The 'making of' The Return of the Paramour
Satisfied to have finally finished a story, and pondering what to do next, I find it fun to look back at how it took form.
The original idea for the story was to have two tales of four chapters each, were the chapters would be interleaved. So if the tales are A and B and the chapters are numbered 1 to 4, these would be ordered as A.1, B.1, A.2, B.2 ... up to B.4. Tales A and B would play in different times and different places, but the last chapter would connect the tales.
I abandoned this idea, but much of it survives. For example, story A was about an Internet porn video producer that starts a white slavery ring. They immediately blow it, but manage to wiggle out of it Scot-free, and then start again under a different name. That'll ring a bell: chapter 3 (about Sunlust Productions) was initially chapter A.1, and chapter 1 is what is left over of A.2.
Story B would be about a secretive organization in France that commissions fashion designers to include elements of bondage in th