October 3rd, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
Please bear with me while I moan for a couple of paragraphs before I get to the good stuff. If you want skip the next two paragraphs and go straight to the good stuff. :-p
The truth is I’m a bit downhearted at the moment. I’m in the process of preparing episode five of Shattered to go up on Gumroad. It’s a little late but I don’t think it matters since I only have two subscribers. I need to think about marketing strategies or a different delivery method but I have nowhere to turn to for advice. I don’t mind not having paying readers but not having readers at all makes it hard to keep momentum. I’m going to continue posting at Gumroad for the subscribers there but from here on in I’ll also be posting the files in an open Patreon posts so people don’t have to subscribe to a site to download them. Would people prefer that? Would you want me to do catch up posts or would you be happy for Patreon to run 4 months behind Gumroad?
But worse is the fact the website is currently a mess and I have no idea how to fix it. If you don’t know what I mean go and look at the title page for Dragon Wars. It’s not just that page (in fact that’s not even the worst page) it’s everything posted before wordpress last updated. I found some simple fixes online but they didn’t work and my only other options are apparently to mess with the database (I’d break things worse if I tried) or manually correct every post by hand (that’s a lot of posts). I really don’t know what to do. (Except as @tlavely just suggested on Twitter maybe I should raise a ticket with my webhost and see what they can do. So now I do know what to do).
This is why I needed to moan – it helps me think things through.
I don’t want this post to be a complete downer, so on the upside Tales of the First isn’t doing too badly for such a young story and being off site it isn’t affected by the coding glitch. It’s also October’s Serial Bookclub serial which is part of #webfictionchat on Twitter. You can read about it on the founders site. I hope some of you will come along to the chat.
And, saving the best new until last, it’s October, which means Halloween is coming! It’s the perfect time to read about Vampires and Werewolves and such like. In my writing world that means Haventon. So to celebrate I’m doing a Halloween special offer on the ebook version of Haventon Born.
From now until Halloween you can get £1 (currently around $1.30 US) off the ebook version of Haventon Born on Gumroad (usual price £2.99). It’s the fully edited version and also doesn’t have any weird encoding errors, so if you were thinking of rereading it to celebrate the season it’s absolutely a better choice than the website. (If you’re wondering – at current exchange rates £1.99 is approximately $2.58 in US money).
How do you claim this offer? Simply go to the Gumroad page via this link, or enter the code Halloween16 at check out if you get there via the books page.
So that’s a big writing update. More soon.
September 30th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
Ophelia wasn’t really surprised to find herself back in the same strange misty place during her dreams that night.
“How are you feeling, Ophelia?” Alsia asked from somewhere within the mists. That didn’t surprise Ophelia either. She knew who had brought her here.
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September 26th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
Andarian listened to his young messanger’s report with a growing frown. How had the human even found that thing. Still it clearly hadn’t been the child’s fault and Andarian couldn’t help feeling pleased that the thing was gone. He was about to reassure the boy that he wouldn’t banish him when he heard Xantaria storming towards them. He pushed the child behind him as he turned to face her with a false smile. Read the rest of this entry »
September 23rd, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
“That’s an interesting piece of trivia, I suppose,” Ophelia said. “But is it actually relavant?”
“I have no idea,” Kira said. “But for some reason it’s very significant to my grandmother. She mentioned it several times, so I thought that I should tell you about it.”
“And you’re probably right,” Sera said. Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
September 16th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
Ophelia dozed most of the day away and didn’t even notice when her mother returned from the chemist but she must have been satisfied because when Ophelia woke mid-afternoon she had gone home. He stomach was rumbling again so Ophelia cautiously made her way downstairs and was pleased that her legs supported her without her clinging to the wall for support. She peeked into the lounge and saw Aunt Sophie reading a novel while Michael was playing some sort of video game that looked rather violent. Read the rest of this entry »
Yeah, so you may have noticed some weird character encoding on the site recently. This appears to be a known wordpress 4.6.1 issue and I am looking into fixing it but the simple fixes don’t work and the alternative is… daunting. They appear to be going to patch the issue in 4.6.2 – if that doesn’t happen soon I will try and find another solution but this is turning into the year of website stress.
On the upside I have a job again.
September 12th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
It was about forty-five minutes later that Ophelia heard the loud thumping as her her mother charged up the stairs and burst into the room.
“Oh! Ophelia!” She grabbed her daughter into a hug. “I’m so sorry!” I’ve been so self absorbed that I didn’t even notice you were getting sick.” She sounded on the verge of tears. “You should have said if you didn’t feel well. I told you to be careful.” Read the rest of this entry »
September 10th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
Ophelia felt quite a bit better when they woke for school the next morning. Even so she still felt pretty awful and had to cling to the wall in order to make her way downstairs to the kitchen without assistance.
Aunt Sophie took one concerned look at her and ordered her straight back to the bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »