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March 20, 2017
Posted at 12:00 am

Its a good month

Well, I've been doing a lot of writing so far this month. and having a ton of fun doing it.

I'm also coming up of new story ideas. I might try to write a few chapters for here, but at the same time there are several tales that will definitely end up on Amazon someday.

Now, I do have a quick mini-reply to the comments posted about Living a CAP-based Present. Several readers felt that I had inserted a few plot twists that didn't sit well with them. Primarily surrounding the problems that Corsica had at launch. I do have what I often jokingly say is a "Madness to my method." There are reasons that my plot twisted the way it did. I've tried to put some details into the chapters, and more will be added in future chapters. I do ask that people remember that I'm developing many things and exploring the Sa'arm universe in my own way.

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the tale. And if all goes well, I can keep posting for quite a while. Or until the tale comes to an end. I'm not sure how many chapters will be required before I reach the end of the current set of plot threads. I know a few things will happen, but I've already had more than a few surprises.

March 13, 2017
Posted at 12:17 am

Writing Update

Well, I've been maintaining a solid pace in writing recently. I'm a bit behind where I'd like to be, but just one great day would put me on a 2,000 words per day pace for the month, and that is more than acceptable. Although it does mean that I'd write the equivalent of half of a novel in a month.

But then again Living has gone over 200,000 words and this after Building was over 300,000 words. These are not novels (which usually top out at 110,000 words), but epics. Fun to write, but extremely time-consuming.

I did open up comments, I figure it is right, although I don't promise to read them often. I'm growing bad about responding to e-mails. I do read all e-mails and ones noting errors are saved until I have a chance to fix the chapters. I am very behind on doing that, but its revise or add chapters. I feel like adding chapters at the moment. :)

I might.... very might though, try posting some first chapters here for other stories. Either that or I'll offer them as .docx files to people. This isn't for sure. I have to decide which stories I want to work on next, and I can see how allowing people here to read the start of one of my tales might increase interest. I have to double-check the rules though. I don't want to get anyone in trouble for me doing that.

February 26, 2017
Posted at 10:53 pm

Humm. I guess people do like my Swarm Cycle stories

I've noticed that Living a CAP Based Present has been creeping up in its score. I checked today and its risen to be #6 on my list with 4 other Swarm cycle stories above it as well as my one MORFs story Loving My Bunny Girl.

I'll admit that I do probably put the most mental agony into my Swarm Cycle stories out of the ones I post here. Well, if I do add to my MORFs tales those will also have a lot of mental anguish, but I'm very ambivalent about doing that. I had an argument with a couple other authors from that universe and ended up feeling more than a bit unwelcome. And since I have so many other ideas.....

I will say that I might at some point take a break from Living just to work on something else. I've added about 50K words in the last 2+ months and my muse keeps whispering that I'm neglecting all the other stories vying for attention in my imagination.

But I don't want to leave the story unfinished, so who knows.

February 23, 2017
Posted at 11:47 pm

The joy is back... for now.

I never want to claim that I'm bi-polar or whatever they are calling it now, but I long ago learned that my writing seems to cycle. I'll have a few good months, and then many poor ones before starting to write again. I don't want to jinx myself, but with just another 1000 words written I'll have my best February writing since i started keeping track of my monthly writing progress. It won't be too high, only at about 1000 words per day, but it will be a huge improvement over the last 4 months of 2016 where I averaged less than 250 words per day over 4 months.

However, never believe that I didn't think about stories or get regular visits from the insane and twisted spirit I pretend is my muse. I have no idea where the spirit goes, but I get regular visits with some strange ideas.

And I also have my next visit to Ishtar starting to come together in my mind. It might not come right away, I really want to finish 2 other Swarm cycle tales I've been working on as they should help introduce characters to the Borneo sector who were there before the end of Crisis. In fact one made a rather prominent appearance in Crisis and finishing that tale will help explain some of the events that shall be befalling Ishtar and the whole Borneo sector.

February 12, 2017
Posted at 10:35 am

More for everyone

I've been writing more so I thought I'd post a chapter, but found chapter 44 is perhaps the shortest chapter I've written in years. So I included 45, one of the longer chapters I've written.

Go figure that I'd have a long one after a short one. :P