I would like to introduce you to James R. Lane, a long-time friend and fellow anthropomorphic author of novels "Redeeming Factors" and "Lifetimes". You may have also seen me refer to him here on occasion as my "beta reader" as the one who helped read each chapter of my tales to help smooth out bumps before they make it online. For his help, I have been most grateful. His own website was long frozen in time, the material locked on a site he was unable to update after misplacing the login data - until just recently. However, his website has recently undergone revisions and has been updated. There are several short stories there that you may read, though his two big novels are currently unavailable as out-of-print. Sample chapters of both, however, are available on his site. You can find them all at Lane-Books.Com.
This may come as a surprise to some of you — though not to others since I've hinted at it for some time — but due to physical issues, I am officially retiring from active fiction writing. All current projects are now on an indeterminate hiatus, which means that I may or may not add further material to them anytime soon. I apologize to my readers who may have continued to follow the tales I've weaved, but after nearly forty years of writing, my hands, wrists and finger joints are all worn out.
I have enjoyed the storytelling that allowed me to stretch my creative imagination over the years, and I'm especially grateful to fans of my work, but there comes a time when the realization sinks in that it's time to put away the pen, close the book and rest for a while.
For those who may be thinking that I may have serious medical issues, let me put your mind at ease and assure you this is not the case. My energies are simply tapped out, and what used to be a joy has slowly become a chore with time due to the frequent pain.
I appreciate every single person who has read and enjoyed my tales. I've always said that I wrote my stories for myself, so if there were those who didn't like what I've written, that's okay since I didn't write these for them. For those who did, however, I'm glad to have had you along for the ride.
It's possible I may still jot down a few new passages from time to time as the condition of my hands permit — since I really hate to leave some tales unfinished — but officially I've turned the "Closed" sign on the door and have shut off the lights. Although active production has stopped, this site will remain online; the web space is provided free of charge and requires no maintenance, so it should be safe to leave up for as long as the servers are active.
Despite my medical retirement, I still plan to post new chapters of Jeff's stories as he submits them to me. His projects are too good to keep outside, so those will still have a home to new segments as they are written.
Thanks for stopping by, my friends, and Good Night.
— Ted R. Blasingame
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