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Twine, Stuff, Games, Stories, Nothing Much

I've successfully ported approximately a quarter of the StoryNexus version of Cryptic Stitching over to Twine. The occasional card gets pruned, the occasional card gets added (there will be words about all those hamsterhide towels!) but mostly it's holding pretty similar. Achievements are now much fewer, since I don't need those markers to keep track of variables. (God, hidden variables, best thing ever!)

Thank you, by the way, to everybody who's said such nice things playing Cryptic Stitching! It's so cool to have people like a game I've made--I mean, art, sure, writing, sure, but this is a whole new field for me and I went way overboard rather than starting small and establishing my skills and all the stuff you're probably supposed to do. It means a lot to me that so many of you are enjoying it! (Also, in answer to an e-mail--yes, you can totally do fan-fic or fan art if you want, I'm not allowed to read the fic, but I'm delighted to see the art. Consider it a blanket permission, this is not at all a world I'm bothered by having people playing in!)

And I was thrilled to realize today that I do not actually have any art that I'm under deadline for! (There's plenty of stuff I still need to DO, but at least I'm done with that book and can't yet start the next one!) It was so liberating I sat down and finished a short story that's been kicking around for a few weeks. This will undoubtedly end once I finish editing the Hamster Princess book (hopefully tomorrow) and send it in.

Finishing a short story--it's going to get submitted somewhere, and then if they don't bite, it'll go into that anthology I keep threatening to do--I started trying to add up my various stories, just as my own particular metric...

12 short stories (Most which y'all have seen already, and not counting various little vignettes, like the one about Peter Pan and "Night is the longest running show in the universe" and so forth....)
3 adult novels (counting Black Dogs as two, and the one Beauty & the Beast thing out with my agent now)
2 novellas (Nine Goblins, and Boar & Apples, which is out for editing right now, and will form the backbone of said anthology.)
13 kid's...ah...if I go by wordcount, they'd be considered "novelettes." Actually, I kinda like that term. Lets them stand by themselves. A dozen novelettes sold, then, two forthcoming, one lurking and unsold. Give it time. (My agent swears we will someday be vindicated on the Battlesheep.)
2 kid's novels (the witch book, which will be titled Castle Hangnail and the bread wizard one, which is currently in a weird limbo, but will hopefully come out of it in the next couple years.)
Digger, which I'm just leaving as its own thing, because hell. Digger.

That's...not terrible, actually, in terms of completion. I'd like there to be more novels.

Then I go rummaging through my hard drive and there's a bunch of things that have been lurking there for awhile, unfinished but which get pulled out and words piled on occasionally. Of those, there's

1 short story
2 kid's novelettes (the second Hamster Princess book, in progress, and the poor stalled sequel to Nurk)
6 adult novels
4 kid's novels
5 novellas (including the next Goblin story)

not including:
2 novels which appeared permanently stalled out, although one never knows...
a couple of odds and ends that could turn into anything

Which seems like a lot of stuff unfinished, I realize--ten novels! Lord! That's a huge number!--but I find it rather comforting, actually. If I get a mad urge to finish a book, I have stuff where I am finishing, not writing from scratch. And I can be pretty sure that most of those will get finished some day--I do finish things, fairly regularly, and that works primarily because I have nearly finished things lying around. (Next time I get an urge to work on the ninja accountant story, for example, it'll probably be to finish it.)

So that's nice.

I could totally be working on my big computer, but it is a cold gray day, so I am under the electric blanket with my laptop. It is lovely. I have tea. I believe will go port more Twine cards. And drink tea.

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*cheers you on*

*wants tea*

*agrees*

*realizes he can procure tea from the workplace break room*

*does this thing*

Why can you not read fan-fic? Is it because there might be unintentional idea swapping? Or because it might appear that there was?

Edited at 2014-03-17 09:20 pm (UTC)

Yup! It's very rare that it ever goes to court or anything, but it's generally easier just to say "I have a policy of not reading fan fic" up front so that things don't get muddy. (My agent's lawyer would prefer I not even read fan MAIL, but has been grudgingly convinced this is unrealistic.)

So, yeah. Anyone is welcome to write their non-commercial stuffed animal epic and I will cheer them on, but cannot actually read it myself.

It may be peculiar, but somehow "adult" as a modifier for a type of fiction (or other art) doesn't immediately seem to be merely the opposite of child. When I hear something like "adult film" I go way past PG or NC17 or even R rating and imagine something in the XXX category.

It seems the trend these days is to call the stuff with sex in "erotic", which may mean that "adult" can be used more for "things that are not kid-lit or YA fic", but I'm curious whether that change has already been completely adapted (and I'm just old fashioned)? Or is it still reasonably common for adult magazine or adult novel to mean something that probably is not left on the coffee table when conservative relatives are visiting.

Honestly, that's a good question. I don't think it'd be calling them "adult" if I wasn't trying to separate them from kid books, and if I saw that in another context, I'd totally think smutty!

Err, these aren't.

That's an impressive list. I wouldn't forget your annotated fairy-tales either. Not quite short-stories in their own right, but I'd definitely buy a collection of them. A bit like the book "Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes" only for folklore rather than mythology.

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*grin* I will, in...probably a few months. At the moment, I'm still just slamming content in, in somewhat slapdash order, so it's not currently very playable.

I'll get it all sorted eventually, but at the moment, you could basically get a frog, do a lot of grind quests, and chase the Condor around. Not much else.


Beauty and the Beast?
*YOUR* take on it?
Ohmanohmanohman… That's my favorite story and I can't wait to see what you will do with it!!!!

Reece is coming to visit me next month!

THIS THIS THIS.

When you first mentioned you were doing Beauty and the Beast I think I shrieked out loud and flailed around at my husband for a while. So excited.

(And yes, we're still married.)

That's what caught my attention too!

Speaking of kid's books, is there going to be another Dragonbreath book, or is the series finished? I can't seem to find any information online,

Yes! Book 10 will be out this fall, Book 11 next fall, and I'm hoping to continue to Book 12 or 15, depending on the size of the dumptruck of money. *grin*

(Next time I get an urge to work on the ninja accountant story, for example, it'll probably be to finish it.)

swoons

I am encouraged
{trying NOT to be a pushy fan}

I still want a Tshirt of your battle sheep charging and screaming "Valhalla!"

I am also very much looking forward to Hamster Princess and Bread Wizard.

Every time you talk about what you're writing, I get a little excited that you might go back to the thing with the barbarian gynecologist. I'm still pining to find out what happens. xD

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