Someone is reading “Summer Love!”

So yesterday, despite all expectations, I got a post here from Kathy asking where the heck the latest chapter of Summer Love is. Thank you, Kathy — I’ve got to be honest, I had half-convinced myself nobody was paying attention to it at all. I am, if nothing else, a feedback whore.

So here’s the deal: although I haven’t been posting, I have been working. Summer Love is progressing, albeit much more slowly than I thought it would when I began the project. I launched last year with a sizable buffer of new stuff, but after not getting to work as much as I expected during the summer, the buffer dwindled quickly. Since then, it’s been a constant game of catch-up. Despite that, I’ve been mostly happy with the story.

When we last left our heroes, Adam had recruited the legendary Odysseus to help him overthrow the god of the dead, which you’ve got to admit, it a lot more interesting than whatever you did last weekend. In classic three-act structure, the story is beginning Act Three. Everything that happens from here on out is part of the road to the finale. Act Three is actually probably going to be longer than Act Two (which began when Adam began his journey to Hades), and there’s going to be a lot more action in it as well.

But now I find myself struggling with a bit of a moral quandary. I’ve felt bad about the gaps in the schedule of Summer Love, but I feel worse about coming back for one or two episodes, then falling off the wagon again. I’d prefer to keep working for the next couple of months, get Act Three finished and ready to go, and then run the whole thing without interruption, a chapter a week, like I always intended. I honestly don’t know how long it’ll take to get it to that point, but I find it preferable.

But let me ask you — what would you prefer? Should I post a new chapter whenever one is finished, or would you rather I wait until everything is ready and do it without risk of a gap? The comment section is here for you, friends. I honestly want you to tell me what you want, and if it seems most people would rather get the story a piece at a time, I’ll go back to doing it that way.

And again — if you’ve got a suggestion for a better title, I’m all ears. Every time I type Summer Love, I hate it more.

3 Responses to “Someone is reading “Summer Love!””

  1. 1 AdamF
    March 13, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hi Blake. I too have been enjoying your book which shall not be named. I actually had gotten busy with a lot of work and personal things, and fell behind in my reading. I recently read (and thoroughly enjoyed) all of act 2 to catch up, and was expecting more to appear this past Monday. Honestly, I think whichever method you choose to deliver the rest of it in would be fine with me, but that you should put a note at the end of the last chapter (where you normally link to the next) explaining how/when you’ll be updating so people aren’t left wondering.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. 2 Kathy
    March 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Hurray! Now that I know there is a plan, albeit a flexible one, I can cease to panic.

    My preference would be one chapter a week until the end, as I enjoyed at the beginning. I acknowledge, however, that you have many irons in the fire, plus a life and a career to conduct. If you want to complete all of Act III in draft before you start releasing chapters, who are we to demand anything more? I am comforted just to know that the project will be on a schedule. Please do not make us wait for the end while you re-release the beginning. I picked you up a few chapters in and dug back to catch up, and I will probably reread earlier postings to refresh my memory when the later chapters start coming.

    I wish you all the best, and I will keep checking, no matter what you do.

  3. March 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, guys, and don’t worry, Kathy. I’ve got no intention of “re-releasing” older chapters. That’s the advantage to doing it this way instead of in a traditional medium — all the old stuff is still there, ready for anyone to go back and read at any time.

    It sounds like most people (include a few comments I got off this site) would be willing to wait a bit to avoid the gaps in the last Act, so I think that’s what I’m going to do. Again, I’m not 100 percent sure how long that’s going to take, but I do promise to try to keep you guys up-to-date on it. Keep watching the site and I’ll try to post at least an update every so often.

    In the meantime, I do have some older things warming a shelf. Maybe I can find something that’s already finished you guys have never read to tide you over until SL is finished. What would you say to that?

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