Brood Parasites Chapter Sixteen

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Rejoice and holler, Brood Parasites chapter sixteen has been published and is read and waiting for your eyes!  Wherein we find out Gatha is more then she lets on….

It’s also been added to the BP page on this humble blog, but I know Wattpad is better optimised for mobile devices.  Who says I don’t think about you guys?

Happy reading!

MIchael

Vlog #1 – An Awkward Start

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Welcome to my newest – and possibly most embarrassing –  experiment.  For various nefarious reasons I’ve decided to start keeping a vlog, primarily to guilt myself into publicly making more progress on word count, but I’m hoping it will also be useful for everyone else is struggles to write with other pressing responsibilities like a family and full time work.  In the future I’ll be talking about finding your own creative time, tips to make the most of that time, the best, childproof door locks on the market.

Enjoy, and yes, that’s a kayak.

 

 

Just Keep Swimming

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Alrighty, blog updated!  Looks a bit lacklustre compared to the last one, but hey, it works, which is always a bonus on something you want to, well, work.   You may also noticed I posted Brood Parasites onto its own page.  I’ll be updating it alongside the Wattpad project, but given how optimised Wattpad is or mobile devices I’ll be keeping that updated as we go along.

Anyhoo I did have a reason to post today, and that’s to say I’ll be posting a series of vlogs onto my YouTube channel.  This isn’t going to replace the blog, but there’s a certain ability to hide behind the keyboard here, whereas when I sit in front of a camera I feel a little bit more laid bare* (*nudity will not feature – thank god for everyone involved), and I’m hoping it will force me to be more honest with myself about my creative output if I feel I’m sharing it with everyone.

I’ll also be taking the opportunity to talk about, well, whatever I feel like talking about – the difficulty into writing around a full time job and  family, whatever happened in publishing that week, various facets around writing and storytelling – that kind of thing.

The first log will be uploaded in the next day or two, and please, let me know what you think!

Michael

Aaaaaand We’re Back!

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Hello from Michael’s website take 3!  I know, it looks fairly, well, yeah…. that’s what it looks like.  but the last one, while looking pretty damn nifty, wasn’t very usable.  So!  We’re back to this blank blog form.  Which is fine for the moment, but I’ll be prettifying it in time.

In the meantime,  Brood Parasites continues apace, and Deadzone: Infestation from Mantic Games (background and story by yours truly), has begun to reach backers.  The feedback and buzz has been fantastic, and has left me feeling very warm on the outside when I wake up to comments like this:

If you haven’t read it (to change game systems a bit) the fiction in the Deadzone Infestation book is about my speed. It sets up the situation, explains what each faction is doing there and sets the stakes, but leaves the end of the story to the players. Some of the best game fluff I’ve read for a while, both in terms of quality and for doing its job as game fiction.

Always nice to know what you were aiming for hit the mark.

OK so, onwards and upwards.  Brood will continue to be serialised, and I have some more stories being published later this year.  But first, let’s get this wesbite sexy…..

Michael

Lost in the Flood or hide Behind an Imaginary Paywall? – Or, ‘Why Patreon May Not Be For You”

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So Brood Parasites is off Patreon.  I gave it the good old college try, but in the end getting traffic there was just too hard.  There’s the usual issue of just trying to get people interested in your work, bu in Patreon’s case I believe another issue was the prevalence of dollar signs everywhere.  Well, that’s Patreon’s raison d’être; monetise art.  But in my case I wasn’t trying to do that, just get people to read Brood.  I was offering it for free, but there will always be a kind of invisible barrier to most people who feel they should be paying for something, even if its being freely offered, and will avoid it.

Or maybe not.

That was another reason I feel I wasn’t making any progress on Patreon was the complete lack of any traffic oversight.  I could have had thousands of people reading me (note – there’s no way in hell this was happening), and I could never know.  The only way to track that was through paying backers, and, well, that wasn’t my intention.  I felt a little icky asking for money for something which wasn’t complete yet.

So, I’ve moved the project to Wattpad.  Here there’s no question the art isn’t free, and tracking traffic is much easier.  However, not I’m very much underneath the flood.  There’s a lot of writing there.  A.  Lot.  And the search function, while better than Patreon’s is still very much slewed to already popular works.

Still, I feel I’m further ahead of the game.  I’ve started at the beginning again, but we’re already up to Chapter Fivem so come on down and re-read the beginning of the adventure.

Michael

State of the Pate, Take Two

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Hola, bienvenue, willkommen, and indeed whatup.

March already? I swear time speeds up as you get older. Not even a free day seems to make a difference, Except, of course, to the Brood Parasites Patreon. Finally free of other freelance work we managed to put out four chapter in February, and I don’t see why we can’t do five in March. Things are steaming along nicely, and we’ve even started to get the word out. I’ve been busy contacting book blogs from across the world and last week Annie at Snuggle Books (love the name), put out the first piece about Brood Parasites, which can be found right here.

And yesterday Damien G Walter, one of the Guardian’s sci fi writers, gave us a nice little boost over Twitter:

Will this feed through to more backers? Well… I don’t know. I’ll admit my business model doesn’t exactly encourage it, with the only bonuses being e-book files and an audio version. Ii’m wondering what I could do to entice more backers…. Backer only short stories set around the novel? Character back stories? I’ll have to think.

Long story short (too late?) – everything’s ticking along nicely.

Until next time, ta ta.

Michael