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  1. Syphax (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I'd like to second what Chrys said. I got lucky and had a setting where my chapter would work nearly anywhere. But for most other peoples' serials, the timing of the chapter would have been important. Being able to talk directly with the recipient would smooth the process a lot.

    That being said, the generous timeframe was fantastic, and overall this was a fun event. I would absolutely participate next year.

  2. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    yeah... last time we did this, everyone did interludes that were breaks out of the main continuity. you all did it the hard way! lol.

  3. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Ahahaha! Alex! You should have told us we were doing it the hard way! I lucked out in that amnesia was already established in Syphax's serial, AND a group of side characters who seemed like they weren't going to get used right away really struck my fancy. But it was definitely something I thought about a lot. So I agree with what everyone else is saying: communication might be nice. Or we could establish what we were doing as an interlude?

    Anyway, I had a lot of fun, got a nice bump in readers, got some nice comments on the chapter, AND the festivities inspired me to start writing a new superhero comedy, so all in all this was a great event.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  4. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I picked something that was contemporary with the story, but off the main story line. No way I could have done what I wanted to do in the current story line, as it was in a POV I didn't want to use. :)

    Hopefully it will get posted soon and the one or two of you who care can read it. (Mine was extra—a backup plan in case it was needed. Hence not being posted already.)


  5. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Ah, it's posted. Yay!

  6. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Re: Bumps in views. As of April 5th, I already have more views on my site for the month than I did for all of March. There were 15 on the "April Fool" update page, double that coming in from "Legion of Nothing", and some people stuck around to browse. (To be fair, there's also three April posts on my site now, which normally wouldn't happen until the third week of the month.)

    Re: Feedback. Nothing posted on my site, but one of Jim's viewers left a remark on what I wrote over there which floored me (in a good way). Incidentally, I've now read all the updates (including the one Chris just posted above), but didn't comment myself... it's partly because I don't know what to say aside from "that was cool!", partly because my commentary tends to be more of a clinical evaluation anyway (versus emotional), because that's simply how my mind works. So yeah. I have the same problem with doing reviews.

    Re: Continuity. It's funny, because I took integration on as a challenge, without knowing that apparently others were trying for that too! Again, I'm neutral on communication, I didn't personally have an issue either way. The timeframe was great though, because it allowed me the chance to read 7 years of posts. ^_^

    Other randomness: Related to what Billy said, I'd say the swap was at least tangentially responsible for me shifting to posting up my time travel serial (the genre is so much fun to work with). Also, there's a few serials I'd like to take a closer look at (either based on writer's style, or characters used) time permitting (April's a hideous month - report cards and more)... so we'll see. Would do it again. Thanks, A.H.!

    Writing a Time Travel serial:
    Writer of the personification of math serial:
  7. Oniwasabi (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Yeah, I think next time it would be worth it to be in communication with the person you're writing for and the person writing for you. Would have been a lot easier to get the chapter done, and also easier to manage that initial transition where the reader should still be thinking that they're reading a normal update at the start.

    As for readers, I'm already getting so many more views and visitors than I expected that I'm seriously seriously thinking that there's something wrong with WordPress stat tracking for my site. I did pick up four new followers over 4/1 and 4/2, so that was nice (and probably related) Assuming I have active stories going I will definitely be up for this again next year!
    A place for me to inflict my writings upon an unprepared and unsuspecting world!
  8. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    There's been a slight bump, enough to suggest a new reader or two. Anyone following along probably got a bit worried about the scenario my story was in at the time. It limited their options a little bit. If I could've communicated it to them, I could have warned someone that I'd have things wrapped up and more free by the time of the April 1st update.

    Kinda disappointed someone claimed they recognized my writing style. I hope they meant in terms of jokes and certain parts of the content that gave it away, because I made an effort to emulate certain tics in the writing style.

  9. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    @PG - Not sure if it means anything, given that I'm not a regular reader of your serial or Unillustrated's, but when I was going through the links, nothing leapt out for me regarding it being from you. And I've noticed your reputation here, along with some of your early bits through "Legion of Nothing" commentary, such that I'm not completely flying blind. (For instance, in retrospect, the badly thrown tiara by Sailor Moon means I'm not doubting that it was you...)

    Writing a Time Travel serial:
    Writer of the personification of math serial:
  10. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    oddly enough, i found that PG's treatment of Jenny's power and some suggestions being made kinda tied into some of the more serious implications that had been kind of... obliquelly mentioned, and something I'd been wondering, if her power had forced her to bang some of the more popular guys at her school, and was part of the reason she hated it. So way to go the sarcastic joke bringing to light the more serious side of things!

    So i am setting up for the next one, Christmas in July, with a bit more fun to it! To try and keep better track of things, I'm going to build up a survey for people to use to sign up for it, So i have some more info, and we can do a bit more collaboration, since everyone seems to have had fun.

    and then if that goes well, I'm thinking of a great writing exercise ive seen a efw times that would make a great halloween thing...

  11. Nina Santucci (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I didn't really get any new followers or anything, but for some reason I got a big bump in views. I'm not sure it's legit though as most of the hits seem to be coming from various links? I got 400 hits from yesterday, which is I guess spam, although it's not like my comment section has been getting spammed. Kind of weird. It's running up my counter anyway....

    Fooled - Never underestimate the Jester!
  12. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I used to be super suspicious of all my views, being like, "These are probably spam bots," but at the end of the day I kind of gave up on caring. So what if spam bots from Russia are enjoying my serial?

    It'll only help me out during the robot uprising. They'll be like, "Oh that's the guy who made all those sex jokes! Kill him quick I don't wanna see him suffer."

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest


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