This is not a story update. I’m just thanking people who’ve helped promote the story. Click Here to go to the next update.
Thanks so much to everyone who voted for The Beginners Guide. You got us to number 8 on Top Web Fiction’s general category and number 5 in the fantasy listings. I’m pretty happy with that. We’ve managed to sneak ahead of some great stories that have had longer than the Guide to build a readership. Of course, there are a few that have risen to the top even faster. Citadel, which started in mid October, is rocking a stunning number 3 behind only the indomitable Wildbow. Congratulations Untitled (edit: That should read Unillustrated I don’t know how I made that error!), and also thanks for the link! While I’m thanking people, huge thanks to Alexander Hollins and SnowyMystic who gave me ratings and reviews at Web Fiction Guide. Your reviews have driven in a lot of traffic, and more to the point I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!
You guys are all great.
And you were promised a story! Abandoned Highways is now up at wattpad. I originally said you needed to register to read stories there, but that was incorrect. You can read without logging in. There are some cool features if you do log in, and I really like how their downloadable app displays the stories, but you can read without any sort of account. I’ve put the story up at wattpad because I don’t want to introduce a big interruption into the flow of The Beginners Guide, and I may delete this post and move the information here-in to a comment when the next section goes live on Tuesday.
As to Abandoned Highways, well it’s a story I’m really quite happy with. I wrote it a few years back and I hadn’t looked at it for a while, but when I was editing it for this I found myself fairly pleased with what I’d written. In some ways, it’s very different from The Beginners Guide. Damien, the hero, isn’t much like Kyle and the story as a whole is more atmospheric and internally driven. In other ways, the two stories are quite similar. The setting is, I hope, quite original in both stories and exploring a setting is a big part of what I’m doing with both. I write the setting of The Beginners Guide as “hard” as possible. Abandoned Highways is pure hard sci fi, but don’t let that worry you I didn’t describe any rocket engines. 😉 But listen, why are you reading about it when you could just go read it.
UPDATE: Welcome to all the readers coming in from Reddit and a big thanks to andor3333 for the link. (BTW, I’ve just thanked a lot of people by name here. I’m not stalking you; I just have inbound link information in the WordPress analytics.) Rationalist Fiction, huh? I had to look that up, but I guess that is about what I’m doing here. No real aesop as such- but otherwise. Given the nature of that genre let me repeat something I’ve previously said in the comments: Pay attention to the rules of the magic! Kyle does not entirely understand his spell. But, no other hints. Lips Sealed!
We are seeing a bit of a traffic spike. It’s not a huge one or anything, and the site seems to be doing very well, however should you experience problems the story is mirrored over at wattpad no registration required.