Update October 15, 2015
I have the news all of you oh-so patient fans of Karen and Laci have been waiting for. Chapter 16 is done! It’s in the late stage of the editing process, and it’s my intent to have it posted by next weekend.
I want to thank all of you for your patience, and more important, your loyalty. I know I test that loyalty when it’s six months between installments, but I ordinarily can’t go much faster because of real-life issues and commitments. It’s impossible for me to express just how much your loyalty and patience mean to me. I am not, nor will I ever be, a prolific writer. Aside from the day-to-day constraints on writing time, I simply don’t have the ability to churn out high quality writing on demand like some other fine writers of erotica. It’s a talent I admire but don’t possess. I plod along, stewing over minute details, changing course when it seems I’m on the wrong track, and writing when time permits. Writing is my avocation, not my vocation.
All that said, the wait for Chapter 17 will be relatively short. It’s already 90% written. It was one of those rare gifts from the Muse Calliope when I see everything with crystal clarity, when the words flow unbidden, as if by some sort of eerie magic. It happened with Chapter 7 and part of Chapter 14, and now Chapter 17.
More than one of my mentors tell me such times of urgent inspiration don’t usually make for good writing or storytelling, and when written out of sequence they can be loaded with booby traps and pitfalls. An early 20th Century British critic coined a now well-known aphorism – at least among writers and editors – telling us to “kill your babies.” What’s meant is that when you fall in love with a seemingly brilliant and inspired bit of writing, whether a word, metaphor, phrase, or entire piece, you should get rid of it. It likely has no material bearing on the story, so retaining it is sheer self-indulgence, a way for an author to pat herself on the back for being so blessed.
I can’t disagree with that observation, but I’m also not going to refuse a gift from the gods. I’ll risk the accusation of self-indulgence. I think Chapter 17 has a crucial purpose in the story, though it may not be clear to you what it is just yet (although I suspect many of you will get it from the get-go). There’s something else about Chapter 17 that’s extremely important, but I’ll elaborate on that when It’s posted – I’m aiming for it to go up before Thanksgiving.
So, that’s where things stand. I want all of you to remember how much your loyally and patience mean to me. Without it, I would have given up long ago. Thank you all.