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May. 24th, 2016

Stories Posted Last Week

Due to Internet issues I couldn't post this Sunday or yesterday, so here's the story list for last week.

The Fae World: Earth: Tamara: Found - repost, split into more parts, next part posted next week

Aurora's World: Ialara: Jillian: Hunted - repost, completed, next part a work in progress

Donor House: Rex: Saving Melody - repost, next part a work in progress

Kim's Earth: Kim: Changes - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Aurora's World: Atecia: Aurora: Harrison's Arrival - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: Talking to Ash - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

The Ships: Alexis: The Letter - new story, next part a work in progress
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May. 21st, 2016

Comparison is the thief of joy

That's been resonating with me a lot recently. As a writer I compare myself to others, and, because of who I am, I find myself lacking in multiple ways. Of course it doesn't matter that people hire me as their ghostwriter for a reason - they like how I write. Honestly, for me, I think the main issue in the original fiction... even though I know logically that not being on Amazon, Smashwords, and the other big sellers is going to have an effect on how many people I can reach. My website is a tiny little place in the infinite world wide web, and it's going to take time to gain a readership. I just have to be patient. I just have to believe in my ability to write. Sadly, it's not that simple, which is one of the big reasons I thrive on feedback. Feedback, enjoyment of what I write, is what keeps me going, and is one of the big reasons I have a website. I want people to be able to comment on what they've read. I want to know what you like, what you don't like, if you want more of a particular character, setting, or world, and without that feedback I wither. Writing becomes one of the hardest things in the world.

I find joy in writing, but, and this is the big thing, I find the most joy in sharing what I write. That's never going to change. I first realised this when I was at school. That was where I started writing my first 'serial'. I'd write new parts of the story each night for those who wanted to read it, and it was the best fun. I want to be able to do that again. It's definitely possible. Other people have done it, so there's no reason for me to think I can't, but, like I said before, I have to be patient. I have to take the time to build up the number of stories I have at the website. I have to accept that I can't do everything. Even though I want to be posting every day it's just not going to be possible, because I have so much else in my life. I only have so much energy and I have to accept that, as hard as it is. Unfortunately I'm just one of those people who wants to be able to do everything right now. I want to have all the stories in my mind written. There's so many of them in my mind and that's why there were so many beginnings. Giving myself the freedom to be more episodic in my writing, because that makes sense to me, has given me a lot of freedom. It's also made things harder, in a way, as I want to be writing even more than I was before.

The most important thing for this year, my main goal, is to get back into the habit of regular postings, in order to make it simpler to build up a readership. I will be posting complete stories, but, due to the episodic nature of what I do, those stories will always have something that comes next. I always have a reason for ending things when I do. Most of the time it's because I want to switch to another character and it makes sense to have their part come next. Of course that doesn't mean that things aren't happening at the same time, because they are, so there is likely to also be a part from the same character following that. Even now there are examples of that posted at the website. It's just the way I write and I don't mind that. I am who I am. That's not going to change. At the same time that's part of the reason I am always comparing myself - I don't write like other people. I'm never going to be following the self-publishing path that other people have. I am a crowdfunder at heart, I think, because that's what makes the most sense to me. That doesn't stop me from comparing myself to people who are doing the same sort of thing I am. I still find myself lacking. Maybe that will never change.

What I am going to do is keep reminding myself 'comparison is the thief of joy'. To be truly happy the best thing I can do is be who I am, and try not to see myself as never being good enough. Being me is good enough.

May. 16th, 2016

Share the Stories

Now that I've got a few more completed stories up at the website I'm going to ask for some help. There are two things I'd really like to happen - I'd really appreciate it if people could use my reaction buttons, which are set up to tell me what my readers would like to see more of, and if you could share any stories you particularly like somewhere. I'm using a different plug in for my sharing button, which means you can share pretty much anywhere online. As my focus for this year is to increase regular readership every share really does help.

May. 15th, 2016

Stories Posted This Week

Donor House: Blake: The Auction - repost, next part a work in progress.

The Fae World: Benira and Lorasia: Lena: Saving Jake - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress.

Aurora's World: Ialaera: Itsuki: Becoming Human - repost, story finished, next part a work in progress.

The World Walkers: Kniroch/Aerith: Guinevere: Walking Into A Trap - repost, story finished next part a work in progress.

Kim's Earth: Kim: Responsibilities - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: The Reaction Phase - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

The Fae World: Creoth: Cassandra: Returning - new story, next part a work in progress.

