OK, now I'm embarrassed
Well, sometimes when you go fishing for compliments you get a bite.
I do see how many people read this (I use a couple different stats trackers), and I suppose I should just be content with that. But when people don't comment, it feels as if I'm not reaching them. Possibly this is because I'm an inveterate commenter myself, but even I don't comment on everything I love. I'm sure D., my therapist, would find deep psychological needs for affirmation or something in all this.
Anyway. Thanks, everyone, for commenting. Thanks to those of you who can donate; that helps me convince the husband that all this time is not wasted time. And thanks to those who can't donate but help with the marketing targets, because the more eyeballs we have, the less we have to depend on donations. We need to reach a critical mass here of people who will attract advertisers by their very presence, and to increase the number of folks who are willing and able to kick a little in the pot.
The next big financial push will be to buy us 10 ISBNs and set up an account at Lightning Source so that when "Two Kingdoms" is done (at which point I'll be moving on here to "The Queen Who Ruled by Herself") I can publish it for folks who prefer to read in paperback rather than on the web. That won't be for a bit yet. "Two Kingdoms" ends when Teacher finishes telling Emmae and Warin's story, and we have a bit to go there, especially if Temmin and the Obbys keep interrupting. That won't generate a huge amount of income, but it'll give people more options for reading, and that's all to the good. I really want to have "Two Kingdoms" ready and printed by November of this year for Orycon, the big SF/fantasy convention in Oregon that I plan to attend. In fact, I'm agitating for a panel on web serials and self-publishing.