First of all, I'm glad you enjoyed much of what you read and your post most certainly helps.
Out of Order: It is good that your experience lines up with my intentions, but as you said, I'll have to see how other people view it
Binge Reading: The way you read it might actually be more of an optimal reading experience for the stuff
Snippets: I am quite interested that you liked the snippets. Of late though, they've caused me some issues. It is very easy to end up with something that just seems like the start of a story. Making a self-contained piece of fiction in such a short length presents quite particular challenges. I think Cardgame on the Carrot is one of the better snippets.
Liking Tunnelverse and Lighter stories, Motionverse not quite as strong:
Writing absurd silly fun is really my comfort zone. Tunnelverse has two advantages over motionverse that'll ususally mean the tunnelverse stories will turn out better. The first is that when writing stories in that verse, I have a lot more freedom, almost anything can happen. Also the verse of the Tunnels and the Four Lands has brewed a lot longer than Motionverse. It goes back to my childhood, while Motionverse is a product of my late teens and a mass of it is still less developed. Generally the motionverse stories push the limits of my abilities. I have a lot less freedom in writing them. A basic illustration of this is magic, in the four lands it is raw and mysterious and unexpected, while in Kigan/Awarth/Sunder there is a system that replaces physics as we know them.
At this stage, I feel the identity and style of the motionverse stories has not fully been realized.
However, for an example of a Tunnelverse story that pushed me hard though, Gilded Blue Theft is a good example.
If you didn't feel that way about the characters, and the irony/humour, then we could call what I'm doing a failure there and then. I have a natural talent for those aspects and I do focus quite some effort on them, but I think I've a lot of room to improve. I think I need to study humour more, as while a quantity of it can't be learned except by doing the stuff, there is things like time for example that are quite concrete. The issue is that I need to study in the right way. If I do it wrong, I could quite damage my abilities. In terms of the descriptions, I still somewhat feel like I'm weilding a blade by its sword edge. If I'm not careful, I'll get cut.
I need to progress in that style, but I've not encountered that much that really does that. I had't actually read the Oz books when I started writing or when I was quite a bit into the serial, but it is one of the few things that does this. Another would be select myth/folklore. I do plan on maintaining a public wiki, and while I won't have stories depending on its information, there may be a bit more in there than in the stories. I want to be more wry and clever, perhaps that is greedy, but I think most times I've not even brought out my full ability, though part of that is writing when sick or tired or sick and tired, that and going out of my writing comfort zone general blunts things somewhat.
The Little Fire: This actually made me laugh. I actually felt that was one of my weaker stories and characters, but then I did intend to have a certain charm to the little fire. A Lighter Tale is vaguely related, so you might enjoy that one a lot.
I will go back and muck about with the formatting, for the record, I blame both wordpress and myself for not going back and fixing what it did to those updates. Not today though, since today is update day.
The middle of a story is one of the harder parts for me I think, which is understandable when one considers the length of fiction I write. Still I do need to be careful. Dark Wizard Cursed is an interesting case though, as part of it was written long before I bit the bullet and started Fabled Hearts, glad that the ending was a good payoff. I'll certainly have to take a closer look at it again when I'm editing for the ebook and see what I can learn. Motionverse stuff though... it can get a bit obtuse at times, as I said, the identity of that one is not fully realized.
Anyway, like with Fiona's review, I find this quite comforting. It is one thing to know what you want to do, it is another to see that people saw that.
I hope I have even more enjoyable stories to show you in the future also, I don't mind at all if you just stick to tunnelverse stories.
An essence of a collection of short stories and other small fiction is that you can if you want, pick and choose.