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Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any story I’ve written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

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With Easter coming up I’ve decided to have a giveaway. One of my favourite creations is both the character adoptions and setting rentals, so I’d love to make them a reader favourite too. This is for anyone who hasn’t either rented a setting or adopted a character, in an attempt to interest more people in it, but if you’ve previously rented or adopted and would like to help in this endeavour please recommend a friend.

I have three character adoptions and three setting rentals available. Both the rentals and adoptions will be for four months, will be for one character or setting, and the word count for each month will be 2000 words. For more information on the adoptions and rentals check the links out, although those of you who have rented before will see that I’ve changed the word counts for the rentals.

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Ask me questions about any of my original universes. I will do my best to answer them as thoroughly as I can and, if not answer them, provide you with an answer in fic form.

You can ask as many questions as you would like for as many of my universes as you’d like/know of.

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boustrophedon \boo-struh-FEED-n\, noun:

an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.

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Stolen from DW user recessional.

Tell me about a story I haven’t written, and I’ll give you one sentence from that story.

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Having gone over my cards I’ve decided, mostly, what I’m going to be doing with each of them.

Card 1: I’m aiming for a blackout using this card.

Card 2: 3 bingoes – one diagonal (alternate universe; crossover; wildcard; crossover; alternate universe); one vertical (new story; bonus material; new character; crossover; new story); and one pretty diamond (alternate universe; crossover; new story; crossover; alternate universe).

Card 3: 4 bingoes – one diagonal (bonus material; bonus material; wildcard; alternate universe; new story); one vertical (bonus material; new character; new story; new character; crossover) ;and two horizontals (new story; continuation; wildcard; new story; crossover) and (crossover; alternate universe; new character; new setting; and new story).

This may change, but I’m pretty happy with this. If anyone has anything they would like to see written let me know. A list of works will follow once I’ve made a start on the writing.

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When I have some more prompts I will be making more elaborate cards, but for the moment here are some very basic examples.

Bonus Material New Story New Setting New Setting New Character
New Story Alternate Universe Bonus Material Alternate Universe Crossover
New Character Bonus Material * New Character New Character
Alternate Universe Crossover New Story New Character Bonus Material
Crossover New Story Continuation New Character Alternate Universe
Alternate Universe Continuation Continuation New Story Bonus Material
Bonus Material Crossover New Setting Bonus Material Alternate Universe
Alternate Universe Alternate Universe * New Character Alternate Universe
Crossover Alternate Universe Crossover Crossover Crossover
New Story New Setting New Setting New Story Alternate Universe
Bonus Material New Setting New Story Crossover Bonus Material
New Character Bonus Material New Story New Setting Alternate Universe
New Story Continuation * New Story Crossover
New Character New Setting New Setting Alternate Universe New Setting
Crossover Alternate Universe New Character New Setting New Story

To create them I randomised a list that had seven basic ideas: a new story; a new story about a new character; a new story about a new setting; an new alternate universe story; a new crossover story; a continuation of any previous story or piece of bonus material; and a new piece of bonus material.

Even though these cards are basic I do want to least attempt to make some bingoes with them, so if anyone would like to give me a list stories they’d like to see me write using the cards then feel free, using a traditional bingo or a newly made-up one. They can be as simple as giving me a collection (or two in the case of an AU story) and then I’ll go from there or more elaborate (eg. you’d like to see what Kara would have been like if she’d been born on one of the World Walkers worlds). I’m also going to be working on some stories I’ve been wanting to write for a while using the cards.

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This week I have started my NaNo story and it’s going slowly, because this week has been the week from hell plus a week of doing stuff that needed to get done. Tomorrow is my first day of next week, as that’s the way my brain works (I’m still at college in my head), so next week is going to be better, but tomorrow is a busy day as I’m out. We finally got round to cutting my partner’s hair, which is something that I’ve somehow ended up doing for the last… I don’t know exactly… four years maybe. It’s been a long time though. He also got rid of his beard and now we’ve decided he looks about twelve. :)

I’ve decided that listening to one song on repeat, which is something I do stupidly often, is really hard on a Creative Zen Stone. I love my little MP3 player, but I have to keep skipping back and I accidently go onto the next song too many times for my liking. It’s back to the netbook if I’m going to be doing this while typing or doing anything that needs my hands.

