Update 5/25: Very Important Update, Privacy Policy, And Future Plans

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Well, it’s been quite a crazy couple of days.

I’ve written probably about 15,000 words in a very short timeframe, adding Dream Date, The Burning Epoch, and Sideslip as possible serials to continue. All of them pose some unique challenges – Sideslip is well outside my normal genre, Burning Epoch is going to require some heavy research to get write, and Dream Date requires a different writing style than what I usually use. I’m definitely going to write at least one more part for Dream Date and Burning Epoch over the next couple days. After that…well see. I’m also making progress on next week’s updates for Dragon’s Scion and Strange Cosmology, as well as the long awaited Scythe update. (Thank you for your continued patience, Scythe fans. I promise we’ll get back to Edgar’s exploits as soon as I’m ready!)

I wanted to take a moment to clarify what my plans are when I answer writing prompts. I’m always looking for the next project, so anything could potentially be an ongoing serial, but right now my primary focuses are Dragon’s Scion, Strange Cosmology, finishing edits for Small Worlds, and editing Exercise the Demon and Ink. In that order, although Dragon’s Scion and Strange Cosmology are tied. Right now, I’m not doing anything until I’ve made progress on those 5 goals in order, which is part of why I had a week off but didn’t start making responses to prompts heavily until Friday.

I can’t say this enough, but I cannot wait for the day I can do this full time, supported by book sales and Patreon. I’m about a third of the way to where I need to be do that off of Patreon alone, so thank you to all my amazing Patrons! You bring that dream closer to a reality every day.

Speaking of Patreon, a new priority is rising up and it’s one I’ve been working on as well, the patreon-exclusive myth stories – retellings or new myths in the Small Worlds universe. The first arc, since I’m starting off smaller, is the tale of Prometheus, who stole fire from the Gods. Of course, this taking place in the Small Worlds universe, you can guess that the ‘fire’ isn’t exactly what it seems. Aiming for 3-5 parts for that one.

Now, heading back to publication, I’ve encountered a speed bump when it comes to publication of Small Worlds. To qualify for Kindle Select, your story cannot be published anywhere else, something Inorai helpfully brought to my attention before it bit me in the ass. Thank you for that! So, if you want a copy of Small Worlds in its original, unedited form, please respond to this post and let me know. I’ll be sending out a download link to this about a week before I publish so long time readers don’t lose access to the original version.

When it’s time for publication, I’ll be taking down of Small Worlds from the subreddit and the website so please let me know! I’m going to be delaying publication a bit to make sure everyone has time to let me know. Three dollar and above Patrons, you’ll be getting a digital copy of both the original draft and the final draft, so no need to comment.

As I mentioned before, but because of the delays and back and forth, I’ll be doing Patreon rewards based on your highest contribution month to make sure no one gets screwed, even if you stopped being a patron during that time period.

Now, final piece of important news: we’re going to be back to posting on the website exclusively, starting next week (which gives me time to implement a fully functional night mode. I might need to change the design to get this to work). I know, I know. I keep going back and forth on this one. I really was all set to keep posting on Reddit, and then…well, then Reddit updated its privacy policy. I’m awaiting, as are others, clarification on it, but right now it’s several orders of magnitude worse than it was before. The relevant text:

“When Your Content is created with or submitted to the Services, you grant us a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable, and sublicensable license to use, copy, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display Your Content and any name, username, voice, or likeness provided in connection with Your Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed.  This license includes the right for us to make Your Content available for syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication by other companies, organizations, or individuals who partner with Reddit. You also agree that we may remove metadata associated with Your Content, and you irrevocably waive any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to Your Content.”

Now, I am not a lawyer, but I have asked people who know the law, and this does in fact mean that Reddit can do pretty much whatever they want with my work as far as they understand it too. If I’m wrong, someone who is a lawyer please correct me! And please don’t sue me if I’m wrong, Reddit, just tell me I am and I’ll fix it. However, The old version of the User Agreement stated, instead:

“By submitting user content to reddit, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform, or publicly display your user content in any medium and for any purpose, including commercial purposes, and to authorize others to do so.”

