was this :-  in general, people will give more altruistic answers when directly asked what influences their vote than is strictly the case when they are alone in the polling booth.

The example he gave was that people might say they will vote for the party they trust most to properly fund the NHS even if it costs them more in taxes, but when it comes time to vote, how much more it will cost them will typically be a much bigger influence than they claim when asked.

In other words, voters lie when talking to pollsters. They give answers that reflect the view they think they should have rather than answers that reflect the views they actually have. We all like to think we care about looking after ‘the poor’ but when it comes down to it it’s a special type of person who cares more about looking after ‘the poor’ than looking after themselves.

But is this really all that surprising? We live in a society that tells us we should care about this or that and we don’t want to be seen to be the one going against this ‘politically correct’ standpoint. And that’s because those that do stand up and say “You know, this is a crock of shit’ generally get shot down my the media and labelled evil, selfish or stupid.

That is the reason it is almost impossible, in the 21st century, to have a reasoned political debate that actually leads to a conclusion about what is best for the country. And the blame lies solely with the media – both print, broadcast and, increasingly, online.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The media in this country have a lot to answer for. But I doubt they ever will.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Self-Indulgent Nonsense?

I recently read an interesting blog post on SOL in which the poster responded to another SOL blogger’s posts, saying that he found it refreshing (or words to that effect) to read blog posts on SOL which weren’t merely “self-indulgent nonsense”. I thought I’d offer my thoughts on the topics discussed, but before that, the phrase he used made me think, is my blog self-indulgent nonsense? I do hope it’s more than that. But maybe it isn’t.

In recent weeks this blog has focused very much on the progress of my WIP. Indeed, the three previous posts to this one have all been on that topic. The next one back was about my sales figures and then all but one post in Feb was back on the WIP topic. The exception being a post about the character Donna Noble from Doctor Who which I wrote after seeing ‘The Runaway Bride’ again on BBC3 one night.

But, I am a writer, right? Okay, that’s not all I am, but my ‘Marc Nobbs’ persona is a writer and everything else that I am comes under the guise of my ‘real’ name. So surely you’d expect that as Marc Nobbs I’d write about writing, particularly given I’m as caught up in writing a story as I am right now. Does that make it self-indulgent? I don’t know, mine is not to judge, only to write.

In January, I posted an article on ‘details’ in fiction writing from a very general perspective rather than focused on a particular piece of work. And also in January there was a post about, for want of a better way to describe it, the state of life in my country right now.

Are they self-indulgent posts?

But that’s not the point of today’s post. Instead, I’d like to add my voice to the points raised by the original blogger, to which the second blogger was responding.

The first topic under discussion was the future, as the original poster saw it, of the publishing industry. The general ideas expressed in the post were that in the future, publishers may well be by-passed by amateur writers in favour of a system of, for want of a better name, ‘shareware’, where the writer posts his work for free and asks for a donation from readers if they liked the work. His argument is that if a writer only makes £1 per book sold in the traditional model, then readers would be willing to donate that pound to him after having read and enjoyed the work as opposed to paying £3 or £4 (or more) before reading the book. Which is a nice theory. His ‘points of sale’ for this model are sites like StoriesOnline itself.

The responder, however, pointed out that most people who read on StoriesOnline are more likely to read said story, think it was good and then move onto the next without donating at all. And I have to agree with this, I’m afraid. And here’s why.

At present, the ‘payment’ for authors on SOL comes in the form of high scores from the voting system and nice e-mails from readers. The voting form and e-mail form are right there at the bottom of the story page to make it easy for readers to ‘pay’ the writer.

Which is all well and good, but… Take a look at the stats for a moment. Now, this is based on my personal experience and may not reflect what happens to other authors. My most read story on the site is Reunion which has over fifteen thousand reads (not massive by the standards of some on SOL). That story has had in the region of six hundred of those readers vote on it and I’d say that over the six or so years the story has been on the site I’ve had less than a hundred e-mails.

So, of the people that have read the story, roughly 4% have voted. And of the those that took the trouble to vote, in the order of 20% give or take sent me an e-mail. This is around 1% of the people that have read it that wrote to me about it.

By contrast, one of the ‘best loved’ stories on SOL, Frank Downey’s Dance of a Lifetime has had almost one hundred and fourteen thousand downloads and almost three thousand votes. But that’s still only roughly 3% of readers that have voted, so perhaps these two together are a good guide to how many SOL members do actually vote. Obviously, I can’t testify as to how many e-mails Mr Downey received about his story.

Now, voting and sending e-mails costs nothing but a few moments of the readers time but how many would be willing to go further and put their hands in their pockets to reward the author. We have to assume that those who didn’t even bother to vote won’t. And we should also probably assume that those who didn’t e-mail won’t either. And I’d guess that even of those who e-mailed, it’d be a small percentage that would actually pay up, so to speak.

