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Since it has now been six months since the 2017 Halloween contest ended, Lazeez has informed me that I can now make my story, "The Cat and... the Bat?" public for all! And there was much rejoicing.
So if you missed the story the first time around, or were unable to read it due to its premier status, I encourage you to give it a read. It's quite a fun story set in the Batman universe and one I'm quite proud of.
As far as my other projects, I am still writing and revising and outlining stories daily. Hopefully, I'll be back to posting "Sorcerer in Downtown Atlanta" sometime soon. The other big news is that I am beginning the process of publishing my first story, "An Unforgettable Melody," on Amazon and a few other places. I'll be publishing under an actual pen name, so I'll send out an announcement closer to time so nobody freaks out that someone has stolen my story. (Again!)
And lastly, Amazon has confirmed that the dirty rat that stole my stories for profit has had them removed. A special thanks to G Younger! Your advice was perfect for taking care of this situation.
"An Unforgettable Melody" has been stolen! Some idiot calling himself "QUATHO ZIZI" has published the story on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I have been in contact with Amazon, who will have a resolution specialist contact me within twelve hours, so they say. If anyone else has had experience with this, I'd be glad to hear from you. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
So, let me start out by saying that I try very hard not to project my personal problems online. That said, these last few weeks has coalesced into one massive ball of suckage. The adoption process is slow and plodding, as is most everything dealing with government, and a sudden onset fever hasn't done anything to help my mental state. Stress continues to build...
To make matters worse, I was informed this week that Literotica, one of the other major websites I post on, has decided it will not post any further chapters of my story, "A Sorcerer in Downtown Atlanta," as they have deemed it "too political." This is their prerogative, of course, but I completely disagree with their assessment and am attempting to appeal the decision. Many of the stories I have read in the last two years are FAR more political than mine, (and better written, besides) such as the fantastic works of Lazlo Zalezac.
In any case, these combined factors have created an atmosphere for me that, quite frankly, is not conducive to continuing to write "A Sorcerer in Downtown Atlanta" at this time. This is not to say that I won't finish the story. I will. I have sketches and outlines of where I plan to go, but my mind is not right to do them justice at this moment. Already, I have been pouring over chapters 10 and 11 for several weeks now, eternally dissatisfied with them. So, I'm taking a break. Not from writing altogether, though. I have a couple of short stories that I've been contemplating for a while, as well as a few more chapters of "Gray Jedi," so I'll work on those for a bit to clear my head.
Again, I apologize for airing my personal problems online like this, but I feel that my readers deserve an explanation as to why my weekly postings will be delayed. I thank you all for your support and patience.
I reposted chapter 3 to "A Sorcerer in Downtown Atlanta." This includes a short scene near the end that I think fixes a plot hole a couple of my eagle-eyed readers found. Thanks to redbear505 and pyvent for finding the Notary Public issue!
At last, the story is ready to start posting! Chapter one will be posted later tonight or by tomorrow morning. I have five chapters written thus far, and I hope to maintain a weekly posting, so look for it on Saturday mornings, most likely. Of course, if you have not read the first story, "A Genius in King Arthur's Court," you will be thoroughly lost and confused.
I have also placed these two stories in a public universe, entitled "Science and Sorcery." Anyone who should be struck with inspiration to contribute to the universe is more than welcome to; I believe to make the universe private would amount to stifling someone's creativity. Thanks again for all your patience!
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