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The REAL Question


The end result of all that mental wrangling from the last few posts is this:

I am strongly considering reviving my most successful long writing projects to date (Blue Moon for those who’ve known me a VERY long time, or Choose for more recent friends).

I don’t enjoy writing in a vacuum.

And my youthful enthusiasm towards Getting Discovered And Becoming An Author has dimmed.

It’s hardly as if I dislike my job, after all, so dreams which would have me not doing it tend to feel a little hollow. (But what if I make it BIG, I always ask myself. And yes, if I become the next J.K. Rowling, then sure. But the odds of that are so catastrophically out of my favor that I might as well start buying lotto tickets).

So! The only reasons NOT to do another chunk of serialized fiction is

  • I won’t be able to formally publish it afterwards. Not with the naked eyeballs of the entire internet free to peruse its every dirty little comma.

And the reasons TO do another chunk of serialized fiction are numerous.

  • I’m rusty, y’all, and I won’t pretend otherwise. I’d get up to speed on a “publishworthy” story, sure, but it’s pumping water from an old well at this point and I know it.
  • At this point, the word “publishworthy” tasks like dead ash and shattered glass. I’m sure that won’t last, but I want to write because my soul is on fire rather than because I dream of acclaim or fame. I miss writing just to WRITE.
  • I love. LOVELOVELOVE being able to share writing with folks and get their enthusiasm and happiness and enjoyment. Selfish to want it in the moment? So be it.
  • I have had success with serialized fiction in the past.
  • I LOVED the concept of Choose and encouraging my readers to add story seasonings I might not have chosen.
  • I like reading it. I know not everyone does, and I’m delighted to offer a purchasable book at the end — but I do enjoy the format. It’s something to look forward to on a regular basis. (I currently follow Ilona Andrews’s “Inkeeper” series as well as Charlotte E. English’s “Modern Magick” series)
  • My life is just not interesting enough to sustain this blog. I spent this weekend reading books and playing silly video games while my cats curled up in various impossible yoga positions around me. To me, that’s happiness — but it makes for one heck of a cobwebby blog.

I -could- split the difference and issue chapter updates behind password-protected posts … but then I lose discoverability and my blog stops being welcoming to the idle visitor. It becomes a cascade of “No Touchy” posts for anyone not in the “know” and that feels a bit squicky to me.

So! Without further ado, howsabout we start with a poll?

Tami Should Write ...

  • Serial fiction, in the style of Choose. I, as a reader, would be delighted to participate in such polls! (50%, 4 Votes)
  • Serial fiction, but ditch the polls. I'd rather just read it as it comes out. (25%, 2 Votes)
  • Publishable fiction. You're overdue and you can secretly ferret chapters to me behind password-protected blog posts. (25%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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    That being said (yelled), I don’t generally want to participate in polls but I believe it will be more enjoyable for you if you have the polls. So, if you want polls use them and I promise to participate, most of the time.

  • All of the above? Seriously . . . I love Blue Moon. I love Choose. (I REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! There’s a birthday approaching, and THINGS MUST BE RESOLVED.) So, I voted for Choice The First, but know I want it ALL! (I’m ambivalent on the polls: you know I’ll vote, but if it’s easier for you to drop ’em, I’m in your corner.)

    • <3<3 I'm waiting on the results of this poll to determine how MANY I post. I think there may always be a few peppered in here and there, but I may or may not do one per chapter as I had before. I dunno. When I forced myself to choose tiny silly polls, some of those are the most memorable. =] So we shall see. (tea flavors and crystal colors come to mind)

  • Can I vote for all the things? Ha! Unhelpful, I know.

    Aw, Blue Moon. I remember it fondly!

    I think if you do polls you don’t necessarily have to leave big plotty things up to the reader, it could be smaller things like hair color the type of vehicle someone is driving (though such things could take on a life of their own I am aware!).

    • Lol, a vote for all is totally allowed! Comment follow-ups are sometimes the best part of polls. <3

      (And I do like it when polls take on a life of their own. It's nice to be surprised as a reader, but I do also love being surprised as a writer)

  • Are you seriously asking me if I want more fiction from you? Don’t be ridiculous 😛

    I have voted for “serial fiction with polls” because Choose was fun, but I’m not married to the polls. I’m happy to read whatever you want to write 🙂

    • <3<3<3

      Thank you!! I also really like (most) of the polls, and it seems to be a consensus that others do as well.

      • Since we’re doing polls, can we do the occasional behind the scenes “if the poll had said X, this is where I would have gone”? I always really enjoyed getting peeks behind the authorial curtain with Choose. And hearing about how the polls influenced the story (beyond the obvious).

        • That is a SUPERB request and I wholeheartedly agree with it. If I forget to do so, please feel free to badger me about it!

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