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Published Work:

Dreamspinner Press

The Gift, m/m contemporary romance, short story. December 8, 2010
It took Sean's life-threatening illness to make Lucas realize he was in love with his friend. Now that Sean has recovered, Lucas is determined to give him a birthday gift that will express the feelings he hasn't managed to voice... the gift of himself. However, when Lucas's past negative experiences get in the way, Lucas fears the gift will be ruined. Sean reminds him that Lucas promised him everything, and that's what Sean wants. In return, Sean will give Lucas a gift he never expected... unconditional love.


Off the Page, m/m contemporary short story. April 6, 2011
Christian, a popular romance writer, has created the perfect man. He's given the world Lord John Loring, a dashing roguish hero who has so consumed Christian's thoughts and time that his wife left him, claiming she couldn’t compete with his swashbuckling fantasy man. Christian couldn’t argue with her. After all, wasn’t an author supposed to love his characters? But when he advertises for a housemate to share expenses, his new roommate turns out to have the same name as his literary creation. Aside from being gorgeous, the similarities between John and Lord John stop there - until Christian realizes he’s using one as inspiration for the other.

Offside, m/m contemporary sports romance novella. April 27, 2011
Adam Dumas is Major League Soccer’s only openly gay player. When he is transferred to St. Louis, his new teammates don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat. It doesn’t help that Adam sees “the Gateway to the West” as a step down from his high-profile position in LA—an attitude Adam has no problem sharing with his new housemate and fellow center forward, Colin Evets.

Colin is Adam’s only friend on the team, but when Adam misinterprets Colin’s Midwestern charm for something more, he could end up ruining both their friendship and their careers. As Adam struggles to make a better impression, Colin tries to decide if the person he’s been showing the world is who he wants to be with Adam. The pressure to win influences decisions both on the field and off as Adam and Colin discover how making the wrong move can be very right.


The Forgotten Man, m/m historical holiday romance. December 21, 2011.
In 1932, after Captain Joshua Pascal’s family loses its fortune, the Great War veteran’s sense of duty compels him to help his mother convert his childhood home into a Jewish boarding house. He’s lived openly as a homosexual among his friends, but now Joshua must pretend to be a “normal,” and hiding his nature is a lonely way of life. But in the middle of Chanukah, Joshua meets Will, a street musician with a ready smile, and wonders if he might deserve a chance at love.

During the cold December nights they find comfort in each other. But the specter of the workhouse and the possibility of family and personal ruin hang over them, making their every move dangerous. Which would they rather lose: their lives as they know them... or the promise of a future together?


Administrative Leave, short story in the Men of Steel anthology. April 9, 2012.
For young superhero Keen Haabe enthusiasm trumps strategy. When his save-everything exuberance results in an explosion and the bad guys getting away, the big boss forbids him from using his powers and slaps him with a desk job. While he’s hobbled, Keen meets Robbie, a normal man with a protective nature who has no inkling Keen is a superhero. For the first time, Keen is the one saved from danger, and he likes it enough to want that feeling again—regardless of the risks.

Kaden's Colors, m/m novella. June 6, 2012.
The first alien immigrants arrived on Earth long before Henry Mekes was born. Now they’re policed by the government, forbidden from attending school, and assigned menial jobs to prevent them from becoming drains on human society. Twenty-two-year-old Kaden, for example, was assigned the job of sex worker.

When eighteen-year-old Henry and his friend Ellil meet Kaden in a grotty backroom to avail themselves of his services, alien rights are the furthest thing from their minds. It’s not until afterward, when Henry is trying to remind himself aliens can’t get enough of sex, that he questions his actions and the rules of the world he lives in.

Something about Kaden compels Henry to return again and again—but only as a friend. Soon he and his classmates hatch a plan to free Kaden, but even if they succeed, the world is still full of prejudice against aliens—and those who love them.


Ethan, Who Loved Carter, m/m contemporary romance novel. Sept 17, 2012
By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
Also available in Italian (Ethan che amava Carter), German (Ethan und Carter: Du bist meine Melodie), Hungarian (Ethan ès Carter) and English language audiobook and paperback.)

