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Writing, writing, writing …

Last year was abysmal in terms of my writing. I can’t imagine I wrote more than 15k all told all year long. I mean, seriously? I’ve been more or less writing daily since 2004, and to get sidelined like that is crap.

Personally, I blame Trump.

Whatever the reason, I only finished one story last year, ONE, and it was a short F/F erotica story called Eating Out. This year I plan to do better. I know I can do better. So it’s time to get down to brass tacks (whatever that means).

To give you some idea of what I hope to accomplish (and what you can hopefully expect to see), here are my current works-in-progress. I should limit myself to only one story at a time, but I should do a lot of things I don’t!

Current WIP: Owned — A sci-fi M/M erotic romance story that will most likely top out at 12K-ish when all is said and done. The working title is the name of a video game mentioned in the story, but unless the sex scene ends up with heavy BDSM elements, I’ll end up changing the title. At the moment, I’m 8K into it and am at the beginning of the sex scene in question. And yes, this is going to be an explicit story, not one of my fade to black romances!

Crazy About the Cat Lady — Another F/F story, this one a sweet romance. It’s at 7,600 words now and will probably end up being around 12K or so. It’s a meet cute type thing, and of course, it involves cats, because cats are awesome.

Lloyd and Doug — Obviously this is a working title. I used the main characters’ names because I can’t think of anything else to call it yet. This one I’m fairly well into, around 13K so far, and I’m thinking it’ll be novella length at least, maybe even a short novel. And yes, this is one of my “daddy” stories (about actual fathers of young kids), for those of you who like that sort of thing.

Both of those last stories are ones I started last year and set aside at some point to work on something new. I also have an alpha/omega story (also at 13K) that I started in 2016 and didn’t get very far on, and a story that I planned as an M/M short erotic romance but I stopped around 5K.

With luck, I’ll wrap up at least a few of these before long! I could also share snippets here, if
anyone’s interested in seeing what I’ve done on the stories. That might even help me get cracking on them, who knows?

To my readers who bought from ARe

Reposted from the JMS Books blog:

ARe’s closing came as a shock to all of us, readers and authors and publishers alike. Many of us were left scrambling to access their site, either to deactivate our books to prevent future sales or to backup our libraries to ensure we didn’t lose anything. In the aftermath, we’re still reeling.

If you purchased any of our books from ARe
You should still be able to download a copy. The book files are still on their site, though no new purchases can be made. So you should be able to log into you library and download copies to save.

If you preordered any of our books from ARe
Unfortunately, you can’t download the book now from their site because it isn’t available yet. But email your ARe receipt to admin@jms-books.com and we will honor the purchase and send you the book when it’s published.

Where you can buy our titles now
You can buy our books directly from the JMS Books website, if you want. You’ll earn reward points for each purchase that can be used to discount future purchases. We accept PayPal and all major credit cards.

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Thank you for reading our stories. Though ARe is gone, we’re still here, and we’ll make sure you can continue to read books by your favorite authors no matter what!

Are all stories the same?

For the past month or so, I’ve been working on a story that, like most of my stories while I’m writing them, has no working title. I’m 19k into it and have no clue what I’m going to call it. For now it’s simply, my new story.

And it was flowing pretty well, too, until one day I sat down to write and thought, “I’ve told this story before.”

Of course I haven’t — the characters are new to me, their situations different, but I’d reached a point where I felt as if it was the same story as all the others I’ve written. Part of the problem is that it’s a gay romance, as are 99.5% of everything I’ve ever written, so maybe that’s why it feels familiar to me. Unfortunately, though, this time I was so upset by the notion that I was just rehashing the same story that I almost set this one aside.

To be honest, I’ve struggled with this feeling for a long while. And by long, I mean since before I started publishing.

To let you in on a little secret, sometimes I think I haven’t actually ever stopped writing boyband slash fan fic.

Every inkling of a story for me starts with the characters. And before I get too far into a story — before the characters come into their own and take over — there’s a very small window in which I insert my former fan fic characters just to get things moving. Granted, the stories would be AUs (alternate universes), since I don’t write about boybanders anymore, but in my mind I still see the same guys whenever I sit down to write a new story.

The only time this doesn’t happen for me is when I’m writing a Vic and Matt story. I’ve written enough of those now that the characters have taken on a life of their own, and when I write about them, I really do feel as if I’m writing fan fic again, albeit set in a fandom I created. Whenever I sit down to revisit Vic and Matt, the stories practically write themselves.

I wonder if other writers don’t feel this way — about their stories all being the same. It’s just another way my own brain tries to sabotage my writing, another attempt at crippling self-doubt to try and crush my creativity. Am I only writing the types of stories I like, and that’s why they seem similar? Or am I trying (and failing) to tell one story again and again until I get it right?

Then I found an article the other day, Every Stephen King Novel Summarized in 140 Characters or Less, and it set my mind at ease a little. For those not paying attention, Stephen King is literally my #1 favorite author (I say that at the risk of sounding like Annie Wilkes in Misery) — I’ve loved him since I read Pet Sematary all the way back in the 6th grade (we didn’t have really good YA stories like kids do now!). Despite the fact that the article writer obviously confused King and Koontz twice (and also included King’s book On Writing, which isn’t a novel), his attempt at humor pointed out that ten of Stephen King’s novels feature writers as the main character. Write what you know, or so they say. Also, four King novels feature demonic cars of some sort.

So obviously I’m not the only one who writes stories about characters with which I’m most comfortable. Stephen King does, too.