“Dare” edited, changes ahead
After filing the Ph.D., the first writing-related thing I did was sitting down with “Dare” again. I edited what felt like a hundred typos, smoothed over some phrasing and regrouped the story into bigger archs (there are no essential changes from the blog version, though. All the velvet jackets are still in place!).
I’ve now emailed the edited version – split into four parts – to hanibal, who will hopefully find the time to upload the story to var[title] on Sunday.
While she’s updating and reducing the layout to just one format (either frame or no frame, we have a virtual coin toss coming up later tonight), she’ll also be taking down my two remaining novel-sized works, “Campus” and “Jungle Fever” (“Jungle Fever” is still archived on Passion&Perfection until their next update). I promised to let you know in advance when that moment came, and the moment has arrived.
Many of you have asked me over the years when/if I want to publish any of my novel work. There were even two offers by publishing companies – one of them still pinned to my writing board to motivate me throughout the past few years of non-fiction sleuthing – and I always said the same thing: “Once I’m through with the Ph.D.”.
Now that the Ph.D. is (almost – exam and defense still coming up) done, I finally have the time to focus on publishing.
As stated before, I have no idea whether it will work out and whether my style of writing is even adaptable to a selling market – I like things long, thorough, more on the subtle side and with a more complex plot than the market in this genre generally allows. But I won’t know it until I try it, so this is the next step: trying.
To do that, I have to take said novels offline for now.
All three of them – “Campus”, “Jungle Fever” and “Small Steps” – will be available again eventually: either as published books or, if that doesn’t work out, once more online on var[title]. It might take a while, but it will happen – if we made it through seven years of “Campus”, we’ll also make it through this.
Thank you for all your encouragement and well wishes on this exciting new path. I wouldn’t be here without you.