Saturday, May 4, 2013

You are HERE

Actually, me is here.

I have to admit things are not quite working out the way I anticipated post-sabbatical.

I'm not complaining -- and so far neither are most readers (thank you for your consideration! as we say in the business) -- but my writing schedule is definitely not turning out the way I'd planned.

So here's where we currently stand:

Man Oh Man: Writing Quality M/M Fiction is now in its second round of edits. After this, it goes to layout and formatting. I hope to have the print edition out in June. The ebook is going to be very complicated to try to layout and format -- plus I prefer my How To books in print -- so we don't have a release date on a digital edition. There will eventually be one, that's pretty much all I can tell you.

Stranger on the Shore is about to make the proposal rounds. I've written three chapters and I love the story (it's classic, old fashioned, romantic suspense with an M/M twist). I don't see that coming out before next year. Or maybe I don't want to see it coming out before next year. 

"In Plain Sight." Yes, I know. You're scratching your heads over that one. This is a just-completed original story going into a print collection of my shorter works. That collection will also include my five Petit Mort stories, so it's going to be a nice, fat little volume with one completely new story.

Here's a taste of the story:


Nash did not believe in love at first sight.

He wasn’t sure he believed in love at all. He believed in lust. He believed in sex. He believed in a lot of things. Friendship, companionship, partnership. But none of those things worked long distance. And two thousand miles was, by any reckoning, long distance.

So there really wasn’t any option here. He had come to Bear Lake County, Idaho to conduct a road school, a week long FBI compressed training course for the local police department, and he’d tacked on another two days because…because he hadn’t wanted to leave. But time was up and Nash was on his way home to Quantico. Or he would be in a couple of minutes. In a couple of minutes he’d board his plane. They were announcing the boarding for Flight 2359 right now.

But first he had to say goodbye.

He looked at Glen – Lt. Glen Harlow of the Montpelier Police Department -- and Glen, seeming to feel his gaze, looked up and stared right back at Nash. His eyes were gray. The color of smoke or a stormy sky. He didn’t smile. The corner of his mouth twitched, but it wasn’t a smile. Wasn’t even a real try at a smile. They had smiled about a lot of things during the past week, laughed more than Nash could remember laughing in years. But there was nothing to laugh about now.


The plan is to have that collection out in (roughly) a week. Or so.

Then I'm going to complete Ill Met By Moonlight, which is the sequel to This Rough Magic.

And then, THEN I plan to tackle The Boy With The Painful Tattoo. You've probably noticed that I am working my way back to doing longer stories. As much as I wanted to dive right into Boy, I felt daunted by the length and complexity of the story. I don't seem to have gotten back my attention span yet, so now I'm easing into it.

So that's it. That's where we are. The bad news is my original schedule is in bits and flying in the breeze. The good news is, I'm writing steadily now and making progress -- and I'm feeling very good about the work again.

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  1. This all sounds wonderful, Josh! Really looking forward to any story, long or short. And schedules were made to be broken - someone somewhere said that and I, for one, believe it. You're writing, and enjoying it, and THAT is all that matters!

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    1. It's not going the way I thought it would, but is going. That's gotta mean something. :-D

      Thanks, Merentha.

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  2. Its all fine :) You break your shedules, feel free to re-schedule everything (or not) and break them again!
    Anyway, the best of this post is reading you´re feeling very good about the work. Hope you´re keep doing okay.

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    1. I am! I'm waking up every morning thinking about the characters and their stories, which has got to be a good sign!

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  3. Josh, I've made my feelings clear on this subject multiple times. Forget all schedules. Write what you want, when you want. Just enjoy the creative process and stay healthy. The output will be most appreciated whenever it becomes available. :)

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    1. I feel the same way as Susan about this, i think it's most important that you enjoy what you do and that will bring about the best results :-)

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    2. I agree! It doesnt make any sense to go through your sabbatical just to allow yourself to make your way back to where you were before that. As long as you're happy writing stories and not thinking about when you want to them done, then everything will flow like its suppose to. They will come out great and all your fans will still be ecstatic. :)That's the one thing about a great writer writing great stories, we will wait forever for them to come out because they are worth every word.
      Tammy Roos

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    3. Okay, yes. I AM listening. But it is really hard to change the habits of a lifetime. :-)

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  4. Don't worry about disappointing your readers by not keeping up with your schedule. We readers are overjoyed to discover a new Lanyon-book and the length or the series it belongs to really don't matter. And your books are well worth waiting for! All your characters and storylines are equally wonderful so every new book is a win for the reader :-) And you really entertain us all with the wonderful audiobooks! And the most important thing is that you stay healthy and enjoy writing!!! So please take care and don't stress yourself too much! Any new book is wonderful news and waiting a few month more for the release only increases the anticipation :-)

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    1. You are certainly good for my ego! I think ultimately there will be a lot of new stuff this year, even if none of it was previously planned.

