I’ve been getting questions about the lack of site update. They’re fair questions, and I believe I owe you all a few words, and an apology for leaving this storyline hanging in the middle.
My real name is Steve Eley. Yes, I’m a SF/F writer, as James claimed to be. I started this blogfic as a lark and a writing exercise back in December. It was even more fun than I thought it might be, and I’m delighted that it got a small but enthusiastic audience. I like James’s character and found him an easy voice to write in. My wife, Anna, wrote all of Callie’s posts. Applause for her, please.
I had some vague but ambitious ideas for where the storyline might go. The relationship between James and Callie would be a stormy one; Nick was going get into a whole world of trouble; and of course there’s James’s backstory, both his birth and his early teenage years. And of course, more action. I made some mistakes early on (the Hivers story got a bit bogged down, and James’s company might have been a bit too weird) but that’s the nature of working without a net.
So why am I stopping? Two reasons.
- I do have other writing projects, ones that I hope I can make some money on, and while this one was frequently more entertaining, I found that it was taking all of my writing time and some of my non-writing time as well. The commitment to keep putting this out was just too much. Sorry, guys. And…
This is the second reason. The smaller one’s name is Alexander Eley, and he was born on March 19. The bigger one is me. Yes, I’m visible.
Someone pointed out I hadn’t posted in a month. He’s why. In the story he was going to be Jenna’s baby, and James would post my thoughts about fatherhood vicariously by observing Jon. But when I planned that out I was unprepared for the full impact an infant could have, to say nothing of the time commitment. It was a couple of weeks before I could think about writing anything, and I’m still really not up to speed yet. In any event, as priorities go, baby Alex is pretty much at the top. Sorry, guys.
So that’s the deal. Will the story ever get going again? Well, I won’t say never. I’ll leave the site up for now and hang onto the domain name. If I decide to kickstart it once again I’ll probably restart it fresh from the top, with some differences, and of course I won’t mention any of this again. Everyone who’s commented, I’ve got your e-mail addresses, and I’ll let you know if it happens. If you haven’t commented yet but want to stay in the loop, feel free to drop a line on this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will probably be a while, though, if it happens at all. I won’t try this again unless I feel prepared to commit to it for a longer term.
Thanks, everyone, for your support and for making this so much fun. ‘Til next time!
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