I suppose it is important, or at least informative, to relate that I do have a work in progress (WIP). Sometimes it appears as though a writer has run out of juice, so to speak, if only silence (a lapse in blog entries, or the absence of a timely "hype") is the only notable presence that writer provides to his readers...if he has any. I believe I've got a few. At least I hope I do.
"Finding Deaglan" is a departure from "Big Diehl - The Road Home," and my other work (shorts), in that it carouses a bit in the supernatural, horror maybe. More importantly, while the book provides an M/M romance theme (young, bright and beautiful boys), it also focuses on the relationships of older--mid to late 50s--gay men and lesbians who began their friendship, no, more than friendship--("Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel)--in the late 60s, early 70s, on the heels of Stonewall. If that weren't enough, the story takes the reader to that sorrowful time in American history when American Indians were moved from their age-old land, their Mother Earth by the requisites of Manifest Destiny; a time when wolves were slaughtered indiscriminately. There is, in the story, a Queen Anne mansion, infested with the hoary anger and grief from the other side, the realm of the dead. There's a bit of shape-shifting, a bit of spiritualism, a bit of occultism.
The present status of this WIP is a little precarious right now. Although I've already contracted with MLR Press, there remains the issue of word count. My content editor at MLR is working with me to attempt to reduce all those words (133,000), to a more workable 100,000 or so.
Okay. That's pretty much it with the WIP. Wish me luck...at least with the process of deleting lots of words that, in my humble opinion are absolutely required to further the plot, but, ahem, do not work well will the realities of ebook publishing, and, of course, the cost of print editions.