Last Chance Charlie, m/m contemporary romance novella. August 6, 2014
Charlie Corcoran is the best thing about twenty-five-year old Zach Prentiss's life. Sure, they've never met. Charlie's never seen Zach from the neck up, but because of Charlie, for a few hours Zach can forget about his sick father, his falling grades, and his dwindling clientele who don't like that he's a rentboy who ages. With Charlie, he talks online about comics, cars, and movies. Then a new client arrives. It's Charlie wanting sex tips... for a date with Zach. Zach goes through with the appointment, convinced it's over if Charlie recognizes him. However, he doesn't have long to nurse his broken heart or worry about Charlie's before Charlie is back, wanting to take him out, introduce him to Mom, and treat him like he's decent.

In Me an Invincible Summer, m/m contemporary novel. October 31, 2014
To an outsider's view, world-famous action star Joe Nestra lives the Hollywood dream—parties, women, and a high-profile divorce. In reality, Joe's agent directs his public life. Those women he's supposedly intimate with? Prearranged dates ending at the red carpet. With his assistant and best friend Derek Simmons' help, Joe has lived safely in the closet since his divorce, choosing to let off steam with discreet male escorts rather than risk an actual boyfriend. At forty-four, he has no plans to change. Then, taking a role in a film without flashy explosions upends that.

When Joe signs on to play an early 1990s-era AIDS-stricken gay man, his internalized homophobia threatens the production. His out costar Hunter Starling won't put up with Joe's behavior. As the animosity between Joe and Hunter grows, saving the film means Joe must face his deepest fear. Challenges pile up from all directions, from his father disowning him to the entertainment industry's backstabbing reaction. Amid the backlash, Joe ventures into his first gay romantic relationship, tries to help others worse off, and slowly learns how to live his life instead of just acting it. Also available in paperback.


From TVB Publishing (my imprint):

Building Arcadia (Blueprints not Included), m/m/f contemporary romantic suspense novel. March 2011
People mistake best friends Connor Adams and Sam Henning for a couple all the time. Sam is gay; Connor is straight and married. They laugh it off. But it's no joke when three armed homophobic thugs make that same mistake. Seconds later, one of the attackers lies dead. Evidence points at Connor, but he can't remember touching a gun. Nor can he rely on Sam to clear him. The thugs put Sam in a coma. The attack's repercussions upend the lives of not only Sam and Connor, but also Connor's wife, Kelly. The three come to rely on each other like never before, and repressed emotion finds its outlet in heated passion. Can they turn that passion into real love when their lives are falling apart?

E-book: All Romance eBooks, Amazon


Wolf Hunter, m/m werewolf interracial romance novel. October 11, 2013

After fruitless years hunting the werewolf that slaughtered his family, Jaylen DeWallis finally has him cornered in a tiny midwestern town. However, Denton isn’t an average alpha werewolf. He’s the Alpha. His very presence drives docile werewolves into a frenzy. Denton’s first directive to the town’s brainwashed wolves is simple: Kill the hunter. With stale, canine breath blowing hot on his neck, the last thing Jaylen needs is to meet an easygoing, sweet, and normal guy who can make him want to let his guard down.

The moment Westley stumbles over his big feet into Jaylen, he’s drawn to Jaylen’s confidence and understated humor. But before he can make plans for breakfast in bed, never mind happily ever after, he learns his pack has put a target on Jaylen’s head. As the full moon nears, Westley comes up with a last-ditch plan to save everyone—Jaylen included. However, when that plan involves revealing he’s a werewolf to Jaylen, it’s his own life Westley needs to save.


E-book: All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, Amazon,

Out of Print:

Silver Publishing

Pop Life, m/m contemporary novel. June 25, 2011.
Andrew writes the songs that everyone sings along with on the radio--tunes full of love, longing, and heartbreak. He has a knack for tapping into the world's emotions, but when it comes to his own life, the feelings aren't so easy to handle.

Sent to New York City to work on a lead singer's first solo album, Andrew finds himself caught in the middle of a boyband's in-fighting and secret love affairs while battling the memories of his last trip to the Big Apple, which ended in divorce.

Yet his heart leaps when he discovers he's staying at the same hotel as Jamie Webster, the worldwide sensation who once drunkenly kissed him at an awards show. As the troubled popstar clings to Andrew for help, Andrew must ask himself a hard question: Can I save this man, or will he pull me down with him?


Dreamspinner Press

"Jean-Paul" m/m historical in anthology Uniform Appeal, April 11, 2011.
Paris, August 1918: Young US Army Lieutenant Joshua Pascal is preparing to lead his platoon in their first engagement against the Germans. Despite his training, Joshua can't help questioning his qualifications to command older and more experienced men—especially when his second-in-command discovers he's still a virgin and drags him to a brothel to "make a man of him." It’s not until he meets a special young man by chance that Joshua discovers the courage to be the leader he needs to be.

