I'm so near the end of the first chapter of Cherry Bomb that I can almost reach out and touch those last few syllables. I did 1,015 words yesterday. The tyranny of plot looms large. The idiocy of that one question: "What happens?" Fuck plot. It's something for children who have not yet realized that life doesn't come with rising action and falling action and tidy endings. The world is an untidy ball of loose threads and unanswered questions. Good novels acknowledge that. This will probably not be a very good novel.
Oh, there's this wonderful new "review" of The Red Tree at Amazon:
"Horrible waste of money," September 29, 2013 (By SLR)
This author can't complete a paragraph without using the "F" word 5 times. When she isn't cursing she is being depressed over her lost lesbian lover. She rents an old cottage, drinks coffee, smokes, curses, rambles on about flowers an wild life and a new woman appears and rents the attic. Surprise!!! She's bi so the reader is subjected to more lesbian sex. She discovers an old manuscript...and now everything goes off the rails. Excerpts from the manuscript is printed within the story in print so small you have to dig out a magnifying glass. And all of this boring, badly written junk happens in less than one-third of the book. Didn't finish reading, or thumbing through the book. Didn't even crack the spine. I tossed it in the library donate box. Goodbye money, time and the thought of ever reading this author again.
No...here's the thing. The "reviewer" isn't objecting to sex scenes. The "reviewer" is objecting, emphatically, to "lesbian sex." Which is how this "review" can be distinguished from the rantings of a prude who dislikes reading about sex and pegged as the rantings how a homophobe who dislikes reading about lesbian sex. I'm reporting it to Amazon. Usually, they're good about taking these things down. But I'd very much appreciate it if you'd also report the review. Just follow the link above, then hit the "report abuse" button. Thank you. I live with people who don't like my books, and I also try to suffer fools. But I will not put up with this.
And now...let me see if I can escape this house.
Rambling Lesbian Author,