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  5. Come on, I see only good news there!

    Be well!

    Ciao

    Antonella

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    1. You optimist! Can't you see those giant storm clouds??!! :-P

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  6. Surely one of the reasons you became your own boss (by becoming a publisher) was so that you did not need to worry about schedules, and be bound by them.

    Follow your creative instincts and write what comes to you when it comes to you, and I'm sure your work will be the better for it.

    It all looks good to me!

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    1. Well...when you put it like THAT...

      Yes, part of the longing to be my own boss was so that I could bitch and moan about my schedule to...myself? ;-D

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  7. You are here, we are here, everybody is enjoying themselves. :-)

    Remember that if Plan A didn't work the alphabet has 25 more letters... And I think that your original schedule looks pretty damn good swirling in bits and pieces in the wind there high above. ;-)

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear that you are writing and feeling good about it — that truly is the only thing that matters.

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    1. Remember that if Plan A didn't work the alphabet has 25 more letters...

      Now that is a great line!

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  8. It's all good. That's the best reason to be your own boss so that you can decide where, what, and how to write your stories and when you want to publish them. That's what that sabbatical is for so you can start with a clean slate of no deadlines and being able to go back to enjoying writing again vs. rushing to write something just to meet a deadline. I do appreciate your letting your readers know what is coming down the pipes so we have some new stories to look forward to. Can hardly wait for your new anthology to come out. Take care and no stressing. 8-)

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    1. This has been a learning year. I think part of the main lesson has been not to promise anything by a certain date. Not that I won't write everything I want to write, just that I am realizing that my schedule is less predictable than it used to be.

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  9. It sounds fantastic! *cheers you on*

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  10. Dear Josh,

    You'll get back into the swing of things. Or perhaps you are creating a new rhythm that doesn't leave you exhausted and worn out. Either way, we'll be here to cheer you along the way.

    I am looking forward to the new stories.

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    1. Maybe that's it. I guess it was unrealistic to think I would come from sabbatical and fall instantly into the same -- but magically more healthy -- patterns!

      Sometimes it takes talking it out with all of you to see how silly those ideas are. :-)

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  11. Wow! There you are indeed! How very exciting it is to hear you are feeling good about your work and your progress! I hadn't planned to buy any more print books, but I am happy to change my plans for a new story from you. It is good to be flexible with plans :)

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    1. I think of the print as mostly a convenience for those readers who just can't accept digital yet. In the case of the short stories, though, it's actually a good bargain -- assuming the reader loves print.

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    2. I have to disagreed with you, Mr. L. If I luv a story in digital, I would definitely buy it also in print. Ebooks as far as I'm concern are like leasing books. As long as the E-reader doesn't die, computer don't crash, ebook companies don't go out of business, and you backed up all your stories in a couple of places are no guarantee that the ebooks you bought will not be lost. Whereas in print, once you buy it, it is your for life and like for example Amazon can not electronically take it away from you via Kindle.

      I appreciate you still printing all of your stories. I enjoy taking your ebooks when I'm going on holidays, but when I'm at home there is nothing like holding a book in your hands and reading the printed words, and being able to put it back in your bookshelf full of books that you enjoy. So you got by the ebook and the print because you're such a damn good writer. 8-)

      I was wondering if the new Man Oh Man have all new contents or will it be like the first print but with new stuff just added to it? I have the first print and really enjoy the book especially all the insightful examples that you give based on some of your stories. It was very funny, informative, and entertaining.

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    3. That's a good insight into question of print. What I'm kind of doing right now is combining "like" titles. So we'll have volumes of short stories, but we'll also have combined pairings -- like the first and second Dark Horse novellas, probably paired with a Christmas story (as with the I Spy stories).

      As for Man Oh Man, I did yank out a lot of the old stuff. Certain things seemed no longer relevant to me. Do we really need a discussion of why women enjoy M/M fiction? I decided that that was ultimately insulting to women readers (Do SF readers have to explain why they enjoy SF?)

      I removed certain interviews that (I felt) no longer carried weight. And there were a couple of authors who felt they had been quoted out of context. Uh huh. Gone.

      I added several "round table" discussions with authors in the major sub-sub-genres, which I think will be really fascinating to aspirants, added interviews with publishers...it's a pretty extensive rewrite.

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    4. Awesome. In that case, it's worth getting the second print.

      I'm sorry but I forgot to add print books have great resale value and will be around for decades, but ebooks like all things digital will not.

