For some reason I have absolutely no concentration span whatsoever. It's annoying. I'm flitting between working and not doing anything useful, so I thought my uselessness could become a blog post, especially as I've been working things out in my head I probably should write down somewhere.
There is a chance I might be renting a desk/office. At the Bognor Campus of Chi Uni they have a system set up for that, so I'm going to be having a lot on the 4th of June, because working from home is not working as well as I need it to. James, and the dogs, and everything, are incredibly distracting, so being able to go somewhere a couple of days a week would be very helpful. Plus, if I'm out on days when James is day sleeping, there is less of this expectation I'm going to be here when he wants to be getting up, which means he's going to have to sort himself out. Of course this is going to lead to whining and complaints for a while, but being the main earner means I need to be able to focus on what I'm working on and that means he can lump it. As much as I love him I need to think of myself sometimes. I'm not very good at it, but this is a step in the right direction. Having a place purely for work is going to change things for me.
I'm still waiting on Patreon to get back to me. This is irritating, but not a surprise. I want to know what the problem is and if they can fix if. If they can't I need to be thinking about what else I can do to crowdfund. (Once again I'm damning the people who came with EU VAT - mostly because they thought a law created in 2008 or whenever it was would work in 2015. Head, meet desk.) However this does mean I have been thinking of ideas for the Monthly Membership. For the collections that have the most characters/worlds/stories I'm going to be splitting them up. So, for example, I'm going to be splitting the Donor House into characters. This will be in timeline order, so I'll have all the stories from Alice's POV, and Nick, and Lewis, and whoever else I've written more than one story for. For Aurora's World I think it's going to be by kingdom, at least to begin with, and then I'll go from there. For the Brotherhood it will be by House. By doing this I can see what I have and what I don't have, which is important.
Then I need to make a decision about the novellas. Do I put them separate to the Monthly Membership and a part of it as well? I think I will. Separating them means buyers can purchase something as a one off and then make a decision as to whether they want to be a part of the Monthly Membership. It's not much more work, either. Putting them up as two things is relatively simple on Gumroad, which is why the Collection Ebooks are up separately.
Now that I've mentioned the Collection Ebooks I need to go into more detail about what I'm doing about them. They have been changed from the Collection One Ebooks to the Collection Ebooks for a reason. Instead of creating something new every time I update the ebooks I'm just going to update them there. This means you won't be buying the same stories more than once. You'll simply be able to download the new version and see what I've updated. I might have a page at the front talking about what I've done, to make it easier for readers. Obviously I will always have the tipjars up at the website, so if you do want to toss some pennies in after you've downloaded the new versions I won't complain, but I also don't mind at all if you don't. Doing this is all about making things the best value I can.
I've also got some new shortcodes at the website, for my series plug-in, that are going to make life much easier for me - because it means I don't have to post links for all the stories I write. I can just add a shortcode and like magic there's the whole list. I'm very happy with this. The easier I can make my life the better everything is. Now all I need to do is update the Donor House, Fae World, and World Walkers collections there, and then the website is tidy. I like tidy. Once I have tidy I can hopefully go back to working on stories. Writing is the most important thing in the world to me - but then I have an income to earn. If they both meshed the way I want them to life would be a lot easier.
Oh, and I can hardly let a post go by without asking for some signal boosting help. Any signal boost is great. A short one, a long one, one included in a load of other things... every boost is a chance of earning a little more income. More income means less stressed writer. Less stressed writer, I hope, means less flitting about, because it's driving me mental. What I want boosted, for the foreseeable future, is my Monthly Membership
and the Collection Ebooks
, or for simpleness send them to my profile
. I know it's annoying having to create a new logon, but I'm not going to be leaving Gumroad any time soon (as far as I can tell, anyway, because the EU doesn't think short term - it only thinks long term).