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Concluding thoughts

November 25, 2014
Posted at 9:49 pm

Many of you have enjoyed the fine romp that is Family Letters. I too have enjoyed writing it. But like all good things the time has come to move on. Soon we should post the last few chapters and get on with other writing.
What is next for me? I'm not sure. One thing that will be a limiting factor for a while is that I've become essentially homeless. Not unemployed thank all that is holey but at the same time it is cool and wet here now (Not that I'd change that if is could).

Mainly this means that I'll have to find a public hotspot to get on the net and that I'll have to consider how much driving I can put up with in order to have web access.

Straight talk may provide an answer if I can acquire a van or small motor home... I can't guess what will happen next but have high hopes that the lack of rent for a couple of months will make the motor home a more doable idea....!

Enter the darkness

September 16, 2014
Posted at 10:46 pm

I'm not a fan of horror stories. At the same time I don't see the world as a place especially filled with light. I do believe it is possible for good to win over evil, but to do so good must keep being good in the face of evil. To imagine there is not a struggle between the two is a fool's errand. So many of my stories end up being a bit darker, and a bit less upbeat than others, that and the fact that I do have a hard time writing effective endings for my stories seems to drag my scores down.
One thing that has lead me to this conclusion is that the best scoring story in my collection is Family Letters. Family Letters has rarely had a dark moment, and if I've done it right even contains something of a humorous bent occasionally. The problem is that I doubt that without Allan to sustain me I could have written something quite so lighthearted.
Soon, I should have another episode of the Outpost series done, again, at best it is a fairly dark tale...
All of which tells me that I do need to think about how I can present the dark side of life a little less starkly without failing to tell the truth. That is the truth as I see it, that is that life is hard, and then you get old and your body becomes a trap for your spirit.

Lifus Interuptus

September 14, 2014
Posted at 12:09 am

While the difficulties I'm experiencing may not be as tough as those of some others I've read about here in other blogs, I too am experiencing life upheavals. First let me say that I live and work somewhere near an outer ring of Hades. I'm certain that is the reason that it was still over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Today I don't know what the temperature was 'cause I was out of town all day.... The reason I was out of town was because I totaled my car yesterday (Friday) on my way home from work. Now I guess I'll be riding my bike to work, which is good for my health in one way but hard on my energy level so I will not be writing as much. I've already talked to Allan Joyall to suggest that we slow down the posting schedule on Family Letters to give us some time so that we will maintain our lead and not have a hiatus of too much time as I go through this difficult period of my life...
Hopefully I can obtain cheap, reliable transportation that doesn't guzzle gas. Right now I have available (possibly) cheap, reliable transportation that does guzzle gas. That is unacceptable, as I barely make enough to eat and pay my rent without buying gas for a gas hog.

Winding it down

August 9, 2014
Posted at 8:46 pm

I've been talking with Allan Joyal about Family Letters. To be short, we're considering methods of winding this little experiment down before we get to the point that we are simply writing the same letter over again and again.
But before we do that I thought I'd give anyone who reads blogs a chance to weigh in. All messages regarding this will of course be shared with Allan.


Will you try again

July 6, 2014
Posted at 1:39 pm

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.