New verses in "What a Precious Privilege"

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 12:52 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht,  there are 11 new verses in "What a Precious Privilege."  Lawrence enjoys the omelette and finally starts waking up enough to realize that there are some things he needs to say to Stan.

Tuesday, October 21st

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 10:06 am
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The Daily Report

Yesterday was a very good day, in no small part because I happened to wake up with energy levels that matched my resolve for the week. Today I'm feeling a good deal less peppy.

In addition to having accomplished many practical things yesterday, I also thought a lot about my goals. I've never written as much general short fiction as I want to, and I think this is all wrapped up in the issues I described yesterday regarding short stories in the MUniverse. Feeling guilty/conflicted about any part of my creative output is going to impact the rest.

I've been doing pretty good on that front lately, though. There will be more news on that in the near future, but for now I'm just going to say that I'm doing well.

The State of the Me

Today's a slower, lower energy day, though I'm feeling less hit by a truck after breakfast, pills, and a modicum of caffeine.

Plans For Today

I'm going to keep things modest compared to yesterday. I'm going to focus pretty much exclusively on writing. I have a random story idea bouncing around in my head that I'm trying to sketch out this morning, and a chapter to write this afternoon, and another chapter to give a final coat of polish before posting. (It's nice being ahead again.)

Well, I wanted to practice writing p*rn... (mem)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 09:51 am
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Comment with a pairing (etc)* and I'll write you at least three sentences of porn for them.

* of my characters, preferably.**
** It doesn't have to be a believable pairing.

Poem: "Before the Fever Breaks"

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 12:03 am
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by conversations with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.  This poem belongs to the Stalwart Stan & Antimatter thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Written to [personal profile] lilfluff's prompt.

It was fine for Tan, moving through the Wriffle crowds. It was fine, dealing with the way that Wrifflites would flirt and grin and pat-ass and cuddle and kiss. Tan found it relaxing, actually, chatting up a boss or a co-worker and having a comment about sex slide into the mix; going out to the bar and having drinks bought, one after another. It was fun. Tan had never been an introvert, no matter what the family thought.

The problem wasn't the Wriffle. The problem was when family came to visit, or friends from home, or, worse, friends from home with their friends from home. Then things got mixed, messed, and tangled.

"So you've finally gotten over this no-sex thing?" Roan would ask, or

"I don't see why you're so bent out of shape. You're the one who teased me," Je would complain, and Tan would be left trying to decide whether to explain or just move on. Everyone in Wriffle, not just in the cities but out in the farmland, everyone kissed hello and good-bye, everyone made outrageous suggestions. Nobody expected you to follow through; that wasn't how flirting actually worked for Wrifflites. Truth be told, Tan wasn't entirely certain how sex worked for them - and that was entirely fine.

If only the friends and family would be fine with it, too.



Want more? I'm sure I could have fun with this one. Commission more words via Paypal at the Giraffe Call rate of $1/100 words.

By far and away...

Monday, October 20th, 2014 01:23 pm
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...the best ongoing fundraising model I've ever had for my writing is the "bonus story" approach, where every $X, I write and post an "Other Tales" selection on the site, a little side story or standalone or "Meanwhile" or flash backwards or forwards, or whatever.

It's a useful writing exercise because it helps keep me rooted in the world of the story and thinking about the bigger picture, because it means if I'm stuck on the main story I can always change tracks, and because more writing is more good.

And it's a useful fundraising approach because there's a tangible benefit, the benchmarks are low enough that people don't need to be assured that their contribution does actually help reach it, and there's a constant on-screen reminder that while I do this for free, I do depend on it for money, so I have to actively remind people less.

And honestly, some of the stories that have come out of the Other Tales/bonus story approach are among the best things I've written, to the point where I'm thinking about making an anthology out of some of them that I think would appeal to general fantasy fans.

But the thing is, I haven't consistently used this approach for years.

And the reason I haven't, essentially, is the Centipede's Dilemma. (Warning: Link to TVTropes. Clear your schedule as needed before clicking.)

