Posted in Work In Progress on Sep 15, 2013
It's been a good while since I wrote about what I'm up to, although as usual that generally means I'm not doing much on the writing front. However, ‘not much’ is not the same as ‘nothing’. I actually have been making progress on two fronts: More
Posted in Work In Progress on Jan 05, 2013
My latest story is at the point where I'd like to get some feedback from some beta readers. A beta reader gets to read a book before it's published (generally, before it's even gone to the publisher) and - this is the important part - gives feed back to the author about anything in the story that needs improvement. I had some really wonderful beta readers for the David & Gun series, but as “Worlds Apart” is a very different story, I thought it was time to seek out new blood. More
Posted in Work In Progress on Oct 12, 2012
Quite a few things happening at once now, as always:[caption id="attachment_1496" align="alignright" width="125"] Worlds Apart[/caption]
I just finished the first draft of another book, which I'm calling “Worlds Apart” for now. I even, just a few days ago, made a first stab at the cover. This book is another new departure for me, since the best category I can put it in is Science Fiction, although at its core there's still a story of the relationship between two men.
Parts of this story have been knocking around my head for many, many years, long before I seriously took up writing fiction, or even travel writing come to that. In fact, this work owes a lot to a book I read about 40 years ago: “Who?” by Algis Budrys. I've used what I remember of the structure of that book, as well as some of the central themes, in my story, although I believe “Worlds Apart” is a very different kind of book from the cold war era setting of “Who?” More
Posted in Work In Progress on Aug 23, 2012
It's been a while since I issued any update, and there's been a reason for that - beyond simply not having anything to share. I'll [maybe] get to that in a moment, but first I do have some progress to report.[caption id="attachment_1132" align="alignright" width="187"] Cover - Letting Go[/caption]
At long last I put the finishing touches on the first draft of “Letting Go”. It's a bit shorter than More
Posted in Work In Progress on Jul 19, 2012
The new David & Gun book, Letting Go, is slowly coming together. The first draft is almost complete, although there's still a lot of polish needed here and there. It's hard to say when it will be finished, since I seem to be spending endless amounts of time tweaking a few passages, but I'm reasonably confident it will be ready some time in the fall, so I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek at a chapter. More
Posted in Work In Progress on Jun 25, 2012
The first draft of my next book, Letting Go is well on its way towards completion, so it's time to start thinking about the cover:[caption id="attachment_1132" align="alignright" width="187"] Cover - Letting Go[/caption]
Letting Go picks up the story of my last book, Five At Table, more or less where it left off. It continues the tale of David, his husband/Dom/lover Gun, and the three young men that have become part of their family: Tom, Chang and Den. This book is more episodic in nature, as it weaves together stories about all the men in David's life. While each person has their own story, there's still something of theme to this book, which led me to the title and the cover art.
At least one chapter is, I think, polished enough to share, so I'll probably be posting the first excerpt from the book in the next few weeks. It was the first scene I wrote for the book, and I think it's rather interesting.
This is very likely the last David & Gun book, at least for a while. I think I've explored as much of their relationship as I can, at least for now. I'm certainly not going to draw a line under them or anything like that, so don't worry. I plan to leave the two men happy-for-now as they say in the book biz at the end of Letting Go. I just don't plan to pick up the story again. But, as they also say, “never say never”. If I think of new situations to put the men or their boys in, I might go back to them again. More
You've probably seen the spate of recent releases in the last month or so, with both Journey's End and Five At Table now available in all formats. Having two books ready to go at once was something of an accident, the result of setting work on Journey's End aside, because I wasn't quite happy with the way one bit was going. I went back to it after I packed Five At Table off to my beta readers, and managed to get past the sticky bits much better.
So, what am I working on now? I'm currently about halfway through another book revolving around David and Gun, and the little family they created in Five At Table. The working title for this volume is "Letting Go". I'm only introducing one more new character to the group, but I plan for all of them to grow and change. One or two might be moving on, for a while at least.More
Posted in Work In Progress on Apr 09, 2012
Here's another sneak peak at a part of Five At Table (formerly “Baby Makes Three”), which will be released next week (I hope). It describes a trip David makes with Tom, the university student he and Gun are mentoring, while the two are still getting to know one another.[caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Some of the ruins of Ayutthaya, the old capital of Siam, talked about in this excerpt."][/caption]
David and Tom set out early in the morning to go to Ayutthaya, the old Siamese capital, by train. Gun offered to drive them, as it was only an hour or so away, but David liked the occasional train trip. Thai trains were slow and decrepit, but they were dirt cheap and allowed you to see some countryside and meet the kinds of people that most tourists never encountered. Arriving at the station, they negotiated with one of the small three-wheeled taxis the Thais called tuk-tuks for the noise they make, to take them to the hotel, which was just on the edge of the historical park.More
[caption id="attachment_640" align="alignright" width="214" caption="Journey's End Cover (final)"][/caption]
Yes, friends, the "Journeys" series is almost at an end. I finished the third and final book, Journey's End a few weeks ago and it's now available for purchase from Smashwords and Amazon (see the book page for links).
To celebrate this achievement, and for those of you who haven't read one or More
I'm finally back at work on Journey's End, the third (and final) book in the Journeys series. I think the first draft will be completed in the next few days, unless I get really stalled again, but it will still probably be a few months before I'm ready to release it.
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