Just odds and ends. Editing on A Perfect Slave is going well, and I’m beginning to get a glimmer of an idea for the cover. I have seven articles up on Wizzley, and that’s just about all the actual writing I’m doing. I’m finding Wizzley a nice site for getting to know people interested in some of the same topics I am. The forums are set up for casual conversation as well as the usual information and “help me” stuff, so I’m glad I dropped Squidoo in its favor.
I hope to have Perfect Slave ready for May publication, and it’s probably going to be one more bit of pressure to stay with the hand slaves universe, which sells better than anything else I’ve written. Hidden Boundaries has sold over 200 copies now, but since June will be two years since I first posted it on Smashwords, that isn’t exactly spectacular. It’s still encouraging because sales may be very slow, but I can see that if I get more work published, I can probably expect small increases in my income from writing.
I’ve been thinking about ways to expand the scope of Dark Fiction, my website, and make it more interesting. I have a section for free reads, with only one story so far, but I’m going to take a look at some of my undeveloped story ideas and see if some of them would be suitable for flash fiction, under 5,000 words.
Another idea that I haven’t gone deeply into yet, is a section to promote other dark fiction writers. That means psychologically dark, not horror, paranormal, etc. I’d thought about doing something like that here, but it doesn’t really fit. The only writer I know of with the requisite quality that I’d be willing to promote, and an oeuvre large enough to make it worthwhile for readers to explore is Dusk Peterson. There may be some more rattling around in the back of my head, but if any of you have some suggestions, I’d be glad to consider them. I want to focus on writers who don’t fit in the mainstream and who deserve a larger readership than they’re getting.
NaNoWriMo is definitely not on my schedule this year. 2013 is for finishing WIPs, not starting a major new one.