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Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 General Status Report

The hiatus for Decadent Angels was never meant to be this long. Sorry about that. My life stuff that slowed it down would not have caused the hiatus to be this long if I were not struggling with certain formatting issues for the series as well as the fact that I didn't realize how badly I needed proper reference sheets for the series until I was several parts deep. Heck it wasn't until today, that I realized this series needs more than just the reference sheets I have been developing in the background, it needs a full on "series bible" which I realized when I asked myself, yet again, what is holding me back for releasing new episodes.
Decadent Angels is done in a very experimental style & format. So that has absolutely caused unique challenges that in some ways do not often come in the development process. For example, there are going to be some illustrations done for each existing part, and subsequent part. However since when I was writing & releasing the first several parts it was just a writing warm up and exercise, I didn't know it was going to spawn a universe in my mind.
Last time I updated the behind the scenes content, I thought the solution to the formatting issues would be to simply retire the old format. Gradually though, I realized that the "old format" actually is intensely intrinsic to Gillian's character and style. There is too much stuff that is critical to the ongoing growth of the story that goes on outside of Gillian's conscious presence to justify leaving everything solely in her 1st person POV. Yet the idea of doing the outside of Gillian's scope story parts in story poem form is not going to work because the other characters are just not going to fly that way without being run through Gillian's narrative filter. For the longest times those separate needs of the tale were at war within me. A single series having multiple POV's seemed to alien to me for so long, only recently have I learned that it's actually a fairly legit thing to do, thanks to a question that popped up on a Facebook writing group I'm a part of (10 Minute Novelists).
This series is more experimental as a whole. I need to just stop feeling like an alien who will one day have to apologize for having a home in outer space.
The Plan:
The parts in Gillian's 1st person POV & story poem will continue as such. The parts taking place outside Gillian's presence will be done in a 3rd person semi-omniscient prose. All will continue to release serially as completed. All old installments will have an illustration added shortly after completion. New installments will have an illustration included, more often than not post-release. I won't be slowing down the release of new episodes just for the sake of having the illustration in it prior to publishing the post. In fact the goal in general is to not have long hiatuses at all. Some of the earliest parts of the series might get expanded, or an expanded version some day. Supplementary content is still planned. And merchandize will continue to be made available, especially in my Decadent Angels Zazzle shop
Also, I will be going through and updating any parts of the Decade Angels subdomain of my site that need it. Especially since now that I have a smart phone and can properly view the mobile version, I see a few things that need to be addressed in addition to the general stuff needing updates. For example the mobile site does not show the quick link for starting to read DA. Gotta make a page that has the guide to reading the series or something.
Hope to get the main story back to posting monthly, the additional story parts would also be nice to work into being once a month, with supplementary content being at least weekly in the weeks that don't have any story part posting. Might have to work up to that, given my schedule. It would rock if the next main story installment was ready to post by end of this month but just may not be ready until November, preferably not later.
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