The difference here is pretty huge. The new User Agreement means Reddid can sublicense and transfer that license, as well as create derivative works. They also don’t need to attribute the creator when they do so. Under the old license, if they did anything with my stories, it had to be them doing it. I was okay with that. Reddit is not a publishing company, it doesn’t make TV shows, it doesn’t produce content. It lets the users do that. Now, however, under the new user agreement, it reads very strongly that they can sell my stories to other places. I don’t think the ever will, but I do not like that they can.

So, to protect my intellectual property, I’ll only be posting the first 5 parts of anything I start on Reddit, then continuations will go to my website. Posts on Reddit will have the first few dozen words or so of that part, followed by a link to smallworlds.blog

If Reddit’s policy changes, I might resume posting there. Might. But right now, it’s back to pure linkage.

Appreciate your patience with that. Again, won’t be doing this until I have a functional night mode for people who struggle with white background and black text! Or just go to a color scheme that’s always black background and white text. Would that work for everyone? Let me know below!

Enjoy.

Update 5/11: Anniversary Retrospective

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Hey everyone!

So I realized today that it’s been a full year since I started the subreddit. A full year of writing on the most regular basis of my life (past few weeks notwithstanding, I swear we’ll be back to a more regular schedule soon!), and it’s been a blast, so I’ve decided to do a little retrospective on the last year.

It didn’t actually start with the subreddit, though. It started awhile before that, with a prompt about a man who makes people talk in a world where lifespan is determined with wordcount. It absolutely exploded on me in terms of popularity, and if I had known then were things would go, I would have started the subreddit right then and there and kept going. Instead, I took a bit of a break after writing it – I wasn’t sure I was ready to start writing again, and although I love how that story turned out, I wasn’t sure if I could do something even close to as good going forward.

The first prompts I responded to, in that initial 24 hours after starting the subreddit, were a prompt about an alien spaceshift crashing into the ocean, teleportation booth malfunction, a bartender pulling a shotgun on someone, a very disgruntled chosen one, a mysterious I.S.S. message, a general who gets an undead army, a demon falling in love with a mortal, and a ghost that never moves on. They weren’t all written right after the subreddit was made, there were a couple days before I started collecting them into one place, but it was an incredibly productive time!

Incidentally, those last two are my favorites of those early prompts responses, and I’m strongly considering folding Demon love story into the same universe as Exercise the Demons if I decide to expand that universe in a sequel or spin off, while the Undying Ghost will be revised and folded into a collection of short stories I’ll publish at some point.

After those, I did a lot of prompt responses – 3 or 4 a day sometimes. A few of them I tried to fold into one universe, with The Reluctant Chosen forming the basis for one – the idea was I’d respond to a bunch of different prompts in one universe and tell a cohesive story that way. That…didn’t work out. It required finding prompts that lined up with my ideas, and at the end became too much of a chore and stalling out.

The second idea I had for something along those lines was the Enochian Mythos, which started with an amazing quite prompt: “After I die, you must bury me deep, deeper than any of the monsters we’ve hunted. The world can’t afford it if I escape.” Again, the idea was to respond to multiple prompts in the same universe, one where I had vague ideas for a whole universe full of Watchers and Nephilim and things drawn from the bowls of pre-Judaism Semitic Mythology as well as Pre-Islamic Arabic mythology merged into a Judeo Christian universe. That’s something I really want to pick up at some point in the future because I love the idea! I just found that responding to existing prompts to keep the universe going was, again, too limiting and abandoned the idea.

The first major project I finished, as well as what I consider my “breakout hit,” was Arthur, King of Hell, just seven days after the subreddit was started. Coming in at over 20,000 words, at the time it was the single longest thing I had ever written creatively, and I’m still in love with that story, although I can definitely see how my writing has improved since then. Seriously, that was when I started thinking “Okay, I can do this, I’m a real writer who finished a real project.” The response to that was overwhelming, and I don’t think I would have been able to keep going nearly as well if I hadn’t had the massively positive response to that early on.