      So "The Dark Horse" and "The White Knight" will be out in print? That is great news. I have them in ebooks, but still want a print copy.

      This is a couple blogs back. I was gobsmacked that "The Darkling Thrush" didn't do so well. It had everything in it. It was like Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones. It's got interesting characters, magic, romance, adventure, unique world creation. It's a really great story, but it's an unfinished story. There are alot of stuff that happens which aren't explained so it leaves you wondering the 5 Ws and 1 H so I'm looking forward to the second book that would answer all those questions and explore more of that fantasy world and characters that you have created. You did a great job writing this m/m fantasy book. 8-)

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    5. Josh, the updates to Man oh Man sound great. So looking forward to that.

      Sarian, HP meets Indiana Jones, huh? You may have just convinced me to pick up Darkling Thrush. :-)

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    6. Sarian, I'm sure I misread you. Surely you did not just imply YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY RESELL MY BOOKS AT SOME POINT?!?

      **sobbing bitterly in corner**

      Are you saying you would not forever treasure my printed word on your own shelves????

      :-D

      Well, the weird thing about TDT is it actually did quite a bit better after I re-released it, and it's one of the better selling print titles. I don't get why that would be. It's definitely the weakest of my audio titles.

      That one remains a puzzle to me.

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    7. Definitely get it Christie. It one of his best fantasy novels.8-)

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    8. Mr. L.

      Oh hell's to the big N, NO! That is not what I meant. Only in death will I part with yours and a couple of other great m/m writer print books. 8-) I only meant that in general and hope that writer and pubs will continue to print books. It would be so strange that someday there will be no bookshelves full of books.

      Oh, that's good then. I and all of your TDT fans will look forward the the next installment then. Don't disappoint us. 8-D

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  12. Keep on writing, Josh, we'll snap'em all up, and do the happy dance for Dragon Boy whenever it comes out. Looks like you're having fun and that's the important thing. :)

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  13. As much as I hate to say this, you do not owe us The Boy With the Dragon Tatoo or any other work by a specific date. Yes, as a greedy reader I want it yesterday. Yes, as a me, me, me Lanyon fan, I check for when Will and Taylor will make a long awaited appearance, or when Winter Kill will come out; however, the only obligation you have to your readers is to write the best you can, when you can. Creative endeavors happen when they happen. Schedules that work one week, or even one day, wont work the next time because creativity is always in flux and life doesnt stand still to adhere to our best laid plans. Schedules are really just guidelines to help us in organizing our thinking. They are not specific contracts we must fullfill. I appreciate knowing via your blog what you are working on and having updates on how things are going, but cut yourself some slack and keep your guidelines to yourself. The work will come when it comes and your readers will read when you write. Please take your time and just do what you do best. We'll be here. Denise A.

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    1. Ops... I meant Boy With the Painful Tattoo. Denise A.

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    2. And happily every one of these is a story I look forward to writing. They will all be written. It's just dealing with the realization that they won't be happening according to an anticipated timeline.

      I do struggle with the idea that having committed to a timeline, how can I then break it? But then another part -- probably the healthier part of my brain -- reminds me that it's better to go with the creative impulse.

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  14. I've figured out now that I should only plan ahead roughly and be ready to change the plan at any time, because it's just impossible to predict what's going to shove a spanner in the works. I keep focused by having goals, which makes me keep on reshaping the plan around achieving them.

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  15. I didn't realise you are planning to publish Stranger on the Shore through a publisher. The new paperback collection is wonderful news - it's good for neat freak like me to have all those short stories in one place!!

    If you are working with your works, I'm sure they will be great :-)

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    1. I noticed yesterday I already had an ISBN number for it, so it definitely wasn't originally intended to go through a publisher. It's probably a good choice for a publisher given its length and romancy vibe. ;-)

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  16. Oops... I meant "if you are happy with..."

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  17. Ooh Excited to have Man oh Man in print!

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    1. It's a very thorough revision -- I think it's going to be a very useful guide.

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  18. It's all good.:-) (Well, except for that picture of maths up there...egads!!!) Looking forward to the new short and the compilation it will be in. Actually the way you are approaching projects and/or they are approaching you, sounds wonderfully sane.

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    1. It's strange -- but a good strange -- how many new and unscheduled story ideas are popping up. But it does take some discipline and focus to move them from idea to product, and that's the bit I'm struggling with. :-)

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  19. If you're happy, I'm happy! You're working, you've found a groove. So we're both happy. :-)

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    1. Thanks, M. I love that I'm getting more ideas than I know what to do with!

