Sanctioned is coming back

Sanctioned WILL return on the 21st of March. (Two weeks from now).

There are some changes, however.

About a month ago, I was well enough to start writing again. I knocked out a couple of short stories, a few scenes from other ideas I have, and so on. But every time I came to this site, I had this horrible feeling of dread. I decided what I needed was to get back into the idea of superheroes again.

So off I popped, and got a few books from Amazon. They were over quickly, I still wasn’t in the mood, and I needed superheroes to read.

So I read some webserials, from start to now.

Legion of Nothing

Superpowereds (and the other stories in this universe)

Price (all the books set in this universe)

A Bad Idea (and its sequel)

That’s a lot of reading. LofN alone has eight arcs. Sps is equally massive, and has two spin offs. There are five and a half books currently in Price, and two in a Bad Idea.

So, yeah, I just read a tonne of superhero stuff. And then I came back here to write this, and I could see all the things I’d fucked up, all the things I wish I’d done differently.

So, I’m not sure what to do now. I don’t think I want to continue the story until I work out exactly what is going on and where it is going. I may even start again (but if I do, it will be vastly different).

But I said right at the start that it’s returning?

That’s right, I did. And it is.
I will not leave a half-finished story online. I refuse to do it.

So, all seven days will be covered. You will find out who killed Magnificent, and why. You’ll get an ending.

However, I’m dropping a lot of the subplots, and condensing the story down. So you won’t get much more info on the zombies, or on Ms. Hague, or things like that. (Those wouldn’t have been answered this arc either way).

I’ll probably lose readers over this. That’s okay. I’ve probably lost readers after taking a few months off anyway.

Author: chryskelly


6 thoughts on “Sanctioned is coming back”

  1. *Gets notified of being linked to from somewhere* Wha? Oh! Hai!

    Having not read your story, I can’t give any specific advice on that aspect, but I did not long ago have a very similar moment of screwing up terribly. I found myself having to go back and rewrite a book that was “complete” but nowhere near the quality that I would have liked.

    It did, in fact, cost me readers, but they came back pretty fast once I was done with my rewrite and began the next project.

    So I guess I’m offering the most generic of all possible bits of advice- stick to your artistic integrity, do what you feel you have to do to make your story the best it can be, and it will pay off in the long run. But in the interest of full disclosure, it will completely suck in the short run.

    1. Thanks for coming by and commenting. And yeah, I figured it would completely suck in the short run, but I also figured it would be worse to abandon this half done. Hopefully some of it might be salvageable.

  2. Whoa. I didn’t know you read my story. That’s cool. I hope it helped you get into the mood to write your own Even if it didn’t, I imagine that it offers examples both of how to do things successfully and how not to.

    If you’d like some unasked for advice (and who doesn’t want advice from near strangers on the internet), the best I can give is not to evaluate whether you’re doing a good or bad job until you’re done with the first draft. For many, that leads to writer’s block.

    I know that personally, I’m not always right about whether something is good or bad in the middle of writing it.

    This was confirmed by the results of passing my first novel over to my editor. Parts that I had thought good were cut entirely from the novel. At least one section that I thought was terrible made it in largely unchanged.

    In retrospect, both changes made sense, but they weren’t what I would have predicted soon after writing them.

    Ok, lecture over…

    1. I’m trying not to evaluate it, but there are definite things I can point at and say “yup, that’s a mistake.” The arc was way too long, for a start. It would be one of those stupidly massive books, if I released it. Like The Stand massive or something. I don’t want that when I’m gonna potentially sell it for 0.99p. So, smaller arcs is good.

      Other bits may or may not be problems, but length is definitely an issue 🙂

  3. The thing about losing readers is, some of ’em will still check in every month or so, if the story was good. They may even delve into the archive to see if there’s new information despite the front page saying there aren’t updates. (Might want to adjust that, by the way.) So don’t sell yourself short! Remember the key comparison is to you a year ago, not to whatever someone else is writing/has written.

    Also, holy cats in an overpriced handbag! You read all of that in a *MONTH*? It took me a month JUST to get through “Legion”, and that was back when Jim’s archive was two years shorter in length! Mad props. And as Jim said, it can be hard to figure stuff out in the thick of things. My third revision of “Time & Tied” is (I like to think) much better than it was initially. But what I wrote in 2009, that’s what gave me a scaffolding to drape the new stuff onto. Granted, the beginning is still terrible, but at this point I don’t want to toss the baby out with the bathwater.

    All that said, I’m glad you’re not going to leave the story dangling. Thank you for closure. 🙂

    1. I’ll go change the front page right after I comment. I knew I forgot something.

      I read an average novel (80k – 100k words) in 3 – 4 hours. It used to be 2 – 3 hours, but I pretty much only read online or kindle now, and e-reading speed is said to be about 30% slower for everyone. For me, I’d say it adds about an hour to a book. I’ve not found a serial that takes longer than a week to read. Remember, I wasn’t working either at that point 😛

      I read a serial ages, one of the best things I’ve ever read anywhere, called Interviewing Leather. It’s… well, it’s the superhero version of Interview With A Vampire. I learned it had a sequel, and eagerly devoured the new story, and just as it got really good it ended. And it was written years ago. There was nothing, no closure.
      I read another one called The Last Skull. The story ended, there was closure, but there was also clearly meant to be a sequel that had never been written. I was sad that the sequel didn’t exist, but it wasn’t as bad as the one that just ended.
      I won’t do that to others.

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