I had a couple other, smaller, projects I finished during that timeframe, as well as a few one part short stories (something I need to get better at writing) then came my first attempt at weaving a full length-novel out of a prompt response, Bloodlines. Oh, Bloodlines. I know some fan of that one are still around, but for those of you who missed it, it was a story about a man who finds out he is the heir to a magical legacy his parents hid from him. I loved how it started out, and the universe I created there is something I definitely want to return to, but I just couldn’t make the story keep going in that universe. It fell apart in my hands, and has been a major source of frustration because of that.

By the way, if you read it, you’ll notice the prototype for Empyrean Provocation appears in there, named the Halcyon Chamber. It’s not the first time I’ve recycled ideas, and certainly won’t be the best.  After it fell apart, for a bit I just bounced around prompts, trying to find something that was the next “Arthur, King of Hell,” and holy crap did I find it when I responded to a prompt about a man in a suit following someone his entire life. Initially Finders and Keepers, it became Small Worlds, and then things got big.

Seriously, I started Small Worlds 10 months ago, and this subreddit a year ago. The fact that it’s still ongoing, for someone who before couldn’t keep a project going beyond a month, is absolutely mind-boggling. I attribute it in large part to you all – without your feedback and support, I never would have been able to come this far. Thank you so much. The last year has literally been one of the best of my life. It hasn’t been without its challenges. Health issues, both physical and mental, which were made worse by constant sleep deprivation stemming from my sleep schedule being totally messed up, really made things hard sometimes, but throughout it all the writing has kept me going, even at the lowest points. I cannot wait to see where the next year takes us.

I’ve got some big plans for it. First and foremost is getting back on a regular update schedule, once my work schedule changes and I’m able to sleep more reliably. I’ve got a mini-vacation coming up the week of the 21st, and I’m planning on spending at least 6 hours a day writing during that period to build up a buffer for all three of the ongoing stories. If I’m able to manage the 6 hours a day for every day of the vacation, I’ll have twenty parts finished – a massive buffer that will hopefully prevent future delays. I really appreciate the patience as I figure that out!

On top of that, I’ve got planned the publication of Small Worlds and its sequels (right now the plan is for a shorter than I initially thought 5 book series, as well as the spin-off stories that will start off as Patreon exclusives and then become available for everyone), publishing Exercise the Demons, rewriting and publishing Ink and then continuing it, finishing and publishing Scythe and the Dragon’s Scion – incidentally, the current plan for the latter one is a trilogy, with some vague ideas for a sequel trilogy set well after the events of the initial story.

I’m also going to get back to prompt responding again – I’ve had a few fun ones lately, although nothing that’s caught me in the way the stories I’ve finished so far did. But reading over the old stories has really made me nostalgic for the old days of responding on a daily basis to new prompts, and while I don’t expect to get back to that, 2-3 a week won’t be out of the question! I’m going to shoot for more one offs out of this, but if serials end up happening, all the better.

Thank you all again for joining me on this, and as always, enjoy.

Update 4/28 – Update Schedule, Upcoming Stories, Recommended Reading, and a Bucket

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Hey everyone!

No new fan art this week. I’ve gotten some great suggestions for people to recommend, and I’m reading through them right now! This week the suggestion is Nick of Night, whose ongoing Memory Game series is a great read. It’s updating daily, check it out! (Also, I totally had him picked out for this week before he gave me a shout out)

Thank you everyone for the kind words last week. It’s really been helpful to me for dealing with the various things, and I appreciate it immensely. I’m planning on getting back to daily updates by the end of May, since that’s when my work schedule changes and as a result my sleep schedule improves which solves like 90% of the problems I’m having. (Seriously, sleep deprivation is terrible when mixed with anxiety, and it’s finally catching up with me.) If I can manage it sooner, I definitely will! Until then, updates will be 4 days apart at longest, just to keep some semblance of a schedule.

It’s almost May, and it’s almost time to start doing some Patreon exclusive content again! What I’m going to be doing is writing short stories that are inspired by various Myths, but set in the Small Worlds universe – so you can see the canonical version of those stories play out. I’ll have a poll up on the Patreon page in the next couple days to pick which myth I start off with, and I’m open to suggestions now! Due to the delayed schedule right now I’m pushing the start date of these back, but I do want to get started planning and writing them. Also on the table are short stories involving gods that haven’t appeared in the main story yet. And don’t worry if you’re not a Patreon, because those will later be available in a book form!

