Sunday, November 13, 2016

An Update with unfortunatly little new to add

Hi all. I just got reminded how long it's been since I've said anything more and though I'd do that now.

I've said before that the change to my work life has made me less productive. But a big specter that I haven't talked about was the election. Politics have always been important to me, it was what for a time I thought I wanted to do with my life. Andrea going to AU was not a random pick, it is my alma mater, her room was basically my room (for those who care/know enough to figure out which dorm that is). But my usual passing watch of news et al has been increasingly replaced as this election got into the closing months (which is seriously way too long). It has to a large degree consumed me whenever I had a free moment.

I know statistically, many of you will be on one side while the rest will be on others. So I've resisted the temptation to let politics bleed into this side of my life. It is sad to say that ~40% of either side believe that the other side winning could pose a threat to the country. So not only would I divide my readership by landing on one side of this, but I'd worry that I would offend at a deep level someone who may feel my side is a threat to the country.

Now that the election is over I'm hoping I can regain some sanity. I feel almost like a junkie, that my worry and passion fueled an almost addictive obsession. I'm trying to wean myself off in a way I seemed incapable of during during the general election itself. Because even though I know watching news attentively does not alter the news I'm watching, I none the less felt almost an obligation to hear everything in a way I haven't with elections before.

And among those things I'm using to try to wean me off of it, I am trying to write more. I won't lie and say I'm nearly there, but I dropped off the map for reason, and hopefully that reason will soon be going away. And I'll try to let you know how that's going sooner than the five months I waited this time!

😁

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A few kinds of updating

So, after long last, some very overdue site maintenance has been done. All the little things I keep forgetting to do.

But I also want to be blunt about my lack of posting progress. When I started this series, I was in a very different place in my life. I've spent most of my life either a student, unemployed or underemployed. Since last summer, that's been different. I've been working longer days than I ever have, but it's long days doing more than just bit jobs that leave my mind starving for escape. I believe I've mentioned most of this before, but I'm not sure if I've ever been so blunt about it.

Work continues slowly, but I'm also at a spot that may need to create an even longer wait than usual. When I was going full steam I liked to leave myself a buffer. I'd have a gap between what I've finished and what I've posted. On many occasions, writing ahead like that I'd realize that I painted myself into a corner without realizing it. I don't like to make edits beyond spelling and typos once I post, so if something would be easier for me if x were actually y then I'd just change it before posting. I utilized it several times and it's made the story seem much more coherent and planned.

I started not doing that as much as my speed slowed. But I was also in an area where that was less important because things were less connected. Now they are becoming more connected where the possibility of easily painting myself into a corner more easily. So, it will likely still be more time. Sorry.

But I have a consolation! 

I have a small part I know for sure will not need to be changed at all. So even though it's not exactly how the story starts out (though it's close) it should make rough sense as is and give y'all a little something as you continue to wait. It's taking place on the morning before the party as Ravi wakes up. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Part 23 - Andrea and the Opulent Mall

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Part 23 Summary

Part 23 takes place several days after the last story, nearing the end of Andrea, Megan and Zainab's spring break. Spoilers below.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Long overdue update

Hello again. Sorry it's been near silence since the new year. Where does the time go, seriously? How is it already half way into March?

I've still been writing, and I've gotten quite a lot accomplished. I'm still not quite to the end of this particular story, but I'm much closer to the end than the beginning. It will be a longer than some of my recent stories, it's already longer than any of the last ten or so and it's still got several pages at least to get through. And I know this may only serve to tantalize more, but it also is very different from this last chapter in the amount of "action" going on. Part 22 had a lot of plot I needed to get through, and not much of it could be accomplished on a sexualized backdrop. What I'm working on now is much more sexual, and gets back to the kind of stuff I love: setting up interesting ideas with enough detail to let you picture it, enough action and description to not put all the work on your imagination, but enough unsaid to let your mind wander.

I understand this can sound like a bit of a tease, but what can I say I like to tease! I'm still not confident I can say exactly when this will come out, but it's probably 80-90% done. I don't know if that helps or hurts the wait time, but there it is.

And if you're one of those who want to know the second it's ready, there should be an rss feed or a email notification (I don't personally see the email address) that sends out a message every time something new is posted.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Part 22 - Sophia and the Open Sea

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Part 22 Summary

Part 22 starts the morning after the new years party that took place in part 21, still in Surda. Spoilers below.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Small Update

So I just realized it's been nearly two whole months and haven't said a word. I thought as the weekend approaches I'd just pop in to say I'm still working hard at the new job, still writing when I can, but it's going slowly.

I also think I might be hitting a problem I didn't anticipate. I created Surda, a made up country, so that I wouldn't have to make someone be from a real place I'd be able to make it up to be whatever I wanted it to be for the purpose of the story. What I might not have considered, is that because I've created a whole new place I want to fill it. I keep struggling as I write to not sidetrack myself with needless details that slow down the movement of the story. So I may end up having quite a few "cut scenes" that don't make it in because it adds nothing but details in a story that's frontloaded with details and not a lot of action till later. I've cut back on now thousands of words that I had written but going back over could be replaced by something much smaller or removed completly. Some of it will get folded back in later on perhaps, but that's also adding to my slow pace. From when I went back to "tighten things up" to now, the word count is almost unchanged but I've gotten a lot farther which at least feels like forward progress.

Not cutting it all out of course, don't want a totally empty world, but it's just a problem I hadn't predicted. I thought making my own world would save time than finding the perfect real world equivalent, I might  have been wrong, but I'm not going to go back now and do it any differently. I like the world I made, even if its details will only be known to me and maybe anyone here who wants to read the extras.

So.. I'm trying to progress along it's just being slow, BUT I am still writing!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Going forward

So, now that I got the latest part finished (woho!) I need to also add something not as fun. I hinted at it in my little disclaimer update, but recently my working situation has changed. A good friend has started their own company, it's longer hours but it's with people I actually like. It's meant that I've had less free time to write and a bit less energy for when I do have time. I kind of pushed myself to get this last one done, because I didn't want to leave you all hanging with too many unknowns, but in the near future at least I'm going to be getting slower.

I'm not stopping or giving up, I want to make that clear. I just have fewer hours to commit and not just from some game but because I'm working much longer hours and it can sometimes drain me. And when I'm drained, writing is a slower process. It may be several extra weeks between stories for the next little while. This might change if things start settling down but not sure that will happen for a while. I wish I could just mentally transcribe all this in a weekend, but sadly that's not how this works.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Part 21 - Zainab and the Spring Flower

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