I think that the first paragraph of a novel is the most difficult to write. As with a couple of other projects, I started later in the story and then returned to thinking how to begin it and what is the very first thing the protagonist does in the narrative. Well, that issue is now resolved for the Eveline novel. I have most of the first chapter and a large portion of the second chapter written.
The story already is mostly illustrated because it started out as a visual series. However, it did not have a real beginning and I will take care of that over the next week or so. I think I will need to do two or possibly three new renders, and I will have the gap leading up to the basketball court practice scene filled in.
I'd like to create a new section in my ASSTR website for the Eveline series and already have some web graphics prepared to embed into the narrative, but I am not sure it will ever make it there.
That brings me to ASSTR.
ASSTR (Alt.Sex.Stories Text Repository, the erotic fiction forum that hosts my website) continues to be a headache. Their management tried to change over to a new server in July, and apparently that went very badly for them. Participating authors have not been able to access their websites since July, which means I have a backlog of five months of updates I wanted to post, but have not been able to.
Update 14 Nov 2017 - ASSTR went completely off-line over the weekend, but now seems to be back up. I cannot access my website, but at least it is there. Still, I cannot post any updates and continue to have my five month backlog of material I want to put up.
The issue goes way beyond my website. The loss of ASSTR would be a huge blow to free speech, because so many authors have their websites there. There are other forums out there, but only for text files, not for putting fiction into a website format. Since my novels are interconnected and I like to embed graphics and maps in to my narratives, I feel that just having my work posted as dead text takes a lot away from it.
I would imagine I am only one of a bunch of authors who are wondering if ASSTR has a future, and if it doesn't, where to go to for web-hosting. If ASSTR is indeed offline for good, then I will have to see where else I can post my fiction, which probably means re-creating my website from scratch.