Sci-Fi Web Serial!

8 years ago | Matthew (Member)

Hey folks! I wanted to throw my link out there. I publish a monthly (ish) web serial titled "Animus: The Struggle for Survival." In a few words, think of a classic good-vs-evil, utopian-meets-wild-west kind of deal. Stories in Arc One focus on character drama, action/adventure, dark themes, and intrigue.

Here is a link - the site has been active since August of 2010, and I have just published my twenty-third episode!

http://trium.wordpress.com

My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.

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  1. Verydien (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    The site looks really nice, and I only glanced through what you had, and it seems really interesting. I'd like to give it a read when I've more time.

    One thing that does seem a little annoying is the size of the font. It's a little too small for my liking, and although I think I'll be able to read it fine at first, if I sit through and read a whole chapter, it might become difficult to figure out where the lines are. It might just be my thought on the matter. But good luck with your story! :)

    Shadow's Light: a dark fantasy webseries
    "...Would you choose to save the lives of those who abused you, or witness and bring upon their demise?"
  2. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I'm not completely settled on the layout, either. I've had some complaints about the color scheme and the font size does bother me. Usually I just zoom in on the apple view, but that doesn't work for everyone! I might play around with it a bit. Thanks for your feedback!

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.
  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    The font and font size you're using today is a lot easier to read. Also I think your header graphic is really cool.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  4. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I agree, the font on this one is a lot better. I'm probably going to let it sit like that for a month or so to see if it settles in, otherwise I might look for similar. The black on light background is easier to read too, I think.

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.
  5. bensen.daniel (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    It's interesting you include a "in our last episode" thing. Has there been a positive response to that?
    I haven't read it yet, but one thing I can say looking at it is that the entry is very long. Maybe you can chop it up into a whole bunch of 100-200 word snippets? That would be easier for me to stomach.

    The Kingdoms of Evil (www.thekingdomsofevil.com
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  6. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Matthew, you'll find a good-natured bias against long posts here. (Not "bias" in terms of "people will hate you," but "bias" as in "the overwhelming trend is to go in the other direction.") Apparently from a usability perspective it's better to post short segments more frequently instead of long segments less frequently. But you have company--my current project averages between 2-3 thousand words per update.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  7. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I actually haven't really had any direct feedback on the "previously on Animus" recaps. I started doing those at a point when the story was developing some deep, confusing plot twists. I felt that, by doing the recaps, it would bring the reader back to the point at hand, while highlighting a few things that I wanted them to remember before they read. Kind of like watching Lost... if you didn't have the recaps, you'd be clueless!

    Interesting idea re: shorter segments. The first few episodes average 1-3 thousand words, but some of the latest episodes are hitting the 8,000 word mark. I suppose that, stylistically, I kind of want to force the reader to go on a certain journey... sometimes that journey is shorter, sometimes longer. It's definitely something to think about...

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.
  8. bensen.daniel (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    For me, short entries make a piece of web fiction easier to read. I either have to read on my computer or on my kindle, which requires some extra work on my part. If I'm reading on my computer, and the entry is more than 500 words or so, I can't guarantee that I won't be called away while reading, and then finding where I stopped is a hassle. I don't know if other people have the same experience, but that's my vote on the issue.

    The Kingdoms of Evil (www.thekingdomsofevil.com
    Deviantart http://bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/
  9. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I wish I could say that I deliberately chose my post length for the convenience of readers.

    For me, time spent writing is time taken from other things like spending time with my wife, kids, consulting work, or whatever. Plus, I write slowly. As a result, the length of my posts are determined by the amount of free time I had in the course of the 3-4 days before an update is due, or the time I could clear the night of the update (whichever is smaller).

    In the end, they generally come out between 600-1000 words. By chance, that's convenient for people, and that's good because it's unlikely to change.

    As for recaps... I'm intending to include a recap spot in the course of my big, unfinished redesign. My serial's been running long enough that recaps are really helpful.

  10. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Man. If I had the time I wish I had, I'd want to develop some kind of mobile-friendly web portal or app... that would somehow 'mark' your spot in the series. I'd be surprised if something doesn't exist like that. Any thoughts or ideas? Regardless of the post length, being long or short, that could be a tool that many of us might find useful for our sites.

    But yeah, I have this strong resistance to doing shorter posts. I tend to want to go somewhere big every 'Episode' and kind of want to force my readers into going there with me. That might just be something with this 'story arc' though. The second arc is going to be so vastly different that shorter posts might work... maybe I'll have a chance to experiment with that?

    Great conversation we have going btw. Thanks everyone for engaging, let's keep it up...

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.
  11. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Well for my part I'm approaching this from the perspective of publishing chapters of novels online, because I am -- Pay Me, Bug! was a novel, completely written, that was posted chapter-by-chapter online, and The Points Between was written in the same fashion... so it doesn't make any sense to break the story into portions shorter than chapter-length. I expect I do suffer from this, since there will be people like Bensen who will get distracted after 500 words (but that's one of the reasons why I also publish podcasts of each chapter -- so people who don't have time to read can listen to it being read).

    Chapter's don't have to be as long as I write them, of course -- there were one or two chapters in Pay Me, Bug! that I felt kind of bad about posting inside the schedule because they were very, very short -- one was really only a few paragraphs. They were legitimate chapters in my mind because they didn't fit anywhere else and contributed something important to the story, but the brevity was jarring in a weekly update where it wouldn't have been jarring if you were looking at the entire novel.

    Ah well. When you want to work with more than one medium you can't really refine your core material the way you could if you chose one medium and stuck with it.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  12. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 8 years ago

    A bookmark feature is also part of my redesign. Assuming it ever gets finished, I'll pass the code along to others. Dunno how easy it'll be for others to adapt it to their sites though. Personally I'm using Wordpress.

  13. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    When you say a "bookmark", it sounds as if you have code that would allow a reader to 'mark' a spot within a single wordpress site, which they can use as a 'resume reading later' tool. If so, that would be awesome. I'm using Wordpress as well and would be interested in seeing something like that.

    Modifying core material is tough. Material from Animus is included in a partner's podcast, which is a nice ancillary feature, but some future plans I have for derivitave deliver of the story would require me to lengthen or shorten certain episodes. That's a tough thing to do. Daunting.

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.
  14. Matthew (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Listing is up now if anyone cares to do a review.

    http://webfictionguide.com/science-fiction/animus/

    My serial: Animus. Future-Earth sci-fi.

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