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Becka gets featured in a Podcast!

September 26th, 2018  |  Published in News

The Cultural Quarter of an Hour is a Podcast about my local area and this week it features me talking about Haventon Born and my writing process.

Why not have a listen?

Be warned I have a very nasally voice.

And we’re back

September 25th, 2018  |  Published in News

Sorry about the outage. This post will explain what happened and give a schedule for me starting to post again,

So What happened?

Earlier this year I realised that even though I now have a permanent job I could not afford to pay this years hosting fees. I had a bit of a panic trying to find a solution when a friend offered to host it for me on her server. So I downloaded a complete backup from the old host and sent it across.

Unfortunately the move did not go smoothly as hoped and it’s taken until today to finally iron out the last of the problems (something weird with the SSL cert – and hey we have an SSL cert now :-D) so we’re finally up and running again.

So everyone say thanks to Woozle for her help.

So will you be posting again now?

Yup! I will finish posting Lord of the Wolves over the next couple of weeks as it is all written and then start updating Whisper weekly again.

Can we help?

Yes! In October I will be editing LotW so come November I will be looking for beta readers to do some error spotting before I try to figure out how I am affording a cover artist when I am living month to month. So you can either help out by volunteering for the beta read or if you have some moolah and aren’t completely miffed with how scratty things have been for a while you can contribute to my cover fund on my ko-fi.

So that’s all for now. Watch out for a couple more posts in the next few days including me guesting on local podcast and the next LotW post.

LoTW unexpected hiatus update

April 21st, 2018  |  Published in Haventon Chronicles, News

Hi Peeps!

Sorry I haven’t posted for the last couple of weeks. Nothing is wrong except the that I am not happy with Chapter 30 yet and am rewriting it. Tomorrow I am going to post a chapter of Whisper that I almost have ready so I am not leaving you with nothing to read.

Sorry for the delay,

Becka

February Update

February 25th, 2018  |  Published in News

Hi Peeps!

Things are still going better for me. I now have a permanent job (subject to six months probationary period) working 30 hours a week. My mental health is still improving (even with the anxiety weasels trying to get back into my brain by insisting things are going *too* well).

With a little stability in my life I’m starting to look forwards again and with Lord of the Wolves nearing it’s conclusion (seriously – I think this first draft will be done by the end of March) I’m starting to think about the book release a few months down the line. (I’ve also started the outlining on Book Three – The Summer Queen).

This means a few things:

  1. Once it’s done I’ll switch over to posting Whisper on Saturdays while I edit Lord of the Wolves and I’ll also be looking for beta readers again.
  2. Prior to the Lord of the Wolves Book Launch I want to get Haventon Born into the hands of as many readers as possible and, to be honest, it’s been selling abysmally because I haven’t had the energy for marketing.
  3. So I’m planning a book relaunch for Haventon Born on May 8th (my birthday). This is just like a book launch only for an already extent book. And for that I need your help.

How can you help?

Firstly I need reviews on Amazon. Reviews help visibility and also many advertising outlets will only allow adverts by books with a certain number of Am reviews. If you read and enjoyed Haventon Born reviewing it on your local Amazon store would be a great help. (No bounties for this, I’m afraid, I don’t want to be accused of buying reviews).

Secondly I am trying to raise a small marketing budget. It’s not a large enough amount to do an indigogo or kickstarter for so I’ve set a target on my Ko-Fi page instead. If you enjoy my free stuff and have a spare dollar to throw in the hat I’ll acccept it gratefully. You can also see some of my Fantasy Maps and the occassional link to a piece of flash fiction on my Ko-Fi page. so it’s worth a visit even if you can’t donate.

And finally, as I mentioned, I need beta readers for Lord of the Wolves. If you volunteer for this you’ll get a free final copy of the ebook at the end.

So that’s what’s been going on for me. How have you been, peeps.

Happy New Year and News

January 1st, 2018  |  Published in News

Firstly Happy New Year to all my readers and thank you for your patience.

So 2017 was not a good year for me. I don’t think that’s any secret given that I vanished for half the year. I was already exhausred and then I had a mental health hiccup mid year but I am back in Cognitive Behavorial Therapy and on antidepressants and am doing much better. So it’s time to start posting again.

Now I don’t want to rush into things because I am still not 100% and my stamina is still low so I’m going to start by posting Haventon once a week on Saturdays starting on 6th January 2018 and if after a couple of months I’m okay with that we’ll see about adding a Wednesday and a second story (Probably Caredale).

If you want to find me online I mostly hang out on Mastodon these days (and tootplanet is a great little instance run by one of my friends). So that’s a good place to check I haven’t suffered a Creator Existence Failure should I vanish again. That will also be the place to see a little more of my writing as I am going to be continuing my tootserial Lawgiver’s Blade on there soon (more about that when I have a relaunch date).

Again thank you for your patience and see you on Saturday.

 

Not a Sunday Blog: Sorry for the Unexpected Hiatus

November 5th, 2016  |  Published in News

Yeah, I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks. Sorry about that.

2016 continues to be a very rough year and I’m between jobs again. This is really sapping my energy and with how downhearted I feel I needed a break.

On the upside I have still been writing and building up some buffer so posting for Caredale will resume on Monday.

Buffer is also what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo this year. Instead of aiming for writing a 50k novel I’m aiming for 50k of buffer shared among my projects as follows.

