Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's Football Time! Hell Yeah!

     Yup-yup, it’s Saturday, which means its blog day! YAY!

(Normally I would have had this done way before this, but a certain Mr. Vaughn has decided that DICK-tracting me is now a favorite past-time of his! Grrrrr.)

      Let me start of by saying I FUCKING LOVE FOOTBALL! I have been so looking
forward to this year’s season I can’t even tell you how much. What is not to love? A bunch of hot sweaty men, banging the hell out of each other in tight, almost see through pants? Come on. What gay man could resist that? 

     I loved going to the game. The tailgating ritual, the camaraderie, the atmosphere charged with electricity. Yeah, I love it. That is why I wanted to do a football story.
 (Nothing wrong with a little gay hazing while tailgating.)

      With that being said, it’s been a particularly strange week for me. I've been trying my best to get this football story completed but these youngsters have just taken off with my story. Grrrrr. I swear, I've never written so many sex scenes in one piece before, but they just can’t seem to stay out of bed. Sigh…to be twenty-something again. Anyway, I finally got them corralled and headed in the right direction. The ending was completely different than what I had in my outline. Two more characters showed up, which meant an epilogue. They almost got away from me again, which would have meant another chapter or two, which just wasn't gonna happen. Nuh-uh, nope. So I got it all wrapped up and am now proofing, polishing and getting ready to send it off to my new beta(s) to see what they think. Then off to my fabulouso editor K.c. Wells for her to rip it apart. Then I’ll get to fix all that, then back to the beat for a final review and then, yep then, I’ll get it uploaded. Yippee!

      I have got to take a moment to thank A.j. Corza for the remarkable job she did on this cover. She never ceases to amaze me. Let me tell you, she nailed this one. We went back and forth a few times, chatting about particulars and then WHAMMO, she’s got it done. I still can’t believe that she is willing to work with me. I mean, she has done some covers for those like Poppy Dennison, K.c. Wells, Cherie Noel and Silvia Violet and many others. I really feel special, let me tell ya. If you get a chance, pay her site a visit. It’s amazing. 

     The other good thing that happened to me this week was that I got a very nice email from Jerry Wheeler announcing those who would be included in his new Bears of Winter Anthology. The cover is beautiful, as you can see. Unfortunately, I wrote this just as my beta reader had a stroke, so I was completely on my own on this one. It was a mess, I hate to admit. Sorry, Jerry, I’ll try and do better in the future. It wasn't all that bad I don’t suppose, but he did a great job on smoothing off the rough edges. For a writer, sometimes what looks good and makes sense to us doesn't  always translate. We need good honest feedback so that we can see things through others eyes. It really is a must. A really good beta reader is worth their weight in gold. Couldn't do this without them! So thanks to all the beta readers out there, you guys rock. 

      What’s next you ask? I’m so glad you asked! While in Florida I had a Plot Stallion tromp on my head one day. Hold on, I’m gonna tell you, sheesh… A widower, a Marine with PTSD, and a wonderful dog named Bonnie. And yes, that is all I’m going to tell you. 

     Answer to a question I had from a reader this week: Yes, I work naked most of the time! 
Nope, it isn't me but close enough!  ;-)

           Have a great week everyone! 

          Max ;-)