From tomorrow (possibly Tuesday if tomorrow is too busy for me to get on the computer) I plan on doing something a little different. I’ve been thinking about the bingo challenges that you find on Livejournal and Dreamwidth and how I can incorporate something like that into my writing. Being a part of one of those bingo challenges is one thing, and I think I’m going to try to work on one card that I already have, but I also want to create my own, because I have an idea. Now, I love prompts. They make me write things I never would have thought of writing and that is great for me. So what I want to do is put out a prompts call, but it’s going to be a little different, and ongoing for at least a couple of month. I’ll be after name prompts, the sort where you have a name you always wanted a character to have but haven’t found one (including unusual spellings of known names) or just a name you think would be nice, song prompts (taking a sentence from a song and using it as a prompt), and other things, like personality traits, or disabilities (I already have a blind character) or short prompts (like autumn picnic or blue petal). Then I’ll be randomising the list and giving them all numbers, creating a bingo card, and writing stories for the prompts in order to make a bingo. I might even write to each prompt more than once, depending on how much inspiration I get from it. I’m also going to, and this is really unusual, post my own prompts, so song lyrics that I find inspirational and that sort of thing, because there are things I’ve been wanting to write for ages, but I never seem to find the time. It’s possible I may also post prompts that I’ve been borrowing from other sessions, like the Jam over at the Crowdfunding community.

Oh, and I’ve been getting a load of spam comments over at Livejournal and it’s beginning to annoy me. I want to stay open for comments from everyone, because I know not everyone wants another login at another site, but I’ve had an inbox full of spam every morning and I just don’t want to have to deal with it. However I do have Livejournal login over at my website and other social logins, like Facebook and Twitter, to make things easier, so I might.

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Thoughts

Oct. 9th, 2012 02:48 pm
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Once again I’m thinking about ways to get more people interested in what I write. I know people visit this site, because I can view the stats, but barely any of them ever comment or even make use of the buttons I set up in an attempt to make things easier. Knowing that people do visit is a comfort. It means that I have readers even if they don’t want to get involved more than that. I just know that I started writing this way so people could be more involved if they wanted to be and I would really love to have more people collecting credits, as having people ask me for stories makes me want to write more. I also have my prompts page which hasn’t been used yet.

I don’t know what more I can do, really. I am still waiting for a reply from the Web Fiction Guide, so if the World Walkers collection is accepted I’ll get the rest ready to be added. I plan on sending out some submissions. I just feel like I’m missing something. Part of that may be not having any ebooks ready for sale, because I’m hoping they’ll gain me some interest, even though I’m not selling via any of the known places. If things were easier for International authors I would, but the IRS make things difficult. (Anyone who thinks of some way around this problem will be smothered with more stories than they could possibly read.) Other than that… I just can’t think of anything else.

I’m more than grateful for everyone who is reading and getting involved, because I never thought I’d get one reader. Until I started posting my writing nothing was ever good enough, so I ended up with hundreds of drafts of one chapter and nothing more. Now I’m writing and sending out the first drafts, because I know people like what I write, even if there are occasionally typos. Doing that is making me happier than keeping everything hidden away, thinking that I could never be published.

However I would love to know what more people think when they read my stories. I can add more buttons, although I’m not going to put anything critical on them, and I’d really like having more people click the write more buttons. That does make me want to write more. Is there some way I can make it easy for people to comment, even if it is just to say a couple of words? Can I make it easier for people to ask for the stories they want to read? Let me know your ideas and I’ll do my best to implement them.

Mirrored from K. A. Jones Writing.

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Newly listed at Muse’s Success.

I’ve also submitted this collection to the Web Fiction Guide, but it will take some time for them to make a decision.

