Friday, February 20, 2015

Enough is Enough

I've been working myself up into a better place, both through easing up out of the funk and trying to find ways to improve myself so that I spend less (or preferably no) time right out not doing anything. Today is a good example: To Own a Wolf, Part Four is up on Amazon for Kindle, and I actually slammed out a bit of a story as an homage without particularly meaning to, which you can check out over on SoFurry and FurAffinity. It's a bit of a stretch into the kinkier stuff I've been enjoying quietly for quite a while and publicly more recently, so you can look forward to some size difference, vore, and a bit of all-around weirdness. It felt great to write something just for the fun of it rather than as an obligation.

But planning and scheduling is also a big part of how I work, and while it's helped me keep my personal blog going and nicely productive, I've decided it's time for some more aggressive steps. My progress with MVOL has been, frankly, abysmal. Even for a one-man project, even with other stuff going on the side, any time I look back at what kind of actual time frame this work has happened in, I physically cannot believe it, and I am ashamed. So. Enough is enough.

From here on, I'm going to release a new version of MVOL four times a year: in March, June, September, and December. Whatever I have ready when the deadline comes up will just have to be enough, even if it means not covering every route fairly, including all the content I want to offer, or even including a new sex scene. It's my hope, though, that setting this as a hard goal for myself --and committing to it publicly-- will act as an impetus to get me more focused on the project. Deadlines can be an important part of productivity, and I've gone too long without one on this project. Who knows, if this works well, maybe I'll be able to set up something along the line of a Patreon down the line, assuming I can actually manage fairly regular new content.

Three months is the compromise I'm setting for myself for now. At first reflection, I can't help but feel like it's terribly stifling-- the last update took literally about a year. Just getting the new content proofed can be a week or two, and I release to the largest donators a week early, so it feels more like only two months, and I don't know how I'll deal with all that. But it's time for me to kick myself in the butt a bit here. Three months for a single update also seems like a terribly long time, still embarrassingly so, especially compared to most other projects of its ilk available. I'm interested to see how this works out, and I hope you are all sharing my shaky excitement for what this could mean for the future if it goes well.

I'd like to send my thanks out once more to everyone that's been so supportive of this project, and all my extraordinarily patient fans. It's my fervent hope that this marks a serious turning point in this project for the better.

Just promise me that you all won't let me get away with flaking out on this :p

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Slow and Steady

Hey, folks! Got a few updates I've been meaning to mention, and I reckon it's past time I get to it.

First off, if you haven't been following my other blog, you may not be aware that To Own a Wolf Part Two and Part Three are up on Amazon for kindle! It's felt great to dust off these stories and tighten them up to really read smoothly. I remember feeling pretty proud of them back in the day, but as I've grown as a writer, I've picked up a few things, haha. I personally really like how Part Two came out, and I hope you guys will enjoy them if you have the chance.

Secondly, speaking of my personal blog, it's been going along updating regularly! If you haven't been reading, you've missed out on the in-depth origin of both Lith and MVOL, two snippets from my upcoming Tag It story, some interesting little stories from me you won't see anywhere else, and a variety of rants on many subjects, especially the tribulations of creativity and writing. What's coming up next? Who knows? I sure don't!

And, lastly, a short word on my progress with MVOL. I've been working on and off on the content for the second visit to the Stone Door, and it's gradually turned into a more ambitious and heavy piece of writing than I originally expected. Right now I'm considering the best way to divide it into smaller pieces so that I can release v0.16 a little sooner. My main two options would be to either divide it up by route, such as only including the pink collar paths and one of the two decision paths from the black, or by progress, so we can get a little bit of something for everyone, without actually getting all the way through this chunk of the story as I'd envisioned it. The main drawback to the former would be that if you only follow a particular path in the game, you effectively get no real new content. The main drawback to the latter would be that it may well not have any sex scenes at all in the update @_@; So that's the dilemma I'm wrestling with when I'm working on the game, in between the Tag It, stuff for the other blog, and an odd little story you may be seeing soon. But for now, progress!:

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I really should just make little pictures for this or something. Right now we're at 20% to v0.16. I've got a fair bit written up, but if I was going to cram EVERYTHING in that I wanted for v0.16 I'd have to either trim back the story some or go a looong ways still. So I may be setting my goal for this chunk a little lower, in which case we might be at more like 30 or 40% currently.

I've also got a new little treat ready to add to the next update :3 I hope you all will enjoy it!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Three things!

First thing! I've started a new blog! Its purpose is manifold, but through the link is an in-depth explanation of how and why it's come to be. The short version is, more or less, that it is my personal space to post up all sorts of things, be they related to writing, gaming, or anything else. Expect long rants and snippets of my writing often, as well as a more comprehensive series of updates on just what I'm doing or releasing at any given time. I plan to update it regularly three times a week, so it'll be more active than this blog, and if you enjoy reading the various things I write, this may well be a treat for you. I hope that everyone remotely interested will at least have a look, as today's post is also a sneak peek at my upcoming TagIt story :3

Second thing! I've released my second eBook! The To Own a Wolf series is one of my old standbys, and it was so popular that when I held a reader vote on which series to add a second chapter to, it won by a landslide. I've removed the original series from the public area, edited it up to better meet my current standards of writing, polished up all the little bits, and I'm publishing it in Parts on Amazon in the hopes that folks will enjoy the reborn, fully finished series even more! I did save everyone's feedback as well before deleting the originally published works, as I got a lot of great feedback both in praise and criticism, and I went ahead and took a few folks' comments anonymously to add to the ebooks' pages as they come out :3 My thanks to everyone that left kind words on my stories! Also, I commissioned a piece of art from Clockwork Caribou to illustrate the cover, as seen below!




http://www.amazon.com/Own-Wolf-Part-1-ebook/dp/B00SNN9WNW/
Third, final thing! I've started a Twitter account! While my new blog should be a pretty comprehensive place to find out what I'm up to, I guess Twitter will be where I make sure to link to every single thing I do comprehensively, as well as give little bits and pieces of my process and day to day. Or something like that! I'm not sure yet. But that's what you do with a Twitter, right? Dang kids and their birdchirpin' social networks...

So that's three big new things for you to check out! And it's not even that horribly long a post! @3@ Well, THIS one isn't... Hope you enjoy! :3