Speaking of book form, the flare up has slightly slowed down editing of Small Worlds, as well as some delays due to my editor getting super busy with her real job. I’m back on track now and still shooting for end of May as a release date. I’ve got the initial cover art back from the artist and it looks freaking amazing – once I have the text added to it, I’ll be posting that in a separate update to show off how cool it looks, and link to the artist as well, a fellow redditor I found through Hungry Artists.

I’ve started responding to Prompts recently if you haven’t noticed, with Illumination, Hatching Moon, Loading Sahara, and Entity up on the subreddit. Right now, I haven’t had those stories click for me to become something longer, although they’re going in the Bucket, which is a name I have for a file that is full of ideas and fragments that I want to turn into a novel later. Right now Hatching Moon would be the one I’m most likely to expand upon first, just because it’s so different from anything else I’ve written being a post-apocalyptic story, but for now I’m going to keep responding to prompts when something grabs my eye to see what clicks.

One day, when I’m able to spend even more time writing than I do now, I look forward to emptying the bucket.

Finally, Night Mode for the main site. One of the most request features of the website, and something I’m finding WordPress does not natively support. Boo. What I’m looking at right now is making a change to the sites theme to something with darker colors, since a lot of people have requested it – far more than ever wanted it lighter back when it was darker! (Zero people requested a lighter site back then.) Right now it’s just a matter of finding a theme I’m happy with and going from there.

So yeah, that’s pretty much everything! Thank you all for your continued reading, and, as always, enjoy!

Update 4/18 – Ink, Edits, Anxiety, and More

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Hey everyone,

No new fan art this week, and I haven’t found a Redditor writer to feature for this week. If you have anyone you want to recommend, I’d love to hear! Also, the Update Me bot had some issues earlier in the week, so make sure to check to see if you missed anything!

So if you hadn’t seen yet, Ink Book 1 has wrapped up on the subreddit. I’m going to enter into the editing phase soon here. I’m stealing an idea from Inorai – I’d like you to use this thread to provide overall feedback on Ink. Things you’d like to see improved, things you’d like to see removed, things you thought did or didn’t work – all of that. I don’t promise I’ll accommodate every request, but I’d like to know what your thoughts are as I get ready to do so.

Exercise the Demons will be wrapping up this week. Unlike Ink, I’m not planning this to be a series, but a standalone book. Once Exercise is finished, I’ll be resuming updates on Scythe, which is also currently planned to be a standalone book – I’m hoping to have that one finished by the end of the month at the latest. You’ll know it’s about to be started back up when I upload it to the site.

Speaking of editing, edits continue on Small World, and I’m really happy with how the final draft is shaping up. End of May still looks like a likely release date, although I’m keeping it flexible to make sure I get the best possible version of the book in your hands! Super excited for it.

Updates might be a bit slower this week outside of Exercise (I have written the rest of it already, I just have some things to clean up and double check and make sure I’m happy with before I post). I don’t talk about this much, but to be direct, late last week my anxiety flared up hard – if I hadn’t built up a buffer it would have been a completely dead week – and it’s still getting me today. I’ve been pushing through it to write a little bit every day, but it’s an uphill fight when I get like this, and I really appreciate your patience.

Usually anxiety instances like this don’t last more than a few days, so I expect to be through it soon. I’m hoping to get an update out for either Strange Cosmology and Dragon’s Scion very soon. Today, you might just only get the further adventures of Kelly Schmitt, Demonic Personal trainer. I’m going to have some changes coming to my work schedule that’ll let me sleep during the night again, hooray, and I think that’s really going to help with that particular struggle.

Anyway, that’s my overshare for the week. Thank you all for reading, and I can’t wait to share more with you!

Enjoy.

 

Update 4/9 – Cry Havoc (Important Update)

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Hey everyone,

No new fanart this week, but I’m posting the update a bit earlier than originally planned.

