I realized as I was laying in bed last night that I had forgotten to write this update. Whoops.
There aren’t any new developments to cover- mostly because I haven’t settled on a plot for a book and haven’t really had time to dedicate to any side projects- so I’ll go over the progress of current projects.
As I’m sure you’re most curious about it, we’ll start with Sealkeeper progress. So far the 10k chapters ever two weeks has been working fine, as has the early release for my lovely Patrons. I’ve yet to have trouble missing deadlines, probably because I’ve been dedicating so much of my spare time to trying to get ahead.
And speaking of ahead, chapter 105 is currently at 10% and I hope to boost that to at least 20%- preferably 25%- before I retire for the evening.
The Patron only Discord has grown quite a bit, we’re up to thirty members and have no less than four channels marked NSFW. Probably not surprising, honestly. We know what kind of people we are.
I’m so proud.
Just….stay out of Slime’s Cave. Trust me.
And speaking of Patrons, the sixty-third joined us while I was typing this. The full list is as follows;
– Who decided to plop down right between Supporter and Major
Supporter. Well done.
Together we’ve reached 8.4% of our goal and I’m looking forward to being able to announce hitting 10%. You people are fantastic.
That about does it for this update, I need to get back to writing chapter 105.
Another week another update. Almost missed it because I weas busy chatting with Saint and Sheep. What started as me seeign if having a group of people to bounce ideas off of becamed, well, the same thing as the chat in my weekly stream, really.
Probably should have expected that.
There’s not too much t ocover in the way of new developments or progress at the moment. I’ve had some ideas recently I’m looking into but nothing solid enough to announce here. As for progress I’m about 30% done with 104, which isn’t nearly as far as I planned but I got, well, distracted. It’s a pretty common occurance and it’s a miravle it didn;’t happen sooner with how much I’ve been focusing on getting ahead with my writing.
Beign sick probably doesn’t help, nor does all the Vodka. Regardless I’m ahead of where i need to be but behind for where I’d like ot be.
Next I suppose you’re all waiting on Bonsai pictures so let’s get them up here.
And with the Bonsai having made their appearance, I think the only next logical step is to thank my fantastic Patreon supporters.
Most Generous Supporters
Janus – Who decided to plop down right between Supporter and Major Supporter. Well done.
46 of you glorious people, thank you all very much for your support. Next week 102 goes public and I’ll have all of your names at the end of that, too. I should probably figure out the formatting, but that sounds like a “then” problem.
We’re at 6.68% of goal which doesn’t sound like a whole lot but is absolutely incredible considering I only just launched Patreon this month.
That’s about all I have for you tonight but until I next have your attention,
I was supposed to post this yesterday but I completely forgot about it. Part of it was just that I’m forgetful, but I’d say a large part of it was simply because there’s been so much going on.
And because Menoly distracted me yesterday, but I give her such little attention that I can’t hold it against her.
So, where to start?
How about with all of the amazing people who have become my patrons?
Most Generous Supporters
Janus – Who decided to plop down right between Supporter and Major Supporter. Well done.
That’s right, 41 fantastic patrons who have collectively pledged $126 a month to help me reach a point where I can write full time.
Or, you know, just really wanted those early chapters.
Either way is fine.
And if you noticed the math doesn’t check out – don’t you lie to me, you weren’t counting- it’s because Patreon takes 5% plus payment fees. Think it comes out to like 8% or something all around.
But the boring aspects of it aside, 41 of you donated.
I can’t thank you all enough for your show of support and while we’re still a long ways off from our goal seeing how quickly you all chipped in to help makes me think we might really be able to pull it off.
Gods, I hope so.
But until then, I still have writing that needs to get done between work so let’s finish this up so I can get back to working on chapter 103.
And on that note- progress! I’ve mentioned this already but chapter 102 is done – and has been- and as of last night chapter 103 has reached 70% complete.
Technically I only need to get the regular 5k doen each week to keep up, but I figure that if I spend a few weeks eaking out all the tiem I can to get further ahead I won’t have to worry as much.
It will also free up time dfor some of my other projects.
In this case, I’m bumping ‘Write a book’ to the top of the project list so I can get it published and- more importantly- sold. I have a few ideas, it’s just a matter of deciding what would work best and what I can create a satisfying ending too.
Planning out plot isn’t exactly my strong suit, I usually just write as it comes to me.
Of course, if I was any good at it I could just write smut and fill Amazon with my cheap, sub-par porn. Sorry, “Erotic Novellas”. You have no idea how much I would love to be able to say that I make a living writing porn. I think that would be absolutely hilarious.
