Monday, March 23, 2015

Again With The Tweakings

Tweakings, people. Tweakings.

Get your minds out of the gutter.

And if it's stuck, apply a little lube.

A little lube always helps.

Now back to our blog post...

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Sharp-eyed blog readers will probably notice the new header up yonder.

The one before this read: "Abner Senires. Pulp Writer. Voice Actor."

So what's with the change? you might be asking. Aren't you supposed to be a hyphenate? Like you talked about in this recent post? A writer-voice actor?

In some respects, yes. I'm still a hyphenate.

But in the time since that recent post a few more things made themselves clearer to me.

Yeah, yeah. It's only been a little more than a week and some days since that post.

But the Universe, it seems, is trying to tell me things.

Yes, I'm a hyphenate.

But it's kind of a 70-30/80-20 split.

Leaning toward the "writer" part.

This new header strike me as more appropriate for that 70-30/80-20 split.

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Blog readers with even sharper eyes will probably note: the new header is the same as the one that used to be on this blog last year.

Yeah.

It's like that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sitting In The Fringes

Originally I was going to comment on a tweet that popped up on my feed a few days ago.

But after further consideration, I've decided not to.

Said tweet started me down the dangerous road of self-doubt and, frankly, I don't need to go there anymore.

Especially after what I posted yesterday.

So I have jettisoned the tweet to the electronic circular file and put myself back on track.

Fuck that nonsense.

And if that decision puts me in the fringes, so be it.

Huzzah for the fringe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Voices

They're becoming more frequent.

And sticking around longer.

Good sign.

But I'm still exercising patience per Skyla's post.

Not gonna make the same mistake of causing them to vanish again.

Monday, March 16, 2015

KAT AND MOUSE Patreon Campaign Redux

One of the (many) casualties of my "knee-jerk reaction" was turning off the Patreon page for the web serial.

Now that I've come to my senses, so to speak, I've reactivated the page.

I talked about the campaign on this blog before but it occurred to me that I left out a telling detail: exactly what I'm trying to accomplish with the Patreon campaign.

So here it is, spelled out in 11-pt. Verdana.

I plan to write the serial full-time and I'm looking for enough backers every month to help make that possible.

To do that, to write KAT AND MOUSE on a full-time basis, requires $1,500 every month. That amount will help me pay bills and buy groceries, thus alleviating money stress and worries that have, so far, kept me from production.

Which means I can fully devote the time and energy to writing the Duo's adventures and posting those installments on a regular, uninterrupted, weekly basis.

That's a new installment every Monday (with 2 weeks off around Christmas because holiday and family). No more hiatuses (hiati?) Maybe a short break between seasons.

But steady weekly installments.

This upcoming season, Season 3, is sketched out at about 10 episodes. At 8 to 10 weekly installments per episodes, we're talking somewhere between 80 and 100 weeks for Season 3 alone.

At minimum that's roughly a year and a half of material.

And I've got notes that could get us to Seasons 4 and 5 and possibly beyond.

An additional three seasons is 240 weeks worth of installments.

Four and a half years of reading.

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So there it is, Gang.

$1,500 every month and I write the serial full-time.

$1,500 could be 150 sponsors pledging $10 a month. Or 100 pledging $15. Or 300 people pledging $5.

But we need to hit that number every month in order for me to guarantee uninterrupted weekly installments.

What'll happen if and when we hit that $1,500 mark and lock it in each and every month?

There'll be a four- to five-month "ramp-up period" before full return. That'll give me time to recover mentally and physically from the money stress, get back to the stories, reacquaint myself with my notes and scrawls and drafts (remember: I haven't touched anything since 2013), and get at least two episodes written to give me a nice buffer of material (it's roughly a month and a half-ish of writing and revision before each episode is complete). And then we go live with uninterrupted cyberpunk pulp goodness for 80 glorious weeks.

At full return, there'll be at least 16 weeks of installments queued up for automatic posting every Monday (1 episode = min. 8 weeks of installments; ergo, 2 episodes = min. 16 weeks of installments).

16 weeks is about 4 months, enough time for me to write/edit/revise the next two episodes and get those queued up.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

All the way to 80 weeks of two-fisted, pistol-packin', sword-swingin', pulpy goodness.

So say, by some miracle of webserial and cyberpunk pulp fandom, we hit that $1,500 mark this April and we lock it in for the months thereafter?

Full return would be the first or second week of September.

And if we don't hit that mark but still get pledges?

There'll probably be updates but they'll be intermittent. I can't promise any consistency.

At the moment I'm tied up with trying to find a day job to help pay bills and buy groceries and worrying about said bills so there's not much mental space left for writing. It'll be a matter of "I'll get to it when I get to it."

At the same time, the voices are slowly coming back and I'm just letting them do that. Slowly come back. No rush. No push. Easy does it.

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So: $1,500 every month and it's full-time serial work.

That's the plan.