Gabrielle Bisset

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Truce and Some Progress

My computer and I have come to a truce.  It agrees to allow me to do my work, and I agree not to pull an Elvis on it and shoot it in a fit of madness.  We're both happy. 

However, the other issue I've been dealing with has not been solved.  While I'm not sure how much I should continue to say because one never knows concerning contracts and legal issues, suffice it to say I'm not pleased with the publisher's stance on my book.  So there is no truce yet.

I wrote yesterday, the first time in days since life and my mindset have been everything but conducive to creativity.  I'm almost finished with the new novella and I still don't have a title.  While this isn't a huge concern, I guess, I feel like it should be something other than "new novella."  The story is about a young woman in Victorian England, Lily, who becomes involved with a mysterious man, Kadar.  However, she's pressured by her family to marry another man, Captain Mason Danvers, who she likes but who doesn't affect her like Kadar.

The undercurrent of the novella involves BDSM.  Kadar's got dominant traits--I wouldn't say he's a dom because the theme isn't that strong.  She's not necessarily a submissive either, but she does submit to him.  The story includes some of the basic D/s ideas (blindfold, spanking, him feeding her, and in the upcoming chapters I haven't written yet, the use of cat o' nine tails), but it's probably a little too sweet for serious D/s readers. (Yes, I know cat o' nine tails doesn't sound very sweet, but I still don't think it's strong enough for serious readers of D/s lit.) I'm considering the title Forbidden, which would definitely describe their relationship.  I also am considering The Captain's Wife or The Captain's Woman.  Or I'm considering something focused more on her.  But none of these are bowling me over.  If you have an idea, feel free to comment with a fantastic title.  :) 

In addition, I began talking to a cover artist for my novella, Vampire Dreams, which I decided to self-publish.  After a week of negative, she has been a wonderful breath of positive, fresh air.  I've seen her covers before and love them, so I emailed her and she got right back to me with details and ideas.  I love that!  She really made my day.  I hope to have Vampire Dreams ready for Amazon and Barnes and Noble before June. 

Here's to a better week coming! 


Nadja Notariani said...

Can't wait to hear what you have in mind for the cover of Vampire Dreams!
As for your other issue, don't let it get you down. Glad you have gotten a 'truce' with your computer...I can't imagine that scenario, but I'm laughing.

Julius Cicero said...

It is a war of attrition. The truce with your computer is a great start. Stand your ground.

Gabrielle said...

Nadja, the artist is working with a dark themed idea with some landmark of London in the background and a couple somewhere in the picture. I've seen her other work and love it! I can't wait.

Julius, I hope I am Britain or France in this war of attrition and not Germany circa 1918. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

Julius Cicero said...

It's better to be USA out of all of them. I like stopping by. I am a firm believer in: it's YOUR story, so tell YOUR story. No one will ever change your mind, so long as it compels your heart to tell it. That's why we do this.