May. 14th, 2016

Ask The Author

Got any questions about the Many Worlds? Comment here and I'll answer any questions you may have.
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May. 7th, 2016

Stories Posted This Week

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: Kidnapped - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

Kim's World: Kim: The Injection - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

The Fae World: Arkal: Erin: Saving the Dragons - repost, story shortened, next part a work in progress.

Aurora's World: Haerith: Xavia: Making a Decision - repost, story finished, next part a work in progress.

Donor House: Caleb: Taken - repost, story finished, next part a work in progress.

The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: The Meeting - repost, story shortened, next part a work in progress.

The Fae World: The West Sun Rising: Holly: The Stowaway - new story, next part a work in progress.

Sorry for the link failure at the website. I found out long after I scheduled the posts that it affects the post series plug in I'm using.

Just looking at this shows me where the issues will be, because for a number of these stories there are multiple next parts, so I think I need to find a solution to that sooner rather than later.
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Feb. 17th, 2016

Update: 17th February 2016

At the moment I still have no orders, and my last clearing day is the 29th of this month. If I was to get a couple of orders by Saturday there is a chance I'd be okay financially, but, as I haven't heard from anyone in the last few days, I'm not certain how likely that is. Therefore I'm turning to my online community for help. Right now, although I know James can help, I'm in one of the most difficult positions I've been in, especially as my back-up fund has now been entirely drained.

My target is £300. This is entirely going to go towards the rent. I'm offering one new story for £10, which will be at least 3000 words, or any donation to go towards the completion of one of my unfinished stories. For those of you who don't know much about my worlds I'm going to post the most basic information in a cut below, which will also include world/collections I haven't started writing for.

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Every little really will help me out at the moment. Having no back-up fund is the hardest part of all this. For every £50 I earn I'll write something new for the website, which might be a story, a meta-conversation, or something else.












Feb. 10th, 2016

Update: 10th February 2016

I'm in the middle of a mass overhaul of the website, so all of the stories are currently unposted, and I'm going to be reposting those that are finished, before moving onto writing more of those that need finishing. New lists have been created that I may copy to the site, but I'm not certain yet how it's all going to work. This weekend I'm going to be spending some time sorting out Case, which should be simple enough now I've worked out how I'm going to be doing it. Hopefully that means I'll be back to posting weekly next week, but no promises, as it may take longer than I expect to do work I'm planning on doing.

Jan. 20th, 2016

Update: 20th January 2016

February is a big month for James and I. On the 26th we will be celebrating our tenth anniversary. We've been through a lot to get to it, and I can't see us failing to make it unless something hugely unexpected happens. I wouldn't put it past life to do something like that to us, especially considering how hard things have been at points during that ten years, but I'm hoping it won't.

He's the reason I am where I am now. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be earning a living from ghostwriting, and he knows that my dream, as it has been since before I met him, is to make at least half of my income from my original fiction. In order to celebrate our anniversary, and the life we've built together, I'll double any subscription purchased between now and the 26th of February for six months. So if you subscribe for two stories a month (£18/$25.50ish) you'll get four. Remember these will be complete stories, although they may be posted in parts.

I'll be talking some more about my worlds before the 26th, including the newer ones, crossovers, and alternate universes, starting in the next couple of days. If there's anything specific you want to know about comment on this post with any questions.
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Jan. 17th, 2016

Update: 17th January 2016

The sponsorships page has been updated. I've been thinking a lot about this, because I realised if I'm going to be focusing on finishing things then I need the sponsorships to reflect that. Fortunately that isn't a big job, so I changed it from word count to number of stories, which means for every sponsor there will be at least one new story posted every month/week. The aim is for each of those stories to be around the 3,000 word mark, but that won't always happen. Some stories work out longer and some work out shorter when I'm writing naturally.

I've also posted a new part of Morgan: Weaing White, as that's one of the stories I'm aiming to complete this month, and posted the next part of the Anne Boleyn AU. I'm probably also going to be posting two parts of Kim: The Injection, because that should also be finished this month, and so far I've only posted the first part when I have five done.
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Jan. 3rd, 2016

Talking About Stories: Felicia Blooming

I want to spend some time this year talking about the stories I've written, complete or incomplete. My plan is to post a couple of these a week, focusing on different stories in different collections, and talk about the world at the time it was written, the characters, and the stories I can see writing to go with it.

