So, what has Hydra been up to?
As part of my commitment to patrons, I've been looking at posting story ideas from my ideas file and behind-the-scenes looks at some of my stories. I wanted to do a piece on H-space, but I wasn't really happy with how that piece was turning out. Mostly, I was unhappy with how long it was taking. When I'm in slow, scratchy periods of writing, pieces like that sometimes eat up far too much of the day. That's time that should be spent writing fiction or creating CYOAs.
(This is the reason I stopped writing the more general blog posts on other subjects – I'm not very quick at writing them and it's time that should be spent writing more useful things.)
I don't want to stop writing those pieces, or the game reviews, walkthrough etc. Currently I'm experimenting with zoning off bits of the day so I can write these bits'n'bobs without suddenly looking up and realising I've wasted most of the day dicking about on some less-important paragraphs when I could have been bashing out another short story/chapter.
I'll come back to the H-space behind-scenes-stuff article at a later date. I've been trying to think about what to do with the H-space bestiary. I think I can make a good collection (or collections) with the material I have, but I think the current stories need a little more fleshing out before I'd be comfortable publishing them (and others) as an ebook.
In the meantime, I've set aside an hour a day. I'll use it for the more general posts to keep both the manyeyedhydra blog ticking over with new content as well as give some nice behind-scenes insights for patrons.
(Although, for the next week it's mostly going to be needed for filing my tax returns. Blegh.)
As for actual writing. That was a little spotty about the time of having dental work, but is moving quite rapidly again. The first draft of the boob monster girl story is pretty much done and I'm about 2K words into typing it up. I'm hoping to have that done in the next couple of days. It will be a patreon exclusive, I'm afraid, but only a temporary one. I'm getting close to enough material for another ebook, and it will be included in the next collection.
I put the CYOA on the backburner a little while I was focused on getting the boob monster girl sort story written. That should jump back to the forefront now the first draft of said boob monster girl story is done. I'm targeting end December/early January for that, although it might slip depending on how difficult the central mechanic proves to implement in Twine.
And that's that for this week. I'm still looking to find the right day for these update posts, so expect them to slide around a little until I find a slot that fits.