The Official Current Daily-Writing Book(s)

So just to explain in case anyone here isn’t over there and hasn’t noticed…

Um, I’m back on to doing books rather than short stories.  The stories were just, um, I don’t know actually…  because it suddenly just happened?  Because how I have less control over this whole thing than everyone seems to expect, and so on.  And because writing to a kind of daily deadline seems to actually work quite well, and makes me get stuff done, so if I can do one lot of 1000 words that way, why not try and do more?

So I will, at least until it gets too much and my brain explodes or something.  Even though these will be more “up to 1000 words”, like housemates was, rather than “at least a 1000 words” like Evie’s Job turned into.  Because I wondered if that’s why Evie’s Job got a bit long in places.

So anyways, these…

 

As Darkness Falls

This one I’ll do every day, but just to say again, it isn’t smut, so that maybe something you need to know.  A couple, one of which is an abuse survivor, consider revenge killing.  And the blurby…  When she was a child, Zoe was raped by her father.  Now, years later, he is being released from prison.  Zoe’s girlfriend Sara loves Zoe with all her heart.  She loves Zoe so completely that she would do anything for Zoe.  She would kill for Zoe if she had to.  And then Zoe actually asks her to.  She asks Sara to help her kill her father, and Sara realizes she could, that she is capable of it, and that she might be able to get away with it, too.

Um, this is just on Wattpad because doing daily updates is much, much easier than here :)

 

Love Letters that aren’t about Love

Which is trying to be every day, but sometimes takes slightly longer because it’s a bit tricker to write.  So a weird mix of a novel and short stories.   Emma writes Alyssa dirty emails that are usually stories, and tries to decide if she wants to have an affair.  This is the smuttiest of the current ones, just in case that matters to any of your perves :)

And this is on Wattpad because it has been for ages!

 

Islands in the Sky

SFF of some sort, probably fantasy, because there’s magic…  or is there, because it’s a dystopian future version of our world after a magical apocalypse, so perhaps what they all think is a magical disaster is actually a technological collapse and the myths about that… oh except how the world consists of islands of the earth’s crust floating three miles in the air…  no I don’t know which it is either.

On one island, Sema, a farm girl, watches as her family are killed by pirates. On another, in a city, a thousand miles to south, Cassa is about to marry a man she does not love because she doesn’t love men at all.

Although, to be honest, I just wrote the Cassa part of the blub for the sake of it because omg meeting each other and falling in love and all that stuff…  but I have no idea who Cassa is or why or whatever so yeah..  um…  we’ll see?  Once Sema’s more, um, immediate problems are dealt with…

Immeadiate problems like pirates and murder and starvation…   oh just go look, it’ll make sense then.

On Wattpad and also on here because I suspect Wattpad people who know me aren’t especially SF-ish and maybe people here are!   I’ll update the page here in chunks probably, like maybe weekly, unless lots of people suddenly start reading it…  so Wattpad is fresher, is what I mean.

 

The Debt Collectors War

Because SFF is overrun with books called “the something’s war” so I will too!  Ha!   Near-future SF, about mercenaries looking for a missing heir in the usual corporatey nation-less free-markety world.  One in which the Afghan war is still going on, but in which the US has collapsed because of a debt crisis and is being debt-collected on by private banks from China.  And also, this is the start of what was Edges of Empires, because I wanted to come back to that, just without the torturey end which everyone hated.  So, um, this will be redoing that, but with an actual story.  But I won’t add to this every day because trying to do three at once is probably enough, but it’ll keep going as I think of stuff.

Yep I know there should probably be an apostrophe.  It just looked bad on the cover :)

On Wattpad and also on here too.

 

 

So yep, that’s the plan for next little while!

And you’d get pictures of covers, except I still haven’t fixed that… um…

And also you can say book now.  That isn’t scary any more.  I think I said that before, actually.

And also, yep, this is a bit because the last post and whatever and looking around for something else to see if I can fit into that.  So time for a more serious go at SFF.   And also, yep, this mostly means probably no more short stuff here for a while, because this will get a bit busy, so maybe I’ll go quiet.  But there will be stuff, just not short stuff, so yay!

And because Love Letters is really short stuff anyway.

And last, also thank you for looking and caring and everything, too…  like I really appreciate it, even if I get sad and whiny and grumpy sometimes :)   So I’m not sure who’s just here and who’s on Wattpad too, and half the time it’s like “oh right, that’s you” when someone says, so, um, thank you.  I mean, if I haven’t yet or before or whatever…  like thank you heaps, to you personally, for looking at this and wanting to read stuff and being nice too.  So that’s all really…  just thank you, because I forget to say that enough :)

Okays, now I go and write some stuff :)

I don’t write Romance

So a random half-made thought because we haven’t had a nice troublesome half-made thought here in forever…

I don’t write Romance.