Today I'm going to be talking about Felicia Blooming. It's the story I was reading yesterday, while I was trying to work out how best to post my works, and while I was reading it I was reminded of how I learn about the characters I write about. Often they surprise me. I don't learn the whole truth about them until they want me to. Although it's an enjoyable process it doesn't always make writing an easy thing to do. There are going to be spoilers, so I suggest you read the story before you read my commentary.

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Jan. 1st, 2016

The Groceries Post

Considering how many times I've complained about this, I'm sure you can all understand that I'm, once again, having issues with Fiverr's two week clearing system. I do have the money, but, thanks to Fiverr, I can't get to it. At the moment I don't have many external jobs, so I'm turning to my online friends for help. Groceries need to be bought. I don't want to have to borrow the money off James, because I hate doing that, and I'd really like to earn it.

This is going to be a pay what you wish set up. Toss anything into the tip jars below and I will complete a story for you. You don't have to pick the story, but you can if you want to.

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If I reach $100 (£67) in helpful donations then I'll post one new completed story, which might be for something I've already started on something new entirely.

If I reach $200 (£135) in helpful donations then I'll be able to buy the baking trays and biscuit cutters I need to start baking biscuits again - and I'll post up pictures of the finished biscuits once they're made.

If I reach $300 (£203) in helpful donations then I'll post two new completed stories, and I'll make some banana bread, which I've been wanting to do for ages but don't have the ingredients, and post up the pictures, as well as tell you how well it went.

Baking is something I've always loved doing, and I want to be able to do more of it, so every dollar is really deeply appreciated. Plus the more I can bake the more pictures I'll post up of my cookies - and I might even be able to send some to friends.

The Sales Post

Although I have this all up on Ebay I'm not having much luck selling, so I'm also going to post the list up here to see if anyone is interested in taking any, or all, of this off my hands. This is all art stuff I haven't used, because I don't art any more, and the paints have been sitting around for a little while, so I'm not certain how good they're going to be. Below is the full list. Like I said I'm happy to split it up, so I'm going to put prices for each thing, but if you want more than one item let me know and we can work out a price we're both happy with.

One ceramic palette, slightly damaged when purchased. There is a minor issue with the glaze in one area. I have pictures. £2, plus postage.

Derwent Tinted Charcoal set. £5, plus postage.

Derwent Graphitint set, missing any accessories. £5, plus postage.

Raphael 24 Soft Pastels. £5, plus postage.

24 Watercolour pencils, unbranded. £5, plus postage.

Jaxon 12 Metallic Oil Pastels. £3, plus postage.

Jaxon 24 Oil Pastels. £5, plus postage.

Daler Rowney A5 Acrylic Paper 20 Sheets. £1, plus postage.

Daler Rowney A4 Cartridge Paper 25 Sheets. £2, plus postage.

Box of mixed acrylics, some Windsor and Newton with some Daler Rowney, all tubes. Includes Pearlescent Tinting Medium. £5, plus postage.

3 Tray Art Bin. (Everything below is currently in the Art Bin, so it can stay that way or I can send these separately.) £10, plus postage.

Putty rubber. £1, plus postage.

Double sharpener. 50p, plus postage.

Reeves Watercolour tubes (unknown quantity). £3, plus postage.

Reeves Gouache tubes (unknown quantity, but less than the watercolours). £1.50, plus postage.

Coates Charcoal 30 small sticks. £2, plus postage.

Assorted Anita Acrylics, including metallics, in bottles. £3, plus postage.

Please boost the signal. I'd love to sell all of this, because I want someone to love them, and at the moment it's all just collecting dust, which makes me sad.

Nov. 29th, 2015

Winter Holiday Story Sale

I've got very little work on next month, although I'm hoping things will pick up, so I have time to take on some commissions for winter holiday gifts. Available, for the moment, are 10 5,000 word stories and 5 10,000 word stories, which can be set in the Many Worlds or can be something entirely different. The 5,000 worders are $25 and the 10,000 worders are $50. As you know I specialise in speculative fiction, but I can also write other genres, including romance (with or without erotic scenes) and mysteries. So if you want a mystery story set on a fantasy world then I'm your writer.

Stories will be emailed to the recipient by Christmas Day. They can be gifts. If they are gifts I can include a message from the purchaser. All you need to do is send me a PM, tell me what you want, and pay for your words. My paypal is kayleigh.a.webb[at]gmail[dot]com.
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Nov. 11th, 2015

Update: 11th November 2015

Invoice is still unpaid. Internet is driving me batty, because the signal is terrible. Have been looking after Tilly, Milly, and Bob since last Friday, but tomorrow is finally the last day of me being on duty. Am stressed... worried... annoyed... and just fed up with life right now.

