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Come In

As I came to the edge of the woods, 
Thrush music -- hark! 
Now if it was dusk outside, 
Inside it was dark. 

Too dark in the woods for a bird 
By sleight of wing 
To better its perch for the night, 
Though it still could sing. 

The last of the light of the sun 
That had died in the west 
Still lived for one song more 
In a thrush's breast. 

Far in the pillared dark 
Thrush music went -- 
Almost like a call to come in 
To the dark and lament. 

But no, I was out for stars; 
I would not come in. 
I meant not even if asked; 
And I hadn't been. 

Robert Frost

A fond farewell

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Despite my endless talent for missing deadlines, I wrapped up the final chapters of Beyond the Gates of Övrigmark and posted them to JukePop. It was with a mix of exhilaration and apprehension that I wrote the conclusion to the story. The last few chapters were amazingly fun to write, but I was also reticent to type 'The End.' I've been writing this story off and on for more than a few years now, and I've grown quite fond of the characters. Of course, if you read the ending, you'll notice that I left a rather large hint about the next book in the series. In fact, I actually told you the name of the next book in the series, and no, I'm not going to tell you the title here. You'll just have to pop over to JukePop and see for yourself.

Now that the first story is complete, I'll be going back and rereading it in its entirety to see where I can strengthen the work. The thing about writing serials is that you often start in one place with the mind of going in…

Deadlines, shmedlines...

Like all great writers, I've missed a deadline. I don't think you can legitimately call yourself a writer unless you miss at least a few. What was it that Douglas Adams said? Ah, I remember...

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."
Well, at least my deadline was self imposed, and probably not many people even knew about it at that. In which case, I've just blathered on incessantly about something which very few people actually care about. Sounds pretty much like a typical day for me.

Anyway, the aforementioned missed deadline I am referring to is the final installment of my serial on JukePop, Beyond the Gates of Övrigmark. This past Thursday was its two year anniversary, and I had fully intended to post the last chapter before midnight on that day. I didn't turn into a pumpkin, so I guess it's no big deal, and on the bright side, the imaginary deadline did spur me into action. In fact, it gave me a much needed kickstart and…
Beyond the Gates of Övrigmark is coming up on its second anniversary at JukePop Serials. It was accepted for publication at the site on May 14th, 2013. While I’ve had a marvelous time writing the story and sharing it chapter by chapter with readers, I feel it’s time to wrap up the story and bring it to its triumphant conclusion.
The story is up to chapter thirty-six on JukePop, but I’ve written a detailed outline all the way to the end, and chapter thirty-seven is ready to be uploaded. Barring any last minute changes (or uncooperative characters), there will be forty-one chapters in all. My plan is to have the remaining chapters written and uploaded before the anniversary rolls around, with the final chapter going live on the day of the anniversary. I have no desire to stretch out the chapter releases any further to remain eligible for JukePop’s top thirty. As it is, this story has only made it in once, and I’d much rather give my loyal readers the payoff they deserve.
I’m truly appre…