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Passing Through

February 28, 2018
Posted at 9:28 pm
 

The long and short of it is that I'm packing up and moving on to something else for a while.

Yes, my stories will stay up. I just don't intend on writing any more for long while (except perhaps finishing up one more installment of I, Newbie that I have half-written). I have a slew of typos to fix and things like that to make still, so I plan on going back and taking care of that. Otherwise, I think I'm done.

Why, you ask?

Some of it is boredom. Some of it is that I have other things I'd rather work on. Some of it is that very soon the lack of persistent SSL (sans payment) is going to become a lot more problematic. Probably other reasons, too.

I still will check my messages, read feedback, that sort of thing. I'm not disappearing off the face of the Earth or anything. I just want to do other things.

And hey, who knows, I might be deluding myself, and you'll see me back in shorter time than I think.

Til then, I hope you enjoy my stories, and I hope you find many more enjoyable stories.

Under the Radar

January 24, 2018
Posted at 11:25 pm
 

Somewhere along the line (probably on the forum) I was reading advice for when to post stories. A lot of people recommended posting stories during the week rather than on the weekends-mostly because a lot of people already tended to post on weekends, so it was easier for your story to get lost in the deluge. Also, regular readers tended to read during the week, not on weekends, sort of a daily routine thing.

This reasoning makes sense to me. However, I still have a tendency to post stories on weekends, it seems.

There were some people who argued it didn't really matter-that people who came in on Monday would scroll back and see it anyway. Or that once you had a following as an author, people would read your stuff regardless.

As for me, I don't care to bother with the scheduling stuff anymore. When I used it for the last few chapters of the Runaway, it just felt clunky to me-and I haven't seen an obvious way to submit a chaptered story in full and have each chapter scheduled differently. Or to submit every chapter individually at a different time before the first one is posted. This could just be because I haven't fiddled with it long enough or anything; I also don't care enough to fiddle with it.

So, I tend to post things on weekends. Mostly because that's when I'm most likely to get the spare time enough to actually get writing in. And once I'm done with a story, I'd rather post it sooner than later.

This is all to say, this last weekend, I released the latest installment of I, Newbie-this one is about Sally going back to work.

I also have the next I, Newbie installment in progress at this point, and I've started poking at another story that would have some pretty large content warnings on it if I ever write it and post it. Depends on my mood.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the latest story, and I'll try to get this next one done whenever it gets done. And that you enjoy it, too. Or that you don't read my stories because you don't like my writing, and find other things that suit you instead. Whatever. I hope you enjoy what you read. There. That's better.

May the stories you read-mine or anyone else's-be enjoyable to you.

In Case You Missed It...

January 18, 2018
Posted at 10:23 pm
 

I posted a new story, "Number Five". This is my take on slave/harem stories, and may be my most thematically complex work on here.

So far, I've received generally positive feedback, but I do in fact read (and often respond) to every piece of author mail I get. It's the sort of thing that ultimately makes me better as a writer.

If you didn't get a chance to read it before, feel free to go check it out. I hope you enjoy it!

(And if you don't, sorry. I mean that seriously. As I told one reader, I respect my readers' time too much to want them to read something they'll dislike. I want you, a reader, to read things you enjoy, and if my stories aren't those, then my feelings aren't hurt at all. We all like different things. Read things you enjoy!)

Break

November 13, 2017
Posted at 11:52 pm
 

Hey y'all. For various real life reasons, I think I need to take a bit of a break from writing the sorts of stories I put up on here.

I do have all the remaining chapters of The Runaway scheduled, so those should post without any problem. And the next story in the I, Newbie series is scheduled for Friday.

This is just a short moratorium on writing. I am still going to be checking back and reading feedback, so I'd still love to hear what you think. I do read everything that comes into my inbox, and I try to respond to as much of it as I can (if maybe a little delayed).

Thanks, as always, for reading. I hope you enjoy what I have scheduled, and hopefully it's not too long a hiatus.

Terminology

November 6, 2017
Posted at 10:02 pm
 

The "I, Newbie" series largely predicates on the existence of Body Replacement Technology*, which gives people the ability to well, replace their bodies, just like it says on the tin.

As is touched on in the story, people of course come up with slang terms to describe people who replace their bodies (and therefore, those who don't), some of them kind and some of them not. The example in the title, "newbie" is the obvious one; I've kind of co-opted "newbie" and "oldbie", also kind of punning off of that "b" being short for "body" (a "new-b" is someone with a "new body").

Beyond that, I struggle a little with coming up with good slang terms that seem halfway reasonable. In particular, the main character of the "I, Newbie" series has changed sex from male to female, and I'm trying to come up with a better term than just "sex-swapper"-and, if I'm honest, both a polite term and a derogatory term.

I'd like to avoid slurs that already are real slurs, and I'm willing to sacrifice a little realism there. I may renege on that at some point, though.

Anyway, the real point is: I wouldn't mind getting some help from the community in coming up with slang terms for people in the "I, Newbie" universe. Doesn't just have to be sex-swappers; if you come up with a good term for some other sort of thing (e.g. a race-swapper, or a woman who goes from ugly to pretty, or other stuff like that), I'd like to know. Do you have any good ideas?

Thanks!

(As always, no promises that I'll use anything, but I like hearing ideas, because even when I don't use them, they help me develop mine own as well)

* While doing a sci-fi story that delves into how it works and that sort of thing would be cool, I don't intend on doing much more than hand-waving with that bit. Sorry.