Well, it’s that time again. The book is drawing to a close (but hasn’t quite finished yet), and I’m looking forward to the next one. Looking back on it… I have mixed feelings.
Personally, I think this is the better story in every way. The characters are more dynamic, actually act instead of wait to be acted upon, and have more interesting adventures and interactions. Plus, I think the writing’s improved and I managed to stay on task rather than be dragged around at random. As such, this book is roughly 40% smaller than Death of a Hero.
My viewership, by most evidence, disagrees. My total readership have been declining slowly but consistently since the start of In Triplicate. I have 20% fewer votes on Top Web Fiction (despite me never once requesting them in DoaH. There have been little, if any, word of mouth recommendation for this book, and only one donation in the months it’s been going. By all ‘marketing’ standards, it’s a dismal showing.
I admit, it stings a little to see that happening. I do my best to keep a thick skin and remind myself that I am far from the first (or best) artist to be painting in the dark, but it certainly stings a little.
Perhaps ironically, I now have my Patreon up and running. It will be linked in front shortly.
In focusing on the future, I have decisions to make and votes to see from the readers as to what I start next. No, the generic, ‘whatever you feel like’ doesn’t work. I feel like doing all of them. Reality says it’ll take years to make all these stories happen.
All emboldened books are available for reader input and interest, while the other titles are not yet an option. As is the tradition, I’ll be taking a week off once finished with In Triplicate to rest and give my brain a cleanser. I’ll appreciate all feedback you have to offer on the strengths and weaknesses of this book, and where you think I should go in the future.
Threefold: The continuation of In Triplicate, this will be the direct sequel, with further exploration of Pairbonds, the conflict between heritage (both the literal word, and the group), morality, and the nature of fate.
Unspoken: Arianna’s story. A story that plans to focus on transgender issues, with a FtM main… and he happens to be a mob princess. Also some thinly veiled jabs at real Chicago politics.
Nothing Given: Tentative title for Anima’s turn as a main character. It’s the direct sequel to Death of a Hero. I think enough of the Pairbond interaction has been shown through In Triplicate that this book is now viable.
Buyer’s Remorse: Sequel to Nothing Given. Obviously not happening now.
Overdue: This book ties the In Triplicate and Death of a Hero storylines together. As of right now, it’s the final planned book in both series. But, hey, by the time I finish all currently planned books, it’ll be 2018 or so. I’ll probably have more ideas by then.
Blue Steel: New on the list, Blue Steel follows a more adult cast of characters than have been seen in my books thus far. The main characters are part of an elite black ops organization dealing with high threat Imbued. Because unlike most stories… the government is actually remotely competent in Price. What a concept!!!
Paid In Blood: Akaihana’s story. This story focuses on what is functionally a succubus as a main character. Unsubtle reference and exploration of hypersexuality as a disorder. Treated with respect.
Double Billing: A story of pairbonded siblings, one a hero and one a villain.
Of a Dream: Follows a character whose power is to enter and influence the dreams of other Imbued. A story where I *legitimately* delve into race relations, and the cycle of violence, from both sides of the fence. Sort of indirect sequel to Double Billing.
Rebirth: Featuring a mind control Gadgeteer as the
hero protagonist. The nature of faith gets explored here.