Last week saw the return of the Friday Limerick Round-up. I had a busy week on the twitter, and several Facebook posts. I have started a new story story that I hope to have completed this week. I also had to go through three rounds of reformatting on the Limerick Volume One and now its ‘pending review’ before moving on to their retail affiliates. Getting that done is a big move in the right direction. Not that its off of my ‘to do’ list I can move forward with publishing volume two. And I still have volume three nearing completion.
So, I’ll focus on the show story and I’ll post another excerpt here in a day or two or three. I enjoy having a place to see what these thing look like once they are free from the confines on my own computer. Any feedback I can get from you dear read is greatly appreciated.
Hmmm ‘Dear Reader’? I’m wondering, who was it that used that phrase in their writing? I recall Stephen King using that term in his book ‘On Writing’, but I thought it might be older… possibly Hemingway using the term to break through the proverbial fourth wall. Maybe I came across it in something Poe wrote. I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately. Right now I’m plowing through a think book of Russian folklore and fairy tales. Am I enjoying it? Of course. Am I fishing for ideas? Always!
And you should stop and get a little reading done… might I suggest… Naughty Boy’s Book of Limericks Volume 1… available at Smashwords everywhere!
I’m beginning work on another quick little story about a niece who is turned through mind control into a personal servant of her evil mad scientist uncle…
The cotton material of her tank top was stretched thin over her firm young breasts. She was still in that awkward stage getting used to their weight as she ran through her yoga poses. She was beginning to feel warm and thought that it was from the lights in the studio her uncle had made down here in the basement of his house. They were bright she thought… as she continued stretching she felt flushed… she saw her reflection in the mirrored wall. It was the wall that separated this space from her uncle’s office which occupied the other half of the basement.
The space he had made for her had the mirrored wall and a dancer’s ballet bar running the length of another wall… there was thick padding on the floor which was perfect for her workouts… and an audio system with good quality speakers. Her uncle was an audiophile and the acoustics in this room were perfect. He even made a mix tape of Hindi music for her to listen to as she went through her routine.
But the lights were definitely making her hot. She could feel the sweat building.
Before she started into a headstand, she stripped off her tank top and tossed it to the corner. As she posed on her forearm with her feet pointed straight as an arrow to the ceiling, she could feel the weight of her breasts. They strained against her tight sports bra. Tight, contained, confined, she thought that this wasn’t right. A thought occurred to her that they really should be free, unrestrained, natural. That’s what a healthy workout should be, natural.
The thought occupied her mind. She rolled out of the headstand and sitting on the floor she released the clasp on her bra and tossed it on to the top she had just discarded. Her hands roamed over the newly freed breasts. A sensation rolled through her, soft, sensuous, rippling through her and gently ticking the pleasure center in her mind.
She watched her reflection as she continued caressing her breasts. Her breathing was heaver. Her nipples hardened as her fingers tweaked them. She watched herself. Yes, it must be the lights in here making it so hot she thought as her hands continues their teasing. Yes, it must be the lights indeed she sighed.
Well, Limericks Volume One is published at Smashwords, but there is a problem with the table of contents and Word’s hyperlinks that’s preventing the book to be accepted into the Smashwords Premium distribution. So I will be watching their video and going over their style guide again.. and I’ll resubmit it again.
Limericks Volume Two is all collected, compiled and curated… and I’m formatting it for an updating to Smashwords this week. This volume has a geographic theme to the one hundred limericks which in many ways is traditional for limericks as many of the earliest samples of this verse form are geographic in nature.
I’m also starting work on an evil short story about a young lass being taken control of by her manipulative neighbor and delicious little gem I’m initially titling “Magic Mirror”. I will be serializing it here… or at least that’s the plan for now.
Finally! A year of procrastination has been put behind me. I put together a volume of the limericks in a one hundred count book and published it over at Smashwords. It took a little work to get the formatting down but their ‘Smashwords Style Guide’ helped me get the formatting of my word doc corrected. One of the hardest parted was the ‘Author’ section. Why is is so hard to talk about yourself? I really should think about that.
So its a big step going from the occasional poster of short stories on websites to putting something out ‘for sale’. It’s like its somehow official… I’m published! Check it out here…
My God, yes, its been OVER a year since I’ve poked my head above the ground to see if spring is around the corner. I have been on hiatus for a year and now its time to blow the dust off of my ideas and get the writing ball rolling again. A new sense of purpose, of mission, of fun and frivolity…
I’ve been playing with words again and assembling them into limericks… so I should get my notes on ‘how to publish to Smashwords’ and see if I can launch one of those files into the real world. I’ve actually assembled two collections of one hundred limericks each. So I want to make a Limericks Volume 1 and Limericks Volume 2 publications. And now I’m working on two more volumes of limericks… It gives me something to do while enjoying my morning cup of ‘get up and go’.
Which, honestly, is something that I should be doing more of. Too much time spend watching YouTube is not getting any digital ink spilled on the page.