May. 4th, 2011

FIC: Law Links 1: God of Vengeance (The Three Lands) - Chapters 3-6

Cover for Law Links

Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

He has said words harsher than mine against the law, so I do not know whether he will consider what I did to be wrong. I am very confused.

All of the novel as part of an e-book.

Feedback this weekend gave me the impression that my current serializations are made up of too many installments for some of my readers. So, with "Law Links," I'm switching back to the practice of serializing novels by part, rather than by chapter. I've posted the remainder of Part One (that is, Chapters 3-6) and will post Part Two next week.

Also, the question has come up as to whether I serialize unfinished works. No. :) With the exception of "Edgeplay in Mayhill" (which was a special case), all stories I serialize are finished. Sometimes my novels are made up of stories that can each be read independently, in which case I may post each story within the novel before the full novel is finished. But I don't start serializing a story until that particular story is finished.

May. 1st, 2011

My online fiction dilemma

I wrote a post earlier today that was horribly self-centered. I'm ashamed to reread it.

Here's what I should have said: I have declining readership of my online fiction, which leads me to suspect that I'm not meeting the needs of my wonderful online-fiction readers.

So is there anything I could do better for you? Do you hate having me serialize my stories? Are there particular times of the year or the week when you'd like me to post my stories? Any suggestions you can offer me would be very welcome.

The horrible bit I wrote earlier:

My primary reason for placing my stories online has always been to get feedback, reader discussions, recommendations, links, etc. There's some question as to whether online fiction does or does not improve sales of e-books, but there's never been any doubt in my mind that online editions make a story more visible. And that's more important to me than anything else.

However, these rewards for placing my work online have all stopped in the past year. And my online readers have started to drift away. My domain stats show that virtually nobody has read the latest chapters of the online editions of "Law Links" and "On Guard."

I don't know whether the problem is on my side (lousy novels, perhaps?), whether the problem is that - because of my health - I'm not advertising every new installment at a zillion community blogs each week, or whether Internet culture - in particular, fandom - has changed, so that fewer people are reading online, and even fewer are commenting. But I'm faced with the dilemma of where it would be best to allot my time, given that I have much less time in which to do computer work these days, because of my health.

I've had quite a few readers tell me that I shouldn't post my stories online - that I'd sell more e-books if the e-books were the only place where my stories were available. Despite this, I'm still committed to being an online writer, but at the moment I'm getting the worst of both worlds: I'm not getting money for the stories I post online, I'm not getting feedback/discussions/recs, and the number of readers of my online fiction is declining.

So I'd like to brainstorm with you: What can I do to improve the situation? (Aside from writing better stories, that is; I do the best I can with every story.)

Jan. 26th, 2011

I'm going into Internet blackout tomorrow

What that means )
How to reach me during Internet blackout )

I need to apologize again for being behind in responding to e-mail and blog comments. Two things have tripped me up this month: going off my antibiotic has forced me to spend only thirty minutes a day on e-mail and comment replies, and my e-mail software chose this month to go belly-up. I've been struggling futilely to get it to work again; in the meantime, I've had to use the Web interface for my e-mail, which isn't as good at organizing my e-mail. Hopefully, when I come out of Internet blackout, I'll be more organized.

Jan. 3rd, 2011

About my next serialization

I promised you folks an online serialization around now, and I'm going to have to break that promise. I had two health relapses in December while lowering my antibiotic dosage. While I managed to recover from them - obviously, or I wouldn't be writing long posts here :) - I think it's likely that the relapses will continue till I'm off the antibiotic. (Hopefully not after.) So till that happens, it seems best not to commit myself to any deadlined projects, such as weekly serializations, since my work is likely to be stop and start for a while.

I hope to have a serialization for you in about a month's time, depending on how things go.

Dec. 14th, 2010

Tweets coming your way

Okay, I've set up the account to post my tweets here daily, beneath a cut. Thanks to those of you who replied to my previous post.

A quick Twitter FAQ, so those of you who don't use Twitter won't be confused:


I hope that's sufficiently confusing. :) I decided to include here the tweets where I'm talking with other people, because sometimes I get into interesting discussions that you're welcome to join into by posting replies here. (Some of the people I talk to at Twitter also read my blogs.) And of course you can post replies here to anything I tweet about.

