Well that was fast!

  • Posted on: 16 March 2008
  • By: MeiLin

A kind soul--our first donor from the UK--kicked in the whole $20 overnight, so there will be a Saturday chapter next week. That doesn't mean you shouldn't donate if so inclined. Wink In fact, an earlier donor suggested I set up subscriptions so people could automatically kick in a buck or two a week or a month or whatever. I'm a bit skeptical that people would actually do that, but I'm willing to try it, and once this miserable cold or flu or whatever abates I'll hie me off to PayPal and get something set up.

So far, I've gotten enough donations to cover what I've spent on advertising (most of what you've given me has gone straight on to Ms. Alexandra), though I've cut back my ad-buying pretty hard after the first burst. As you can see, ad sales here haven't exactly taken off yet, but give it time. I deliberately priced the units higher to avoid those damn lingerie ads. I don't mind sites like that advertising here, but please give me some decent-looking creative. sheesh.

My next goal is enough to help cover my March BPAL order, which I've got to make before the Lupercalias go off sale on the 23rd. I have to have a bottle of Passionate Shepherd, if only because it reminds me of the outdoor bits of this story. So far, I've got most of shipping covered. Wink In another post for another day, I'll outline which BPALs remind me of which characters (preview: Arta smells like White Rabbit). I'm totally serious when I say BPAL inspires me, and I use TAL oils on candles when I need to pull in some mystical big guns to help with the story (notably Hymn to Pan).

Anyway, my writing goal for the next couple of days is to get a story outline going--where we've been and where we're going both longterm and short term, the questions I want to answer and raise in each chapter, etc etc. I know you're supposed to do that BEFORE you start writing, but I always do things ass-backwards, it seems.

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There's something to be said, I think, for improvisation as well. Plots, I think, can just run randomly for a while, as long as each chapter has a dramatic tension of some sort that makes it interesting. Eventually, it will all weave together into a major plot. Perfectly fine way to do a serial online, I think, especially with a number of updates.

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And I'm not wanting to obsessively plot out where we're goin'. I mean, I know exactly where we're ending up. Exactly. And when I say, "ending up," I don't mean "Two Kingdoms," I mean what may be the whole story arc or at least the first major arc. (To my great surprise, I've seen past what I thought was the end of the story.)

But from here to there, I'm all for all kinds of side trips. I just don't want to start contradicting What Has Gone Before (gads I hate that) or losing plot threads an' stuff. And that's what I'm trying to plat out somehow--What Has Gone Before, and also what I want to accomplish in the immediate chapter. Otherwise I'm going to start contradicting myself; I've already caught a couple of instances of it, and I don't want to catch any more.

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That's an excellent way to do it, I think. Just know the beginning, and the hook, and know the way it all will end. Let the middle be an ever-changing exploration that may take years to work through.

I fixed that link and redid my whole site, by the way. Looks much better now. Come and admire.

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Well, you can could plan sub-parts to the work, and do one at a time, sort of like "Books" to the major plot-line. Continuity errors are something that a copy-editor would fix, but I imagine your readers will notice anything major and help you out there too, if you do forget. Really, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It will work out, and if there's some plot-snarl, only the most finicky will even point it out.

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And yes, books are how I'm doing it. The first one is "Tale of Two Kingdoms." When it's done, I'll be packaging it up as a paperback and ebook file at Lulu.com. And then I'll start the next book. The books' beginnings and endings will coincide with the tellings of the stories-in-stories.

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