This week’s features reddit author is Lilwa_Dexel, who just self-published a novella!

So, a pretty big development, and not the good kind. An app was brought to my attention, Shortly, that is directly engaging in copyright infringement by reposting parts of my stories and other writing prompt author’s stories as well. It’s impacting a huge number of people. I’ve been spending most of the night so far dealing with that and fall out as well as invesitgating other possible violating apps. I’ve been submitting claims with google play store and all that, but it’s a bit of a process.

The app has one of the worst UIs to search through I’ve ever had to use, and it has put me a bit behind where I wanted to be in writing this week, but I’ll be working to catch up – I may be posting another Dragon’s Scion tomorrow and moving Strange Cosmology to Wednesday/Thursday for this, since the next part for Dragon’s Scion is written. Which is putting me behind on editing and…argh.

Seriously, fuck low effort content thieves

A couple things here:

First of all, I’m working with some other writing prompt authors and we’re going to be offering a bounty. If you find someone posting a writing prompt author’s content without their permission, and you’re the first to bring it to my attention, I’ll write a story for you. Inorai is offering something similar, and some others might as well.

Second of all, I’m once again rethinking my posting strategy. See, posting things directly to the subreddit makes me vulnerable to content farmers, who can just use an API scraper to pull it out and put it somewhere else without my permission. On the other hand, a number of people reported the website was loading slowly and I’d hate to shut people out, so I’m trying to figure out what’s the best option both to protect myself and make sure it’s easiest for you all to read. So…stay tuned, and thanks for the patience.

As far as story news goes, Ink and Exercise both have their first drafts finished, although they both need some additional scenes added before I post. Editing on Small Worlds is going well, and I’m going to be working on the additions tonight after I finish up my advance writing. If everything goes the way I want it to for the remainder of the night, I should be free this week to start responding to prompts again since I’ll have all the parts for the week already written!

 

Update 4/4 – More News, Recommendation, NaNo, and more!

Hey everyone!

As always, to start us off, here’s a couple pieces of wonderful fanart from Vchybeo on twitter! First of all, a group shot of the cast of Dragon’s Scion:

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Then this lovely and heart wrenching peice of Karjon’s fall.

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Finally, the first meeting of the council!

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Thanks a ton for the artwork. Definitely major yeee moment. I’m going to be adding a gallery section soon to both sites to keep them all! If you have another way you’d like me to reference you, by username on Reddit or deviant art or something else, let me know.

Thank you all for your patience last week with the slower updates. Some things going on at work and in my personal life hit me hard during the last week, and it delayed the updates more than I wanted them too. I’m okay, and should be back on track this week for updates to resume their usual increased pace.

I also, last week, had my first meeting with my editor since I sent her the draft! She had a ton of feedback, including finding several places where I missed some major opportunities for character moments or places where the story would be definitely served by expanding. The good news is, I am positive these edits are going to result in a much, much better final draft of the story.

The bad news is, we’re now looking at having to push into May for the book launch, possibly even June. (Hopefully not the latter though!)

Part of the reason this news post is delayed was because I really wanted to give this enough thought before I made a final call, because I hate having to push back the book release. I want that physical copy in everyone’s hands as soon as possible. However, at the end of the day, I’d rather get a better final version than a sooner version.

Now, quick note here for Patreons – if you went up to a higher tier last month in anticipation of the book release, rest assured I’ll be doing rewards based on your highest contribution, not the latest. If, however, you did go up a tier because you were expecting the book this month and would rather not have spent the funds in advance like that, please let me know by 4/14 and I’ll be happy to process a refund for the month ASAP.

And going forward, I’ll be showing everything to her before I announce a release date to prevent any other mishaps.

In other news, the first draft of Exercise the Demons is almost done, as is Book 1 of Ink. I’m still editing them before I post them, but you’ll have them soon. Exercise the Demons is going to end up being a novella that gets expanded into a novel in edits, which is likely the route I’ll be going with Scythe as well. Ink will be going on Hiatus after the end of Book 1. There’s still some major rewrites I want to do to Ink before I head into Book 2 – that one is going to get a lot of expansion and development. But it will come to a actual stopping point before I do that!