That’s the thought.  I’m starting to realize this again, I think.

Yep, sigh.  Again.  I think this happened last year too.

So I don’t write Romance, but I write about love all the time.  Love going right and love going wrong and love being complicated and disorganized.  The complicated and disorganized probably being pretty much why it isn’t Romance.

Which means I don’t know what to call it.

It’s also quite weird.  Because, being realistic, a huge amount of the smut is about people who think they’re doing commitment-free hookups actually getting entangled and committing, really.  And lots of the other hook-ups end up with implied ongoing-ness, almost just automatically if I don’t think about it.  And I don’t really know what that means, but it probably means something.  Like, I’m a total failure as a voice for fun and commitment-free actually, because I completely sell out and put them together.  Which implies Romance.

Except that I don’t think I actually do Romance after all.

Which kind of leaves me without a genre.

So even saying this is a bit weird, really, because I always thought that was what I wanted to do, like erotic romance, basically like Evie and Mia, but apparently not.

So sigh?  Or, oh well?  Something, anyway.

I actually don’t know what to do with that though, now I’ve thought it.

Although.

Could someone please stop me next time I start announcing I’m doing something romancey…  because just obviously it’s really not a good idea and also obviously, I probably will again sometime :)   So please shout at me if I do.  Like, um, really.  Actually do?

 

Evie’s Job and Sydney and Recessions and Where Stuff Is

So I meant to write this ages ago, and then didn’t, because, um, apples.  Among other things.

So if anyone is interested, um, random stuff about Evie’s Job.  Also about settings and how much I’m thinking about those, or not thinking about them, as the case may be.

But also, um, spoilers, as an aside…  which I think don’t really matter cause how Evie’s Job isn’t a thriller.  And how I keep saying it ends happily in the blurbs.  So not spoilers, exactly, except they kind of ever-so-slightly are, because this is about the epilogue…  so just in case you want to stop here…?

 

 

Okay, you don’t?  Yay!

So anyways, someone on Wattpad said, basically, what’s going on with Evie and Natalie’s law firm, and how badly it’s run, in that suddenly everyone’s getting fired…  which is, yes, fair enough.  And which is also kind of way too complicated to explain there because 2000-character limit on comments…

Um, so first the reason is really, well, something needed to happen for a dramatic ending, to push them into that last bit of commitment and stuff, and this was just kind of it.  But also, the basic idea with the firm’s money problems is that they’d been badly affected by the recession, and their clients were losing money, and spending less on lawyers, and so the law firm was laying people off.  Which yes, I stole from The Good Wife…  um…   never mind.  But which I also say is totally true and believable and real, because, well, The Good Wife…  another um…  although apparently this did kind of happen for real in the US, with law firms.  So the internets says, which must be true.

Except I don’t actually know because I’m not in the US and that leads to kind of the point of all this.

I kind of keep thinking I should write more like I’m there, rather than here, even though really, for stories like this, who cares.  And yes, I think that even though I keep saying barrister and ute and singlet.  Although with barrister in Evie’s job it was a bit late by the time of thought of it, really, because I have no idea how US law practices work.  Except what I see on the Good Wife.

But for the rest, I’m not sure.

So I said things in Evie’s Job about the harbour views, and things, and then I well, stopped.  Because after a couple of times I thought about and decided it was better without anything especially Sydney in it, since that might just confuse everyone else.  Like no split-level trains or morton bay fig trees or ferries or lunch in the domain watching office workers play footie or whatever, which the rest of you won’t get.  And also, actually, driving from Sydney Uni to the city probably happens a bit unrealistically quick, except that the law school final-year lectures might actually be on a different campus, in the city, I think…  so that’s just confusing.  And also, quite honestly, there’s probably huge problems with everything about Natalie’s apartment, and where it can be seen from, and what the view is from there, especially about how close it is to her work, because Sydney’s CDB is on a slope, basically, and the bridge is kind of down underneath everything and out of sight a lot of the time, and I think most of the banks – and so probably big law firms – are all at the other end of everything from the actual harbour and the water, so, yeah…  um.  That too.  So probably the bridge Evie is looking at all fondly is actually the one at the start of the Western Distributor, whatever that’s called…  which kind of doesn’t look the same, so maybe she should have realized…

Um, anyways.  Not that I know or anything because I don’t spend a lot of time hanging in multi-million-dollar apartments, and no-one else actually seems to either, or at least they aren’t telling me, so never mind about that too…

Although, here.  Just in case its useful for imagining for some other time.  ParksTreesFerries.  That tree is in the same park, it looks like, at least until someone changes the picture.  And you get a picture of that particular ferry because I just happen to like the inner harbour ferries better, cause the Manly ones are sort of boxy.  And I can’t find a picture of a train, but kind of up-and-down carriages, so you get on in the middle and go half-up or half-down to seats.

