On Ad Astra, I continued adding Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. In response to my own weekly free write about secrets, I posted Overture, a Wesley Crusher story which will serve as a prequel to the upcoming Barnstorming series. I posted The Sweetest Universe, which pulled in elements from the Multiverse II collaboration (see below) and the HG Wells universe. I also added Consider the Lilies of the Field, an In Between Days story that takes place after Fortune. I also added a dream story taking place between Together and Temper, Equilibrium.
The collaboration story, Another Piece of the Action, was posted. This was written with the bluesman, who created a cover for it. It was the sole entry in the collaboration challenge so, by default, it won (hey, we’ll take the win). We both decided to donate our winnings to Ad Astra.
I also contributed to the Multiverse II, which was great, great fun and allowed me to add some depth to HG Wells characters Branch Borodin, Levi Cavendish, and Otra D’Angelo. How will it end? I have no idea. It’s like the best game of D & D, bar none.
On The Delphic Expanse, their drabble game was revived and so I wrote an E2 tidbit about Lili, Jay and Joss, called Marbles, an E2 story about Jay and Lili (a drabble version of Penicillin, actually) called Cough, and another E2 tale about Sekar Khan and Hoshi, called Quartermaster. I also added an HG Wells prequel, Briefing. The Drabble game and E2 are fine playgrounds, but they are keeping me from working on other things.
On Fanfiction.net, I finished spinning out Conversations with Heroes. The story received my best reception on Fanfiction.net so far, clocking in with 9 reviews and over 900 reads. While other stories had higher read counts, no others were reviewed as much or read as quickly as this one. I added To Wish, To Want, To Desire and We Meet Again.
Individual Read Counts
For individual read counts, the following stories have 10,000 or more on one URL –
All of these were accomplished on Ad Astra.
The following stories have between 5,000 and 9,999 reads on one URL –
Again, these numbers are all coming from Ad Astra. More than a Will to Live is the closest to 10,000 of this group.
Combined Read Counts
The following had combined read counts of 10,000 or more, in addition to the three above which accomplished that feat on just one URL –
Apart from the two others at over 5,000 reads for just one URL, the following combine to 5,000 – 9,999 reads when all postings’ URLs are taken into consideration –
The bluesman and I completed our collaborative piece. I worked a bit on The All Stars but there is still quite a bit more to do. Loads of work was done on Multiverse II.
Issuu changed their formatting and it is now considerably more difficult to search for materials which are M- and MA-rated – and that means not only Reversaland Intolerance, but also the Adult Anthology. This creates a question as to whether it would be a good idea to post the second Anthology on Issuu at all. Issuu also seems to have eliminated most free metrics; hence some work will need to be done to determine where to post the second Anthology. One possible landing site is Deviant Art. The first Anthology is already there, and M. D. Bruffy is happy to post the second Anthology there as well. I’d like to see if there are any other decent places to put that work. In particular, I am looking for where I can post it with a two-page flipping book type of interface, as Issuu has that and it looks very good.
I spent more time on the overall timeline, trying to make it a bit less daunting to read, and adding more visual interest.
This Month’s Productivity Killers
There were some family issues (I won’t go into them here), and they were rather distracting. I was also laid off from my freelancing job. Inspiration was sometimes difficult to come by.