Once those two stories are wrapped up, and Scythe is on the path to a conclusion, I’m going to go back to responding to prompts to start getting some new stories going and, after edits on Small Worlds are finished, get edits on those and Strange Cosmology rolling.

Speaking of Strange Cosmology, we’ll be back to a semi-regular update schedule there. I thought that was going to be last week, but then real life kicked me just as I was getting back on my feet, and threw me out of sync with the story. I’ve got it back and update will be coming soon, and once it does the story will get a minimum of two updates a week.

Also, it’s a NaNoWriMo month this month over at Camp NaNo. I’m working with a few other Writing Prompts authors, including this week’s recommended author, ecstaticandinsatiate, aka E. C. Static, over on Reddit! (Seriously, check out her 9 Levels of Hell story. Highly recommended.) My goal is to get 20,000 words written for Strange Cosmology and 30,000 words written for the Dragon’s Scion by the end of the month. This should finish off Act 2 of Strange Cosmology, which is going to be book 3 of what is going to be 5 books now, and put book one of Dragon’s Scion near the end! It looks like it’s going to end up being slightly longer than Small Worlds book one, which will be awesome. I say book one because there may be more, depending on where I am at the end of the book.

On the subject of authors you really should check out, I want to start doing that as part of these updates. Please send me your favorite other indie/small press authors and I’ll check their stuff out and start recommending them as I do! I’ve previously also recommended Inorai’s excellent Chosen series, which is part of what got me back into writing fantasy and therefore is in part responsible for The Dragon’s Scion existing, although she also has two other series you should definitely check out.

As a final note, don’t forget to renew your vote for Small Worlds over on Top Web Fiction! I really appreciate it.

That’s all the news for this week! Thank you all so much for your support, and, as always, enjoy.

Update 3/24 – Publication Information, Fanart, and More!

Hey everyone!

So, quick thing in case you missed it, but please cast your vote for Small Worlds on Top Web Fiction. It really helps me out, and you can vote weekly, so if you already have I’d appreciate if you’d vote again. We reached the third spot last week, which is phenomenal! I’m working on getting a graphic for the story so it fits in better with the other top spots.

I’ll be putting that at the bottom of each of these updates going forward, just wanted to drop this one at the top.

Next up…this week’s fanart comes from Patrick Mitchell on Facebook! Enjoy this lovely Karjon and Tythel fanart! As always, it made me go yeeee. (I know I keep saying that, but that’s literally the noise I make when I get fanart. It’s one of the best feelings knowing your art inspired someone else’s art.)

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Now, the big news – final revisions of Small Worlds (Book 1: Weird Theology) are complete as of Friday, and my editor has it for copy editing and to make suggestions. The final draft ended up being about 5,000 words longer than the original draft, so I ended up gaining much fewer words than I expected, but several scenes and many, many sentences are vastly improved, with – quite literally – 58% less adverbs! (I counted) It might still get longer in time for the publication version, once I hear back from my editor, but it’s definitely going to be a more polished experience.  I’ve put in an order for cover art over at the Hungry Artist’s subreddit as well, since I want to support my fellow reddit artists as I do this. Best of all, We’re still on track for the late April publication, which has me so excited I can barely speak.

Seriously. In a little over a month, I’ll have fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine and be holding a physical copy of a book I wrote that is available for all you all to read. My entire reason for being is to put words on a page, and I cannot find the words to describe how excited I am. Thank you all so much for helping me get here.

One thing as far as publication goes: right now, Amazon doesn’t offer print copies in Australia and New Zealand, but does offer it in more of the EU than I thought. It also doesn’t, to my surprise, offer print copies in Canada. For my readers in those territories, I’m looking into ways to get print copies in your hands, and hope to be able to take that live at the same time copies go on sale through Amazon, but their might be a delay as I get it set up. For Patreons in those regions, since I need to get a physical copy in my hands to sign it before I send it to you, there won’t be any changes there!

