Far Flung gets a new home and a new chapter!

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Chapter 7 of Far Flung is live on my new site, tccedwards.com!

This new website will become the home for my works-in-progress, while Write or Else will continue as my reviewing and general blogging site.

I’ve tried to really up the action for the next few episodes. The Alliance finds the Tereshkova again, and launches another attack!

Click here and find out what happens.

Chapter 7 is also on Jukepop.com – I can always use those votes and comments, hint hint.

Enjoy!

#IWSG February 2016 – Funding a Writing Group’s Publication

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The Busan Writing Group’s Publication from 2015

The Time Has Come Again!

The Busan Writing Group is publishing another collection.

When we did this last year, it was for one simple reason – so that we could rightfully say that we were a serious writing group that published. It was a good experience, and I’m glad we did it – it’s probably the biggest reason or group has increased in membership.

However, one thing it certainly didn’t do was earn money. Okay, well, none of us expected to make much, but we had hoped to break even at least! We lost money – we paid for a 50-copy print run, and we couldn’t even sell all of those! As for the ebook edition – I think we’ve had all of one confirmed purchase…

How embarrassing!

Okay, so a lot of this is part of the nature of the beast – we are a group of amateurs, no one really knows us yet, etc. etc. But there is no way we can ask our contributors this year to pay for the privilege of being in another collection that nobody will buy.

I’m also going to make an ebook again – the writing group members all have friends and family overseas, so an ebook makes a lot of sense for easy sharing and selling. I have to admit, though – I’m less enthusiastic about formatting and arranging it this time. Getting people to buy an ebook is often harder than getting them to pay for a print copy!

So we have to fund this.

Kickstarter, Patreon, begging at local bars – we’ve considered a lot of different ideas. THe current idea involves running a special event at the same bar that hosts Words Only and other spoken word events. If we can get a crowd of people who regularly do slam poetry, comedy nights, and reading events to pay a small cover charge for a fun , night, that money could pay for a limited run of prints.

#IWSG, I’d like to know:

Have you done a group self-publication before? Do you have any ideas for funding a project like this?

 


 

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Current Project – Far Flung, a Sci-Fi Serial

Yes, it will get updated soon, I swear…

First Impressions – The Watchmage of New York

While I work to get the next chapter of Far Flung out for next week, here’s a review of a book I’ve been checking out. This work started as a serial on Jukepop.com, and is now available on Amazon.com.

The Watchmage of Old New York by C.A. Sanders

(Yes, that’s an affiliate link. I checked the rules, should be okay!)

I read through the first two chapters on Jukepop and re-read them in the version I purchased from Amazon, and I must say – wow! This is an urban fantasy rich with detail and backstory to begin with, and in the final verison, it’s much deeper and even more detailed.

My very first thought when I read the descriptions of this book was “Steampunk Harry Dresden, nice!” Makes for a nice tagline to sell it, but it’s much deeper – even just from reading the beginning I can see that.

Our protagonist, Nathaniel, is an immortal Watchmage who lives in New York in an alternate 19th century. He’s charged with watching over fantasy beings who cross over into this world and try to live among humans. The first chapter does a wonderful job of setting up his backstory, describing his powers, and showing how he tends to use them.

The second chapter focuses on the police officer, Jonas, who works with the Watchmage, and thus provides even more detail on what life is like in this alternate world, as weell as giving the reader a hint what it’s like to work with someone who can conjure the elements at will.

I was sold on both characters right away, and needed to know more. I think it was the working of the worldbuilding into the characters’ first-person narratives that really got me into it. Details from real-world history are worked into the fantasy history to create a New York both familiar and strange.

I couldn’t find any major difficulties in what I’ve read so far. The writing is crisp, brisk, and obviously well-edited. Some readers might be put off by the amount of backstory and detail that comes into play, but I think it’s handled very well.

Go check it out!

The Watchmage of Old New York on Amazon.com

Official Site of C.A. Sanders

Far Flung Part 6 is Out!

jukepopI’ve been looking forward to announcing this!

Far Flung now has its 6th chapter, in which the Security Chief and Acting Captain Holloway finds out just what the mysterious alien occupant wants to do with the colony ship.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading the story and commenting on this blog – I very much appreciate it! Please read and comment on this chapter, and I will do my best to follow up, visit your blog, and comment on something you have written!

Finally, I got in my submission for the next Busan Writing Group Book

The reason why Far Flung is far behind – I’ve been working on my piece for the next book by the Busan Writing Group.

My marking also dragged me down this semester – like way down, worse than before. At least it’s done.

Finally! I can enter the new year with only minor edits to the BWG story left, and with a fresh look at my plans for Far Flung.

Thanks for reading my blog and my story folks. I’ve really appreciated the visits and comments this year.

This site’s about to lose some of its nice design – I’m not paying for WordPress premium any more. I am paying for the domain, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

I have to really examine my options for funding Far Flung and my other writing. Something like Patreon or Kickstarter, maybe.

We’ll see.

 

It’s been a heck of a year – have a great 2016!

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Far Flung is now updated on Wattpad and Inkshares

Sorry, no new chapter yet!

I’ve got a job to do for the Busan Writing Group – yup, we have a new book coming out and I intend to be in it.

In the meantime, here are some new places to read Far Flung – I’ve added the most recent chapters to my Inkshares page, and I’ve put everything on Wattpad!

For voting and commentary, I still prefer Jukepop, but I have so many friends using Wattpad that I just had to cross-post there!

Keep on writing, folks.