But I couldn't resist this time.
My alter ego, Josee Renard (who writes erotica, which is the reason I don't talk much about her here), has been writing a 10-part serial for Cobblestone Press called Part Time Lovers.
It's one of those things I thought would be fun - kind of like writing a linked series of stories (which I've done before) and also, though far less obviously, an homage to Charles Dickens, one of my favorite writers.
I had an idea for this series - a website totally unlike e-Harmony or Match.com or any of those relationship websites. It's called Part Time Lovers (and each of the 10 stories except one are also titled using a Stevie Wonder song) and it's a place where you can find the right person for right now. No questionnaires required.
I wanted this serial to have two things - something that linked them all together (the website and the best friends and occasional lovers who ran it) and different, yet compelling, stories for each week.
I just finished the tenth story this morning and I hope I succeeded. I learned a lot.
- it's not all that much easier writing 80,000 words in ten separate stories than it is writing an 80K novel
- you've gotta pay attention to everything that's happened in all the earlier stories - I'm not sure I got this exactly right
- it took me until the 8th story to figure out how I wanted to wrap this all up by which time I was starting to panic about it
But, in the end, he finished the book to great applause. And I finished my book - my serial.
Will I do it again?
Not right now, that's for sure!