In other news, updates to Strange Cosmology will become more regular going forward after part 80. Editing Small Worlds did wonders for getting me back in the right headspace for that novel, and I’m going to make sure I keep them flowing from here on out, while still keeping up a high pace of The Dragon’s Scion chapters. Also, you’ll probably notice a slight tonal shift – what I was reminded of while editing Small Worlds is how much fun I had with my over-the-top similes, which have largely fallen by the wayside in Strange Cosmology and I want to bring back.

I am making a slight change to my writing process, however – I’m no longer restricting myself to arbitrary wordcounts. I was before, if a part was under 1,000 words, trying to find ways to elongate it, and if a part was over about 1600 words, trying to cut it off. This won’t impact too much – keeping track of my writing, I’ve only done that for about 10% of parts in either direction – but for those 10%, I’ll post them when the part is done. If it’s under 1,000 words, that means it’ll be a bit quicker to write. If it’s longer than 1,600, it’ll be delayed, but it’ll almost mean less frustrating cliffhangers. Not that I’ll stop with the cliffhangers! But there won’t be as many of them that break the flow of an action scene.

Speaking of long delays, fans of Scythe and Exercise the Demons, rejoice! You’ll have new parts up by Monday, at the latest, for both those stories and updates will be coming more rapidly for them. After finishing the Small World’s edit, I’m refocusing my effort onto those two stories because they’re not currently planned to be super long running series like Ink, Dragon’s Scion, or Strange Cosmology, which means it’s possible I’ll have them finished and ready to start phase two of editing right away. Once at least one of those are completed, if not both, I’m going to be getting back into responding to prompts over on writing prompts as well – I’m trying to avoid doing it too often unless something really catches my eye, but once I’m down to three ongoing series I’ll be more comfortable doing that again.

Also speaking of long delays, the discord had to be pushed back so I could focus on the editing of the book. Sorry about that! At this point, I’m going to launch it Monday afternoon, and contact people for help as needed afterwards because I’m tired of it getting pushed off by my schedule being crazy. So hooray for that!

Finally, I do have something planned for April’s Fool’s day. I, at least, think it’s hilarious.

I think that’s everything for this week! Thank you all for reading, and as always, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Update 3/16: Fanart, Vote for the Site, Small Worlds Update, and Store!

Hey everyone!

So first of all, lets do the part that makes me go yeee first! Fanart! This week’s peice comes from Feral Clock, who’s tumblr of art can be found here.

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I love getting different versions of Karjon, especially because I miss that grumpy dragon. Definitely going to give him more screen time in the novel!

Also, since I’ve gotten some questions about appearances for Small Worlds characters, because I was bad at describing people when I wrote it, I’ll be doing an official “Here’s what everyone looks like” post soon for all books and major characters.

Another piece of exciting news – I’ve gotten approved for the Top Web Fiction Guide. If you could vote for Small Worlds and Strange Cosmology, I’d really appreciate it!

So, in case you missed it, I’m back to posting things directly onto reddit, this time with a link to smallworlds.blog in the top-level announcement. And I’m really glad I made that change, because about ten people told me that it was loading really slowly for them on the website, so there had to be a bunch more! Right now i’m going to keep it this way, although I always may change my mind in the future.

For those of you wondering about Small Worlds: I have a vacation from my normal job this next week. That vacation was taken to give me time to get it into final draft version and get it over to my editor this coming Friday, when she’ll do a final editing pass. After that it’s fixing any problems she finds, and then comes finalizing the cover, ebook formatting, and then publishing! Ahhhh! So excited! We’re still on track for late April – I really want to have it out before the 27th so I can watch Infinity War without feeling like i should be working on it!

I’m also going to use the time off to finally get the discord up and running, because I won’t be as under the gun in term of time constraints.

Now, the big news: instead of going on Cafepress, I got approved for Amazon’s beta program, which allows people to make and sell shirts directly! Right now it’s only available in the US, but I have two shirts up! The first, and most expected, is Crystal’s “Roll with it, love!”

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(obviously shirt version won’t have pixilation, had to screenshot to get image of it actually on a shirt) The second isn’t a direct quote, but an idea that I thought you all would like. Maybe you didn’t get your owl, or mutant powers, or divine parents, and maybe a man in a time travelling box never whisked you away…but you can still find your nanoverse!

