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Hello, and welcome to the LA Stories. Enjoy a dip into romance in the city of creative dreams!

on writing what you didn't intend to write

Thanks to unemployment, there are two more completed L.A. Stories sitting in the queue. One of these takes a character from MILLION DOLLAR DEATH and a character from A RANDOM SEQUENCE on a journey to career reinvention and true love. The other one is … well, let’s just say it went places I never expected it to.

That first novella didn’t cause me any trouble. The primary critique from my beta reader was that my hero’s career arc wasn’t well founded. So I fixed that. (It is so good to have a beta reader who will call me on my BS.) Anyway, that one even has a cover and will launch soon. Watch this space! And then go buy a book, please. I am unemployed. TYVM.

That other story, though … yikes. To give you a hint: all of my novellas and novels to date are primarily driven by two people who are either beginning a relationship or in a relationship. L.A. Story #27 is not that. #27 started with the beta reader’s request for a story in which things Don’t Work Out. And oh boy do they not work out.

There are four people involved in the central character’s emotional life. There is She Herself, a strong character who I love (also new: this is the first time one of these novellas has a single point of view). There is the guy she has a relationship with for most of the story. They have a lot in common and they last a long time, but it is never easy. Then there is a second guy, who one would not think would become a love interest for She Herself, but that is what happened because this thing ran away with me. And then there is a third guy, who makes his entrance after the first guy is history and who is essential to making things work with the second guy.

I have, in short, written a menage story. If that is your catnip, watch this space (again).

And it gets better (or worse)! Those three characters basically demanded a full-length follow-up novel. (They are Bossy and Troublesome.) The novel has a different point of view; it is written through the eyes of the two men in the relationship, and it deals with how to have that kind of relationship. I wrote their novel in June in a mostly-successful attempt to not freak out about continued unemployment. The plan is to publish that novel (#N9) toward the end of the year. I already have another completed novel (#N8) in the queue which will very likely launch this month, or possibly in August.

Anyway, the latest news on writing is a) I’ve done a lot of it and b) novel #10 is rampaging along with the most emotional story I’ve ever done.

there are never enough dance movies

in which there was more ballet