This, of course, is all speculation, but I’d be willing to be it’s not far from what would happen.

Having said that, for the true amateur writer – that is, those are not able to sell their work for whatever reason -  any income at all would be better than nothing so even if only 0.1% of those fifteen thousand readers donated £1, that’s a nice little bonus that might buy a couple of beers. Of course, Mr Downey would be happy (I’d wager) if 0.1% of his readers donated a quid. :-)

I deliberately defined an amateur writer above because that leads nicely into the second topic under discussion in the posts I read. The gist of the original poster’s second post was an e-mail he’d received regarding editing suggestions on one of his stories. He said he was grateful for the advice, but ultimately dismissed it and gave his reasons for doing so. He spoke about consistency of ‘style’, be it good or bad, so that readers know what to expect. He also mentioned the many e-mails he gets each day from readers telling him how much they enjoy his stories.

The respondent basically said this was the wrong attitude to take, which, again, I have to agree with. But I’d like to approach my explanation of why from a different stand point.

To me, the argument ‘but my readers tell me they like it’ is one trotted out, time and time again and has never held water. The type of authors who use this argument have either never attempted to be published through the ‘traditional’ method of sending work to a publisher for evaluation, or have attempted… and failed.

When I came back to writing in around 2004 and joined The Fishtank with the purpose of learning how to be a better writer, I wanted to be published but didn’t believe I was good enough. And I did use the ‘my readers like it’ argument myself at times to justify not approaching a publisher. Of course, I ultimately did approach a publisher and it was the second best thing I ever did in my writing career.

I’m fortunate in that I’ve had a good experience. I know that. Phaze are brilliant. The editor they teamed me with has been brilliant. (I cannot even begin to tell you how sad I am that she is leaving after we’ve finished editing Eternally & Evermore, but she has agreed to continue to beta-read for me, which I’m very, very happy about) But I know that other people are not as lucky as me.

Another recent SOL blog post that peaked my interest was from one of SOL’s more popular authors – one of those guys that posts a lot of stories and those stories are pretty much guaranteed to get lots of downloads and high scores. He’d been on self-enforced hiatus from posting at SOL while he tried to get a story placed with a traditional publisher. It seems that he’d been told by many SOL readers that his stories were so good he was bound to get published easily, so he gave it a try.

Of course, getting published isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work. Publishers don’t pick any old work to invest their time and money in. They pick work they believe will sell. After all, publishing is a business and businesses need to make money and to make money publishing you have to sell books.

His initial submission was returned with suggestions for changes. The author made those changes as best as he thought he could and returned the manuscript only to have the process repeated.

Essentially the publisher had told him to use third person limited point of view, which is the prevailing point of view in modern fiction. He tried his best, but ultimately decided that a part of his story could not be told from this narrow viewpoint and ruled that he knew better than the publisher. After all, the publisher is simply following the current publishing fashion and the author knew he was good because ‘his readers like it’.

The submission was ultimately rejected.

Now, in his blog post this author spoke about how the great authors of the past wrote the way he writes – he called it ‘storytelling’ - and asked if the publishers would have rejected them for not following the current trends.

But here’s the thing, I’d be willing to bet that those great authors of the past would, if writing today, listen to what their publishers and editors said because they were great authors and great authors, hell even merely good authors, know that the publishers know what sells and if you want to sell books, you listen to them.

There has been possibly one author in recent publishing history who didn’t listen to his publisher and that was Tolkien. And he could get away with it because he was Professor of English (Well, Anglo-Saxon) at Oxford. As his publisher's son says in one of the documentaries on The Fellowship of the Ring DVD – You didn’t edit Tolkien.

But most of us are not Tolkien. Good authors listen to their publishers and editors. They don’t always do what they say but they are able to justify why they shouldn’t. And you certainly don’t do that as a first time author. And even if you’ve published a thousand works on a site like SOL, you’re still a first time author when you send off that initial submission. Why? Because the markets are very, very different. Readers go to SOL looking for something to read for free and as such they are willing to lower their expectations of what they read somewhat. I know I lower mine. Occasionally I get very pleasantly surprised and come across a real gem – but only occasionally. When you go to a publisher to buy a story, you expect it to be good. You don’t expect poor spelling, poor grammar, poor style, poor plot, etc. Unless, of course, you’re buying a Dan Brown book.

I’d like to ask, how many of those people who’ve e-mailed this SOL author encouraging him to try and get published would actually buy his book if it ever came out? Not many, if any, I’d guess. Why pay for a story when you can read lots of new stories for free – even if that one you’d be paying for would, hopefully, be much, much better?