Coming soon:

TBD

Around the web with me:

Ryan Loveless @ Twitter (the best place for updates)
Ryan Loveless @ Tumblr (basically exists so I can reblog Supernatural and Avengers gifs)
Ryan Loveless @ Facebook (almost never here)
Goodreads Author Page (almost never here, but there's an Ask the Author feature that's open for use if you're inclined)
man in white shirt and red plaid tie, eyes closed, facing upward, under water in swimming pool, cover art by Paul Richmond
Cover Art by Paul Richmond


In Me an Invincible Summer, m/m contemporary novel. October 31, 2014

To an outsider's view, world-famous action star Joe Nestra lives the Hollywood dream—parties, women, and a high-profile divorce. In reality, Joe's agent directs his public life. Those women he's supposedly intimate with? Prearranged dates ending at the red carpet. With his assistant and best friend Derek Simmons' help, Joe has lived safely in the closet since his divorce, choosing to let off steam with discreet male escorts rather than risk an actual boyfriend. At forty-four, he has no plans to change. Then, taking a role in a film without flashy explosions upends that.

When Joe signs on to play an early 1990s-era AIDS-stricken gay man, his internalized homophobia threatens the production. His out costar Hunter Starling won't put up with Joe's behavior. As the animosity between Joe and Hunter grows, saving the film means Joe must face his deepest fear. Challenges pile up from all directions, from his father disowning him to the entertainment industry's backstabbing reaction. Amid the backlash, Joe ventures into his first gay romantic relationship, tries to help others worse off, and slowly learns how to live his life instead of just acting it. Also available in paperback.

Available at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.com, or from the retailer of your choice.

Upcoming Promotion:

Nov 1, 6-8 PM EST, Author chat at Dreamspinner's Facebook page.
Nov 4, 7:30-9:30 PM EST, Author takeover at Dreamspinner's Twitter
Nov 5, Blog at Boys in our Books
Nov 6, Blog at Joyfully Jay
Nov 10, Blog at All Romance eBooks Cafe

Reviews:

It's About the Book, 5/5 stars

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I'm so excited that Ethan, Who Loved Carter is the recipient of two Rainbow Book Awards. It tied with two different Amy Lane books (another Dreamspinner author) for second place as best gay contemporary romance and third place as best gay novel. This marks the third year in a row that one of my books has been honored. Last year's honorable mention for Best Gay Historical, The Forgotten Man, is currently 25% off at Dreamspinner until 12/14. Now is the perfect time to read this heartwarming holiday story. :)



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Wolf Hunter has its first official review, and it's a great one!

5 stars from On Top Down Under Book Reviews!

http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/wolf-hunter-ryan-loveless/

Also, I've released a 2nd edition of Building Arcadia (Blueprints Not Included). I added another scene at the end, but otherwise it's all the same. Check out the new cover by Nelson Yan:



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Wolf Hunter is out and free tomorrow!

I can't believe it, but Wolf Hunter is out! It's currently at Amazon for $4.99, which will be the regular price. However, starting at 12am PST Saturday it will be free for 24 hours. Go get it!

Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FSG6C5I

Read an extended excerpt here: (Scribd) http://tinyurl.com/kdzkvyh

Enjoy, guys!

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I've been posting mostly on tumblr and twitter, but here's some promo for the journal. I will be releasing a new book soon (a few weeks, idk, the joys of self-pub yay!) Here is some information about it. :D



Wolf Hunter, 210 pp. Will be available in e-book and paperback some time in October 2013.

Blurb:

After fruitless years hunting the werewolf that slaughtered his family, Jaylen DeWallis finally has him cornered in a tiny midwestern town. However, Denton isn’t an average alpha werewolf. He’s the Alpha. His very presence drives docile werewolves into a frenzy. Denton’s first directive to the town’s brainwashed wolves is simple: Kill the hunter. With stale, canine breath blowing hot on his neck, the last thing Jaylen needs is to meet an easygoing, sweet, and normal guy who can make him want to let his guard down.

