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The dawn of a new era

Hola faithful readers!

I have exciting news. secret_history is moving! Here's what's been going on in my head for the last few months, while I have been Not Writing.

I took a little time to try to figure out what I wanted out of my writing, and to establish some firm priorities for myself. Now that it's clear to me that I am never going to be a full-time, properly-published, "real" author, I asked myself what I wanted to do. Stop writing? Hah. Not likely. I go through dry spells, yes (writing takes a LOT of energy, and I don't have as much of it to spare as I'd like), but I can't imagine spending the rest of my life without writing at all.

What is it that I get out of writing, then? I don't write just for myself. Unlike many other people, I don't feel 100% fulfilment and satisfaction just from scribbling in a notebook which then gets shoved into a drawer or under my bed. I like the relationship I have with my readers, few though they might be. I like getting feedback (both good and bad, though I especially like the good), and I like the dialogue that springs up whenever I put up something that gets people thinking or talking.

That being said, I do want to have a little bit more legitimacy than just some random person on the internet with a LiveJournal dedicated to writing. I have seen a few websites go by with serials that have become quite popular by internet standards. So, I have decided to go the web-publishing route. I bought myself some webspace, and after some fruitless mucking around with Wordpress, I got my friend joane (whom most of you know) to help me build an actual website with it. I figure it'll be good motivation for me to actually work on my writing, for one, and it'll give me a proper venue for my material, complete with archives and dedicated space for each opus, rather than spread out all over the place on a LiveJournal.

So it is with great pleasure that I announce the grand opening of Midnight Crossroads. Serials will begin updating next week, and soon I will be adding in the zombie novel as I edit each chapter. After that, other works will be going up as I write and polish them.

Thank you very much, dear readers, for having stuck with me through thick and thin. I hope you'll join me over at Midnight Crossroads, although I don't plan to abandon this journal entirely. I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet, but I'll keep you apprised.

Beyond the Pale -Part 147

Hola, faithful readers!

We are back. Beyond the Pale will be updating weekly once more, from now on. For those of you who are newly-arrived, or who've forgotten everything because it's been so damned long since I last updated, you may find all the previous instalments here.

When I have time, I am also going to go back and link all the instalments together (basically adding a "previous" and "next" option), so that people can read it all in order.

Without further ado, I present the next bit of the saga for your entertainment.

Wherein some explanations prove complicated to provideCollapse )

Not dead, just not writing.

*waves sheepishly*

Okay, I suck.

I have decided that "catching up" is ridiculous at this point. So starting in June I am going to resume posting installments of Beyond the Pale every week, on Tuesdays, the way I used to. If I'm extra-inspired, I'll post more, but there will be a minimum of one per week.

If I can figure out where the hell I want to go with Conflation, I'll post that on Thursdays as well.

If I try to "catch up," I'm just going to sabotage myself and feel guilty and stop writing. So! Back to square 1. There is a story to be told, and I am damned well going to tell it!

I have other plot bunnies clamouring for attention in my head too, but I'm not sure what to do with them yet.

Also, I have a new icon! Yay!

In which Real Life interferes

Dear friends and readers.

I suck. Work has gotten crazy this week, and there has been no time for writing since Monday. I will do my level best to get back on track as soon as possible, but I cannot in all good faith give you an accurate estimate of when things will return to normal.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and rest assured that I am just as put out by this as you, if not moreso.

Thanks for your continued understanding in this matter.


Your beloved narrator

Beyond the Pale -Part 146

We're back, faithful readers!

I'm still behind, but not as terribly as before. Slowly but surely wins the race, and all that. Bear with me, and you'll be getting your quota of story by the end of the week. Cross my heart.

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Beyond the Pale -Part 145

Hola, faithful and long-suffering readers!

Thank you for bearing with me here as I try to catch up on three days' worth of delay. I am going to try my very best to be all caught up by the end of the week, but I can sadly make no promises.

In any event, here is the next instalment!

The not-so-great train robbery, continued...Collapse )


Dear friends and readers,

There will be a short delay in the posting of BTP. Never fear, this shall be rectified by the end of the week, I promise.

Beyond the Pale -Part 144

Hola, faithful readers!

Today's installment of BTP introduces something a little different. Time to change POVs once again. Hope you like it!

Happy Trails!

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Beyond the Pale -Part 143

Good afternoon, gentle readers!

Did you miss me? Fear not, BTP is back with another thrilling instalment!

Train wreck.Collapse )

Beyond the Pale -Part 142

Good afternoon, faithful readers!

Without further ado, here is the next installment.

Happy Trails!

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