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  1. A Year in Review

    It’s December and I’d like to take some time to look back over this past year. In January, I wrote about how New Year’s resolutions weren’t really my thing. Well, taking stock of a year was also never my thing. But this year has been a year of firsts for me, so here goes. I started the year by posting Between the Push and Pull, a story about two porn stars who fall in love but couldn’t overcome the baggage they brought to the relationship. In March, I wrote a short 18k story with the idea that I’d self-publish it. I eventually got a professional editor to take a crack at it and she suggested I take the story in a completely different direction, turning it from an M/M into an M/M/M. I loved the idea, but it means a complete re-write. I haven’t come back to it yet, but that’s on my list for 2018. In April, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote a 77k story about a humanitarian aid worker struggling with PTSD who meets an overachieving journalist. Over the summer, I pitched this story to a handful of agents, all of whom turned it down. It was difficult to receive rejection after rejection, especially from my dream agent. I know a handful of agents isn’t a lot when most authors pitch to 100+, but rejection is never easy for me. I was all set to self-publish it when I figured I’d submit it directly to a LGBTQ+ publisher just to see what would happen. Turns out they loved it, and in November, I signed a contract with Riptide Publishing to publish it in June 2018! In September, I entered an excerpt of this story to a sex scene writing competition. I thought I'd get dropped after the first round, but I made it into the semi-finals! That was due in large part to the wonderful people here at GA. So I also submitted this story to a contest run by Pink Kayak Press for unpublished romance manuscripts featuring underrepresented and diverse characters. At the end of November, I was selected as a finalist! The winner will be decided by the end of this year; I’ll announce it here if I win. In May, I posted Stepping Out in Faith, about a closeted priest and the man who helps him come to terms with his sexuality. It was previously posted on another site, but I revamped it and got it edited for GA. In June, I started writing the sequel to Push and Pull, called Embracing the Tension, to give Ryan and Erik their happily ever after. This one has taken me some time to get through as I often got distracted by other writing projects. But it’s finally been edited and I’m taking one last pass through it. It should be ready for posting before the end of the year, but I may wait till January and start it the same time Push and Pull started! In July, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo again and wrote a 45k story set in Hong Kong. It’s about a Canadian man who is sent on a three-month assignment to Hong Kong and he meets a local, sophisticated lawyer. This was written specifically for Dreamspinner Press’ World of Love series and it was contracted in October. It will be published in June/July 2018! In August, I wrote a 12k short story about an ESL teacher who falls in love with a refugee from Ethiopia. This story is a departure from my typical style—written in first person, sweet, no sex. But despite it being a little off-brand, I really enjoyed taking a different approach to my writing. This was written specifically for NineStar Press’ Teacher’s Pet Anthology and it was contracted in October. It will be published in February 2018! In October, I wrote an 18k erotic short story featuring my first female character in a very long time. She’s a high-powered lawyer in a not-so-friendly rivalry with her co-worker, a bisexual man. This story is intended for Carina Press’ The Dirty Bits series, but I still need to edit the heck out of it before I can submit it to the publisher for consideration. At the start of this year, my New Year’s resolution was to become a published author. I knew it was going to be a tough road, but I threw everything I had into it. I found a great group of writing friends who have encouraged and challenged me. The people I’ve met on GA have been incredibly supportive. While I will end 2017 still unpublished, I still consider the year a resounding success. Over the next few weeks, I will be setting goals for 2018. Apparently, there’s something to this New Year’s resolution thing.
  2. Stepping Out in Faith

    Thanks for reading!!
  3. It's Sunday evening and I'm feeling a low level of anxiety about returning to work tomorrow. I previously felt this way years ago when I was in a job I hated. 

     

    I've also been having stress dreams; basically, nightmares about work and I wake up super stressed. This also happened with my old job. 

     

    I don't like what these signs are telling me. 

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    2. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Tell yourself you can beat the omens and stay calm. :hug: 

    3. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      It's definitely something to investigate. Is it the job or perhaps something related to the job that can be dealt with? Either way, you should listen.

    4. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      Pay attention to it. Try meditation and deep breathing to help calm.