It was fine when I was just doing bonus stories, but then I added in side stories, like the story with Mackenzie's brother that was supposed to run once a month for a 13 months. And other stories earned as perks for specific fundraisers. And things like that.

See, when I've got all those things to juggle, I start worrying about how it all works... what "counts" as a bonus story, what "counts" as fulfilling the terms of the fundraisers, how it all fits together with the general publishing schedule, and so on. And I don't just think it, of course, I overthink it. Because I'm naturally an analytical and reflective person. And the thing is, there's no clear answer on any of it, which is why I spend so long thinking and not doing that it eventually gets overshadowed by present and future crises, and then forgotten except for the odd moments when I remember it, think about it, and get worried. And that's how the whole thing falls apart.

But the thing is, there's a reason there's no clear answer for things like this, and that is that I'm not following anyone else's model here. I'm doing what works for me and making it up as I go.

And with that in mind, I'm going to go ahead and revive the bonus story bank idea. While my long-term goal is going to be to get enough money through Patreon every month to serve as a living wage, until my sponsorship levels are quite a bit firmer, I'm not going to be taking Patreon donations into account here. This is strictly bonus. I don't think I need to worry too much about making sure my current patrons still have an incentive to support my work, since "supporting my work" is already the main goal there. But in order to up the ante a bit, I am going to make my MU drafts folder visible to patrons starting at the beginning of next month, which will allow them to see potential future stories shaping up, alongside the current drafts.

Slightly re-shuffling the "support blurbs" on Tales of MU to make them more noticeable (as static things have a way of fading into the background, and I no longer feel like Patreon is a thing that requires as much explanation as it did when I first joined it) was already something on my "I should really do this sometime/more often" list, but I went ahead and added a bonus bank back on to the website when I did it. It's very bare-bones for now, but I'm still playing with it, as I'm playing with the other content there in the sidebar.

Nano nano nano?

Monday, October 20th, 2014 11:35 am
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Anyone else doing Nanowrimo?

What's your plan?

I'm doing a series of stories - some for submission, some for you guys, more or less ;-)

I have a cover:

;-)

And a wordcount plan:



Whee~

Edited to add: PLUS write & address one Christmas card or buy/make one Christmas present (or one hour of a christmas Present) per at-home (not on vacation) day.

~

Monday, October 20th

Monday, October 20th, 2014 10:01 am
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The Daily Report

First of all, last night I decided to put into action my plan to consolidate the short stories I had for sale into a single volume. I had thought about putting some of my new stories in with the old ones, but after thinking about the numbers I decided it's big enough with the seven existing ones, especially since this lets me move forward immediately. And no one who's purchased all of them in the past will need to buy a whole collection to get one or two new ones.

It's currently available on Kindle and Nook. As with all such books, it's not necessary to own a special device, as there are free apps for computers and most tablets/phones. I'll be putting up my indie bundle later in the day, which includes versions that can open right in your browser with a click.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OO8Z9NW
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lands-of-passing-through-and-other-sundry-alexandra-erin

We've had some financial discussions in the family over the weekend, and it's definitely past time I started making more of a push on the crowdfunding than I have since the move, being that I am a crowdfunded author. I've done some little stopgap emergency things when the need was pressing, but that's not an efficient alternative to just doing the work of crowdfunding to begin with.

I'm going to be focusing on Patreon in the long term and medium. We're less than $20 away from the next big funding threshold, which is when I'll take Tales of MU ad-free for patrons (with a log-in, of course, since it can't magically know who's a sponsor or not).

Any pledges now will come to me early next month, within about two weeks from today, and getting more regular sponsors on Patreon will solve a lot of problems in the long run... including the problem of never being quite sure when in a given month Patreon is going to pay out. If I'm making enough money there that I'm not going month to month to begin with, that matters so much less. They do seem like they're getting their act together on that front, but it's still early to see if they're going to be consistent with the consistency.

On the subject of getting ahead vs. going month to month, I'm currently paying monthly subscriptions to a lot of the services I use, when annual or longer subscriptions are markedly cheaper in the long run. It's simply a matter of it being easier to find $10-15 a few times a month vs. putting together an extra $100 a couple of times a year. So that's going to be a priority for me as I go forward: get off the monthly service plans onto the annual ones.

