Tomorrow at 6 PM central standard, I’ll be working on the Thieves Can’t, book 3 script and chatting with readers / answering writing questions as I go. It’ll take place in our discord channel, here: https://discord.gg/2SV9kuk. Feel free to pop in!
So, first off — this wouldn’t have gotten made without Chris Stonecipher leaping in like a goddamn hero and helping me with some of the editing. Huge shout-out to him, and I’m super glad to have him on this project.
Editing audio is a bit more intensive than I thought, but the delay from episode 0 to episode 1 was 90% learning curve.
You can give episode one a listen on our Sound Cloud:
Both pages should allow file downloading, and the episode will (I think) be searchable in all the normal podcasty places in a day or two.
Let us know what you think!
If you want an angry, verminous lycanthrope at your table, look no further than our most recent offering on Patreon, The artwork is front and back, and will hopefully be a good addition to a paper-mini collection.
This comic did not do well on Reddit, which I mention because it’s essentially the only place I self-promote. I’d love to branch out. Facebook is off the table, formerly because of how expensive they made it for indy creators to reach people, and recently because of revelations about the company in the news. I’m terrible at Twitter and its shadow-clone, Counter Social. And I feel like an unwelcome intruder on forums where I try to mention my own work. So if you like these comics, show a friend — it helps Zach and I a lot.
I’m never sure what to do about Reddit. Occasionally, something explodes and gets a ton of attention, and that always feels great. Most of the time, though, my work gets a few upvotes or a few downvotes, and then sinks into obscurity.
And usually when this happens, there’s some hateful comment left behind. My hypothesis about this is that I found someone who hates the comic before I found someone who doesn’t, and early upvotes on the Reddit platform are exponentially more valuable than later upvotes, but I’m not sure how to avoid my content bumping into people who gatekeep at the new and rising sections of the site who also happen to be spiritually allergic to me.
And since I can’t avoid them, I wish I was better at dealing with them. I’ve been writing since I was wee, and soliciting agents and editors for about as long, so I grew thick skin fairly quickly. That skin is naturally pretty thin, so learning to cope with critique — first solicited, then unsolicited — has been a big personal accomplishment. And I’ve learned that for solicited critique that I dislike, the polite thing to do is thank the person for their time, and if applicable, talk briefly about what I’ll brew over. And for unsolicited critique, the polite thing to do is to pretend it doesn’t exist. I’m incapable of the latter, and this invariably leads to my trying to explain my writing or Zach’s art to some hostile faceless creature online. It’s fruitless, 9 times out of 10, and I wish I could find some better way of interacting with those sorts of hostile comments.