An update

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 08:54 am
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Even though I've been getting better at posting the monthly round-ups here I really do want to be writing more updates, because in the last couple of months I've been finding writing them more difficult and I'm not entirely certain why. I have been writing a lot, in my attempt to write 150,000 words by the end of July. My current word count for the month is 114,197, so I think it's possible, and it makes me wonder how much I could write if I didn't have days when I don't write at all, normally because I find that I can't concentrate for whatever reason, which this month has been due to the weather a lot. I'm really not a summer person. The sun drains what little energy I have and it's really hard to replenish. Today I'm not certain how much I'm going to be able to accomplish, due to dogs, but I'll be more likely to find time this afternoon than I will this morning.

I have been getting more ghostwriting work, but I had my first real issue with that at the beginning of the week. Someone I thought I'd work well with had an editor who didn't understand the way I write and when I saw the edits she'd done I had a real crisis of confidence. By then I'd already made the decision to walk away, so I should be finishing off the work myself as the client doesn't have any rights to it, as well as the other novellas I've started working on. At the moment I'm just over 5,000 words into the first books of all three series, as well as the other novella, and I've found something that I started writing ages ago but never finished that I also plan to release. At the moment I have a lot of plans, but I'm still not earning a lot, which is something I really want to change. I'm hoping the novellas will help with that, but they're not going to be ready until maybe the end of September, so I had another idea.

To make some quick income, hopefully, I'm making an offer to anyone who'd like to buy some words from me, which will be published at the website. Send me $5, £3, or €3.50, or any multiples (e.g. $10, €10.50, £12, etc), via Paypal - k_a_webb[at]live[dot]co[dot]uk - with Personal Journal Offer and the collection(s) you want your words to be in and I'll write you at least 1000 words of fiction (for $10 you'd get 2000 words, €10.50 you'd get 3000 words, and for £12 you'd get 4000 words). I can also, if it's simpler, send a request for the money if you email me with what you want, as I can request in a number of currencies. Every 10th purchase will get a free gift, which might be a story bundle, an adoption/rental, or a commission. Signal boost and I'll double your words. If someone purchases for the boost - by adding your journal into the notes - I'll triple your words. My aim for this is the groceries for next month, which is £50, and if I make it then I'll post some extras at the website and here, which will probably be a couple of conversations with characters and one other interesting extra, which might be a DVD commentary or some demi-fiction. If I double it I'll write more extras, because they are fun.

I also have a Patreon account, where I'm posting some exclusive fiction, so if you'd like to become a patron there I really would appreciate it. Having a regular monthly income is something that will mean I can keep writing. My aim for the end of the year is between £50 and £65 a month, which will cover my half of the groceries and my phone credit. If I double that I should be able to pay for all of the groceries. Anything about that will mean that I'll have the freedom to buy more of the things I'd like without stopping to wonder if I can afford it - like pens and notebooks. My final aim is to earn £400-£500 a month, as that will put James and I in the best position to be able to get somewhere with our lives, although that isn't going to be easy. We left college at a time when the world was beginning to go into economic meltdown and I think it's going to end up affecting us for the rest of our lives, but we'll find a way.

Story: "Little and Broken, but Still Good" Part 23

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 12:41 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," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22.

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Poem: "Collateral Damages"

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 11:09 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. This also fills the "red" square in the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, an immediate sequel to "Buttoned Up."

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Character Agency

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 09:14 pm
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Here's a wonderful article that explains character agency.  A majority of stories that suck have a problem with absent agency; the characters get railroaded.  This is not fun.

I on the other hand like characters who can get into trouble on their own, and audiences who can suggest exciting trouble into which characters can get.  Nothing is more entertaining than having someone say, "Hey, there's a six-foot-wide mud puddle over there," and the main character goes, "Nah, I'd rather burn down the barn instead."  Or whatever.

Story: "Marketing Concerns in Mad Science"

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 04:22 pm
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This story came out of a discussion between me and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, with contributions from both of us; it's so short, I don't want to muck around trying to divide a price. It also fills "The Classics Freestyle" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This story contains some rude language, weapons of mass destruction, references to crazy supervillains, and super-gizmologists with a shortage of common sense. Consider your tastes before you click through.

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Poem: "Friendship Is Important"

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 02:12 am
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This poem is kind of an elegy, thus posted free. It fills the "coma" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Poem: "A Voice from Beyond"

Monday, July 21st, 2014 11:58 pm
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This poem is, in essence, an elegy inspired by an article, "The Story of One Whale Who Tried to Bridge the Linguistic Divide Between Animals and Humans," and therefore posted for free. It also fills the "Stockholm syndrome" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the Aquariana thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

The name "Noc" is pronounced "NOH-see."

