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June 28, 2011
Posted at 11:40 am
Updated: July 2, 2011 - 10:09 pm

Revise, revise

When I left SOL several months ago, I told myself that when I returned and reposted my stories, they would be finished, clean, and as perfect as I could make them. It hasn't quite worked out that way. When I reread them online, I still find errors and room for improvement, and as a result, I have posted some stories and chapters multiple times. The first draft of The Nervous Princess, for example, took me about twenty minutes to write, but I have polished it more than any of my other stories. I have just posted the seventh version after changing one little phrase that I think makes the thing read better. The last chapters of "Don't Tell Mommy" and "Candy-coated Popcorn, Peanuts and a Prize" are also somewhat different from their original iterations. I guess what I'm saying is that is I have any fans here, I ask them to please reread these stories to see them in what I hope is their final form.

There is a character in Albert Camus' Plague who wants to write a book, and he never gets beyond the first sentence. I don't want to be that guy, but on the other hand, some really good authors changed their work from one edition to the next, or from the serialized version to book form. No reason we can't do it, too.

I'm also interested in the fact that later chapters of my stories are downloaded much less frequently than earlier chapters. The rate for "Don't Tell Mommy" is 68 percent, and for "Candy-coated Popcorn," it's only 40 percent. I figure either readers lose interest, or they have short attention spans, or the early chapters are doing their job so well that they are too depleted and sleepy to move on.