Anyone who's willing to help me out with the rent will get words. $20 gets one complete story. $30 gets two. $40 gets three. $60 gets five. Top limit is $100 for nine completed stories. New or old. Doesn't matter if you don't know my worlds - I'll finish something for you and send it to you via email, as well as posting it at the website. My paypal is kayleigh.a.webb[at]gmail[dot]com. Every little bit is appreciated and signal boosting is definitely helpful.

Oct. 25th, 2015

Update: 25th October 2015

I was going to go through my stories and post a list of some of my favourite beginnings, before realising I have far too many - which is part of the reason they exist. When I first started crowdfunding I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to make it work, so I made it up as I went along. This probably wasn't the best way of doing things. At the same time I knew I was going to end up doing things differently to everyone else, because of who I am as a writer, and as I write best when I'm focusing on a number of things at the same time I wanted to have plenty of things I could work on. The only issue with that is I now have too many things I want to work on. I need to work out where I want to start with this, what I want to complete most, and then go from there, but it's just not that simple sometimes. I can spend hours working on one story at times. I can find myself spending the same amount of time flitting from one story to the next as I try to find something I want to work on. Like I've said before I need to work out how best to ghostwrite and work on my original work. It's just not a simple thing to do, especially as the ghostwriting can be creatively draining.

For now I'm going to post the links to all of the landing pages. I haven't split the Fae World or the World Walkers (which may not be entirely up to date) yet, and for something like this I do think it makes things a little simpler.

Afterlife
Aurora's World
The Brotherhood
The Deities' World
The Donor House
The Fae World
Heliopath's World
Kim's Earth
The Magi
Pagan
Thear
The World Walkers

Then there's also the Stories Outside the Collections and the AUs and Crossovers.
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Oct. 22nd, 2015

The 'Finish Things' Fundraiser

Illness means money's going to be a little tight next month, so I've been thinking about how I can deal with that issue, and as I have far too many stories that need finishing I will finish any currently posted story (the only exception being Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments, as I'm still working on changing the system I'm using for it) for $20. I will also write a new completed story for any known character, including those in stories that are outside the worlds.

If you'd like more than one story completed/written the second is half price, so you can get two completed stories for $30. This also means four completed stories will be $60, and this continues for as many stories as you may be interested in, although the more stories you buy the more time it will take.

Completed stories will be posted at the website and sent in the format of your choice (PDF, epub, mobi, .docx, etc.) to your email.

All donations will be going towards the pay the rent fund. At the moment I know I have enough work to earn $1000, which leaves me about $500 off what I need to cover all outgoings in the next month.







Artwork by Tod Wills.

Signal boosting is always appreciated.

Oct. 9th, 2015

Update: 9th October 2015 (2)

To make myself feel slightly less stressed about everything I'm offering to double the first month if anyone subscribes before the end of October.

If I get three subscribers, at any price, I'll post 1000 words of continuation for three stories currently posted at the website. If I get six I'll double the number of stories, and it will go up in three until I reach 30 subscribers.

If I'm earning £30 a month from the subscribers I'll post 3000 words for one of my newer worlds, and for every £30 I'm earning after that I'll post another 3000 words, either for that story or for another.

Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

Please signal boost. Every little really does help.

Sep. 27th, 2015

The Old and New Prompt Session

This is going to be something a little bit different, aimed at making me enjoy what I'm writing as much as possible, so I'm having what I'm calling an old and new prompt session. Leave a prompt for a new story along with a request for me to continue something you've been enjoying. It's easiest to use this to take you to a list of all the current collections (the Fae World and the World Walkers are split by world). Click on a collection and the first post will be the landing page, so you can see a list of all the currenly posted stories, and tell me what you want to see more of.

Every prompter will have at least 500 words of new story and continuation written. Signal boosting will increase the word count for both by 250 words. If you'd like to see more words can be purchased for £3 per every 1000.

Sep. 21st, 2015

Update: 21st September 2015

If anyone has Facebook can they please like my page and share it with their friends. I find that having notifcations from the pages works better, otherwise there is a chance you might miss posts, as I've found with a couple of pages I've liked. If it wasn't for the fact I was notified they'd posted I wouldn't have known they had.

A couple of updates at the website - the 'Write More' information has been updated, to show the price for 500 words instead of 1000, and I've added the widget that lists the most favourite and the most write mored posts. If you want to see more of any story click the write more button on the post, because it helps me to see what people like, which means it gets pushed up the list of things to do.

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