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I looked today and I saw we still have quite a few 1 votes on Family Letters. I'm wondering if all of them are from people who started reading this story early. I know some people have difficulty with the short 'chapters' and maybe some difficulty with the style that the story itself. A few may be saying minimal sex? We didn't come here for that.... What can I answer there? I've found I don't write good sex scenes and that this story in particular didn't call for a lot of them.
I've received a good deal of correspondence with regard to this story. Some of it has led me to the conclusion that the blurb that describes the story is not clear.
So with that in mind here is what Family Letters is: This story written by Allan and I is in essence each of us playing (writing) a character. The character's never have contact except in letters they exchange. In this case the Characters are Will and his sister Willow.
The Murphy kids have adventures in the Swarm Cycle Universe and write letters to one another to tell their sibling about what they experience. Things change between letters. The Characters grow, live and experience life and most probably death of those near them.
There may never be an end to this story. Allan and I haven't discussed whether or not there will be. When we first started publishing we posted the first few letters, those letters were consistently short. The main reason for that is that while we were writing as siblings we were also unsure of anything except our concept of our own character, and even that was a bit hazy.
Now after writing in excess of 100,000 words between the two of us we have a fair grip on what our characters are like and we are writing letters that average around 1,000 words. We are also averaging about two letters per week. This means that for the foreseeable future we have plenty of small chapters to post.
As always we both crave feedback on our work to let us know that you really have read it. After all if the last chapter is any indication we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 regular readers for this story. So again, Let us know what you think, even if it is only once a week. After all we don't expect feedback on every letter when we're posting four a week.
Allan and I (as he has mentioned in his blog) are working together on Family Letters. This may be a type of story that is unfamiliar to some of you. What this started out as was the two of us playing the 'letter game' that is we each wrote a letter as if our character was unaware of any events in the other character's life. We have striven to not interfere with the development of the other author's character or story for that matter. So in a way what you are seeing is the snippets of life that Will and Willow chose to immortalize in their letters.
I suspect this and the shortness of the original letters is the source of the scores of one that are dragging our aggregate score down quite a bit. Maybe because the story is told from two different points of view it also seems a bit disjointed.... I don't know. What I don't understand is the ones'.... that decided to drag us down when we started posting this project. Anyone who likes long stories should enjoy this. As of now the word count that is in my file says around 64,000 words.
Some people have complained that they cannot find the pieces of The Outpost Series in order so without further ado here is the list as of today.
1. Heinlein Station: http://storiesonline.net/s/73114
2. Pickup in a Hurry: http://storiesonline.net/s/72967
3. Parking Orbit: http://storiesonline.net/s/74969
4. Into the Mouth of the Lion: http://storiesonline.net/s/75222
5. To Go, Softly, As a Mouse: http://storiesonline.net/s/75518
6. On the Night Watch: http://storiesonline.net/s/75514
7. Kiss and Make Up: http://storiesonline.net/s/75581
8. Trouble in Paradise: http://storiesonline.net/s/75647
9. Rage Against the Machine: http://storiesonline.net/s/75887
10 Now Turning away: http://storiesonline.net/s/76272
As Allan has said I'm working on a joint project with him. We won't tell you who wrote which letter... :-) but we both will say we are insulted that someone saw fit to give us a one as a score this early. Yes most of the sex is going to be off stage in this story, and maybe it will be a bit different but still I want to know, Was it really that bad?
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