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Expected pauses: Two children, full-time job – updates are irregular. I am still writing, I swear!
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Here’s a review for the week, on the TV series Happy! – which is based off a graphic novel. Very fun, for my full thoughts on the series, click here.
I also assembled a ramble on my latest public book, Lawless Ink – which contains some thoughts as the writer while assembling the book. If you’re into the behind the scenes mumbles, here’s some text on that!
Another chapter for Lawless Ink was released yesterday – proving I can do stuff even on Holidays. Weird.
We’re also reaching out to some people to get real covers designed. The current stuff we have is great artwork, but not great cover material. I’d like to think we’ve learned since Continue Online’s covers were first started. For details on that, you’d have to check out my Patreon – since anything art related is put over there as an extra. A simple $1 a month helps cover website costs, art, and editing.
Here it is, the end of December. Time to figure out what I’ve done.
A few chapters of Lawless Ink have been released on the Royal Road website. The entire book is now up – and up to chapter 6 of Book 2.
Those of you that loved Continue Online should check out Fridays Online – a follow up story. It’s up to “session 12” which is chapter 14 if you count the commencement / interlude nonsense I seem to love.
I could use responses on both – every comment helps me figure out what’s working and what isn’t.
Patreon has been trimmed down. It still has all the art posts there, and any future art posts will be going there – but commissioning for art is pretty much on halt due to saving money for a new house. Until my funds are “Free” – we’re unlikely to see anything new. I’ve removed the tiers except a simple $1 for anyone who wants to donate at all. Everything should be accessible at that tier.
There’s a unadvertised ramble here.
Next week I’ll start posting Liar Called sometime, and let people know once that starts. Much different / darker main character.
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The newsletter is probably going away as I’d like to trim down the “extras” being managed badly, focus on only a few channels of communication, and make it easier for everyone to get updates on what I’m doing.
Drop a line! I can’t write in a vacuum.
I mean, I will. But it’s not motivating.
This year has been a long one. A really long one. Not in terms of writing, but everything else. Those of you still pokin around now and then – thanks for dropping by. Hello.
I’ve been trying to produce content and get books ready to publish but that drive has been stupidly secondary next to work, home, physical health, and so on. I think I’ve put down maybe 250k words in 2018. Not what I wanted.
Work has mostly settled down into a groove. We still haven’t found a house big enough for the family but it’s a matter of time – I hope.
So, with 2019 I’ll be aiming to get this gig back on track. At least that’s the goal. Pre-resolution, whatever have you.
Going to try and dig up some of the rambles that may have never made it. Going to try and be more proactive about chapter updates that are over on Royal Road. Going to try and flipping focus and write a single series to the end again so it’s done and out my project pile.
Fridays Online is about 1/2 way done – needing another 100k tops to finish. I’m up to session 11 and have one more interlude, a conclude, and like 16 more chapters to go.
The Fiasco is about 1/2 through it’s 3 book arc – needing another 200k tops to finish. – I’ve put up a whole two new chapters and am slowly working on the next one between editing.
I’ve got two rambles somewhere. A bunch of reviews of random stuff. Then there this weird nonsense.
I try to keep these messages both brief and semi sporadic – mostly because I know people’s inboxes get flooded. Mine does, all of them, and deleting Emails is a chore.
So, here’s a roll up of what’s happened chapter wise.
Those of you in author/writer land may keep tabs on November’s national write month – I’ll be taking part again this year, as I usually do. Though I’m bad at updating their site daily, rest assured that everyone here will get a chance to see new content eventually.
I’ve got reviews somewhere to post eventually. I’ve got more rambles somewhere to write up. Sorry for being delayed on the website stuff – house hunting and the day job drain my sanity – but I’m still plodding along, one sentence at a time.
Patreon pledges, I’m still trying to find artists who can produce content at a decent speed. The biggest hold up has been house hunting – as most of our funds are set aside for down payments on a place that can fit two children. Once that hurdle is over (and the old house is sold…) then we should have a lot more flex room to play around and bring you unique content!
Thanks for following!
Back in February an official ballot on the eFestival of Words site opened for the Best of the Independent eBook Awards, I knew of this site as I frequent Kboards as does the owner. I didn’t think anything of it—jump forward to May I see a post listing the nominees and out of curiosity I checked.
