This is not a post of the story. The story ended in the last update. Hopefully that was obvious. If not, sorry for being too abrupt! 😉 If you’d like to know what I plan to do next, I updated the very first post of the serial with that information a while back. This will probably be my last top level post to the page; starter serials rides off into the night a little less than two weeks from now and before it does that I’d like to thank a few people.
First of all, thanks to Drew Hayes for putting this site together. When he announced that he was going to give this project a shot I was working as a professional web programmer. I probably could have re-implemented wordpress from the ground up in any of three different languages, but I was still probably one of the first to e-mail him saying I’d like a slot here. I was burnt out on web programming, and I just didn’t have the mojo to hack code all day and then come home and do yet more of it. So thanks for giving me the goose I needed to try this out and realize how much I liked it.
Second, thanks to all the people who’ve pointed out my spelling and grammatical errors over the course of the story. I hope this was never obvious, but I’m dyslexic. Those of you who have sharp eyes simply read in a way I can’t, and the errors you caught improved the story for everyone. I’m sorry you had to see those but you made the story a lot more enjoyable for a lot of other people.
Third, thanks to the people who’ve voted, linked, reviewed, and otherwise gotten word about the story out there. For the longest time I checked the page-views for this site like once an hour. I would have checked it more, but I made myself stop; I didn’t want to be obsessive! Back in the early days, I could watch each individual post pick up one more view in sequence and I’d know someone was reading up the archive. That thrilled me, and it thrilled me even more when we started getting too many views for me to sort out individual readers. Thanks so much for contributing to that.
Fourth, thanks to my friends and family who’ve read the story, and thanks to my friends and family who don’t! It probably seems odd to thank people for not reading the story, but I have a reason for doing it. Out of everyone I know who I’ve told about this project only my mother and father actually read. I don’t even think they’re read all the way up to the end. Maybe mom is. Hi mom! My other friends (in addition to being great people), by not reading, have convinced me that the people who do read must actually be enjoying themselves. I appreciate you for not humoring me – though logically speaking you’ll never see this. Heh
Which, of course, brings me to thanking everyone who’s read the story. In my bio, I said I don’t know why I write, and that may have been true when I wrote it, but it no longer is. Writing something like this communicates more than just the story itself. There’s a world view, or at least a big chunk of one, in this text. It’s subtle, and what you take from it is plastic, but it’s also really there. I know it is because this narrative has drawn in a group of people who seem to share some of that world view. It’s been a blast getting to know you all, (even if all I ever did was saw your page views) and really that’s what writing is all about: reaching out. Reaching out works a lot better when you find someone after you’ve reached.
So thanks everyone, you’ve made this a tremendous experience. I hope you enjoyed my story.