I wanted to get more done than these scenes, but the next ‘bit’ of the story is pretty intense, and needed more time to plan out. I’m having trouble both finding time to write, and finding my way through the writing… same problems I had with sa08.
Basically, I know “And then this happens, and then this happens, and there’s this confrontation and it’s resolved this way.” What I don’t know is “And then they talk about this and say this and Carrie realizes this and we explore that theme.” This story was built on the backbone of a comic book hero emergence and series of boss battles, without much thought beyond that. Kind of like how sa08’s entire plot summary in my notes was “And then they found out how to recharge batteries with moon magic.” The actual character meat-and-potatoes are largely being improvised.
I’m HOPING that this freewheeling dialogue writing, in which I just sort of improvisationally act back and forth in a text editor, is making some semblance of sense and isn’t just rambly and boring. I guess we’ll see when the chapter’s done.
In other news, the numbers are back on the Forsaken Shores sales for the month. I made $160 total, and had material costs (ISBNs and hosting fees) of $100. So, I made sixty bucks. Based on how First Age dropped off the map one month after it went up for sale, I can’t expect much more as it enters Long Tail mode. The price drop sale on First Age did give me a spike, but that’s not the same as consistency.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy it’s not a loss leader and I’m happy those of you who got books are enjoying them. Thank you for buying and supporting me! But… I think this does effectively kill off making a 1 or 2 book long compendium of the Second Age standalones like sa09. They’ll have to live on the web alone, or at best, in Kindle format (which costs less than paper). As the series goes on, the number of people getting the books will drop off, and that plus low uptake means I can’t afford the time and fees to fully publish 3-4 more books. Two more (LF and SF) will have to do.
I am trying to think of other ways to do it; maybe a Kickstarter project, or something. But I’ve never quite understood Kickstarter, because either A) you expect people to donate tons out of the goodness of their hearts AND actually buy the end product on top of that, or B) you offer the end product as a tiered reward but that eats into the actual money coming in and lowers the amount you can use out of what you raise. It’s a bit puzzling. We shall see.
…although, on the other hand, my day job plus lack of serious domestic money drains makes me hella wealthy enough to launch a book anyway even if it never sells a copy. Wouldn’t make a dent in my life to do so. So, question is, do stand on principle that art should pay for itself if it is a justifiable use of time+cash, or do I just make the sacrifice of time+cash and put it out there anyway knowing it won’t go anywhere serious? Choices.
Focus on the now. Gotta finish sa09. Gotta find time to do it with relatives coming in over the weekend. MIGHT have to pass on the Monday update; not sure yet.