To my friends at Authonomy: I vowed I'd stay on Authonomy until it stopped being fun. I stayed a little longer than that, and am still on the site, though I may have my profile taken down. After several months playing the game, I got my novel, See You in Chicago, up into the 600s. At that point, getting any higher would have been a full-time job. So I've taken my novel down. I had the first 7000 words or so up at Youwriteon.com for a while, but that turned out to be even less fun than Authonomy. Unfortunately the first 7000 words serve as an introduction to the dystopian world I had created: one of two negative reviews mentioned the fact. Authonomy, for all its faults, at least allows more than just the opening chapters. Right now I'm going to concentrate on the kind of writing I've published in the past: railroad writing. I'll have an article in the Fall 2010 issue of Classic Trains about a trip I made back in 1966. And I'm working on an article about the honeymoon trip Kathleen and I took on the Rock Island Lines and Amtrak in 1973.
All the best for your fiction.
I haven't given up on fiction--just shelved it for the time being.
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