But speaking of writing, I need to get this finished so I can do some.
Because I don’t have nearly as much free time as I need all other projects will be put on hold for the foreseeable future, though I will return to them as soon as I can. This doesn’t affect most of you as none of my projects have really seen the light yet but I know there will be a few of you disappointed at the delay.
Streams will continue, I have one every Tuesday at about 6pm (UTC-7) and they last between 2-3 hours depending on if anyone’s watching, how engrossed I become, or how much I know I need to get back to writing because I’m nowhere close to my goal for the day.
It’s usually that last one, honestly.
If people like the idea I might do a “Just Chatting” stream while working on my writing, but I suppose we could all just jump into discord for that.
On second thought, having too many people talking would not be conductive to writing, nor would distracting me. Still,an option to keep in mind, I suppose.
Commentary this Sunday, Chapter 102-B for Patrons on Monday, stream Tuesday [FFXV], Update Wednesday, and then nothing until the following Monday when 102 goes public and 103-A is up on Patreon.
So I think that about does it. Thank you all again for your support and until I next have your attention,
We have quite a bit to go over in this one and according to the little scheduled I jotted down in an unsaved notepad file I only have about twenty minutes to cover it all in.
On a very quick sidenote having an actual schedule I can glance at to make sure I’m on track has really helped make today productive.
And on the matter of productivity, let’s talk about chapter progress first.
Chapter 101, the first 10k word chapter I’ve had in a while is complete and has been since yesterday..morning? Either morning or early afternoon. Chapter 101 is scheduled for next Monday, 2019.10.14, so we’re about where I would expect to be for chapters as I finish up my last day off but it doesn’t stop there.
As I write this I’ve just finished 6k words for chapter 102, which isn’t expected to be posted until 2019.10.28. If things go well I may even have it done before next Monday putting me a good chapter ahead of schedule.
Unfortunately this doesn’t mean I can somehow manage a 10k chapter every week going forward because I’ve dedicated most of the last week- every chance I got before and after work- and neglected just about everything else.
As much as I would like to keep up such progress there’s no way I could maintain such a pace for long before burning myself out. So, you might be asking why I’m putting in so much work when I’ve already managed to get ahead and the answer to that is the next part of this update.
You may have seen my recent post ‘Support’ posted last Thursday [2019.10.03] which should give you a good idea but for those who haven’t I’ll try to summarize it as best I can here.
While I am greatly enjoying my new job, it has come to my attention that the difficulty I’m having reaching a certain metric- sales- may result in a new job search in the near future. The Field Managers and Operations Manager are doing everything they can to help me gain the skills I need to remain but knowing that there is still a distinct possibility that I won’t make it in this field I decided to go over my options.
As attractive as some of them are, what I’d really like to spend my time doing is writing. I dare say I have at least some measure of skill in it but I never really considered it feasible to support myself doing it.
You probably know exactly where this is going but let me clear up any doubt-
I have recently made- well, re-purposed – a Patreon page for myself. I had originally created it back when I had dreams of being a Youtube Gamer but as that’s far less likely to happen I’ve instead changed it to reflect me as a writer.
Before you close the page in disgust, know that I will continue to provide my work for free.Postings will follow their current schedule for the foreseeable future.
As it so happens I have some pretty bad timing with this because I chose to do it right after I changed over to posts every two weeks so I won’t be able to add it to the bottom of the chapter until the fourteenth.
And I’m sure there will be those among you who believe I did so for the purpose of Patreon but I can promise you I didn’t manage to muster up the drive to actually try for this until after Thurday when my Operations Manager had to call me off a job so she could have a chat with me about my performance.
I did, as you no doubt can, see how I could utilize the longer periods between updates to provide something to my Patreons after I finished and posted the first half of chapter 101 that Thursday evening.
As it so happens being sent home early for the day has some benefits.
Yes, you heard that right. Wanting to provide something for Patreons I posted the first half of Sealkeeper: He Who Binds Chapter 101 as a Patreon-only post on my page. It’s 5k- give or take a few hundred- words long, the same as a regular chapter, and was posted a good three days before the usual upload.
Of course with my update schedule changing it did provide a chapter on a week there would otherwise be no chapter. And that’s when I came up with it. Better than just posting the chapter as soon as I finish it so Patreons can read it early, I can split the double chapters into two and post one each week so Patreons continue to have an update every week.
On one hand it does feel kind of scummy but the other option was just to get ahead and post the full 10k chapter a week before release which would really only put them a week ahead of the public release.
Providing chapters every week-and early- seemed better, even if they’re only 5k chapters.
It’s not much, but I really don’t have anything else to offer people as thanks for their support.
