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Story post breaks

February 17, 2018
Posted at 3:25 am
 

I received the following note and thought it was such a good question the answer should be shared.

In looking at the breaks between submissions of your previous works, I have noticed small breaks where you submitted 1-5 chapters at one time or a large break, from several weeks to months. When do you expect to make continuing submissions of Orphan Magus, Chapter 24 and on.

I cannot say exactly when my next submission will be this time due to a number of external issues out of my control. However, the regular reason typically has to do with the story itself or a specific character.

In Orphan Magus I'm looking at Olivia Rooney and trying to figure out her deep dark secrets. When I worked on the outline I knew she would be there but more of a background character than an active one. I've created this situation for her and now I'm trying to figure out not only why she is in this problem but how it will change/affect the rest of the story. Sometimes it's easy, but this one is complex and affects different characters in different ways.

Due to writing stories in first person and "hearing" my characters talk to me, I run into issues when writing sex scenes. The biggest issue is... Okay maybe not the biggest but certainly the most recurring is my reaction to the situation. I have to take care of myself but that leads to the loss of desire to write - especially sex scenes. And I'm working on the three sex scenes that WILL be in the story.

So, once I have these sex scenes finished and workout the issues with Olivia Rooney, I will be back on track and posting chapters again. Barring any issues that I cannot control.

Thank you for reading,
TD

Moving Soon

February 4, 2018
Posted at 4:38 pm
 

No, the title doesn't mean I'm moving from SOL. It means my house and part of my land is about to be purchased by the state for a new bypass. We're in the process of looking for a new place here in town, but we won't know how much we'll have to spend until the state contacts us and makes an offer. From our understanding they'll start this month. We simply don't know when they'll get to us. As it stands, I have 4 new complete chapters for Orphan Magus ready to go, but I want to finish the 5th chapter that goes with them before I post. So, no fear. I am still writing, but I may be delayed more than usual due to the move.

Stupid Character?

January 20, 2018
Posted at 7:49 pm
 

I'm not sure this will make much sense to anyone else, only because it doesn't make sense to me. The problem is I've received a number of notes and emails over a long period of time calling Seth stupid. Each time I receive such a note, I reply asking for details. So far, none have been forthcoming. So, here, now, I put it to you, my faithful readers: is Seth stupid? Am I stupid? By what definition? I know online dictionaries say stupid is the lack of intelligence or common sense, but I have always run with the definition of knowing the right answer but ignoring it. So, please, let me know what you really think of the character. Are his actions stupid? What about his conclusions? Or is there something in his life that some of you believe to be stupid? I really would like to know.

Thank you for reading,

TD

Orphan Magus -- New Year

January 4, 2018
Posted at 2:40 pm
 

--==< ORPHAN MAGUS >==--

Happy New Year everyone! Once again, we are looking at new stories, new characters, and new possibilities. Unfortunately, it also means I didn't finish Orphan Magus soon enough to make this year's Golden Clit awards. Darn!

Now, that being said, I have submitted 8 new chapters for Orphan Magus. Seth's problems continue to build up, but some good things come about as well. I don't want to spoil things, so I'll leave that thought there.

--==< PATREON >==--

As some of you know, I did not make my goal for December. I was a mess when I called my kids to tell them the bad news (that I didn't have the money to pick them up). I am blessed, however, to have two wonderful children who understand the concept of not having enough money. My daughter was disappointed but understood. She said they didn't have to come down EVERY Christmas and did her best to cheer me up because I was more torn up over the situation than she was. Then I talked to my son, who didn't seem disappointed at all. In fact, he came back with "We've got Spring Break in March, and then a whole summer coming up!"

In an effort to get ready for those times, I'm starting work on Small Deaths, the sequel to Crushed Heart. I'm not going to post it as a complete story, but make regular multi-chapter posts. My first set of chapters should go up by the end of this weekend. I know some of you have suggested I take a look at the posts other authors make, so I have an idea of what they're doing that's working for them. I have. Unfortunately, what works for one author may not work for another. The one detail that bothered me was the fact that a single post by some of these authors hit as many as 32,000 words! That was a single chapter! My chapters tend to float between 2,000 and 5,000 words each. So, unless I'm ready to post about 6-16 chapters each week, I won't be able to keep up. Not to mention, that would deeply cut into my writing time for Orphan Magus. I will figure it out, but I want to continue to write these stories like books, with specific goals or adventures in mind. I've enjoyed stories that just go on and on, like a soap opera, but without an end, I lose interest and I don't want that to happen to the stories I'm writing.

Thank you for reading!

TD

Tooth Ache With Complication

December 20, 2017
Posted at 3:51 pm
 

A few days ago I noticed a slight pain in one of my ... missing teeth. I suppose I should go further back to explain.

I had one tooth removed about 10 years ago due to a cavity that reached the root. It would cost me several hundred dollars after insurance to perform the root canal needed to save the tooth -- or $27 to yank it. I went with option 2.

Time continues and a tooth on the other side gives me problems. Oddly, part of it broke off and no more pain! That continued until nothing but the roots remained. The same happened again for a tooth right behind the one I had pulled.

Speed back up to a few days ago. The last missing slot hurts. Not so much as to keep me up at night, but in an annoying way. Then the swelling started and the pain increased. So, finally, yesterday, I went to the ER. They gave me antibiotics and something for pain.

The trouble comes down to the need to have a dentist take a look and more than likely have to do minor surgery to pull the roots!

Now I'm not opposed to the surgery. The problem is I don't have any dental insurance. The cost is going to astronomical!

Why did I share this week of woe with everyone? Because I wanted you to know why my sudden new burst of writing has suddenly lost its momentum. I'm currently working on chapter 25. Now, between the tooth problem plus the start of the Christmas break for my two nephews, I'm not going to find much quiet time to write. If anything, I'll finish 25, go back thru all the new chapters for errors or missed details, and try to have them posted (along with new corrections for previous chapters) before New Year.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Holidays!

TD