Remember in my last post when I said in a perfect world I would have Scars of the Past finished by the end of March? Yeah, that was funny, wasn’t it? It’s not my fault though; the story insists on being longer than I originally intended. You know how that goes.
I’m working on a scene now that’s actually quite relevant to something that’s been all over the news these days. Jacob and James–a former slave and his ex-lover/former owner’s son, respectively–are having a chat about the past. It’s not an easy conversation, but it needed to happen. I think it’s a shame that some people feel like we should avoid the hard talks, and that everyone would be better served if we just glossed over terrible things from long ago or pretended that they didn’t happen at all. Come on, humans. If these two vampires can talk about this stuff and they were there, then we can talk about it too, right?
Anywho, I had a great vacation. It was really cold for one day (which is not typical for Florida) then really hot the rest of the time I was there (which is absolutely typical for Florida) and I remembered how to be lazy. It was glorious.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you kick ass moms out there, whether your child/children have skin, fur, or feathers. Happy Sunday to the rest of you. 🙂
I greatly underestimated how much I would be using a calculator when dealing with immortal characters that have been doing many things for many centuries. I can barely remember what year(s) I did a lot of stuff but God forbid I screw up vampire continuity.
Speaking of vampire continuity, Scars from the Past is coming along well. I don’t have an ETA because I’ll be going on vacation later this week until late March, but in a perfect world I would have it finished by the end of the month.
I hope all of you are creating beautiful things. I look forward to having more time to read all of those beautiful things while I’m melting away in Florida. Write on. ❤
When it finally takes a text to speech app to discover a typo that was somehow overlooked by multiple pairs of eyes prior to publication:
I imagine that must have been quite the conversation. Dani Linden said that the toes are asking the tail who smells the worst between the two of them. I’m open to additional suggestions as well. Maybe this is the accidental start of my next great story. 😀
… do writers do their best writing when they’re actually not writing? I practically finished a novel in my head while I was grocery shopping this morning.
I’m resuming Scars from the Past this week. I want to wrap that one up before jumping back into the series proper, especially since it’s the last Extra short story involving any of the main characters that I have planned for a while. I’m really looking forward to spending time with Jacob, just the two of us. As my longest-existing character, he deserves some special attention (even if it involves delving into his past and making him relive terrible things).
I always swore that I would never let life get in the way of my writing. And I didn’t, for the most part. Other writing got in the way of my writing. You know that meme that talks about how one’s mind is like a million open tabs at once? Well mine is like a million stories, all demanding to be written at the same damn time. But I’m back in my Emma hat, finally, and I’m really excited to announce that I am starting Book 3 of my little vampire-human adventure and finishing Scars From the Past, which as been “coming soon” for quite a while now. (My bad.) After that, I plan to wrap up a quick short I started forever ago about Luca, because big, burly, asexual human bodyguards deserve love, too.
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So what has Emma been up to you ask? (If you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you anyway. 😀 ) I’m still writing. That’s the good news. I’m about halfway into Part Two of the non-Emma story I started late last year; after I finished the first part I figured I would go ahead and bang out the second part while it was all still fresh in my head. There’s probably going to be a Part Three because I fell in love with a supporting character and wanted to throw some love his way, but it won’t be more than 10,000 words, if that.
The bad news is that I’m writing a little slower these days because of a new, full-time day job. I haven’t had a full-time job in like fifteen years, and I’m learning all over again the fine art of time management. To those of you who have found and maintained the tricky balance between work and writing, respect.
At any rate, I’m still around. Just busier than usual.
Sorry I’ve been quiet this month. I’ve been working on a new story and my already pitifully lacking social media presence just disappeared completely. I would say that that would change but in a few days I’m leaving for Florida for a couple of weeks so I still won’t be around much. But I’ll be writing so at least there’s that.
I signed into my old AOL account for the first time in ages the other day and came across all these old saved emails from my former manga partner back when he was applying for the job in the first place. Those made me a little sad. I also saw some emails from my former comic book partner, the one I had before I made the switch to manga. Those made me even sadder. BUT I also found a bunch of old story ideas and outlines, some I don’t even remember writing. That angel-verse story I mentioned here a while back along with an excerpt? I found all my original notes for that. Apparently I changed a LOT of stuff.
So anyway, at least some good came from that bittersweet trip down memory lane. I haven’t gone through everything yet; I’m looking forward to seeing what other long lost treasures await.
I decided to take a “vampire vacation” during the month of August, meaning I stepped away from Harborview Immortals to focus on other stuff like the original short stories I mentioned previously and fandom and other general geekery. I read a bunch of manga and finally finished A Game of Thrones—the book, not the show—and watched a lot of movies and anime. I also managed to destroy my laptop by spilling soda all over it. RIP Izumi the Laptop, First of Her Name. (I haven’t decided on a name for the new one yet, but I feel like he might be a boy this time around.)
Now that we’re into September, I’ll be getting started on a new HI story. This one will be… well I’ll just say a massive amount of shit is about to go down. Decisions will be made, lives will be changed, new threats will arise, all that fun stuff. I can’t wait to get to it. I’m also going to wrap up Scars from the Past, which will delve into the ugliness of Jacob’s past as a slave and how he ended up with a scarred back. It’s not a pretty story, but I hope it’s a good one.