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.
“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!