Adam Posted March 6, 2019 Report Share Posted March 6, 2019 I know I shall make myself terribly unpopular with what I'm about to write, but I'm beginning Lent by being honest with opinions and speaking out about something which concerns me greatly. This website is a most valuable resource. There is no doubt in my mind that it contains the best library of stories in the genre on the Net.Proportionately, Castle Roland carries far more narrative suitable to younger readers than other sites. Consequently my colleagues and I who work with teenage refugees searching their new freedoms in sexual awareness now that they are in societies which permit such expression, have found stories written here to be a treasure trove. But as these young minds have enjoyed the stories, they have been gripped by the characters the authors have created, and they have become immersed in the action and the adventure. Teens, after all, are only kids with hormones, so imagination is still rife in their lives. But as this life of wonder still exists, teens' attention span is not yet that of an adult. They crave each weekly episode of their comic book super-hero character, or the follow-up to the last TV feature. We were the same at 16, or 18, even 20. Now I can be patient a few weeks whilst I await someone's muse to return the ink to his pen. Even I become a tad grouchy, however, if, after a few months awaiting the news of whether so-and-so survived or what's-his-name succeeded in his plans, I still have read nothing. What I'm saying is that we need to get a handle on this whole "In Progress" thing. I fully understand writers have a "real life" outside authorship. We all have an earning to make, presumably, or maybe a family to maintain, but once we begin a story and start to publish it, I believe we have made another commitment too. It is a commitment to our readers that we will give them a story with a beginning, a story line, and an ending. And, furthermore, it is my not entirely humble opinion, that we promise to do this in a reasonable time. Let me explain. Currently on the Castle Roland site sit 50 (exactly fifty) stories marked "in progress" but which have not had a single syllable added in over six months. Two stories (one each by Rilbur and Kyle Matthew Aarons) have had nothing added since 2014. Five more (by: Wolfwalker, Cynus, D'Artagnon, Shinichi and Ricky) have had nothing added since 2015. Possibly the authors intended these tales to be put on hold, or something. Whatever is intended, the readers shouldn't be left hanging for four or five years waiting for something to happen. For a teenage reader that is a lifetime. Four other stories are over three years without additional chapters (one each by David Spowart and Parker Shaeffer and two by Al Norris ) 11 stories are two years or more without any more chapters (but under three years) One each is by: Kyle Matthew Aarons, Parker Shaeffer, Jamie Haze, Andrew Todd and Billy. Six of the stories were by Multimapper. There are 20 stories by 15 authors with between 1 year and 2 years silence and a further eight stories with over 6 months in the dark. Undersong, Time Quake, Time May Change Me, and Billy Joe 's Journal 3, each are marked 'in progress', but appear on their last pages to suggest they are completed. The Kendric Saga is a special case, but I note that the author offered his readers 4 chapters in 2014, 8 in 2015, 16 in 2016, three in 2017, one in 2018, and none so far this year. It is exciting to get a book started. Although I am new to narrative, creative writing, I have written academic stuff, and for magazines, for years. I know the buzz one gets with a new project and a fresh canvass, a crisp, virgin manuscript to etch one's own vision thereon. All too often, after the initial rush has worn off, it is easy for the writing to become more a task than a treat, no longer a novelty, more a nuisance. So, it is easy to get tempted aside by another fresh project, a nascent idea on an original tack. The former story gets pushed to a holding file, where possibly there are already older files already sitting. The rest, you know it........it's history. Now, Castle Roland. Make the tough decisions. When is progress no longer progress, eh? I reckon 5 years without a peep can hardly constitute anything suggestive of movement. But then, I still think young......though, regrettably by bones tell me otherwise. Ubarikiwe Adam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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