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I just returned from a sci-fi/fantasy convention (yes, I AM that much of a nerd) and have yet to catch my breath. I'm behind on life in general and comments in particular, for which I truly apologize.

However! I would appreciate some advice. No doubt due to my abysmal lack of organizational skills and penchant for verbosity, I've had quite a few chapters of TGB run so long (5000+ words) that I decided to split them up. Now I'm wondering whether I ought just plan on writing shorter chapters (2000-3000 words) and post more frequently. Thoughts? Opinions? Witticisms? Inquiring minds want to know!

(And speaking of chapters, the next one is finished and will be cleaned up and posted within the next few days.)

ETA: Okay, so option 2 on the poll below should read "Longer chapters less frequently", not whatever nonsensical ridiculousness it currently states. Fff making lj polls while exhausted.



[Poll #1892503][Poll #1892503]

Date: 2013-01-26 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ritaxis.livejournal.com
The length of a chapter is a matter of the rhythm of the story and your story-telling style. I'm not sure that it's amenable to adjustment for the purpose of posting schedule.

But you could put up half-chapters if you're feeling like you need to interact with your audience more often, and your chapters feel like they want to be longer.

I guess this is a vote for "I don't know, do what comes naturally."

Date: 2013-01-30 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
Excellent point. I think what I'm realizing is that I'm trying to fight my natural writing rhythm in order to fit more material into a chapter, only to reach a natural stopping point (usually between 2300-2800 words) and realize I've only covered half of what I meant to. Instead of fighting that, I'm just going to let chapters end where they end. Thanks, lady!

Date: 2013-01-26 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meganeko-mausuu.livejournal.com
I'm with [livejournal.com profile] ritaxis on this one. Do what works best for you. I won't lie and pretend that I wouldn't enjoy seeing a new chapter more often, the fact is, I (and most likely the majority of your other fans,) waited for over a year for this story to come back to life, and so waiting a bit between chapters is no real hardship. Whatever it takes to get a good story. (Short of committing violent crimes IRL. Please don't do that.)

Date: 2013-01-30 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
That's really true -- my readers have put up with way more from me than a few short chapters. It's strange to think that I've been writing and posting this story since I was just barely 18. I was a baby! Unfortunately I was a baby with a lot of bad habits (randomly disappearing being one of them) that I've worked really hard to shake.

"Short of committing violent crimes IRL. Please don't do that."

HA. This made me laugh. XD

Date: 2013-01-30 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meganeko-mausuu.livejournal.com
I am glad I could amuse you, then. *bows*

Date: 2013-01-26 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apaximander.livejournal.com
I voted for 'Shorter chapters more frequently', but I should add a caveat to that: shorter chapters more frequently as long as it's what you want to do. I'd hate to see the story suffer because you feel pressured to post more often!

All else being equal, though, more Golden Bird more often is always a good thing :)

Date: 2013-01-30 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
Thank you! Like I said above, I think I was fighting the natural rhythm of the story because I wanted to cram a million things into one chapter. And splitting chapters into parts is just silly. So.

Date: 2013-01-27 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spirit-dol61.livejournal.com
I am a staff writer for the International Mark Hamill Fan Club and am glad you got to go to a sci-fi convention. They are a fan's dream come true, especially when you actually get to be immersed in your fandom.
Be encouraged by the comments above, which I echo. You have developed a very compelling story. I keep checking to see if you've posted and have stayed the course. I've also been writing a weekly newspaper column for 15 years and find that this discipline keeps me focused on writing a good story and keeps me finding fresh energy in doing so. You need to decide what your own focus is in publishing your story for your readers. It's up to you to keep us interested, while waiting for each next entry. Your story very well written and your should be proud of your work, so far.

Date: 2013-01-30 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
I LOVE conventions. I go to several a year and have since I was in my mid-teens. They tend to be more "academic" (i.e. no dressing up and lots of talking Very Seriously about Tolkien), but this last one had a vibrant cosplay/lifestyle element that was loads of fun.

Thank you so much for enjoying the story! I'm really touched that the comments on this post have mostly been along the lines of "do whatever's right for you as an author". LiveJournal is kind of my writer's workshop right now, so any feedback I can get is more than welcome. Thrilled you're reading, thrilled you commented. Thank you. :)

Date: 2013-01-29 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] portisheart.livejournal.com
i'd prefer shorter more often, as voted in poll.
because my brain is an unfocused buggy engine and i'm forgetful - after too long i have to reread the previous stuff XD.
also, ritaxis has a point about rhythm, like in a movie you have scene cuts from one "topic" to another, and they can be different long ~

not that i have anything to say. i'm a pathological lazy procrastinator with motivation issues, a tendency to start many things but never finishing any, and i never update my stuff - you can be lucky when i don't delete it in a mood. XDD

i love poll option 3 roflmfao ~

Date: 2013-01-30 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
I love the description of a brain as a buggy engine. I feel that way, like, 90% of the time.

Also they need to make a cure for procrastination. Science, get on this please.

Date: 2013-01-30 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] portisheart.livejournal.com
Also they need to make a cure for procrastination

there is one. purely organic, as old as the world. it's called "kick in the butt" ^^.
but i'm not so flexible. maybe my knees should bend the other way around XD

Date: 2013-01-30 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idolme922.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm a rule breaker. I don't care how long chapters are and I love posts close enough together so I can remember the last one. That's because my memory sucks which no ones fault but my own!!!

So I didn't hit a button on the poll, forgive me. Just post. I'll read whatever you write!!

Also, I never get alerts any longer when you post and I just have to remember to check here (memory, duh!) which I'm very bad at. I really appreciate that you let me know!!

Date: 2013-01-30 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierrot-dreams.livejournal.com
I've also stopped getting alerts when people comment and I keep missing new posts on stories I'm following, which is why I alert reader when I post a new chapter. WTF LiveJournal?!

Date: 2013-01-30 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idolme922.livejournal.com
Well I started reading your new chapter and then my dear friend who lives in Canada called me via Skype and we managed to kill the evening. So I promise to read tomorrow when I'm awake and sober (snicker). Hugs and good night!!
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