The intrepid messenger is afoot. But he seems to be lacking skills..
Continuing Readers: Read here.
New Readers: Start here. Read the notes about the story here.
Treasure Hunt Hint #2 was posted. Where? Look at the last post to see where they are appearing :p. I will post the last bits this week sometime.
As far as the update next week, I don’t think I can post on Sunday on our Independence Day so will post sometime between Monday and Tuesday. I’m looking forward to the next part … reuniting two characters in the same space is going to be fun. *rubs hands together gleefully*
EDIT: She-cow finished her commission of Edmund. *swooooooon*
Hey, I wanted to start a site of my own similar to this, but I’m not sure. I need to know a few things first.
1. Does this cost money?
2. How could I get it started?
3. Any tips you could give?
Hosting a site on your own definitely has its costs. There’s the domain registration and hosting fees that get involved. Because I already had a webhost (for other projects I’ve acquired through the years and at red-bird.org), carving this one out actually only involved the cost of registering a new domain name. (WordPress is supported software on my host and is otherwise free, so no cost for using this to manage my content.)
That said, for people wanting to do serial fics, I’d recommend looking at wordpress’ free system for hosting. It won’t have all the features that a full install of the WordPress package has, but it will do okay. If you’d like to see what people are doing with the free WordPress installs, take a look at the other Creative Wenches sites (see right). You can register a unique name for your WordPress hosted site. Be aware though that those sites have maintenance and can be slow at peak hours. Plan accordingly.
There is also a new podcast out there you might want to check out called “Webfiction World” at the Webcast Beacon Network (see link). Take a listen, and then if you have more questions feel free to ask me.
Before you begin though, spend some time working on different concepts and testing them out. Not all ideas are equally interesting to a public that is reading less (at least print media) and has a plethora of content to choose from. If you are looking for public comment, you have to pick differently than if you are fine with writing and generating no feedback. (For example, writing a slice of life scientists might not work very well. Unless they were crazy and on drugs.)
Also, make sure to have a good buffer to work with. Get a lot of updates in draft first. This will help you establish continuity and flow for your characters and your style.
Hope this helps.