If you’ve read the blurb on Book I in the Books tab, then you know MarieAnne has joined the world. She is available at Amazon.com. MarieAnne is how I’d like things to be, the world I’d like to live in, the people I’d like to know. I wanted to paint a positive picture of modern maturity, albeit my fantasy. Take a look, we welcome your company.
My target audience for MarieAnne is early Boomers – those of us who came of age in the sixties. I have since broadened my focus. Smitty may appeal to those in their mid-forties. Billy‘s protagonists are in their late twenties. Roccinate has a twenty-six year old and a fifty year old as main characters. No matter what stage of life you’re in, adventure awaits.I would like us to share the adventure.
36 Questions is a short story that will grow. It’s the back story of Ken and Molly of Billy. I have since turned it into a play. Both Billy and Smitty need beta-readers. If you’re interested, check out Beta Readers. You can follow me here, or on Facebook. I’d like to hear from you.
Grab a cup of coffee, tell me what you think.
Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas
This is your Christmas story. Hope you enjoy it.
I once thought I was writing Boomer Lit – focus on character written by and for Boomers. I no longer think that. I write Boomer Fantasy. I write about a world I want to live in, with people I care about. Good people doing good, or trying. I once thought my writing would encourage those of my generation to get back into the fight, to get back to living. I was naive, ignorant, and arrogant. Now, I write for me. I build worlds where hope triumphs over fear, where joy trumps pain. My world may be a high-rise, a farm in Nebraska, a cabin in the mountains, or a horse ranch in Nevada. It can be anywhere.
Why am I telling you this? Because it felt false when I told people was writing for the betterment of mankind. I write because I enjoy it, and I’m getting better. I like my little fantasy worlds, my imaginary friends. I like to see them have fun, enjoy life and each other. I hope you will too. Welcome to my fantasy.
Note: We may soon have a homeless heroine. Still fleshing out details and backstory.
Here is where things stand. Russian Reins (notice title change) is at 65K, I’m about to connect the final dots (some of which I know). The question is: a realistic ending, or an speculative one. Realistic will have to wait for the situation in Washington to unfold. I’m not patient.
I’m fleshing out the character of Sally Berg, she may play a pivotal role in Book III – who knows. This way, she’s on hand if I need her. I may do the same with Frank Lubrano, though you met him in Roccinate.
On the advice of others, I’ve dropped the indent, and added a chapter reference via the header for all books. Hope you like the changes.
Well, that’s it for now. Still need betas, and an editor. Think about being a beta, and let me know if you know any good editors. Note: I get to define what good is.
Until, next time. Read, and read some more.
As some of you may have noticed, I replaced the site intro song with “At Last” by Eva Cassidy. She is a new find for me. If you like her, check her out. Sadly, she died at 33 of cancer before she had her chance at fame. Difficult to choose between Etta James’s version and Eva’s. Both speak to one of MarieAnne’s themes – it’s never too late. Let me know what you think. Any after-50 love stories are welcome. They may provide encouragement to others.
Billy III is ready for betas, then the editor. Russian Rain passed the 50K mark. Still, not sure of the ending. It’s fun moving John and Melody, and the other characters about my imaginary chess board. Still looking for the first ‘check’, and then ‘checkmate’. Stay tuned, the ‘game is afoot’.
Had a screenwriting class on Saturday. Took out the script for Questions on Sunday. Received an email about the Utah New Works Project 10 – write a ten-minute play. Found free open-source software (Trelby), began work on Memories. Memories is a fictional account of two seniors meeting at a TRAX station. Finished the rough draft last night. I have until next Friday (22nd) to make it perfect. At only 10 pages (contest requirement), it shouldn’t take long. It’s been fun. Cost me a few sleepless hours – can’t turn off my brain. Will let you know how it goes.
I may almost have this dialogue thing down. The following are two reviews/responses to a contest at writing.com. Just a minute while I pat myself on the back.
Excellent dialogue, perfectly taking your reader into the intimate relationship established between the couple. Parts of it made me feel like a bit of a voyeur, because they are discussing their feelings and how each one makes the other feel.
I don’t think it is easy to write a story based solely on dialogue, and you have managed that very well here. I do feel there is a little repetition, especially when one lover repeats the other’s words… but that is perhaps what people establishing an intimate relationship say to each other. That does not detract from your work; I am simply making a personal observation here.
My overall opinion: This story is an engaging exchange between two people who are experiencing emotions not felt before – even though they are not new to the dating scene, they feel like their relationship is made of something new and different. I enjoyed the banter and exchanges between these two characters who are experiencing hope for the first time, and realizing the power of hope in their lives. …
Closing thoughts: What a fun story and I loved the phrase “spiritual ennui”…that was nicely done. I love reading stories on the promise of tomorrow and the hope for today; these stories mean others believe as I do in many ways. I enjoyed reading and reviewing your work today.
Note: If you’d like to read and comment (beta reader) on anything you see here, feel free to drop me a note. I can provide most digital formats – Word, PDF, epub. Who knows, you might like it. Let me know.
This last weekend I ran two surveys in groups I belong to. The results were unexpected. Apparently, the life I’ve constructed for Steve and MarieAnne does not resonate with many. You and I, dear reader, are a select lot. While I share nothing with Carson McCullers’ story, the heart may be a lonely hunter. Anyway, I hope you enjoy meeting MarieAnne and Steve. Steve is who I would like to be, and MarieAnne is who I would like to have in my life. Let me know your thoughts. Welcome to the family.
Billy Book III – Molly is officially a novel. It is a 51,062 words. I know how I want it to end, and have the hook for Book IV in mind. Should take another month or so (15-20K), then on to another book. No idea which – MarieAnne, Smitty, Roccinate, or something new. Ideas welcome.
Oh, have a new beta for MarieAnne, and possibly a new editor. Cross your fingers.
Billy II – Dad is ready for betas. Conformed and improved Book I – Ezra. Starting development of Book III, tentatively subtitled – Molly. The intent is to superficially explore autism (Asperger’s), more fully develop Molly, and Sid and Nancy. I’m toying with major events, which I won’t reveal. The groundwork has been laid, it’s the timing and impact that haven’t been determined. I’m open to any story suggestions, and/or questions you might have. Feel free to drop me a line.