2011 in review

So it’s the end of the year and I’m late blogging again. I’m sure no one’s surprised, and I suppose I should make regular blogging a New Year’s resolution. I also know that one reason I’m bad at blogging is the open-endedness of it all, so if you have anything you’d like to know, fire away.

I have to admit that I didn’t get as much writing done this year as I’d hoped. I had plans for sequels to The Hunted Key, a revised and expanded version of Nothing Gets Through, getting Numbers Game up and a couple of other things.  However, life gets in the way, and so while none of that happened, I did get some original stories done and a couple of shorter stories up for sale.

The first story I posted this year was Who Cares What I Wear? , which was inspired by the song “New Year’s Eve” by Nina Gordon (sorry, can’t find the song online, but it’s a good song). I was pleased with this one, perhaps the most pleased I’ve been with a story to date. It was easy to write, and I got some wonderful feedback from readers. It was a little sadder than most of my stuff, but I believe ultimately it was a happy ending.

Next was The Relationship Business, which I wrote for Valentine’s Day. One thing I always try to do with holiday- or theme-centered stories is to find a different way to write about them. This story was a sequel of sorts to Unexpected Gifts, which I’d done for Christmas 2009, and used a couple of the characters mentioned in that. I think it could have been better, and so it’s on my list of stories to fix up when I have the time. But I still think it’s fun.

Lost in the Woods was written for Literotica’s Earth Day contest, and placed third, which I thought was pretty good. Earth Day is perhaps the oddest “holiday” to center a story on, but a writer shouldn’t shy away from a challenge. Also, this gave me a chance to use an incident that happened to me when I was younger; I’m not sure if it was cathartic or anything like that, but I liked putting it in there. In this story, Willow Oakton volunteers for an Earth Day clean up event at the state park, despite her fear of getting lost; she’s met by Clay Wilder, one of the park rangers. Willow first met Clay when she knocked him into a pool, so she’s not sure he’s all that pleased to see her again.

Melting the Ice was published by Republica Press in April, just as the hockey playoffs were getting into gear. This contains two stories by me — Ghosts of the Forum and Game Misconduct — and two by Tamara Clarke, aka MugsyB, The Tip of the Ice-Berg and Uncovering the Ice. I think it’s a lot of fun, and Tamara and I would like to make another compilation.

I went for a shorter story with Morning Sun in May. This was about 2500 words, a record for me, who usually can’t keep a story under 10k words. It was inspired by the Bad Company song of the same name, and the subject is simple. Cody Elliott returns home to his love after a whirlwind trip, and they celebrate. This has always been one of my favorite songs by Bad Co.

Then I had something of a dry spell. I did release Light and the Darkness, a novella about a vampire and a witch, through Yellow Silk Dreams. A long time ago, I’d had the kernel of an idea, about a woman who could paint with light. I could never figure out where to go with it until I hit upon the character of Jordan Castle, a vampire, and brought in some elements from “Beauty and the Beast,” but not the Disney version.

For Halloween, I wrote The Collection, which was inspired by (you guessed it) a song. This song, “A Collection,” is by Marillion, a British group that’s been a favorite of mine for too many years too count, although they’ve never made it big in the U.S. (Check out this song and video, “Kayleigh,” from 1985; it was their one big hit and you may remember it). Despite the soft, lilting music, there’s a sinister undertone in the lyrics.  The story didn’t fare as well as I’d hoped in Literotica’s Halloween contest, although my feedback was positive, and well — you writes the story and you takes your chances. I took it down soon after and again released this via Yellow Silk Dreams. This was my first entry into something a little more subtly supernatural: Mark Peterson is a photographer who simply can’t let the women he loves go.

In November, I finally began posting a new hockey romance, Rhythm and the Blue Line. Washington Capitals’ player Brody Lang meets musician Ryan Bancroft, who doesn’t like sports, and for good reason. Chapters 1-6 are currently up on Literotica, StoriesOnline, AfterDark-Online.com and EroticStories.com. The same material is up at LushStories.com, but in smaller pieces, so on that site it’s chapters 1-23. I aim to resume posting after the New Year; sorry for the delay, but things needed fixing. I don’t like putting out something I know isn’t quite right.

To wind things up, I wrote a Christmas story inspired by the idea that Christmas (and other holiday) displays seem to crop up earlier and earlier every year. In Christmas Creep, Joe Naylor finds all of the early decorations off-putting and stress-inducing, and so his girlfriend, Noelle Winters, tries to help him see the sexier side of the season.

So for next year, there’s a little bit old and a little bit new. All the things I’d hoped to work on this year are still on the agenda, and I’m sure I’ll have new ideas, and I do like Tamara’s idea of a new hockey compilation. My priority is probably deciding how to make the revised Numbers Game available for sale; when I figure it out, I’ll let you know, and thanks to all who have asked about it. It’s great to know you enjoyed the story and I hope it’s even better the next time around.

Hope everyone enjoyed their [holiday of choice], and have a wonderful New Year.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lady Falcon on December 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Sweet. Looking forward to reading your creations new or old. Have a Happy New Year.


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