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December 2002 Christmas Review

Web Page Progress

Nothing much on the web page front this month. The number of visits by you lot out there seems to have calmed down a bit, but you are still dropping in and out. As Christmas looms I'm preparing to renew my domain name and credit/debit card system subscriptions. These are my biggest outgoing costs for the site. As they are not too big a loss spread out over the year I'm not too upset about paying them. The domain name costs are quite cheap anyway. As for the payment system, well, I think I gave up on the idea of making my millions with this website some time ago! Ah, well.

May 2003 will be this website's fourth anniversary. It's interesting to think that I started when dot-com's were all the rage. Most of those grand ventures fell by the wayside. It's funny how so many otherwise clever people failed to realise that the mail-order industry was already heavily subscribed. Having to invest in warehouses, stock and advertising must have hurt them. Next to all that my costs are relatively insignificant (but they still hurt my wallet!).

So here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers, however short your visit may be. I hope you have all had a good year and that next year brings you closer to your dreams.

Letters

I have received a couple of emails, my first letters for ages. The first is from Lori. She said:

This was a great story, is there any way I can get a copy? I just need to find out what happened?

Lori

I'm very glad you liked the story, Lori, but you forgot to tell me which one! Email me again to let me know please!

The second letter is from Linette. She said:

I think you're a very talented author. I read the free chapters of some of your stories and would love to be able to finish them, unfortunately I don't have a credit card. If there is some way I could have access to "The Look of Love" and "An Affair of the Heart" I'd appreciate it... Let me know what you think.

Linette

Thank you for the praise, Linette. By the time you read this your problem should be solved and you should be able to finish the stories that you liked. Let me know what you think of them and the other stories on the List Page, I do like to hear comments.

It's interesting that I got these two letters at more or less the same time. I think Lori is asking the same question as Linette, and as I said to Linette in my reply to her, I am happy to help out if using the pay system is a problem. As for Lori, remember, email me again!

Writing Progress

"The Friendly Ambassador" seems to get harder and harder to write. There's so much going on now, and the many characters and storylines are all getting close to fruition. The problem is I'm never too sure what that is until I've written it. It's still going, Chapter 22 being the largest so far. I think I've got everyone more or less in the right place. I already have the inter-action with some of them that I wanted, but one or two more still have to be nudged into position.

Unlike many of my previous stories, "The Friendly Ambassador" has never flowed straight from my fingertips to the computer. I think because it's so involved it takes time to work out where everything has to lead to. With fewer characters and a more simple plot the story can flow easily. You know where it has to go and where you want to end up. This one is a monster. I keep having to move back and forth and keep all the characters and storylines moving at the same pace. And the further I get the more there seems to be. Should this battle happen now or later? Are these characters in the right place or not? Do I really want them to do that? Do I want this to happen or that?

After another five chapters I've come to another pause. As I write this Review my mind is still pondering on the current chapter. I'm still not happy with the battle I'm leading up to now. I think something else needs to happen first. I'll have to go back to it and try something else...

I had intended to write another Short Story for this month, but I'm so worked up about what's happening next on "The Friendly Ambassador" that I haven't had time. To be perfectly honest, my mind is so stuffed with plot lines that I haven't been able to think of anything else. That must be a first, because usually I find writing the Short Stories to be a relief. They have different parameters and working limits, so I often find that I have a lot more freedom in what's happening and where the story goes. The story development is different too. However, things may look up soon.

Over the Christmas holidays I will be taking some time off work. Hopefully, the extended time I will be able to commit to my writing should help me to get over my current block. Obviously I would also like to spend some time being festive and enjoying Christmas, but I think I will try to write a lot more too. If I get the chance, if things improve, I may even get an idea for a Short Story. Here's hoping.

See you in 2003.

Merry Christmas!

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