The moment Westley stumbles over his big feet into Jaylen, he’s drawn to Jaylen’s confidence and understated humor. But before he can make plans for breakfast in bed, never mind happily ever after, he learns his pack has put a target on Jaylen’s head. As the full moon nears, Westley comes up with a last-ditch plan to save everyone—Jaylen included. However, when that plan involves revealing he’s a werewolf to Jaylen, it’s his own life Westley needs to save.

Excerpt ahoy!Collapse )

Watch this space or follow me on tumblr and twitter links above to know when it's available.

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Hello Friends,

I thought it would be a good idea to put all of the Ethan, Who Loved Carter reviews in one place. So, this is that place. These are mostly from blogs. I included one from Amazon that meant a lot to me. I hope that among these you'll find reviews that you connect to. Of course there's Goodreads and Amazon with plenty of wonderful reviews too, but as those are all in one easy to find place, I'm not linking those here. I'm still gobsmacked by the response this book has received and am so touched that people love Ethan and Carter as much as I do.

2013 will see Hungarian and Italian translations. (ETA 10/4/13: Hungarian is now available, reviews added below.) I'm very excited about that. I hope other languages will follow, but I haven't heard anything yet. (Let DSP know what language you'd like to read it in.) Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you again to everyone who has read, posted about, and supported this book and in particular the characters. I can't express how much you have my appreciation.



Reviews: 23 ReviewsCollapse )
Reviews of the Hungarian translation, Ethan és Carter (in Hungarian): 10 reviewsCollapse )


Best of 2012 Lists: 4 listsCollapse )

Awards: 3 awards, 1 finalist pendingCollapse )

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I'm so proud that The Forgotten Man received an honorable mention in this year's Rainbow Award competition in the Best Gay Historical category.. This is my fourth Rainbow Award, um, award. (Building Arcadia won three last year.) I didn't expect to get any recognition this year, so this is a thrill to be sure. This is what the judge said: "The Forgotten Man was one of the best books I've read recently. The author got her history *spot on* and every single character leaped off the page. Also, the prose is lovely." –Jessica

Isn't that delightful? :D

TFM is on sale (along with all other winners and honorees) at Dreamspinner until Dec 5.

If you've been looking for a cozy, feel-good holiday read with a twinge of angst (just a twinge!), please do pick up The Forgotten Man. Tis the season!

Blurb:

In 1932, after Captain Joshua Pascal’s family loses its fortune, the Great War veteran’s sense of duty compels him to help his mother convert his childhood home into a Jewish boarding house. He’s lived openly as a homosexual among his friends, but now Joshua must pretend to be a “normal,” and hiding his nature is a lonely way of life. But in the middle of Chanukah, Joshua meets Will, a street musician with a ready smile, and wonders if he might deserve a chance at love.

During the cold December nights they find comfort in each other. But the specter of the workhouse and the possibility of family and personal ruin hang over them, making their every move dangerous. Which would they rather lose: their lives as they know them... or the promise of a future together?



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I haven't shut my jaw since the first review came in for Ethan, Who Loved Carter on Goodreads. 5 stars. Since then, almost every review is 4 or 5. On Sept 16, 70 people had it on their to-read list (I gained 10 a day before due to my GR chat on the DSP group). Currently, over 300 people have added it. That's a 230 increase in 3 days.

It's been in the top 10 on Amazon's GLBT lists since release. It even made top 10 on Amazon.co.uk. There are six 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.

Cole Riann did a review on The Armchair Reader that made me cry. http://coleriann.com/2012/09/18/ethan-who-loved-carter-by-ryan-loveless/

LL's Word did one that made me laugh. http://the-ll-word.blogspot.com/2012/09/ethan-who-loved-carter-by-ryan-loveless.html

I have 10 new friends or followers on Goodreads; I have 5 new fans on Facebook and a handful of new twitter followers.

Let me put this into context. My last two books, combined, a historical and a sci-fi, have sold fewer copies in 10 months than Ethan has done in 3 days. They each have 20 reviews on Goodreads and never came close to cracking the top 10 lists on Amazon (or anywhere). I don't think I got any new followers because of them. How do I compute that difference in response? You understand why I'm gobsmacked. For promotion, I did blog tours for both of those books, plus Goodreads chat, Yahoo and Facebook postings. For Ethan, I did a GR chat and posted about it on FB and Yahoo. That's it. (FB chat coming up this Saturday!)