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Check them out and feel free to pick them up! Both are available in five colors and both women’s and men’s styles. For international readers, I’ll be working on some designs to sell via a site that allows you all to buy – Amazon requires all shirts that go through them are exclusive.

Also, if you have any experience in using tools like photoshop, GIMP or others, please hit me up in PM or in the comments below with a link to some of your work. I have some shirt designs that require a higher degree of technical skill than “put words on shirt,” and would be happy to pay you for your work on them!

Update 3/10 – First Fanart, Discord, Strange Cosmology’s Return, and more!

It’s time for another update!

First of all, and most excitingly, we’ve got our first piece of fanart, a lovely headshot of Karjon by u/YukeWolf on reddit. Here it is:

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As promised, it did in fact make me go “Yeee!” Makes me incredibly happy that I’ve inspired someone like that, and I can’t wait to see more.

Also, I’ve migrated The Dragon’s Scion to the Small Worlds site, so if you have people who don’t want to read on Reddit, check it out there. Going forward, I’ll be posting new parts over to the site and linking over to Reddit, since that’s worked well for me in the past. It will also be linked on my Facebook, Twitter, and newly-opened Tumblr, so if you prefer one of those platforms you can follow me there. Reddit will always be my number one priority, since that’s where this all has started (and, let’s be real, where most of you are), but I like giving people options. (Also, if you are on any of those, a follow or share or retweet or whatever would definitely be appreciated!)

The main reason for posting it over to the external site is it offers some extra protections opposed to if anything were to happen to my Reddit account, and my peace of mind likes that. Of course, it will also be linked directly on my Patreon as well, which I mention at the very end just because it segues nicely into the discord news!

Courtesy of our wonderful patrons, I’ve reached the first milestone goal! This is incredibly exciting, and as a result I’m going to be opening up a Discord server for people to chat on. I’ll be on there of course, off and on. I’d also like to add some people who are interested to be chan ops to help keep things running smoothly when I’m not around – if you have any experience there, please let me know. This is a bit of an experimental thing for me, and if it ends up not working out we’ll close it down and try something else, but I think it’ll be a great way for you all to chat with each other and with me. Once I’m ready to launch it, I’ll be letting everyone know!

Now, as for Strange Cosmology: It relaunches, at the latest, on 03/12, this coming Monday. That also happens to be my birthday! Getting back to Strange Cosmology will be a fun way to celebrate – I love writing everything, but I’m looking forward to getting back to Ryan and the gang.  After all, we still have to find out what happened to Isabel! Small thing there – one of the things I’m struggling with is writing Athena and Anansi overcoming their challenge. Part 79 is going to resume after they bypassed it so I can get the story moving again. There’s going to be a bit of blitz over the net few parts to get them out of the Labyrinth because it’s gone on much, much longer than I intended. (As of right now, they’ve been in there for almost half the overall length of Small Worlds and Act 1, even when you count cuts to Bast and all that!)

As part of this, there won’t be any updates to The Dragon’s Scion until Monday. I’m giving myself the weekend off updating it to catch up the other serials.

As far as this site goes, Habitable Moon, Part 3, will be up within the next twenty four hours!

In other news, editing of Small Worlds goes well. I’ve gotten the amazon Kindle Publishing stuff set up, and I’m finishing up the final editing pass of Small Worlds over the next two weeks so I can get it to an official editor on 03/23. Once that’s done, all that’s left to do is get the cover set up and format it into an e-book, and we’ll be good to publish, so we’re still on track for late April! I’m so incredibly excited for that words cannot do it justice.

Finally, the store is still a work in progress. I started doing research as to what store is the best, what method of selling is the best, all of that, and kind of fell down a rabbit hole. I also got distracted playing with designs, which is difficult, because as stated elsewhere I’m a terrible artist, and even picking out fonts I like is proving tricky. I’m going to keep delving into it and once I’m ready move forward on that, although that’s a lower priority than getting the stories written.

Everything is a lower priority than getting the stories written.

Enjoy!

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