I made some great progress on Lady on the Edge today. All that remains is to wrap up the loose ends of the story. I’m at just over 60,000 words and ready to close the first draft tomorrow. I did realize today that I promised an excerpt on Thursday and forgot to post it. I will do my best to rectify the situation tonight and give you some pictures and an excerpt.
This story is unlike anything I have ever done before, so much so that I am considering releasing it with a pen name. That probably won’t happen, but I have been thinking about it because the content is so different from my usual, and maybe somewhat provocative/controversial in nature. I’m not ashamed of it by any means…I think it is a great novel, but those who like my western ghost/creepy stories might find this one a bit of a shock.
I think the next novel, tentatively title The Chanteuse may provide me with more of an idea where my writing is heading. Who knows, I might become a horror writer after all. I think a bit of my Pollyanna image may be wearing off. One of the publishers at Tiwaz Press said he got chills from one of my stories headed for their holiday anthology Yuletide Chills; Festive Phantoms and Creepy Carousers, due out in early November.
It’s looking like I actually am going to make my deadline on Lady on the Edge with a couple of days to spare. This is going to allow me some time to do those character sketches for NaNoWriMo that I wanted to get done.
For the curious among you, the Friday night tequila tasting was fabulous and ended without anyone dancing on the bar or major shenanigans even after coaxing the hosts out of a couple of extra shots and a margarita. Retirement is a tough job, but I try to be one who never shirks a difficult assignment.