But for all this, as thankful as I am that it's looking good I'll make my advance back and finally have something to put a little money in my pocket, the thing that brings me gratitude is the interaction I had with the mother of a boy with Tourette's who was so worried about how Carter would be portrayed b/c she's been burned by how fiction shows people with TS as clowns where I was able to put her mind at ease by sharing the foreword with her. And Cole's review in which he opens up a part of himself because of this book. And various other private conversations I've had with people as a result of this book, which included making friends with someone who has a dear attachment and protectiveness of TBI survivors and felt especially protective of Ethan as a result.

I just wanted to write a book with two adorable boys in a cute romance who happen to have TS and TBI. I wanted to do it honestly to the best my research and personal experience would allow me to do.

I never imagined this would be the result. People aren't only falling in love with Ethan and Carter, they love the supporting cast too, which is something I always hope for, but rarely happens. This is the first time in any of my books that the supporting cast is mentioned in almost every review. In particular the attention Ethan's teenaged brother Elliot gets, seeing evidence that he's understood, makes me so grateful.

Okay, I have to go before I get overwhelmed again. But let me say publicly, THANK YOU.

Ryan Loveless
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It's here at last! Head over to Dreamspinner to pick up a copy of Ethan, Who Loved Carter.

Yay!!

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Ethan peered at him. “You’re talking better.”

“I… guess I’m more comfortable with other freaks.” Carter grinned; he felt good and safe talking to Ethan, but Ethan’s smile disappeared. Too late, Carter realized what he’d done. “I didn’t mean--”

“I’m not a freak,” Ethan said.

Ethan, Who Loved Carter, MM contemporary romance novel.
Get it Sunday night at midnight/Mon Sept 17.
Paperback, $14.99
Various e-book formats, $6.99



Six Sentence Sunday


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Today at 3pm EST-6pm EST I'll be chatting at Goodreads in support of my upcoming September 17 release Ethan, Who Loved Carter.

There will be exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and just a general good time. The last one was a lot of fun, so let's do it again!

The chat: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1030057-meet-ryan-loveless

Blurb:

By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?


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3500+ words today, mostly written from 2-4 am. Part 1 is done!

35472 / 60000 (59.12%)


Excerpt:

They had the house to themselves when they got home. “I was thinking maybe we shouldn’t move out yet,” Colin said. “They need an adult influence around.”

Adam pushed the egg noodles Mrs. Marshall had made around on his plate. “They have Mrs. Marshall.”

“I meant someone who knows the lifestyle.”

“If you’re talking about me, I’m probably the worst choice for mentoring anyone. Look how I’ve corrupted you.”

“I like to think of it as me bettering you.”

“Potayto potahto,” Adam said. “And if you’re talking about you, you’re only a few years older than them and you have too much on your plate to take on being mother hen. We need peace and quiet for us.”

“Yeah. You’re right.”

“Tell you what—we stick it out until the season is supposed to start. By then we should know if the new kids can handle themselves like adults, or, at the worse, like me.”

Colin looked relieved. “Okay.”

Their housemates didn’t do much for Adam’s argument that they could handle themselves when they all came in drunk off their asses at two in the morning. Adam heard them trooping up the stairs.

“We could get a hotel room,” Adam said as Colin flung his hand over his eyes and groaned.

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2,682 words on Offside 2 today. Updated progress:

31889 / 60000 (53.15%)


Past halfway! Yay!!

Today's excerpt: Cut for lengthCollapse )

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I missed the sign-ups for Six Sentence Sunday this week because I was busy writing Offside 2 (awesome excuse is awesome!), but I did promise myself that I'd do an excerpt of Ethan, Who Loved Carter every week until release, so here it is! 8 days until release!

***

“I don’t know what I’m going to do with you,” Alice said.

Carter handed her a cold soda from the refrigerator. “Yeah, me neither.” The doorbell rang. “That’s Ethan.”

“I can’t wait to meet him,” she said.

“You’ll love him. He’s pushy too.”

***

And since this isn't official, I get to break the rules and repost the blurb too!

By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?


Cover under cutCollapse )

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Soccer September: Day 6

Fell a smidgen short of my 5K word goal today, but still broke 4K, which is better than I've done so far, so I feel pretty good right now. Tomorrow I should finish up the pre-season section and move them into the regular season. I'm going to aim for 5K again.

29178 / 60000 (48.63%)


Today's excerpt: (btw, if you're reading these, please let me know!)


