Considering I rather expected it to be an abject failure, The Sparkle Chronicles is being reasonably well received: over 400 have read the first chapter, and more than 900 were willing to go beyond that point. Some hated it and said so, but three times as many actually seemed to like it.
I didn’t know what to expect from Dead Pony Flying: the title might be considered off-putting to some, but it’s perfectly in character. This is a true short story, at a hair over 2000 words, and it pulled in about 70 reads in the first 24 hours with only one declared detractor.
Positive reactions, however, leave me with a quandary. (Had they been entirely negative, I could just take my stories and go home.) I have no particular objections to playing in this sandbox for a while longer — it’s familiar sand, which helps — but I have yet to decide whether I can accept being a 51st-percentile fanfic writer as easily as I’ve accepted being a D-list blogger.
If 51st is even where I belong. Someone put this up today, and I copied it over to my own area as a reminder:
[Y]ou do have to always be very careful when reading comments on your story on this site, as 10 positive comments to 1 bad one usually mean you did something wrong here; that’s how “nice” the community here is. I put that between quotation marks because I feel it actually stiffles the growth of some writers, as they become conditioned to believe their sub-par work is actually quite ok, and subsequently ignore anyone trying to point out the mistakes in the work by labelling them as a “hater”, and thus they never improve.
If I did everything right, I’d be figuring out how to spend my Nobel Prize money.