  4. Ask an Author 2.0 - #1

    Thanks for the feature!! It was fun to get the question
  5. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: End of the Road

    Thanks everyone!! I'm really not upset at all Proud of myself for even entering!
  6. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: End of the Road

    Whelp. I didn't make it past the semi-finals, but that's okay, because I never thought I'd make it that far to begin with!! I was up against some published and professional authors and I'm very proud of myself for taking a leap of faith and entering the contest at all. BIG to everyone who voted for me!! I you all!
  7. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Semi-Finals!!!

    I saw that! hehe, I love your analyses! Thank you!!!
  8. I'm in the semi-finals!! Want to help keep me in the competition so I can bring the sex-scene-writing crown home to GA:gikkle:

     

    Voting is here and ends today at 4pm ET!  http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sscenec2017-semi-final-1-pot-a-hudson-lin-vs-amy-andrews-hudsonlinwrites-amyandrewsbooks/

     

    This was posted with permission from site administration. 

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    2. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      I couldn’t agree more @Puppilull I thought it was just me. I’m certainly not an expert on straight porn though. 

    3. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      I can never get past the description of female parts. Either too sexist (like the c-word) or too clinical/distant (like here: "her sex"). Not my thing at all. 

    4. Hudson Bartholomew

      Hudson Bartholomew

      I didn't actually read it, but I like the analysis! :gikkle:

  9. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Semi-Finals!!!

    Thanks guys!!! You're the best!!!
  10. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Semi-Finals!!!

    Thanks! I wasn't sure I even wanted to get this far! hehe
  11. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Semi-Finals!!!

    *RUNS IN FLAILING* I'M IN THE SEMI-FINALS!!!! I almost feel bad asking everyone to keep voting for me at this point because I really only thought I'd have to solicit votes for a round or two... not four rounds!! But if you want to keep me in the game, repping GA, and bringing the crown home to celebrate, please keep voting!! Voting ends tomorrow (Friday) at 4pm ET. http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sscenec2017-semi-final-1-pot-a-hudson-lin-vs-amy-andrews-hudsonlinwrites-amyandrewsbooks/ I assume everyone knows the routine by now: scroll to the bottom, see the box about the Raffle Prize Draw, log in with an email or Facebook account. If you didn't know, this also enters you to win prizes from the participating authors! This was posted with permission from site administration.
  12. You guys!! I made it into the quarter finals of the writing competition I'm in, and I have you all to thank for it. So THANK YOU!!! :heart::heart::heart:

     

    If you want to keep me in the game, you can follow this link and cast a vote. http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sscenec2017-hudson-lin-vs-kryssie-fortune-hudsonlinwrites-kryssiefortune/

     

    Voting ends at 3pm Eastern today!! (To vote, scroll to the box that says "Pick your Sex Scene Championship Raffle Prize Draw" and log in with an email or a Facebook account.)

     

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I explained it all here: 

     

    This was posted with permission from site administration.

     

     

  13. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Quarter Finals

    Thank you!!!
  14. I Wrote a Hot Sex Scene: Quarter Finals

    You guys!! I made it into the quarter finals!! I honestly didn't think I'd even make it out of the first round, and I have all of you to thank for getting this far. If you want to help me stay in the competition, please follow this link and vote!! Voting ends 3pm Eastern on Tuesday, October 24th. http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sscenec2017-hudson-lin-vs-kryssie-fortune-hudsonlinwrites-kryssiefortune/ To vote, scroll to the bottom and the box that says "Pick from the Sex Scene Championship Raffle Prize Draw." You can log in with an email address or a Facebook account. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I explain it all here: This was posted with permission from site administration.
  15. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has gone to check out this writing competition that I'm in. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I wrote about it here: 

     

    My second round is currently live and if you'd like to see what I wrote, you can check it out here: http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sscenec2017-final-16-erin-mclellan-vs-hudson-lin-emclellanwrites-hudsonlinwrites/

     

    To vote, scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a box that says "Pick from the Sex Scene Championship Raffle Prize Draw." You can login with your email or a Facebook account. 

     

     This was posted with permission from site administration.

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