16000 words on Shattered (4065 so far)
15000 words on Tales of the First? (0 so far)
8000 words on Lord of The Wolves (o so far)
8000 words on The Sundered Light (7500 so far – should complete by bedtime tonight)
3000 words on Whisper (o so far – next on the list)

If I’m successful with hitting these targets around my job hunt I’ll be able to restart posting LoTW and Whisper in early December.

 

Sunday Blog Post: Bad News and Good

October 2nd, 2016  |  Published in News

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.

 

 

 

 

Not a Sunday Blog: Those Messy Characters in posts

September 14th, 2016  |  Published in News

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.

Not a Sunday Blog: Don’t do that again, Becka

August 16th, 2016  |  Published in News

Ooops:

If you’re noticing that the site looks a little different (most obviously the little vote boxes at the end of posts are missing) then it’s entirely my fault.

Last night I was googling something and discovered that my site had some sort of hack that meant in google some pages were redirecting to spam sites. This didn’t affect things on the site (I checked) just coming in from outside and possibly just google as I couldn’t make it happen in Bing.

Anyway I set out to fix it and managed to get the wordpress whitescreen of death. While I was tearing my hair out a friend suggested I do a clean install and reupload the database backup (thank goodness I had a database backup) and the media files (which I rescued via cpanel). It worked but I’m having to reinstall the plugins manually so things may not be entirely normal for a few days. Also today’s Caredale episode will be up tomorrow as I spent last night’s writing time fixing this.

Anyway, while we’re here let’s have a few more updates.

 

Personal news: Due to the pound crashing after the referendum my job went away. I’m currently searching for a new one and already a wreck because JSA is not going to cover my bills.

 

Story News:

Tales of the First now has its own website. It’s a superhero tale and if you like my writing you might want to check it out. It updates daily by between 250 and 300 words.

I am working on the Shattered August update. This would be a good time to jump aboard. Remember you don’t have to pay anything unless you want to.

 

Help Request

I’m on a publicity drive. Obviously I can’t really afford any advertising once the current credit on Project Wonderful runs out so I’m hoping people will help with the things below. There’s a couple of things you can do if you’re willing.

  1. TVTropes Updates: Various are needed but troper etiquette prevents me doing it myself.

Dragon Wars has a TV Tropes page but someone seems to have deleted the original and current one is very sparse. If people could add tropes and also add the serial to the appropriate trope pages so people can wikiwalk the to the serial that would be awesome.

Caredale doesn’t have a page yet but as a spinoff it can probably go on the Dragon Wars page.

The Haventon Chronicles needs a page and links from the tropes pages (I suggest starting with the various our monsters are different subtropes).

Whisper also needs a page.

Tales and Shattered will need pages but it maybe a little soon.

2. Word of Mouth is awesome.

Ratings and Reviews on the Webfiction Guide would really help.? Dragon Wars, Whisper and Haventon.

Once the TVTropes pages are up to speed you can post reviews on there too.

And there is a Webfiction subreddit where you can post reviews.

If you have a Facebook account or blog why not post a review on there where your friends will see it?

Last but not least for the books there is Amazon and Lulu could do with reviews.

Or tweet a link to your followers on Twitter (do it on Wednesday – I’m resurrecting #webficwed – a hashtag for tweeting webserials you like on a Wednesday).

#Webfictionchat and the bookclub

And speaking of Twitter there is now a webfiction chat taking place every Sunday at 7pm EST (or EDT currently). If you have a Twitter come along and join us – you might find more great webfiction to read.

One of the things we’re going to be doing is a bookclub each month from September. You can see more information here. The discussion’s for the bookclub will be on the third Sunday of the month and September’s webfiction is Antlers, Colorado – an excellent Urban Fantasy serial, which I highly recommend.

Wow, that ended up longer than I expected. See you tomorrow with a Caredale update.

 

Sunday Blog: Bits and Bobs

July 3rd, 2016  |  Published in News

General:

Not much to report here – life goes on.  I have a holiday in Scotland coming up at the start of August which I’m looking forward to.

Story Updates:

Dragon Wars – I’m still working on getting Arc 3 ready for its book version. I’m hoping to be able to release it this autumn but I need to find the money for the edit and I’m hesitant to run another Indiegogo campaign. Meanwhile the rewrite of Arc 4 is going slowly. It’s too long for one arc really so I need to find one or two natural break points then I can start untangling the plot lines. If you’d like to help with this so it can be done faster drop me a line.

Caredale – The first really big turn of the story is coming up in the next few installments.

Haventon and Whisper – I’m still working on building up buffer. I promise these will be back before Autumn but I don’t have a timescale yet.

Shattered – Episode 2 of Shattered went live on Gumroad late last week. Remember it’s Pay what you will and £0 is an acceptable subscription amount. I’ll pop the discussion link up soon.

Indigo – a while back I started working on a superhero fantasy and it’s been sitting on my hard disc gathering dust. So I’ve started posting it on my Patreon at a rate of 250-300 words a day. It’s public so you don’t need to be a Patron. (I haven’t posted for a couple of days because certain real world political developments have setting implications I’m thinking through but I’ve decided to play it by ear). I am considering moving it from Patreon (Patreon is not great for serial content) either to the site or a more likely a separate blog for design reasons. (Why a separate blog? Partly because the navigation bar of the website is getting a bit crowded and I don’t have the time or money to do a redesign and partly as an experiment to see if multi-story sites like this or single story sites do better at attracting readers). I’d be fascinated to hear your thoughts on the matter.