Well, aside from maybe their name at the end of a chapter. If that’s something that interests you let me know because I’m more than willing to list my supporters at the end of a chapter if it helps them feel good about supporting me. Hell, I might just do it regardless, that sounds pretty good.
And on the topic of Patreons, I would like to thank my first two Patreons Nssheepster and The Kevin for showing their support. It means a lot to me gentlemen.
Before I get distracted and forget the second half of chapter 101 is up too, posted yesterday [2019.10.08] almost a week before the full release of the chapter. That’s why I’ve been putting in so much effort into my writing, I want to make sure that if I’m asking for people to support me that I’ve provided something to thank them for it.
After I finish up chapter 102 the plan is to set up a Discord server for Patreons to add additional value but I’m not sure how much people even care. Regardless, if I can provide it I’ll try to make it happen to show how much I appreciate the chance to turn my hobby into my livelihood.
So, to recap- because I ramble and I know it- I have started a Patreon page where for just a dollar a month you can have early access every week to chapters of Sealkeeper and, eventually, anything else I’m working on.
I have higher tiers than just a dollar in case anyone’s feeling particularly generous but I won’t suggest them because I don’t have any additional perks or rewards for the higher tiers.
That’s right, you gain every benefit for just the $1.00 every month- actually, it might have tax. I’m not sure so don’t quote me- and not only is that early access to chapters for $0.25 a chapter- less than buying a newspaper but without the comics or coupons- but it’s also the lowest Patreon would let me set.
Should you visit the Patreon page [ Patreon.com/Eyazahrid ] you may also see that I’ve set a goal. To be perfectly honest, I don’t expect to reach it. Should by some miracle we do, however, I will quit my job- you know, or my next job depending on when it happens and how everything works out- to instead write full time.
I’m not sure exactly what that will mean for Sealkeeper progress- probably nothing- but it would make it easier to do and provide the chance for me to work on other stories for my readers to enjoy. Again, it probably won’t reach that point but the closer we get the less I have to worry about what job I am working.
A pay cut wouldn’t be much of a detriment if I have an income from your generosity and if that pay cut is in part due to less hours then that’s more time for me to work on my writing.
Knowing that, there was no way I could not at least give this an honest attempt.
It’s been more than twenty minutes now so I’m behind schedule and still have to correct this post before publishing it, but that’s also just about everything I needed to cover.
At least, it’s all I can recall needing to bring up at the moment.
Oh, no, I have one last thing. If you’ve ever wanted to know what I look like there’s a picture on the Patreon page -my earliest post- that’s been made public so you can see who it is you’d be supporting and as a thank you for at least checking it out.
And with that we’ll call it a wrap. I’ll see you all on Monday for the public posting of chapter 101.
Thank you for all of your support over these past years, I look forward to many more.
Honestly I’m not even completely sure what I should be including in this update aside from a recap of the new update schedule and that Bonsai picture I promised last week.
Suppose I might as well start with that, actually.
There, not just a picture of both Bonsai but my sister’s cat is in the shot too. She calls him Tarzan for some unknown reason but I’ve taken to calling him Artyom, mainly because it annoys the hell out of her and also because for the longest time she swore up and down that he wasn’t a Russian Blue.
Hes’ a Russian Blue.
You know, in case you had any doubts.
But cats aside, there’s the latest picture of my Bonsai. You may note that Glas is no longer in her small blue pot and is, for some reason, in a large white pot.
The size was so she had more room, which should be obvious, but the color is a different story. As it so happens, the month of September is when local stores decide to start hauling out the Christmas shit for some inane reason lost to the sands of corporate time. What does that mean for the garden section at my nearest- well, no, but most conveniently located- store?
It means the already poor selection of pots becomes even smaller until you’re left with two options; brown plastic or white ceramic.
Plastic just seemed undignified so for now she’s going to be in the white pot.
She also, well, looks pretty pad. Something about her branches is off and I think I may need to trim her a bit. Might even have to remove the second trunk that I was hoping to twist around. A damn shame, that.
But if it keeps her alive I really can’t complain.
Well I can, it just doesn’t’ help much.
And would you look at that? We have content for the update.
Now that the Bonsai have been taken care of, we’ll do a quick recap on future updates.
Starting with Monday’s chapter 100, updates will now be every two weeks but will be increased to 10,000 words. Chapter 101 will be posted 2019.10.14 and 102 will be on 2019.10.28.
This change is partially to satisfy those who have complained about small chapters and partly to give myself a bit more flexibility. We’ll see how it goes.
That said, I have work in the morning so we’ll end this here.