In which I decide to stop pulling out my hair

  • Posted on: 24 May 2011
  • By: MeiLin

Some news:

1. I'm taking a short break from working on book two. I'm at the point where I've lost focus and I'm banging my head against the wall. By "short" I mean a week or two, just long enough for things to settle down and for me to find my way out of the labyrinth and back on the road. I'm a long ways into things. I'm not talking about ditching the whole damn thing, I'm talking about focus.

Part of what I need to UNfocus on is my own expectations for book two. Good reviews are starting to pile up--RAVE reviews--and yesterday I woke up to something astonishing: Someone had gotten the book for free, stayed up all night reading it and went and sent me the $5 the book normally costs even though she legally got the book for free.

This puts pressure on a girl.

2. I'm going to work on some other stuff in the interim as a way to clear my head.

3. One of those things I am pretty sure will be the story of Finnia, which was a bonus story Back In The Day. This will be released as an ebook short as well as put in the Patron area.

4. Speaking of which, I'll be putting up "The Gratification Engine" in the Patron area pretty quick here--today or tomorrow. Should have put it up there to begin with, I apologize, patrons. If any of you want your $$ back, let me know and I'll refund. Happy to do it.

5. One of the other things I'm strongly considering picking up again is the Gulch. Right now it's stopped at the April Fools piece and it's giving people the impression that's the end of the serial. aaaaaaghitsaysaprilfoolsrightonitwtf...

So that's where I am and that's what's going on. Love you all madly.


Josie Ark's picture

That's a good idea. Don't pull out your hair!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

You're not supposed to be here, missy!


NorthwoodsMan's picture



MeiLin's picture

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I'm already known as the Worst Mom Evar because I let her read Questionable Content and Dar. (When Dar artist Erika Moen found out at a women-in-comics party Jo and I went to that I let my kid read her comic she nearly swallowed her own tongue. I ran into her and her husband the next day and he was like, "oh, YOU'RE the Bad Mom!" Apparently she'd been telling the story. It turns out to be the only way you might possibly shock Erika Moen.)

Jo is self-censoring; she's never read a lick of the History (yes, I believe her--you don't know this kid), though she's a Gulch fan. In fact, I wrote the Gulch for her, so she could read something of mine.

BTW as long as we're talking about her, read Josie's comic!

Clare-Dragonfly's picture


You take care of yourself, missy!

TheBoy's picture


Looking forward to seeing more Gulch, if you choose to pick it up!

Take care of you.

Gudy's picture


... both of these thoughts.

Stormy's picture


I just wanted to let you know that one of the girls I sent Gratification Engine to said she really enjoyed it and that not being familiar with the IHGK world didn't hinder that. It was something I was concerned about when sending the story to those who aren't regular readers, so it was nice to know (for me, at least).

Keep on being you, yo. That's what brought us here. That's what kept us here....I guess what I'm saying is...don't go changin...trying to please me... Smile

MeiLin's picture

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About your friend, I mean. Thanks for letting me know! I'm not going to change or nothin'. If anything I'm trying to get back to me. Smile

Pikachu42's picture


As hard as you've been working, I'm surprised you haven't taken a small break before now. I'm glad you're back to taking care of you. Hear have a sugar free lollipop. Smile

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