Colin pulled the sterling silver platter cover away to reveal two plates beneath it, each loaded with steak seared to perfection, a baked potato cracked open and dolloped with sour cream and a side salad of mixed greens and ginger-carrot dressing.

“Did you bribe the chef?” Adam asked.

“I’m nice,” Colin said. “That’s its own kind of bribe.”

“At least you realize it.” Adam’s gaze fell on a smaller plate. “Is that…?”

“Key lime pie. Your favorite.”

“I love you.”

“Are you telling me or the pie?”

Adam forced his gaze upward to meet Colin’s. “You. Because you’re letting me have pie. I don’t let myself have pie but now my wonderful boyfriend, you, have brought this pie into my life.”

Colin rolled his eyes. “It’s only one time because it’s a holiday and you have to train extra hard tomorrow.”

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Soccer September: Day 5

Bad day. I had almost 2000 words done when my Adobe updater auto-started (I hate that thing) and made Safari crash. I was using Write or Die, which seems to be the only thing that will keep me in my seat (ADHD), and I lost everything. I was angry and depressed as a result--a vast swing from the triumph I'd been feeling moments before--and couldn't start again for fear I'd lose my work. Today I was 8000 words behind schedule. Tomorrow I'll be 10. Not looking good considering I average about 3500 a day, but I'm going to try my best to make some progress on it tomorrow, without W or D and see if the looming deadline will be enough to keep my fingers moving and stop me from over thinking. Then I also wonder if I should toss those imaginary words away and just get back on track doing two hours a day and say these past 3 days are wasted and I'm not going to catch up on what I lost. Well, I'll aim for 5000 words tomorrow. That feels like a reachable compromise between giving up and reaching 10K.

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Soccer September: Day 4

Yesterday was eaten by other obligations and revising the Offside 2 outline, so I didn't write anything. Today I wanted to write twice as much to catch up, and didn't even meet my average of days 1 and 2. Whoops. At least I wrote something!

Updated progress:

24972 / 60000 (41.62%)


Today's excerpt: It's a little long, so here's a cut.Collapse )

Still aiming for that Oct 1 submission goal, which means I can't have too many days like this, and I can't let myself get overwhelmed when I do, like happened today.

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Soccer September: Day 2

Two hours writing today.

22940 / 60000 (38.23%)


I started watching a Liverpool vs. Man U game yesterday and still didn't finish it. It's just not hooking me. I put on Italy vs. Croatia instead. I listened to the SI podcast and made a dent in "Distant Corners", a book about the history of soccer in America. I also bought a copy of "I am the Secret Footballer" and read the first chapter.

Today was not all soccer, though. The Archer's omnibus is out, so I had to listen (but I waited until my goals were met for the day). :)

Excerpt from today:


He got home to find Colin waiting up for him. "How's he look?"

Adam thought about lying to save Colin worry, but he'd see for himself in the morning. "Tired. And he wants York Peppermint Patties. Can you pick some up before you go?"

"Yeah." Colin looked relieved to have something to do. "I think we have a plan set for Montreal. Want to see it?"

"Sure. Let me get a drink." Adam grabbed a Corona for himself and a Busch for Colin from the refrigerator. He sat on the couch next to him. Colin had spread his papers out on the coffee table. When Adam sat down, Colin turned the DVD player on. He had a Montreal-Dynamo game cued up. They watched it as Colin paused every few minutes to point out perceived weaknesses and Adam made mental notes of them, calculating how to exploit and overcome when he faced these men on the field. He didn't take notes. He'd always been good at keeping a mental image of what he needed to do. Colin knew that and didn't push him.

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Soccer September: Day 1

Wow, I am all about the posting today. Sorry for your f-lists! But if I'm going to hit my goals this month, I need to keep myself accountable. Plus, if anyone wants to drop in some encouragement, that won't go amiss! So far so good on my plan to immerse myself in soccer and get Offside 2 done. Today I watched Liverpool vs. Manchester FA Cup, listened to six Sports Illustrated Soccer podcasts, and wrote two hours.

Updated word count:

19145 / 60000 (31.91%)


Here's a little of today's results:

Colin looked amused. "Right. My boyfriend doesn't know to think about having the sun in his eyes despite all the times he's played under that same condition."

"Shut up."

"Well, maybe that will help your case with Corbinson," Colin said.

"You think I should plead stupid?" Adam asked.

"I think you should plead something or you'll be on the bench against Houston, and we need you for that."

Dun dun dunnnnn....

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