Hi, everyone! I’ve missed you.
I know. That sounds silly, doesn’t it? I’ve been here every day, more than usual. I’ve put up a post every day for over a month now, even if it hasn’t been mine. I miss the fellowship of the Advent Calendar, but I’m grateful to start catching up on paperwork and writing deadlines. The last of the Advent Cards have been stuffed into envelopes, addressed, stamped, and mailed. The prizes (except Perfect Attender books) have been awarded and distributed. Perfect Attender book prizes will be determined by New Year’s Day. I’ve got a lot to catch up on, so thank you for your patience. 🙂
I have so many emails and messages from you, the most wonderful readers I could ever have. How can I say thank you with sincerity when I haven’t gotten to answer the most basic? Eek! I haven’t been able to answer comments except for the past few days, and even while blogging every day I feel disconnected.
I miss you. I want to stay in touch more, but we’re all busy. How we can do this?
I want to post more, but I can’t always reply to comments. I feel awful. When I first started blogging, I saw established bloggers ignore comments and vowed never to do the same. How terrible, I thought. How snooty and self-absorbed, to discount the time and effort readers put in to visiting one’s site! I would never do that!
Then life got busy, and by busy I mean rollercoaster frantic. It may not seem that busy from the outside because I’ve only had two publications for 2014 (well, four if you count the anthologies), but I’ve written far more than that. One will be published in March, two are under contract without a definite timeline, and well…the others I can’t tell you about. 🙂
The Seasonal Spanks events grew larger, and we expanded into collecting the stories into an anthology. We added special features to the events, all wonderful but time-consuming. Something Good swallowed up a month and a half (and continues to take time), in addition to my first two author conferences.
But you know what I miss? Posting here every day or most days, chatting with you, and getting to have fun as silly, crazy Ana instead of trying to calculate how far I can fall behind deadlines before Evil Mistress Kate finds me where I live. I have three deadlines all saying wooosh as they fly by, and I keep flip-flopping which to finish first.
I chose the one furthest past its due date, struggled with it, and hated it some more. I’ve worked on it in bits and pieces over the past two years. I love the story, love the premise, and love the planned ending…
But I hate the protagonist.
“Hate” is too strong of a word, but I don’t like her. She has a one-night stand, and one-night stands are not in the typical realm of Ana stories. To have a one-night stand, she has to be a different kind of character than I usually write. Can you see Kat having a one-night stand, or Karielle? Or Mira, for that matter, even before she hooked up with Hana?
No, my heroines tend to be fairly conservative. They might fall in love at first sight, but the passion takes years to develop. Mira and Hana might welcome Trinity into their playtime, but they’re not a threesome. Well, not exactly. 🙂 I write committed, monogamous relationships.
What does a one-night stand change? How much does it need to change? Can a committed, monogamous character have a one-night stand despite her typical behavior, or is a one-night stand character a different creature altogether?
What sort of character has a one-night stand, and can I like this character? Can I give Indigo the same respect and affection that I give to, say, Karielle whose society forbids her from touching another adult woman besides her life partner?
Of all my characters, Mira is the party girl. She is the one who would have fun, but she is not the one who initiates relationships. That’s Hana, unabashed Hana with her splurting apples and colored panties.
As I struggle with this two-year-old WIP and hope to get it off my docket, the question churns inside of me.
Who has a one-night stand?
In the meantime, please enjoy these free stories:
Hana and Mira’s Christmas with Nurse Trinity (Mira and Hana Free Story #1)
Apple Pie Order (Bastia Free Story #1)
Parental Training (Bastia Free Story #2)
Ice Cream Sandwich (Mira and Hana Free Story #4)