WARNING: This poem features many intense topics, some of which actually happened in our world. The warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. These include human/cetacean challenges, past enslavement of a sapient cetacean from childhood to death, Stockholm syndrome, survivor guilt, rough telepathic contact, grudging response to apology, and other issues. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to dive in.

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Update from Kajones_writing

Monday, July 21st, 2014 10:50 pm
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July has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 113th continuation) has Quiar and Peric talking about the nature of souls.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 114th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram discussing the fae.

The World Walkers: Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3) is about Emrys and Riordan talking about the fate of the worlds.
The World Walkers: Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6) has Electra helping the life clay creatures.
The World Walkers: Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2) is about Lucille getting her last tattoo.

The Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3) shows Rex and Melody talking about the Donor House.
The Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2) features Ethan talking with other captive donors.
The Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2) is about trying to find a way out of a desperate situation.
The Donor House: Linnea: Living with a Vampire? (part 3) has Linnea and Gage discussing whether they can live together.
The Donor House: Taryn: Rescued? (part 3) shows Silver and Taryn trying to form a plan to stay safe.


Other Fiction: The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: Mab’s Story (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Bronwen: Plans
The World Walkers: Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
The World Walkers: Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
The World Walkers: Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
The Fae World: Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)


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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a charming bit of demifiction, "O'Fallon Journal: Community Events Calendar."  It describes a safety demonstration hosted by the Activity Scouts (formerly known as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) to teach people what to do if they spot a supervillain.  Given the politics in Terramagne, large-scale official responses tend to be unfeasible and so the slack has been taken up by smaller, nongovernment organizations.  Why this one?  They're scouts:  they always go first to find the way for everyone else.

Also brilliant and worthy of note: people can request a sticker for those who prefer to avoid audience interaction.  Ever go to an event and sit in the back where you couldn't see, so you wouldn't get picked on?  This neatly avoids that problem, and is a cheap easy solution that any event organizer anywhere could implement.  Don't want to play for whatever reason, get a sticker, and you could safely sit anywhere.  I've spent years blocking for my friends who didn't want to be approached, and this is so much better.

mobile browsing SOS

Monday, July 21st, 2014 02:12 pm
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This 'using a phone as my primary internet tool while my laptop is in the shop' thing when I'm not at work has some unexpected difficulties. For example: I managed to stumble into a popup on the iPhone version of Chrome — and now I can't figure out how to get rid of it without clicking the 'okay [I'll give you my soul permission to download malware onto this phone]' button. It is non-obvious how to force-quit out, and simply backing out of the Chrome app only delays the situation — when I load Chrome again I'm back in the same trap all over again, and the popup denies me the ability to otherwise interact with Chrome to, say, close the tab.

/fails to solve this with her usually excellent google-fu skills

help?

preview for Lyn

Monday, July 21st, 2014 11:55 am
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still working towards 2.5k total whee


Vid chuckled, finally breaking character and handing the nectarine back. “Good job, Tilly. As a reward, you can have that one all to yourself.”

“Yay!” The boy gave him a hug, then took a big bite out of the nectarine. The juice squirted out, getting on his nose and running down his chin.

Laughing, Vid patted him on the head. “It tastes better if you don't rush, you know.”

Tilden gave him a dubious look, clearly not believing a word of it. “Ih sase hine,” he mumbled unintelligably around the mouthful of fruit.

Vid raised his eyebrows at him and waited until he'd swallowed. “Try again?”

“I said, it tastes fine.”

“Only fine, huh?”

“It tastes great! Okay? Amazing! Terrific! Excel-ant!”

“It's excellent.” Vid smiled and shook his head, turning his attention back to picking peaches. “I'm glad you're enjoying the fruits of your labors.”

Tilden frowned. “It's just one fruit, papa.”
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First Line of Saturday:

I took inventory - Ess had a few nicks, and what looked like a blossoming bruise across the jaw, but not all that worse for all the wear we’d all just gotten.

Last Line of yesterday:

I stepped up just as it swiped at Candy, managing to catch most of the swipe on my jacket. It ripped my bandages but barely

Current Word Count:
28,989

Words Saturday:
2028

Words Yesterday:
209

Par:
30,000

(I decided that I could add 101 words to each day between today & the 30th, rather than stress myself yesterday)

Death Count:
9+


I still need to pick who died in chapter 4 and who was shot in chapter 5, also who went with them to the hospital. Any takers to pick from a list of names?

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