There have been a couple of comments asking about the donation rewards and a few other things. I figured my reply would be better suited to a full post rather than a comment.
I’ll preface the following by saying that nothing is absolute, and my mind may change about any number of things in the next few weeks. No surprise there.
I’m calling the donation experiment done. As I remarked elsewhere, there’s just not enough traffic to make that work. It isn’t that the experiment failed; I still think it can work. But I think I got a few things out of order. I need to build traffic first. With a few hundred more regular readers, I could probably convince ten or twelve of them to donate $5.00 a month vs. the one or two people who were doing it now. I shouldn’t have even TRIED the donation thing until I got that level of traffic first. So next year I won’t be doing the donation stories. Instead, I’ll focus my efforts on getting more people to the site. I don’t know how yet, but I’m pretty creative so I’m sure I’ll think of something.
It is extremely unlikely that I’m going to stop writing. Some of the things I said last year may have implied that, but that’s just not true. Not only will I not stop, but I will try like hell not to vanish on some long hiatus like I did earlier. However… and this is the important part…. it is also extremely unlikely that I will write any MORE than I’m writing right now. My current level of output is what you can expect me to continue doing. For the record, I’m talking about three episodes of “Court of the Abominatrix” a week with the occasional ‘extra’ story here and there. When CotA is done, I’ll replace it with something else. That ain’t much. But honestly, I have no incentive to write any more than that. I’m not talking about money, either… I’m talking about the emotional satisfaction of having people read my work.. With more visitors and more feedback from more people, I would have incentive to give them more of what we both like: Good stories. But right now I’m writing for what… ten people? Twenty? Five? I’m pretty sure I can sit here and list all of my regular readers BY NAME. BY NAME! Think about that, and then try to explain why I should be cranking out 30,000 words every two weeks like I used to.
…there was another paragraph here, but it was entirely too bitter so I deleted it. Screw the drama; I’ll end with some stuff you might actually care about:
After “Court of the Abominatrix” is done, I will finish “The Forgotten.” The original plan for “The Forgotten” was a short story told in three parts, of which only the first part was completed. I don’t know if I’ll deviate from the plan or not, but it will be the next project. After that, I’ll finish “In Deed,” and it will most likely be in the same format as CotA. After THAT, I am undecided. There is no shortage of things I could work on; I guess it depends on how I feel when the time comes.
Likewise, I’m undecided on what to do for all the people who donated money since August. I’ll do SOMETHING… but I’ve got no serious ideas at the moment.
As mentioned above, there may continue to be random short stories or flash fiction floated around here or on other sites, but there’s no definite plan or schedule.
And that’s about it.