But I can tell you this . . . if, WHEN I get out of here, I am going no contact, I may even change my name. I don't want to be associated with them in any way, shape or form. I'm publishing under a pen name, two different ones, for the different genres - Scent of the Moon fans might be a little shocked at The Black Dog Dialogues. I may take one of those as my legal name eventually.
Somehow, I think Black Dog may be how I get out of here . . . and then the *who are you, thinking you're writing something people will want to read* stuff that kicks in. I mean, really, after all, it's just ME, and who the hell am I?
And then writers whose work I respect, some who are traditionally published, say things like it's extraordinary, one of the best stories and best told stories they've read, so I guess I keep going.