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A Brief Check-In

So I’m waiting the requisite six weeks before starting revisions on Dwarves of Katie Elder/The Mudbow Sisters/The Dwarf Sisters/???. In that time, I finished the first draft of a 30,000 erotica/porn thing that I started a while ago, but didn’t finish. My idea was to self-publish this and some other erotica stuff (since erotica is a hot seller on the eReaders) but under a different name. It’s experimental, so we’ll see if that pans out.

Also, my domain name finally got past the 60 day waiting period, so now I think I can start operation on making my website again.

I still believe in Defender, and I think about ways to improve it. More than Black Hole Son or Merm-8, I think that’s the story with the most commercial potential. But I have to rewrite it. I have to take out everything that makes it unappealing. Most importantly, making the main character less entitled. But doing so I untwist the main internal struggle–that he thinks he’s in the wrong category. That’s the very definition of entitled. Also, magic system needs work and the central conflict needs to move closer to the forefront. In other words, it needs a lot of architectural work.

Lately, I’m amusing myself by trying to remember what I named the stripper/bitch character in Black Hole Son. Was it Sapphire? Jade? Diamond? Some other mineral? A food? Candy? Cakey? I remember I was real proud of it, but now I can’t think of what it was.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.


    • Eric J. Juneau

      Mm, this is interesting, especially the part about which genres are selling. (though I have qualms about any report that tells you to “take the red pill“) I’m suprised there’s so much call for military and post-apocalypse sci-fi. Swords and sorcery, on the other hand, is my bread-and-butter. I’m surprised there’s not more call for swords-and-sorcery books that aren’t doorstops. I know the surge is because of Game of Thrones, but I can’t believe they all find value in time sinks for their own sake, like it gives you some street cred to finish something long (like an academic who specializes in Ulysses). I gotta believe some of them like a self-contained normal-length story, like Willow or The Sword in the Stone.

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