Instead, the market he’d be aiming for would be the publisher's existing customers. That’s why the publisher asked for changes – they know what their customers want to buy, what their customers will buy and what their customers won’t buy.

As a writer, I have never dismissed any advice or criticism I may have received. Yes, I might bristle upon receiving it, but I’ve learned to get over it and take on board what’s being said. I believe that doing this makes me a better writer. If I learned anything at all from The Fishtank, that is the most important thing – learn from your critics. A lot of other amateur writers would do well to learn the same thing.

I don’t consider myself a professional writer. I consider myself an amateur with a professional attitude. Amateur because I’m not doing this specifically to make money but I do believe me attitude is pretty professional.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not the greatest writer in the world. My sales sales figures haven’t set the world on fire and my stories at SOL are not the most read or the highest scored. But I do believe that I do everything I can to make my work the very best it can be. I enjoy writing. It’s a hobby not a career. I’m not going to make a living from it. Ever. And I’m not the sort of person who would ever think that just because a handful of people stoke my ego in the hope I’ll write more for them to enjoy for free that I know better than industry professionals who read hundreds of submissions a month.

Does that make me a better writer or a better person than those people who do have had their self image inflated by the praise of readers on sites like SOL? Hell, no, of course it doesn’t. Mine is not to judge others. I simply offer my thoughts having read a few blog posts recently. Maybe that’s self-indulgent of me. Maybe it’s not. But this has been my two-pennies-worth. I’m probably going to take some stick for it. I’ll probably get a few flame e-mails. So be it. I’ll respond to those e-mails with all the dignity I can muster. But for now, I have a WIP calling.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Last Thursday I planned out the next scene of my WIP in my head. It’s the one where the Hero, Paul, professes his love for the heroine, Clarissa. I did it as I was falling asleep and it’s very vivid in my head. I know what he’s going to say, how he’s going to say it and what her reaction is.

Trouble is, it’s still, fully formed, in my head. Every time I’ve sat down to type it out, I’ve been interrupted (okay, maybe distracted is a better word. I’d hardly call qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix an interruption.)

Thankfully, the scene is still in my head – it hasn’t evaporated into the ether – which is good. It’s also good that other, later scenes are still forming themselves in my head.

So, I’ll just have to live with it for now. Hopefully I can get it typed out today and move on.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Clear and Present Danger… Of Twitter

When I write, I will often do a companion Tweet session if anything occurs to me. (And by tweet, I don’t actually just mean twitter, since the app I use, Twhirl, updates which in turn updates Facebook, MySpace Google Buzz and others)

It might be that I hit a milestone and Tweet it. Or get excited by a particular scene and tweet it. Anything really.

Last night, I wrote chapter twenty-two of my WIP. In it, our Heroine, Clarissa, takes our Hero, Paul, to visit his parent’s grave on the third anniversary of their death. And as I wrote it, it occurred to me that it’s the fourth graveside scene I’ve written in my (what will be) five books.

So I tweeted about it. And I tweeted details of the scenes. And nearly gave away a pretty major plot point in my forthcoming release Eternally & Evermore.


And lo, you see the danger of instant communication tools like twitter. Imagine if Agatha Christie had done that? lol

Here are my actual words…

There's two in "Lost & Found", one in the forthcoming "Eternally & Evermore" and this one in my WIP.

So, I wonder why I'm so fascinated with scenes of grief at a cemetery?

In the other three scenes, it's my heroine grieving, and we all know what they say about grief and women. One for her brother and one for...

Opps, nearly gave away a MAJOR plot point of a book that not out until the summer.

I tell you, that was damn close. To reveal who’s grave the scene took place at in Eternally & Evermore and to reveal who was in the scene would have given away at least two of the books big secrets.

And I wouldn’t want to do that, now would I?

Eternally & Evermore will be released by Phaze Books on 29th August, so you’ll have to wait until then to see who’s grave it is and who’s there.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

That wasn’t supposed to happen

I sat down yesterday to write a scene between the two leads in my WIP, Paul and Clarissa. It was supposed to be a scene where Paul told Clarissa something important that had just happened to him, something that would be a secret they shared.

Now, Paul does trust Clarissa – they already share some secrets, which is why he thinks he can trust her – but I’ll be honest, I was worried (as was Paul) about how he would tell her and how she’d react. So I was expecting it to be an interesting scene to write.

I managed to get them sitting down alone and Paul’s working out how to open the conversation when suddenly Clarissa blurts out, “This is about sex, isn’t it? You’re upset because we’ve been going out for a month and we haven’t had sex yet.” Which was most definitely not what Paul was going to talk about.

And just like that, Clarissa hijacks the scene and it goes off in a totally different direction to the one I was expecting to write. And Paul never did get to talk about what he wanted to talk about – which might just come back to bite him in the arse later in the story.