Anyways, what all this is about is basically, I don’t actually know if I’m writing for Australians or not.  So everything’s set in Australia, yes.  But I don’t actually know if it’s for Australians, and so I should be filling everything with obscure Australia references the rest of you won’t understand.  Like about trees and trains and the domain.  Or whether, it’s set in Australia but not for Australians, so I should be trying to be less, um, local, so anyone reading anywhere can understand.

Less local does seem better, though, because deliberately trying to confuse other people seems a bit silly and rednecky, and so intentional vagueness and generality is sort of what I’m doing now.  Because most people reading things aren’t actually Australians, as far as I know.

But I still wonder about this a bit.

Because it kind of makes a difference to all this local scenery stuff, is all.  And also for odd little details in stories, like the one I can think of most obviously is cars and which side of them people are on, and whether at some point someone in the US might suddenly think it’s weird how many left-handed people there are in stories, or something, because they all go getting into cars, and then reaching over to each other, and doing this or that, and it might all get odd because of some weird mirror-imaging thing.  But actually, none of it was meant to mean anything, just I hadn’t remembered about people driving on the other side of the road other places.

And also saying anything about the weather being hot at Christmas, that too.

So anyways.  All this matters a bit for what happened to the law firm in Evie’s Job, because our GFC wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone else’s, I think, so either all this recessiony is still about to happen, and Evie’s Job is in Sydney and now, or despite the blah-harbour thing, it was actually set in the US or Europe, so was happening about 2008, and it’s a completely different harbour.  And five years ago.

And to be honest…  I don’t know.  And also, I probably should have mentioned which it was sometime before the last 10 pages of the book…

Um.

Anyways.  So all of that.  And I’m still thinking about the Australian-writing or not thing.  And I’m also starting to realize that I think I can’t describe stuff I see every day very well either, because it’s just there.  So this is a bit weird, because when I go and look for it, there’s mentions of shops and malls and houses I’ve lived in scattered all through everything, but you can’t actually tell, I don’t think, because they’re not actually described at all, its more I just go, “oh yeah, they walked down the hall and did stuff and then went to the local shops” and never actually say where or what it looks like.  So I know, and that it’s a right-hand-turn at the end of the hallway, or a three-level mezzanine at the mall, but I never actually explain that properly.  Unlike in, say, Pictures of Jemima or Coming Home, where describey stuff actually gets talked about.

But maybe that’s normal and how everyone writes.  I don’t know.

Oh yeah, Zoe happens in a Jigsaw, if anyone cares.  Just if you want to go look and see what kind of stuff they were trying on or something.  Except that actually it wouldn’t be that stuff, come to think, because that was a year ago, so their collections will have changed completely, so that tells you nothing, really, so never mind. And also, that mall wasn’t actually a real mall, it was more the mythical empty foreboding mall that was in TV news reports about retail slowdowns.  If that makes any sense?

Although weirdly, while looking for that linky just now… apparently our jigsaw is different to everyone else’s?  So that’s weird.  But that’s our one if you care.

Um, anyways.  All that.  And thinking about settings.

So the last bit is just that actually, if anyone who lives somewhere more interesting than here wanted a story set in their place, I’d actually be quite happy to try.  Like if someone tells me what the air smells like and what people do for fun, then pretty much I can get the rest off Wikipedia.  Um, I’m more squiffy towards the middlely northern bits of the US for what that’s worth, but any’s probably worth trying…

Anyway, that was all.  I meant to say all this ages ago and then didn’t.  Just in case anyone who knows Sydney is just getting totally confused!

