Post by Dabeagle on Dec 31, 2018 14:37:14 GMT -5
Well, it's been a tough year, no doubt. I say this every year, I think, and it doesn't seem to get a whole lot easier. Last year my company took away my single largest fringe benefit, personal use of the company vehicle. It enabled me to save on gas and maintenance, car insurance, etc. I could take my kids where they needed to go - but a bean counter revoked that at the beginning of the year, company wide. The result is, in essence, a pay cut as I had to buy a new vehicle, insure and maintain it. It's not that things like that aren't part of everyone's daily life, but when you have a benefit and get it yanked away, it causes a significant hit to the old bank account. That's one reason I have looked at monetizing the site in some ways this year. The idea of paying a little so you can read a serial instead of waiting, offering up the ability to commission a story are all little ways to try and make ends meet a bit more easily - something that has been getting harder to do this year.
So really what I want to go out of 2018 saying to my readers is - thank you. Thank you for supporting my work and those of the authors I host. Thank you for pre-purchasing (such a crappy name) the titles you chose to. Thank you for making the site donations that you did. Thank you for taking the time out to send me an email to let me know what you thought of any given work.
We go together, dear reader, because there would be no writers without readers.
What can you expect from me in the new year? I can only give you a few ideas. You'll see a commissioned Sanitaria Springs story that I am proud of on the first Sunday of the new year entitled 'Everything'. I have a new short story that is in the final tinkering stages whose inspiration comes from a Stephen King short story. I have several partially completed serials - one with adult characters, primarily, and one set very much in a modern stage but employing magic very much in a Dresden Files vein. There has been a new commission made for an SS story, and another requested that I'm still working on.
My best wishes to you and your families as we look to 2019. I hope you'll read along with me.