Important notes about this site's content in the future

Dear Readers,

There will be some changes in the site content and the way that I update in the coming weeks. (i.e. things will actually start to happen again.) But this is definitely a bad news/good news sort of thing.

First, the 'bad' news: I am "officially" putting updates for Fallout 101, as a novel, on hiatus. There will be no more chapters for at least a month, and likely more, depending on how well the new content works. The reason for this is twofold: 1.) I need time to reorient myself around the story and plan out future chapters/characters/technologies. (The writing process is very organic, and the story has changed immensely since I first started writing it.) This time spent will significantly increase the quality of the chapters, and significantly decrease the amount of idealistic, air-headed promises I make.

And, 2.) I am finally able to admit to myself that I need some time off from the stress of writing a novel. Yes, it is fun, and engaging. But it is also much more difficult than I have allowed myself to realize, especially once there are as many factors to keep in mind with the story as there are now; certainly, it is a good complexity, and I am exicted to answer the many questions I have posed, but it has also become impossible to simply sit down and crack out a good chapter. And of course, I feel I have been doing an immense disservice to both you, dear reader, and myself in limping along with a clearly broken weekly update system that I came up with while I was living in total seclusion for nine months with nothing but time on my hands. (Think miles of dirt roads, solar energy, no phone system, no internet... Actually, just think "Thoreau" and "Walden" and you're pretty much there; I wasn't hoeing any beans though.)

And so, with that said, here is the big, new thing that is happening with the site: I am shifting my focus towards writing completely original short stories, unrelated to the Fallout 101 universe. Mystery, fantasy, sci fi, everyday stories, natural magic, humor, horror, and harlequin romance. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) You are guaranteed to get something quite different from my other writing each time I update, and you won't have to try and remember what you read last time because they will be mostly self contained, unless I do a series of shorter updates leading to a full story (probably no more than three updates this way), à la some serial storytelling of the early 1900's.

The reason for this is that I have been itching to write something new and am immensely excited about branching out, at least for a little while. In addition, as these stories will be inherently more focused and contained than an entire novel is, they will be more interesting to read if there happens to be a break of two weeks or so between them.

And that is what this is really all about. I feel that for a serial novel to be successful, it needs to be consistent. In the past, I have gone about this all the wrong way, placing overwhelming expectations on myself and often putting out chapters that I didn't feel were finished merely in the name of being 'on time.' And yet, I can make a scheduled system work by having a cache of four or so chapters to update with before I announce that normal updates are resuming.

So, if you are a Kindle subscriber (and, honestly, I'm pretty sure that nearly everybody who reads this site is), you may be wondering whether this is still worth your dollar each month. Let me break it down for you: If you like reading my author's journals and my general thoughts on things, then it will probably be worth staying subscribed. (I am also working on being a more interesting person, so maybe that helps.) If you like the idea of thematically diverse short stories (likely with a philosophical bent), and don't mind the idea that they will be spaced about two weeks apart from each other, then stay subscribed. If you feel that reading Fallout 101 has been sort of like watching a train wreck in slow motion and you enjoy the associated bathos, then... ah... I'm not really sure what to say about that. Might as well just stay subscribed in case I go insane or something cool like that and decide to write about it.

At any rate, I am still thinking of new ways to make this site worth your dollar each month (and not because I want your money; actually, I tried to do this all for free and still would if Amazon would let me), but I hope you have been finding something to enjoy as we go along, hitting probably every bump in the road. And hey, maybe the ride is more fun this way.


(Okay, probably not.)


(But I'm still trying my best.)


-Andrew (andrew.macauley@live.com)

p.s. Before getting into all of this, I will do my best to post chapter XIV, as it is still about half done.
p.p..s. if anyone lives in portland and wants to take me grocery shopping, let me know because I am about to run out of food, haha. That's what I get for not having a car, I guess.

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