I was utterly gobsmacked (I love this word!) there on the list under Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban) was Stephan’s book! I genuinely was not expecting to see it there as the February ballot is not open to the public and you cannot nominate your own book, so not only seeing his book there, but his THIRD book in the series… well I was just floored that someone outside of us thought the book was worth nominating!
There was still a chance it wouldn’t make it as a finalist, as you can imagine I breathed a sigh of relief when they announcement was made on July 15th that the book is indeed a finalist! Here is the direct link to the post: https://bardsandsages.com/efestivalofwords/2018/07/15/2018-finalists/
Notice at the top of the page there is a link for the official voting ballot and here’s where all you lovely readers come in, please, if you are interested in voting for this book (or any book for that matter on the finalists list) please head to the link above!
Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!
I know, I know! We did it again. I swear there is stuff going on behind the scenes, the menu for the site has been updated and streamlined a bit, and HOPEFULLY Stephan will start posting draft chapters of his current novels in progress. I’ve been editing The Fiasco In School and Fridays Online (in the same world as Continue Online but different main character) they are shaping up well and I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Which brings me to the main feature and title of this post: Continue Online’s first book is 99¢ through July 25th, and for the first time is available at all major eBook retail sites!
Grab Your Copy!
Thank you for reading!
I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting K.T. Hanna, she’s making her debut into the GameLit genre with Somnia Online. A fantastic person all around and I wanted to share her new release, I hope you’ll check it out 🙂
Discover the class you were born to play.
Wren, a seasoned healer, is dismayed when Somnia Online automatically assigns her character, Murmur, to the Enchanter class. Determined to overcome the unexpected setback, she assembles her guild, intent on the coveted #1 spot. Twelve keys stand between her and victory, but finding them is only part of the puzzle.
Armed with telepathic abilities, Murmur rises to the challenge. However, old rivals have followed her to Somnia Online desperate for revenge. Intricate quest lines become more dangerous as NPCs absorb powerful artifacts, and Murmur begins to wonder just what sort of AI controls the world.
Murmur questions her sanity as the real and virtual worlds mesh together. Everyone is keeping secrets from her, even the AI, and Murmur’s determined to uncover them.
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A skeleton shambled to the left, its bones creaking softly as it jangled about. Straight ahead was a spider with ridiculously long legs, and off to the right was a cluster of so mething she couldn’t make out. All of the mobs she could see were yellow, probably at least level three. But if she didn’t try, she’d never know.
Feeling reckless , she cast minor suffocation and pulled the skeleton toward her. The fact that the spell manag ed to convince an undead creature it was being strangled was quite amazing. It let out a cackle and jangled over to her as she backed up, hoping to let a third tick hit before it reached her. This time her spell was hitting for five and four. A slight incr ease was at least something. The skeleton flailed a wooden staff in the air and Murmur hoped against hope her hit points would outlast it.
Then it was upon her, three ticks of her Damage Over Time down. The thing was tall and gangly and she realized these skeletons had to be locus , too. Even its empty sockets glowed, like some type of magic possessed it. Considering it was a walking skeleton, that probably wasn’t far from the truth. It swung at her, and barely missed when she managed to dodge. She could fee l the heaviness of her body, and the unwillingness with which it made the movement. That was probably her one dodge for the next twenty. She’d better make it count.
Killing a skeleton was far more difficult than a beetle. For one thing, it was already bloo dy dead. That blasted staff hurt too, though not as much as the pincer claws had. It made Murmur wonder if locus could bruise. Finally, after what seemed like an age, she managed to hack its skull off. She leaned forward and looted the mob. It had twelve c opper on it. Maybe skeletons were a good idea for a while with or without her quest. Not only that, the staff it had been wielding was hers as well.
“Score,” she muttered to herself, aware she was probably grinning like a loon. Sure, her staff skills were n’t up to par but she was sure it wouldn’t take too long. It’s not like melee did most of her damage or anything.
KT Hanna has such a love for words, a single one can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically designed to kill you.
KT creates science-fiction, fantasy, and LitRPG like it’s going out of style, with a dash of horror for fun! She freelance edits for Chimera Editing, plays computer games, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, cats, and snake.
No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, Chipotle, and sarcasm.
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