More immediately, we have needs like groceries and other living expenses that we generally manage to cover, but that I've been contributing far less to than I need to from here on out. Which, again, is a problem that can be solved by getting my sponsorship up where it needs to be. I think it's going to be a while before it completely eliminates the need for me to rattle the cup from time to time, though. I think I just have to accept that this is part of the job.

So, that's why I'm going to be doing it today, starting here.

The State of the Me

Doing okay. I had a fun weekend, although not without some ups and downs.

Plans For Today

Over the weekend I talked in a couple of places that I usually hangout online about how I'm going to be refocusing my energies. That includes here where I talked about getting out and pushing more. The trick is actually going to be one of balance: making sure that what I'm doing gives me enough momentum to keep going without taking so much from me that I burn out.

Today's day one of that.

In terms of practical goals, I'm going to be working on e-book stuff and getting my ducks in a row for the week's writing. I'm also going to be looking at a better solution for a personal website, a central presence where I can link to my works for sale and talk about what I'm doing.
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Written to @dahob's commission.

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If you'd like to see more of this story, there is definitely more to be written! Just drop a tip in the the tip handcuffs:

Updated: the Aunt Family Landing Page

Monday, October 20th, 2014 09:18 am
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The list of stories has been updated here: http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/172304.html
And on Livejournal: http://aldersprig.livejournal.com/318018.html

Learn all about the family, catch up, or revisit old friends. :-)

Poem: "The Life of the Dead" Part 2

Monday, October 20th, 2014 12:33 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," and "Up the Water Spout."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Betty Ross, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, JARVIS, Bruce Banner
Medium: Poetry
Warnings: Past imprisonment, torture, experimentation. PTSD. Flashbacks. Dissociation. Cyclic amnesia. Temporal trauma. Broken people. Internalized oppression. Low sense of self-worth. Self-destructive behavior. Shame. Depression. Suicidal ideation. Physical and emotional whump.
Summary: Bucky experiences life in fragments as his memory cycles through past and present.
Notes: Hurt/Comfort. Mercy. Freedom. Good and evil. Family of choice. Team as family. Trauma and recovery. Healing. Friendship. Love. Nonsexual intimacy. No sex. Trust. Memory. Artificial intelligence. Safety and security. Competence. #coulsonlives

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Plot Patterns Illustrated

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 11:35 pm
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 Not every plot looks like an inverted checkmark.  Look at all these!

The Evolution of Food

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 11:07 pm
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 Explore the massive changes in peaches, watermelons, and corn over millennia.  Science is delicious!

A Quiet Week in Alder (a summary)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 09:16 pm
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It wasn't a slow week, I can say that. It was just a slow week for posting.

Last Friday was all-errands-all-the-time, including over an hour at Lowe's and a good deal of time at a few other stores. I mean, we got a lot done, but writing wasn't part of it.

Then Saturday and Sunday were an awesome drive to Albany to visit our friends E.Mc. & Pivin - again, awesome, and again, very little writing.

Monday-Tuesday, I was working on a piece for submission. Wednesday I was editing & fretting about it, then submitting it. And a lot of this week has been planning Nanowrimo.

So if I've seemed quiet, in terms of blogging, I have been.

But this is what I posted this week:

Giraffe Call Stories
Probably a Rescue - [personal profile] technoshaman's commissioned continuation of A Rescue, of Sorts
Cuckoo's Egg - a story of Tír na Cali
Captive of the Night Witch - probably Fae Apoc
Not Rehabilitation - probably Fae Apoc
Serial
Interlude: A Brief History of the Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez
Random
Cleaning out Files - Population of the US in fae apoc post-apoc

Read "Spinward" by Dialecticdreamer

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 07:27 pm
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the science fiction ficlet "Spinward" to someone else's prompt in the Creative Jam, but it's so awesome I wanted to share anyhow.  If you enjoy positive stories about human/AI partnerships, definitely give this a look.

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