Original Post on Syne Stories: Galebound Update - Friday, 15 May 2020
Probably gonna be a little short on this one because I made the grand mistake of mucking around with a notoriously complicated WordPress plugin for the author site today (Hint: check out the store page on Syne Stories). But it is May 15th, and that means y'all are due an update.
So, for those of you who remember me dropping the comic to work on the novel, the question is, "How is the novel coming?"
And the answer is: it's coming great.
In a way, it's sorta finished!
The goal was to get what I'm currently calling the Main Quest of the story complete, and that finished shortly before Easter (which, I'm told, was very appropriate timing for how the story ends). The full Main Quest is currently available for Patrons over on Patreon (I also make it available to Ko-Fi supporters via Discord if Patreon isn't your jam).
If you know me you know I'm not a fan of plugging the financial support sites, but I am keeping the novel paywall'd for now because I intend to publish it, and hopefully very soon.
On that note, the novel isn't finished. As the chapters went up, I got some feedback regarding pacing in some scenes and some characters who were missing crucial character-building time. My developmental editor and I agree that those scenes are needed, so I'm currently working on adding those in (Main Quest, meet Side Quests). With that, I'm adding an estimated 15k words onto the novel, giving myself an extended deadline of June 4th.
(Why June 4th? PitMad!)
So that's where we're at. On top of writing the extra scenes, I'm also working with a developmental editor and trying very hard to not distract myself with rewrites based on her recommendations before I'm done writing the Side Quests (Hear, Obey, Defy is going to go through the grinder).
After that, I'm planning on pitching to agents. I'm on the fence about traditional vs self-publishing, and honestly leaning towards self-publishing at the moment, but I'm going to try pitching to a few agents first just to not shut that door entirely.
What happens after that depends on whether I send Galebound to a traditional publishing house or self-publish. So we'll find out.
That's where we're at! Thank you for your patience and for your support as I get this book out!
Original Post on Syne Stories: New Site! - Friday, 07 Feb 2020
Well, I was going to hold off on this for a couple more months, but given the downtime the last couple days...Eh, no harm in doing this now I suppose.
Welcome to the new site!
With the fall of Smack Jeeves in December, I had to move Galebound off to its secondary mirror on Comic Fury. But that left me with no backup and like a proper System Administrator that felt no bueno. This site you're seeing here is running on my personal VPS, and the plan is to make this the main site for Galebound going forward, and Comic Fury's mirror as the backup.
*Although, given this is running on my own VPS and I'm a sadmin, I would hope there's no need for a backup, but...y'know. Keep backups, folks!
If you're just here for the comic (hello, returning readers, I miss you and I'll be back to the comic once the novel's done <3), feel free to update your bookmarks to comic.galebound.com. The RSS should automatically link to the correct RSS feed from galebound.com/rss.
If you're new, feel free to poke around. In short, this is the portal site for the Galebound series, which is a collection of fantasy novels, webcomics, and short stories taking place in a world with a terrible magic system. The first novel should be completed this year with more to come.
Please note there are some serious spoilers on this site. The biggest spoilers are hidden behind "Enable Spoiler" buttons.
Anyway, as always, thank you for reading, and feel free to poke your head into the Discord server!
Original Post on Syne Stories: Web Dev Post - Friday, 03 Jan 2020
Sorry if you've come here for an update. Technically this is sort of an update. Of sorts. But really I'm working on web development stuff for Galebound at the moment and needed a post to use. This is that post.
If you are here for an update, chapter thirteen of Galebound, in which the gang (whom I am calling Team DaiGrump) meets the fabled Shadowlord of Iridesa, is about halfway done.
That will definitely turn out well for everyone.
Original Post on Syne Stories: Changes - Monday, 02 Sep 2019
Hey guys! If you're a frequenter in the Discord server, you're probably already aware of all of this. If not, here's what's up.
After this chapter is complete, I'm going to stop updating the comic regularly. For the rest of this chapter, comic updates are going to come as they're completed, without deadlines.
That's the big bad news drop. But the important thing is I'm not stopping work on Galebound.
There's some reasons behind why I'm doing this, mainly due to health. The stress of the comic deadlines have taken a toll on my health and I need to make changes to get healthier.
Additionally, the end goal of this project has always been to tell this story, and at this point I would prefer to tell the story in novel form. This will allow me to finish telling the story much faster (months instead of years), and dropping the comic work will give me the time to actually work on the novel, which is something I've always wanted to do.
With this plan in place, I'm tentatively setting the completion date for the novel's complete first draft as May 15th, 2020. Frankly that's a very forgiving deadline and I'm hoping to have it done months before that, but I'm trying to be kinder to myself and set smaller daily work goals.
How this affects Patreon has been detailed in my post there, but here's the plan going forward:
As chapters are written, they will be released on Patreon, exclusive to Patrons. When Galebound is complete as a whole, I'll run a kickstarter to finalize the funding for an editor and help pay for the publishing.
As for the comic, I'm not planning on stopping it entirely, but I need to be smarter with it. Once the novel is done, I'm planning on slooooooooowly putting out comic updates, completed only as time allows.
That's the gist of what's goin' on. Thank you all for supporting me and hope you stick around for the novel! If you can, please also check out the Discord server! It's been excellent in there, and several people have expanded the Galebound universe with their own original stories and it's wonderful. You can check them out at the Galebound tag on AO3!