 

Um, oops. So also, Evie’s Job is now on Amazon…

Um, yes, slight oops.  Evie’s Job is now on Amazon too.  And has been for a week.  Which is why tidying the website…  which, um, I probably should have actually said in the post just before… so um, welcome to my disorganization…

So, yes…  Evie’s Job has been on Amazon for a week, apparently.  Which I didn’t know, but now I do.  Slightly embarrassingly.  Because, which I think I’ve said before, someone else has to do my Amazon because you need a US bank account to publish there, which not being an American, I don’t have…  so someone else does that for me, who is kind and wonderful and lovely to even bother, and that is why the delay in Evie’s Job going up, because that person is busy and has a life beyond attending my every need – so unfair – and that is also why the delay in me finding out.  And because they are a forgetful dick, and didn’t say because they were away, apparently :)

Um, I mean, thank you I am very grateful.  Hi dude!  Wave!

Anyways, so it’s there now finally, and sorry for the delay if you were waiting, which also means that very soon, like as soon as I stop writing this post, I’ll put it onto Smashwords so it’ll also be there and at Apple and wherever also.  Because the plan was waiting for Amazon, which takes a day or so and as has been mentioned, I in fact can’t do, because the idea had been it going up both places at once.  Or almost at once.  But never mind and sigh.

Anyways, its there now!  So that’s nice!  Yay!

And also, have a linky!  American Amazon and British Amazon too!

So yes.  And apparently people are actually buying it!  Squee of yay!  Which is very nice!   Like it got to number 2 in Lesbian Romance on UK Amazon and I think maybe still is, right now?   So omg and breathless whatever…  like just wow, and that’s very very wonderful and I am very grateful and just, thank you heaps British people!  Yay!

But this is all rumour because I’m not actually allowed to look because apparently there’s also a shitty review, which will cause batshit and meltdowns, and that’s also part of why I didn’t get told right away.  So, um, that.  Welcome to my weirdo little world, as well as my collective disorganisation.

So um, also, slightly tricky…  so there’s another thing this post is about…  and I’m not sure if I should just ask this, and don’t know if anyone will care or mind.  And also, I don’t know quite how Amazon works, but it sounds like you can do reviews without actually buying things or paying for stuff.  Apparently?   Anyways, so I just wondered…  like if anyone who read it on Wattpad or has it from Amazon or wherever, and felt like going and saying something unspiteful on Amazon I’d be really grateful…  like just to balance the hater out?  If you didn’t mind?  I mean, even though I won’t actually know, because I’m not looking, ever, and am making myself not be tempted, because that just won’t end well…  So I won’t know, but I’ll be impossibly grateful anyway if you did… is kind of what I mean.

Does any of that actually make sense?

Um, anyway.  That’s enough about that.  Smashwords soon.

Updatey footnote for pedanticness: actually a US, UK, EU, Canada, Japanese, whatever bank account, none of which I have, or yep, you can get posted a paper cheque, but since that would mean actually a third of it went to bank fees for banking an overseas paper cheque which seems kind of self-defeating, this is easier since I can this way!  Even if sometimes there are delays…  :)

So Today is the Day for Website Tidying…

Because I just realized I hadn’t done anything about the books page or home page in forever, like since last year.  So it’s very out of date.  So today probably no stories, because I shall be trying to work out how to do weirdo warnings about how omg sometimes stories have dudes in and sometimes not, because having to be all warningy never makes me uncomfortable…  not.

But because you all care about this I shall try.  For ya’all!

And also, there’s still no pictures on here because of something weird I did last time I was fiddling with the design, and I still don’t know why, but I probably won’t fix it.  That’s just in case it seems weird how this is the only book website in the world without pictures of covers…

Oh wait, no I mean, it’s on purpose because it’s supposed to be a clean quick-loading design… um, yep, that :)

 

 

Story of the Weekish: GxG Shopping Chick-Lit Kind Of!

So for no real reason except just because, actual gxg shopping chick-lit!  Um, kind of.

Actually the reason is just because it’s been a while since I did :)   Um, write it, not shop.

Oh sigh, never mind.

And also, bonus extra, weirdo not-drabbles.   Not-drabbles as these just happened to all be 113 words, so why not?  My drabbles are a better number than boring old 100, ha!

Update because yes I know: Um, sorry, I kind of spammed that to twitter without a title, my bad :)

More World Cup Smut!

So just for fun, because it was today and because this was what probably a billion people were doing with their morning…  And also because fame and recognition and stuff :)  Because why not, when people are looking!

Um, this isn’t on wattpad, though.  If we see what that means.

Anyways, it’s here… maybe a bit sillier and quicker than the others, but hey, I did it just now :)

Or if you missed it, part one and part two.

Or the wattpad, no-boys version.  Yes, this started as a weird writing experiment.

Anyways, I think I’m done with that for now, but thank you for looking!

Update: um, yes evening.  Sorry.  I’m in a weird part of the world.