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This is my most intricate collection, and the one that I still have a lot more work to do on, because of the number of worlds, the number of races, and the characters that keep popping into my head. There are stories I need to write and post; more bonus material than I will be able to complete in a month (as I now realise); and magics I need to understand. At the moment I am working with a limited number of worlds and there is still so much more work to do on them, let alone moving onto other worlds, and the strange thing is that I love it. Not always knowing where things are going is kind of fun, although it can also be irritating when things don’t seem to work together (the wonders of working with characters who lie and scheme and hide little pieces of themselves). Of course I’m almost certain, after writing stories for several worlds, that there are different layers to each of them… which probably doesn’t make sense.

The magic used to create the web was new and most of what the fae did was experimentation, with no idea what was going to happen. Choices were made quickly due to fear. Now there are a collection of magical worlds that never existed before and each one, to me, seems a little like an onion. We talk of parallel universes where there may be another one of us who has made different decisions and lives an entirely different life. Now, I don’t think that every decision affects the magic, but there are those that do, and their parallel universes are parts of the same world, leading to layers of world, making them rather like an onion.

History is a big interest of mine. I read a lot about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, and I’ve never been able to stop myself thinking about what would have happened if… and there are more ifs that I can contemplate. When I create my own histories there are ifs. What if some of the fae, the Gold family, stayed on the fae’s old world? Would they have changed things if they had gone back in time? What if Raenarin’s Witch Queen had never been assassinated? How would that have changed the world? I want to write some of them, some of the layers of world, because I care about the ifs.

The problem is knowing that there are so many more posts I want to write about this collection. When I look at the my other collections there are posts I want to write about them too, and it feels like there isn’t enough time to write the posts, write the stories, and do everything I want to do. It’s possible I may end up having to work instead of being able to focus on my writing, but if I don’t have enough time now then… I don’t know what will end up happening. Having my website is wonderful. I’ve earned a little money this week. Things seem to be getting better. I just need to know that I can make money through this, even if it is just enough to buy food every week, because I don’t want to have to cut down the work I do.

Posting almost every day has made me happy. Having a focus has worked wonders, although my brain is still plot bunnying. Now I just need to work out how I can keep doing this and make money, so ideas would be great. Writing is what I want to be doing, so ghostwriting may work for me, and there are a couple of things I want to try out, but nothing is definite right now. Is there anything I can do here that people would pay money for? Ebooks are something I’m going to work on and I plan on doing bundles (mobi, epub and PDF together), but that will take time, so I need something faster. Yes, I realise I’ve been posting rather a lot about money recently, but having to move out, when we weren’t ready, has changed things and I need to earn. As soon as I possibly can.

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Links

Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:15 am
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Is there anyone who’d like me to add a link on my blog? I have a few of my favourite links and a couple of my own, but I’m happy to add more if there are people who want to be advertised here.

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Question

Aug. 18th, 2012 04:13 pm
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Names are going to get slowly more difficult and I was wondering how other people dealt with this, although I’m pretty sure most people don’t have the same problem I do, having to come up with unique names for so many different collections. Part of my problem is being picky. When I name a character I put a lot of effort in to finding the right one, because otherwise nothing feels right. There are also some characters who seem to want to have the same name (or close to) as another and I don’t quite know what to do about that. I’m pretty sure it would be fine to have characters with almost identical names in different collections. My problem is the characters who want to have the same name as another character and finding names that feel right for other characters. Input would be appreciated.

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Testing

Aug. 12th, 2012 03:01 pm
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Just testing out a crossposter. Ignore this post.

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Slowly Abigail walked through the village, taking in every detail. There were some minor differences, but it was similar enough that she believed she was dreaming, because no other explanation made sense. People she knew, and people she didn’t, walked past her, not noticing the confusion she felt. She was grateful that they didn’t. Part of her wanted a real explanation, as everything seemed too real for her to be really be dreaming, but she didn’t think anyone would understand why she needed an explanation. They couldn’t know that their lives were documented in a TV show. As far as she knew everyone she had recognised were played by actors.

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Links

Aug. 2nd, 2012 02:14 pm
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Wordcount Analyis by Elizabeth Barette (LJ user ysabetwordsmith)

Review (from October 2011) by Elizabeth Barette

In the last year Elizabeth has been my top patron and I don’t think I would have continued this if she hadn’t been there from day one prompting for stories and collecting credits once the system was set up. Thank you, Elizabeth.

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