First Impressions – Flocked by Ryan Watt

Hello everyone!

It’s high time I made another content post, even if it is a short one.

As a writer on Jukepop and Inkshares, I’m discovering new works all the time as I write my own. I’ll be using posts like this one to give my first impressions of new works that I discover – like my earlier reviews, but quicker and aimed at getting readers interested in discovering new authors.

If you want your serial featured here, just send me a message. I am always looking for new reads!


Today’s First Impression — “Flocked” by Ryan Watt.

At time of writing, this story has … wait, let me check … whoa, 77 chapters! Oh, and it’s one of 3 stories maintained by this author!

In the first chapter, the reader gets an introduction to the fairytale world shared by Heroes of the Fabled Age (which may also get a First Impression writeup later on). Right from the start there’s a very fairytale  setup, with princesses, curses, and an honourable quest. We learn that Cyril, intrepid member of the Guild of Feathers, has taken the King’s challenge to resolve the strange curse on his beloved daughters. Cyril, however, is not a typical knight in armour – he has his own curse to live with.

The prose is fairly sharp – I think the writing was cared for and well-edited. From the start, I get the impression of a world that follows some of the fairytale conventions, and yet hides twists and nuances behind the familiar. There’s a clear sense of mystery – more than enough to get me interested in reading the next chapter and beyond.

Flocked will go on my Jukepop bookshelf, and I think it should be on yours too. Go check it out!



Oh yeah, Far Flung. It’s coming! I’m working on the 5th part now – I think 2 entries per month will be my comfortable output for this tale.

Far Flung Chapter 3 is live!


Cover art by Jay Jackson, WorldsAwayArt

Part 3 of Far Flung is up now.

I hope you’ll go over to and give this chapter a read!

Part 4 will take a bit longer – I expect it up in the second week of November.

Hope you all enjoy this!

Far Flung Chapter 2 is live!


Cover art by Jay Jackson, WorldsAwayArt

Part 2 of Far Flung is up now.

What’s more is that Part 3 is not too far off! I’ve only got a few picky changes to make.

I hope you’ll go over to and give this chapter a read!

Have a wonderful Back to the Future Day! Things aren’t exactly how Marty saw them, but you know what? Real 2015 ain’t that bad, methinks.

An Interview with J.A. Waters

I recently exchanged emails with Lyncia author J.A. Waters, and today, I’d like to post his advice to writers new to this whole idea of serial fiction.

Here are my questions and the answers I received – I’ve tweaked the formatting a bit and added emphasis to points I found most interesting:

How often did you post new chapters when you got started?

I started posting Lyncia chapters twice a week, Monday and Thursday, and got plenty of attention and comments fairly quickly. From what I’ve seen, posting once or twice weekly seems to draw the largest number of votes, though once a serial gets to the 20 or 30 chapter range readers will occasionally burn through all available material and increase your standing significantly.

What’s the most important thing a newbie should know about pitching a serial to new readers and eventually to a publisher?

For JukePop, and any online-content site, I think quality and interaction are your most useful tools. While writing styles are subjective, ensuring that you double-check formatting, spelling, and grammar can make a big difference. I’ve tried some serials that are blocky walls of text but it’s unmanageable to keep reading.

That said, I’ve seen some well-written serials fade in their public readership as comments and questions go unanswered. That doesn’t mean they aren’t still being read, but sometimes a lively community can help spread word-of-mouth or catch an eye in someone’s feed.  […]

Researching agents that are looking for your genre, style, and voice is very important. Ensuring you have a polished, fourth-draft (at least) version of your MS is also important as that quality and dedication will show. The #MSWL (Manuscript Wishlist) hashtag on Twitter and aggregate sites is helpful in finding potential agents.

What’s the most important thing you’d like newbies to know about the overall process of writing, revising, and seeing through a serial work?