God, I love these characters, they just lead me where they want to go and I follow along writing down what happens and what they say. It’s a real joy to work like this.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Best Sellers and Sales Outlets

I like my publisher, Phaze. Every month they give me a breakdown of the books I’ve sold, where I’ve sold them, and how much Royalty I’m due. My books are sold on the Phaze website but also through Fictionwise, All Romance e-books, Kindle and other, less well known book stores.

My sales reports are sent to me two months in arrears – that is at the end of Feb/beginning of March, I was sent December’s report. And each month contains sales from different outlets. The Phaze website reports ‘immediately’, that is December’s report contains December’s sales through the website. Kindle is a couple of months behind – December’s report contained September’s sales.

But AR.e and Fictionwise report quarterly rather than monthly. In November I got AR.e sales for the three months to September and the same period from Fictionwise was reported in December.

I’ve now got six quarters of ‘full’ sales information from the date that Charlotte’s Secret was released and a further quarter of figures from the Phaze website alone. Here are a few interesting (or not, depending on how you look at it) facts and figures.

Firstly, Charlotte’s Secret is my best seller, with a whopping 77% of all time sales. Lost & Found is second with just 15% and Kissed by a Rose is third with 8% - but then, it’s been out for over a year less than the other two. It’s also not surprising that Charlotte’s is the best seller in terms of number of copies for the simple reasons that not only has it been out the longest, but it’s also the cheapest of the three. As can be evidenced when you look at Royalty income.

Charlotte’s makes up 65% of my all time royalties, Lost is 19% and Kissed is 16% - double its percentage in terms of copies sold, but then it is twice the price of Lost and three times the price of Charlotte’s.

So, this leads to an interesting question – should I concentrate my efforts of novella length pieces rather than novel length? The shorter (and so cheaper) books clearly sell better, but the revenue from them is considerably less. Perhaps a healthy mix of both is best. Which still means I should churn out a shorter piece pretty soon to balance things out.

Something to think about. Let’s move on.

In terms of sales outlets, I sell by far the most copies on Fictionwise – some 68%. 20% of sales have come from the Phaze website, 11% from AR.e and a measly 1% from the Kindle store. I suspect that this is because Fictionwise discount the books to some extent – and this shows in my royalty distribution. I get much higher royalties from books sold from the Phaze website. They make up 37% of my royalties (compared with just 20% of sales remember – that’s almost double), whereas Fictionwise is just 50% of royalties (compared to 68% of sales).

All very interesting I’m sure you wouldn’t agree. Forgive me for being a statto. It’s in my nature.

One other interesting thing to say is that the quarter to September saw a spike in sales at Fictionwise. And that spike wasn’t in sales of Kissed (released in June) but in Charlotte’s. The question is... Why? What did I do in terms of marketing during those three months to cause the spike? Or did I do anything? Was it just random? Of course, because the spike covers three months, I don’t know if it was spread evenly over that time, or as a result of one specific thing I did. And I guess I’ll never know.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Frustrating on the one hand, Not so much on the other

Last week I polished off chapter 19 of my WIP, currently titled “A Good Man” but as always this may change. (Actually, to give it its full working title it’s “The Coming of Age Saga - Book 1:A Good Man”) I also started chapter 20. I’ve written two hundred words of 20, but that’s it. And every time I’ve sat down to write the rest of the chapter, I’ve failed. I keep getting interrupted, which is really quite frustrating, especially as the whole dam chapter and the next couple that follow it are sitting in my brain trying to get out.

On the other hand, the reasons for the interruptions are not entirely unpleasant, such as the little boy wanting to play. So that takes the sting out of the frustration.

I’m also very pleased that the chapters seem to be sticking around in my head. Yes, they are desperate to get out, but they’re not being impatient and going off to play elsewhere leaving me with nothing to write when I am finally able to find the time to write it.

It just so happens that the story is a point of some pretty important revelations. There was a pretty big one in chapter 19, there’s a pretty big one to come in chapter 20, as well as some set up for the future, and there will also be some big developments in the chapters that follow. After that, we’ll hit the first real emotional low-point for our first-person narrator, Paul, so those chapters might be difficult to write. But he’ll get over it only to hit a second, bigger, emotional low later on.

And that’s only in book one. The second book – which is already developing in my head – will see him hit an emotional brick wall and have to struggle to find the help to climb over it.

I do seem to be full of ideas at the moment. I’ve got what I think will be a very different idea that I’d like to develop, and it is currently so strong in my head I may have to work on it in-between books one and two of “Coming of Age”, just to clear it out of my head.

But that’s for the future. I need to finish this first book before I decide anything about what to do next.


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