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  20. Will man on man have lots of visual aids? Just saying... ;) take your time and keep it fun for you. Your fans aren't going anywhere :)

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  21. Now Stranger on the Shore, you said it was a classic, old fashioned, romantic suspense with an M/M twist. I'm a little confused...(which doesnt take much these days. :P ), I wanted to know if the M/M twist is an M/M story with other kinds of romances or is the twist just a side thing with just alot of romance like in the classical movies? Sounds like its set way back in the 30's or 40's. It sounds like its gonna be a great read. Will be waiting patiently for it. :)
    Tammy Roos

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    1. No, it's totally m/m but it's also romantic suspense. Okay, no girl in a nightgown. :-D Other than THAT, classic.

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  22. Slow but steady is the way to go! Right? :)
    Don't worry, at the end of the day we'll still be here.
    We know the stories are coming so we can wait. :)

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    1. They are definitely coming! That much, I can guarantee.

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  23. So excited about the new anthology. I agree with what someone else said. You are finding a new rhythm. A sane one lets hope. ;-)
    I am looking forward to all the works in progress!

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    1. It is kind of fun to follow the creative impulse, that I must admit! ;-)

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  24. Thanks for the update and I'm so looking forward to whatever you can handle whenever you can give it. Be unstressed in whatever you do and we can all enjoy it knowing you're happy in doing it.

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  25. Do I hear "in print"? That's always nice news. ^_^

    Don't worry - schedules don't work out most of the time for most of us. The important thing is to adapt. Keep the good work going.

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    1. I am definitely trying to make sure we keep up with print releases -- for example Ill Met By Moonlight will be paired in print with This Rough Magic.

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  26. Just as long as we get a new story every now and then it's all good and it's nice not to know what's coming next, so if something new comes up your back with characters shouting 'Write me now!' just go with the flow. Once you have the anthology out, please can we have the new story as an e story? Pretty please? With pink sparkly sprinkles on? Only I have all your Petits Morts already - I think I have everything you ever wrote, all ebooks, so I need a new e story just to keep my catalogue complete...

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    1. The good news (I think) is that I do still plan on finishing everything I wanted to do this year. The bad news is everything may release in December! :-D

      That's no way to run a publishing house, but I'm trying to work my way back to whatever a reasonable schedule will ultimately be. I have no idea at this point.

      I know that I am happiest writing, and so that's what most days need to be about.

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    2. Oh! Ultimately In Plain Sight will find its way to digital, but initially it will be exclusive to the print antho. There has to be some incentive for getting folks to buy that collection!

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    3. Thank you, whenever you're ready. We ebook fans who buy everything you write as soon as it comes out will make it worth your while! You could charge us lots of dosh - greedy I want it nows have to pay $10, possess your souls in patience fans can have it for $2.99 in six months time...needless to say I'd be a greedy I want it now!

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  27. I'm glad to hear you're getting your momentum back. Possibly it's not a bad thing that we have to ease back into it, like exercise. You don't want to pull a mental muscle by doing too much too soon.

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    1. My natural instinct is to throw myself headlong at every obstacle. For much of my life that was a successful strategy. But my bounce is no longer what it was. :-D

      Do you realize that we are now the Old Timers in our genre? We are like the Grand Masters of whatever this genre will ultimately prove to be. I find that very funny.

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  28. Your conundrum isn't a problem for those of us have newly discovered you Josh. Just write as you will. Some of us are still trying to catch up.

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  29. As an author, I understand and empathize. As a reader, I support you. As one of your biggest fans, I'd wait an eternity for another of your books.

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    1. I have to say, I am very fortunate in my readers. :-)

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  30. "In Plain Sight" sounds great, so far, Josh! Take your time and take care of yourself. In the meantime, I'll just keep re-reading and listening to the audiobooks as they're released. I love them...they're "deja vu all over again!"

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    1. Ugh...I just had to type the word "Gizzards" to prove that I'm not a robot. :-(

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  31. All my favourite writers seem to be writing very slowly lately. Don't you people know I need something new to read? ;P

    But in all seriousness -

    You know, when you take a break from writing, it's not always that easy to get back into the groove again. So stop being so hard on yourself! *pokes*

    I only had a couple of months of not writing and I've only JUST written something of any substance (as in more than 300 words). (hey, look at that, only half of 2013 sucked donkey balls rather than the whole year!)

    Whatever you write, whenever you publish it, just make sure to let us know it's out there. ;)

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    1. It definitely is not as easy as I thought to get back into high gear. Partly because there is a LOT more stuff to deal with now. Last week alone I was dealing with Japanese translation paperwork, a new book publisher, the possibility of French translations, a ton of email, and a bunch of stuff I've now forgotten.

      So previously it was just about writing and promotion. Now those feel like the good old days!

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