Thistledown - Redux

As I was sure would happen, I duck (dicked? dickened?) around and didn't actually do anything writing for NaNo. The story is still around, though, and I have posted the first of (what I hope will be) a once-weekly serialized novel over on my livejournal.

By no means am I trying to steal MLM's thunder, though I would like to borrow some of your readers for a few minutes.

Click the link below. (The big red "Zandu Ink" in the sig.)

And please, for the sake of my sanity, comment. If only to say I need to quit begging...

As a side note, this post makes the point total 700. Big purple "E", here I come.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Yes, there it is. How 'bout that, must have been closer than you thought.

Congrats..

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Whoa, dude! Thanks a lot!

Ethan Emrys's picture

Petitioner

I agree with Mei, it's a good beginning.

Coral's picture

I actually read the first three when you posted on my intro thread, but I didn't tell you because I didn't want to encourage your shameless demands. You can add another person to the tally now. Blum 3

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Firstly, the first three stories are part of another series entirely, and if you enjoy those, I will be transfering more of them over to ZI.LJ over the next few weeks.

Secondly, thank you for your honesty. I will appreciate any readers I get, even if they just check in every few weeks.

Thirdly, my shameless demands need no encouragement. They come with or without provocation. Beware the shameless demands!

Coral's picture

I haven't read the Thistledown one yet, but I did notice you said you posted the first of a new set.

Maybe you'd write more if you refreshed this site less (someone had to say it). Smile

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

I'd write more if I didn't WoW so much...

Kaisar Ryu's picture

Petitioner

Ah, WarCrack, sucking the time and money out of another otherwise productive person. Remember, even mental drugs are bad. Just say no. (and switch to star wars: the old republic when it comes out. Sounds to be a much better quality drug, mwahaha.)

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Both my wife and my room mate play, so I can't just up and do something else. Plus, I've devoted way too much time and part of myself to just abandon it. I mean, if I did that, what would the last 4 years be worth?

Coral's picture

I quit this summer. It feels pretty good. It helps that my husband quit first. I agree that it's boring when you're the only one trying to find something else to do though.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

Friend of mine used the same rationale for his loyalty to Guild Wars, and then ended up moving to another MMO anyway. He plays Eve now. I have never felt obligated to continue playing a game after it was fun to me simply because of how much time I had devoted. The concept baffles me. It was fun, I devoted my time to fun. I suppose this disconnect with other MMOers is because I don't consider those 3k+ hours a waste of time if I enjoyed them, the same way I don't consider all the countless hours I've spent reading books a waste of time. Once the game is all grind and no fun, I can walk away, because if I continue playing I really am wasting my time.

This is why WoW never appealed to me. It was grind from the beginning. I played for the free month, paid for a second month, got halfway through it and lost interest. I canceled the subscription, played out the month to make the most of the $70 I'd invested (I will happily lay out $60 for a couple really good adventure games for DS, so it wasn't a huge figure to pay to me) and then left.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

are sunk. Bad justification.

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

It was actually a joke on how people can justify their addictions that way. I still play WoW because I enjoy it. Part of me wishes I didn't enjoy it so much, because there are other things I could be doing with my time. I do know it's just a game, and I haven't let it interfere with parts of my life that are essential to survive, though it does get in the way of things I want to do sometimes.

All things in moderation, even WoW...

Mith's picture

Supplicant

When I played WoW I wanted to get my money's worth :/

So I played way too much. Biggrin

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Is digitalnovelists free to join? I'd like something other than livejournal to post these to, if only to look a little more professional.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

of $15. After that, it's free if you give me your best ad space, or $15 a month if you want your own domain and all of your ad space.

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Does Clare have her own domain, or is the "name.digitalnovelists" the one you get for the initial setup fee?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

...which has a $15 setup fee...

gives you a yourname.digitalnovelists.com domain. $15/mo gives you your own domain name, if you have one (you're responsible for buying and managing your own domain name).

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Just wanted to let everyone (MeiLin, Capriox and Coral, specifically) know that the second installment of Thistledown is up over on my LJ after only four months! At this rate, I'll have it written fully 3 weeks after I die...

I know if I'd update regularly, I wouldn't have to do this. Such as it is, I do.

Enjoy!

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

lol! Found it, commented Smile

Coral's picture

I read it, though I had to reread the first post since it had been so long. >_>

I linked moving on to some action, but I think there was a shift in tone between the two. Maybe it would make more sense with more chapters, but the first chapter was lower energy and depressing while the second was sarcastic and less serious. I also was expecting Kip to be less prepared for conflict since she was recently resting her head on the table between drinks, but I guess I misread some of the tiredness as intoxication.

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