It’s been said a thousand different ways, but finish what you start. That’s the most important part of a serial, a novel, or any creative project. Even if it doesn’t go anywhere, it will teach you about the craft and your preferences. I’ve done projects in art, writing, and game design, and there’s nothing that haunts you quite as much as giving up on something. The caveat is that you should always drop something that makes you miserable or otherwise negatively impacts life. For revising, minor copy editing is fine as you post a serial, but I prefer to hold off on rewrites until finished with a complete draft.


Now, I was originally planning for Far Flung to update every two weeks, but it looks like that might not be enough. On the other hand, I don’t want to sacrifice quality for frequency … decisions, decisions.

I’m happy to say that the parts I have ready for Far Flung are already past the fourth-draft mark!

And what great info on #MSWL! There’s a new one for me, and oh yeah, I’ll use it.

A big thank you to J.A. Waters! Be sure to watch his work, Lyncia, on Jukepop!


Quick Review – Lyncia by J.A. Waters

It’s been too long since I’ve done a review.

Time to remedy that!

I’ll do a shorter style of review from now on – I’m working hard on Far Flung and a story for the Busan Writing Group! Far Flung will update on Back to the Future Day, and the first draft of my BWG story is due a week later on October 28.

Okay, so, Lyncia by J. A. Waters:

I’ll base this review solely off Chapter 1.

The Good:

Characterization and worldbuilding come quickly into the piece, as the narrator describes a sparring session. His emotions come through easily in the prose, allowing the reader to quickly get into the action. While this is going on, background information is woven in naturally, allowing a glimpse at the grand scope of things to come.

The Could-be-better:

I shouldn’t say too much after just the beginning. There is a bit much information – I felt like there were a few too many names or facts to take in right at first. However, it is the beginning, so a bit of infodump is necessary.

My takeaway:

A solid start, and a fascinating lead-in to what promises to be an epic fantasy. I tried to give a similar sense of the wonder and scale of Far Flung in its opening – time will tell how well I succeeded.

The author has a wiki devoted to keeping characters and places straight, and he has even generated maps with detailed geographical details. I also noted many, many replies to the feedback given to his story.

I’ve been in touch with the author, actually, and I will very soon post answers to a few questions I asked about undertaking such a serial story. Until then, take your hoverboard and chill out with some Pepsi Perfect at Cafe 80’s!

Far Flung is Live!


I have just posted Chapter 1 of Far Flung on

Posting this story on Jukepop allows readers to review and critique my story piece by piece, and allows me to improve as I drive this work forward.

I’ve said before that I don’t think I’d ever get a book published the traditional way. With readers and feedback before I even finish, however – I know I can do it.

So take a moment to go over to Jukepop and see the first chapter of Far Flung.

I’m planning on monthly installments, but chapters 2 and 3, at least, should be out a little sooner than that.

Still got so much else to do. I’ve got another domain reserved, and I’m building a website specifically for Far Flung. I’m also working on a completely different story for the Busan Writing Group, so we’re about to see how well I handle two stories in the works at once…

Peace out folks, and hey, stop by, would you?

What’s been going on

I’ve been working on the serial I’m putting on to Jukepop. I have a lot of it planned out, and I’m getting some artwork done for it. Should be ready soon.

I’m also looking to other Jukepop authors to see who has been the most successful. The idea is to get some interviews here with folks who’ve done what I’m doing.

Successful serial authors and self-published authors in general are my next targets for interviews after that – yeah, I really do have to get the interviews going here.

Reviews too. I like doing those. Let me know if you’ve got a story online you want me to look at. I can’t just pick them at random or browse aimlessly for them …


Weird post today, I know. I feel weird. Been waiting for the artwork, trying to plan out the serial science-fiction I’m writing. Can’t wait any longer – got to get this started.

Yeah. That’s what’s going on. Also, work & kids. Gotta pay the bills, gotta make sure the kids actually learn something.


Okay, I’ll try some meditation, self-reflection, and see if I can’t get that finished artwork – gotta have a good cover image when I post Chapter 1 of the serial.

This rambling post brought to you by fatigue and burnout. Next one brought by me doing something positive about that …