Second Novel Update!
I know, I know. It’s been such a long time since the last update!
First, let’s speed-read through a few things that were recently added to this dark fiction site:
- New podcasts were installed. Something about nyctophilia, and a nice piece on selfies. (Do you know how many people die taking photos of themselves?)
- A video of me telling you I’ve finished the first draft edit.
I can now reveal to you that the first edit of the next novel is looking great and the book is reading exceptionally well. What does this mean for readers? Not much. The draft needs a few re-reads and edits before it goes to print.
For myself, it means the two most difficult sections of work are finally done.
- Writing the first draft.
- Editing it!
Think of writing a new book as like an artist starting out on a sculpture. The first part is to cut the block of stone out of the ground and then give it a rough-out shape. This is the story’s outline. The next is to cut away the excess to reveal its finer details so we can see what’s going on inside the rock.
Smoothing (that’s what I call it) is last thing and that’s what those final edits do for the story. Without that, there’s a certain disjointedness to the words. That’s okay if a disjointed character is telling us the narrative, not so good if it’s anything or anyone else.
There’s also the book’s title, a cover graphic and the table of contents to sort out but those will come together as we get closer to publishing it. (I’ve already got some ideas!)
And now you’ll want to know something about this new story, right?
When the book is ready, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be informed.
But, seeing as how you’re such a nice-looking visitor looking for the best dark fiction on the web, discovered my site, found this page and managed to read this far into it, I guess you’re entitled to a short rundown of the new manuscript that’s sitting to one side of my computer…
Is it going to be the best dark fiction ever written?
Mitchell Felding likes to sail and takes to the water with his new but younger lady.
He has formed a romantic relationship with the daughter of his dead high school girlfriend (see previous novel). She’s a clone of her mother. She looks like her, laughs like her and tastes just like Nina.
They sail the pristine waters of the bay and make love like smitten teenagers.
In the meantime, another victim’s body is found on a lonely shoreline. Like the others, it was found after a night of thunderstorms. A SIM card was taken from her phone too.
The pattern is obvious but only one person really knows.
Young Natasha finds out she is pregnant to her new man. She wants to know when he’ll leave his wife and take care of her and his new family.
A yacht is a thing of glorious freedom. In the wrong skipper’s hands, it can also become a perfect cage.
The SIM card, the baby and the wife will meet.-Michael Forman
I hope so!
That’s it for today’s update.
… remember, an inexplicable neurosis’ isn’t always a bad thing.
“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.