Thursday, September 19, 2013

Changes to Chapter One of The Circle of Confusion

Originally, when I started The Circle of Confusion, I wasn't going to put too much information about Lori's family in until later in the story, but I changed my mind about that. I want the readers to know right away what Lori is up against. 

I also want to make it clear that I am not anti-Christian or anything like that. I believe in God and I believe His love is unconditional. Sadly, too many LGBTQ youth face what Lori is going through in this story. And I want to create a story that makes all of you know that It Gets Better.

Okay, so here is a little bit of the changes I made to Chapter One.

My father cleared his throat. “Hut hum, Lora, you mother and I are very concerned about these friends you’ve been hanging around with.”
I sat up straight, concerned about the direction this conversation seemed to be headed. “I don’t know why. My friends are good people, good students. They don’t drink or party.”
“Well, um, it has been mentioned that they might by homosexuals,” he said, looking from me to Mom. His hazel eyes were just like mine, more green, than brown and they turned a deeper shade of green when he was upset.
“Really?” I said, looking at Jana. “Where’d you hear that?” I knew Jana hadn’t told them. Jana knew I was gay, and she knew how flipped out our parents would be if they found out.
“Someone from our church knows one of the girls’ mothers. She told your mother that we should be careful letting you hang around with those girls because they will try to convert you,” he said, looking directly at me.
“Convert me? Being homosexual is not like Judaism, Islam, or some other religion. Gay people don’t convert people. Either you’re gay or you’re not.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Circle of Confusion News and Tidbits

I've been re-writing a few parts of The Circle of Confusion and making it better, at least I think it's better. I'm also taking notes and gearing up for NaNoWriMo in November when I plan to write another 50,000 words of this novel. Hopefully by then I'll be up to 50,000 and that will make a 100,000. Maybe, I might even finish the first draft. Yeah!

Anyway, here's tidbit from the story:

“We still having pizza at your place tonight?” I asked.

“Yep,” P. J. said. “Especially after you pitched this shutout, we have to celebrate.”

“Okay,” I said. “I’ll see you all there in a little while.” I ran over to the dugout and got in line to shake hands and accept congratulations from the girls from Murray. Of course, most of the congratulations came through gritted teeth, but some of the girls were good sports about losing.

Carrie hugged me when she got to me and whispered in my ear. “Next time there will be no fooling around when we’re playing against each other. You’re too much of a distraction.”

I laughed and whispered back “Is that what happened?”

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Research and Rewriting

I have to apologize for it taking me so long to post something new here, but I was neck deep in getting Treacherous Souls ready to be released. Now that I'm done with that project, I'm on to the next project with is finishing Judge Not, another short erotic romance that is the sequel to The Wrong Place at the Right Time.

I'm also doing some research and some rewriting of The Circle of Confusion and I will be back to posting tidbits here soon.