I thought I would hear about my contemporary last week. I didn't. I want to hear about it this week, but I don't want to rush the editor. I'm am hoping that it's a case of "it's a great story and I'm trying to get it past my head editor' or something like that.
Sandy says 'be positive', so, in the immortal words of Trace Adkins... I'm trying.
To keep myself occupied, I wrote another solider story. This one's another erotica about a couple of Air Force boys and their room mate. I know the story has some holes, and I'm probably driving my critique partner crazy with it, but it's written (not completely edited or toodled with by my crit partner) and done - for now.
I actually like it and found myself laughing along with the characters and crying at a couple of pivotal moments. The love scenes even made me squirm. Usually I get so bogged down that the actual sex doesn't do anything for me (after the 100th reading). This one still does.
I hope she likes it.
I also started my vampire novel. Now tell me... does a vampire story have to be scary?
Don't get me wrong. I love Stephen King's work. Scary is good when that's what you want. I also like a good love story, but not one that's so sticky sweet that you get tooth decay.
So my idea with my vampire was to make him more determined to be a good man. He's a private investigator who catches cheaters in the act and has a partner who he adores, but is hesitant to get with because he's afraid she won't love him for who (and what) he really is. Sound bad? Yes, there are tense moments, and yes, he's still a vamp (no sunshine, prefers blood to food but will eat food, super charged senses, and a healthy libido).
I guess it's sorta a statement on race relations in a skewed way. He's a vampire, she's not. He wants her acceptance, pop culture frowns on their pairing.
I don't want to be the next Stephanie Meyer or write the next Twilight. I simply want to write a vampire novel that I can be proud of.
Enough yakking for now. Off to the bat cave.