Oct. 11th, 2010

In honor of National Coming Out Day . . .

My post at )

Sep. 29th, 2010

Medical question for you folks about another obscure disease I've found

Do any of you know anything about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (warning for one nasty medical photo), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (link to PDF file)? I'll be asking my doctor about this (it kept coming up when I did Web searches on my symptoms), and I thought I'd add in any extra info you might be able to point me to.

Sep. 27th, 2010

Comment-on-AO3 fest

A fest unofficially organized by Naraht, to promote more comments to the stories at Archive of Our Own. Details here.

Sep. 9th, 2010

My winter reading

So, it's get-ready-for-winter time. That means a winter reading list.

The books )

So lots of good reading! The question left: Will my eyes hold out? If not, I'll be listening to BBC Radio Drama all winter.

Aug. 26th, 2010

My Twitter account: @duskpeterson

Follow me there, if you like.

Quote of the day:

" has 1863658 traffic rank in world by alexa. is getting 590 pageviews per day and making USD 3.5 daily. . . . Estimated worth of is USD 2555 according to websiteoutlook." Yeah, right. :)

Jul. 24th, 2010

At the risk of embarrassing some of you . . .

Who comments the most on this journal? )

Jun. 22nd, 2010

Need iPhone app recommendations

As I mentioned earlier, some generous friends are giving me an iPod Touch. So I'd like recommendations from any users of Apple mobile devices, please, of the best apps to download. Keep in mind that I usually read in 28-point Arial Rounded MT Bold, so the first thing I check for in an app is whether I can control the font size and style.

What I need )

Bonus points if any of the apps have a better keyboard layout than the default layout Apple offers. And feel free to throw my way any tips for using the iPod Touch.

May. 31st, 2010

Notes about "Edgeplay in Mayhill"; plus, a recommendation

Cover for Blood Vow

Just some notes on "Edgeplay in Mayhill" (announced below).

* Unlike most of my serialized novels (which are usually finished when I begin posting them) this is a work-in-progress novel. I'll be posting the first three out of the five parts (80,000 words so far).

* I'll be posting chapters weekly rather than parts, since I need the extra time in which to recover before I post my next story. Hopefully, those of those of you who read slower will benefit from this.

* If you want to read ahead, the first three parts are available in an e-book.

Oh, and guys? BBC Radio's version of Blake's 7 (there's more here) is excellent. I recommend it to everyone. (Best line: "I'm a sociopath, not a sadist.")

Mar. 25th, 2010

Question about software

Thank you for your kind wishes, folks - they mean a lot to me.

This will be brief, 'cause I'm counting the seconds as I stand up to write this. Do any of you know of free or cheap software that will allow one to change a Windows keyboard to type the key combination of the user's choice? What I want is software that will allow me to rekey U+spacebar as T, I+spacebar as R, and so forth. This will allow me to type one-handed, which is the easiest way for me to type in bed at the moment. There's a software program to do this, but it costs $300.

Sep. 26th, 2009

Any mapmakers here?

I need two maps made: the Eternal Dungeon (based on my sketch) and the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs world (based on a map of Maryland and a bit of the surrounding states, as described by my notes). Does anyone here have the skills to do that?

If you're interested, please drop me an e-mail. Please note that I'll be online infrequently after today, but I'll get back to you eventually.

Aug. 1st, 2009

Need beta readers for a Three Lands novel

This is one of my periodic calls for beta readers (i.e. volunteer editors). Specifically, I need beta readers for a Three Lands novel, because all of my other beta readers either are tied up with other projects by me (including another Three Lands novel) or just got finished betaing something for me. I try not to exhaust my beta readers, because they're too hard to replace. :)

So is anyone here interested? (Including any of my regular beta readers who are jumping up and down currently, saying, "Oo, oo! You forgot about me!") The novel is a sequel to Blood Vow and Re-creation, but you don't need to have read those stories to understand this one. There's no particular deadline, though I'll begin prodding you after a month has passed, to make sure you haven't forgotten about the beta; if you need more time, just say so.

If you're interested, send me an e-mail so that I can send you the manuscript.

June 2018




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