In Search of Search Terms

Remember back in the day when you could actually see what search terms brought people to your website? (If you don’t remember, read this glorious post from Hyperbole and a Half. Go on, I’ll wait for you.

Ok, so like I was saying- remember that? We don’t have that anymore, thanks to encrypted search terms, and it saddens me. I would really love to know what search terms are bringing people to my blog.

I’m going to leave this post a sticky for a while, in the hopes that you, the readers, will help me out.

What search terms, if any, brought you to my site?

Feel free to leave a comment here, or message me directly using the contact from on my About page if you’d rather.

Thanks guys! I’m looking forward to the results. 😀

Teaser Tuesday Chapter 12 part 3

This week’s #TeaserTuesday just plain makes me smile.

 

This. This is what a nest was about. The marriage of their joy, building and exalting into something more, wrapping them in a sense of good will that did much to soothe his raw aura.

 

It makes me so happy to see Naj finally settling into his own skin–in no small part because it meant I was finally getting him  settled in my own head. Naj is without a doubt the most difficult character for me to write, but I love him so. So to see him finally coming into his own, just makes me smile. Saturday’s Update is a nice bastion peace, before all hell breaks loose.

Teaser Tuesday Chapter 12 part 2

This week’s #TeaserTuesday sums up the new chapter pretty well in a tidy little nutshell.

 

“Are you trying to say that I literally danced the illusions into existing? That isn’t possible.”

“Yes! That is it exactly.”

A triumphant smile ghosted across his face, eaten almost immediately by a frown at her negation. “You stood with me beneath a rainstorm of your own making, and you tell me it did not happen?”

 

Nica’s have a bit of a hard time wrapping her mind around reality. Naj can’t quite seem to get his point across, but lucky for you readers, that just means he’ll explain and over explain until he’s certain Nica gets it. Check out Saturday’s Update for some tasty world building tidbits, and lot of new pri’mn words!

I am an author

So, I did small thing today. Small, but it feels pretty big. I put a ko-fi link.

This seems like nothing, but its a big deal. I started the web page AGES ago, but never did anything with it. I don’t need tips, I told myself. I just want people to read and like my story.

My novel. I’m self publishing a novel. I am an author.

It’s a big deal, and I need to treat it as such. I am self-publishing an online serial. That means writing, and editing, and web page management, and promotional leg work. That means holding myself accountable to an update schedule, making sure I keep a visible internet presence, and making sure I’m my own biggest fan. Making sure I give myself credit where credit is due.

So, a Ko-fi link. A small thing, but it means big things in my head. I don’t necessarily need tips, I’m doing just fine, but I’m putting myself out there. Speaking of putting myself out there, you know what would make my day more than a cup of coffee? Comments. Reviews, votes, ratings, referrals. I would love to know there are readers out there. I would love to find the new readers out there that I haven’t found yet.

Spread the word to your friends. Follow Asylum on Tumblr (here, duh), Facebook , and Twitter (@ravenlywrites). Leave ratings and reviews and votes on the many sites below. And, of course, read and comment on Asylum itself. Drop us a line, let us know what you think about the story, your favorite characters, a scene that made you laugh out loud. We’d love to hear it!

Jukepop

Web Fiction Guide

Fiction Press

Wattpad

And of course, you’re still welcome to Buy Me a Coffee.

Teaser Tuesday Dreams in the Desert part 3

This week’s #TeaserTuesday is a tease of a tease, as we’re back to the dreams in the desert.

 

There was always fire burning in the big pit in the middle of the long house, no matter how hot it was outside. Even if it was a simple bed of coals, buried under a fine layer of ash, the fire was never allowed to completely burn out.

 

This has got to be one of my favorite scenes of the memories Seth showed me. Little serpent toddler, face all chubby and smudgy with soot, brows drawn together in concentration turned frustration… I can just see him now stomping his little foot, jumping when it calls to the flames. Baby Kismeron is a gem, though writing him is always bittersweet. I’m always left wondering who he would have grown up to be, if things had been different…

This Saturday‘s update is a blast from the past, so any of you who were wondering about Seth and Naj’s origins, you’re in for a treat!

Teaser Tuesday Chapter 12 part 1

This week’s #TeaserTuesday is mostly just pretty words. I like pretty words. 😛

 

Ixl. The Now. Such a simple concept, but somehow, the drop of time between Then and Yet Still had always been the hardest to master. Easiest to move through, hardest to truly live in.

 

After so much drama, this chapter is a bit of a breather, action wise. Lots for everyone, characters and reader included, to sit back and digest. Pacing has definitely been the hardest part of writing a web serial. I’ve been doing a lot of self promotion these past few months, and that means at lot of looking back at the Prologue and first chapter and worrying about the pacing. Yes, on the one hand, it is technically too late to change it. But, this is the internet, and I can kinda do whatever I want. But if I go back and endlessly quibble over the openings, I’ll never get anything done. So, we press on with the edits and updates, trusting our guts that the opening is good and readers will come.

Teaser Tuesday Dreams in the Desert part 2

Hey look! Another #TeaserTuesday from Dreams in the Desert!

 

“It’s still lacking substance, naja. Just get angry already and try to burn me, will you? I assure you, your little fireballs will have no effect on me.”

 

It’s been a lot of fun probing Naj and Seth’s earliest memories. Well, as fun as poking around something so painful can be. Fun in a sadistic writely sort of way?

Again, I’ve broken up DitD into smaller parts and dispersed them between relevant chapters. It all comes together in the end, but I don’t know how much sense it’s gonna make until then. We’ve hit the section of Asylum I most want feedback on. So if you have any input after reading Saturday‘s update, I’d love to hear it.

Party time!

You guys. Cait and I have been working with Asylum for FOUR YEARS. I can’t even.

In Search of Asylum

It’s Asylum’s Birthday! Help us celebrate by checking out some of these awesome links. Spread the word to your friends. Follow the authors on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. And, of course, the best presents a reader can give an author are comments! Drop us a line, let us know what you think about the story, your favorite characters, a scene that made you laugh out loud. We’d love to hear it!

Jukepop

Read Asylum’s chapters in long form, leave reviews, vote for Asylum!

https://www.jukepop.com/home/read/10122

Web Fiction Guide

Write a review, add it to your shelves, find other cool web lit while you’re there. 🙂

http://webfictionguide.com/modern-supernatural/in-search-of-asylum/

Fiction Press

Read Asylum’s chapters in long form, leave reviews, start an Asylum Message Board! I would LOVE to interact with readers on a message board! 😀

 https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3301678/1/In-Search-of-Asylum

Wattpad

Read Asylum’s chapters in long form, leave reviews, find other awesome content.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/98949433-in-search-of-asylum

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