Happy New Year!

2012 is upon us, and to me it feels like a stack of elephants are standing on my shoulders.

I have a few resolutions I need to get out of the way, and so far things are looking good. In January, I am going to start polishing the Shady Palms manuscript I received from the editor a few months ago. I hope to start submitting it to a few places by March. After that, I plan on starting on the first draft of Old Mill Road sometime in March also and hopefully having it wrapped by the end of the year.

To get my mind focused on Old Mill Road which is a supernatural tale of revenge, I decided to flex my writing muscles with “Her Lover’s Touch.” I just wrapped the first drift of the story, which is just over 3900 words. I have to admit this is one of the creepiest and weirdest stories I have ever written, but I meant for it to lead that way. I wanted to create something that was very dark and atmospheric, sort of in the style of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale heart”, but with contemporary erotic overtones.

When I found myself down to the last 200 words, the story suddenly took control and ended in a way I never planned. Right now, I think the story has a suitable ending…but I need to see what I think after I finish the second draft…and then what the beta readers and my editor think. I think it’s creepy as fuck as it stands. If all goes according to plan, I’ll post it for free in a week or two.

For my last New Year’s Resolution, I am trying to get my Twitter Followers up to 10,000 targeted people by the time I submit Shady Palms to the first publisher. This is probably one of the hardest things I am attempting, but I’m making good progress. I’m up to about 7,500 followers as we speak…how many of those really pay attention, I do not know.

That’s it for now…I have plenty of work to tackle and hopefully you will enjoy my efforts.

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