Posts Tagged ‘Updates’

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So, here’s the latest: I am currently wrapping up the last chapter in this middle arc. Chapter 52: Sodom is expected to run nine or ten episodes. No spoilers… but it will get ugly.

Afterwards, I will get started with the final arc of Book Six. We will be returning to Meredith and friends roughly six weeks later (which catches up their timeline). We’ll find out what they’ve been up to while trying to stay off the radar and keep Meredith safe. The first chapter’s going to slow things down and give me a chance to tell a long awaited story showing the connection Meredith has with Frank Carman that was hinted at all the way back in Book One. We will also get a glimpse into the developing relationship between Meredith and Megan, who has become Meredith’s bodyguard during this time.

I don’t want to say much else about this last arc, but it will be called: Island. That should be your clue that we will also hear from Gina and Clementine in this last arc.

I’ve got the last part slated for four chapters, but that’s not set in stone. I’ll know more after I delve deep into this last storyline.

As far as what’s coming after. I’m already prepping for Book Seven and Eight, which will be the final two books of the series (Yes, Don’t Feed The Dark actually has a finish line… lol). I’m not getting into any of that right now because we’ve got quite a lot left to cover in this final arc of Book Six, but I will say that I’m looking forward to jumping right into these last two books. There are stories that I’ve been waiting to tell since Book One that will finally get told in these last two books.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Here’s the latest everyone:

We’ve just finished the first chapter of the New Cleveland three-part arc, and as you can tell, there’s a lot going on. The next chapter, The Desperation Factor, is just about complete. It will run six episodes setting up the final chapter, tentatively titled, Sodom. I’ll let you ponder the implications of that title, and if it gives you a very bad feeling… you’re probably right. The last chapter of this arc is going to be what I call an ‘intense shit-storm all over the damn place’.

I’ve been enjoying writing this arc and digging below the surface of this depraved town to highlight various stories surrounding our main characters, as well as introducing new characters and elaborating further on some characters we’ve already met. The first chapter was intended to scatter our main cast and get more detailed glimpses into New Cleveland from each of their perspectives. Chapter two will start to pick up the pace. By the last chapter, we won’t have time to slow down… and that’s all I’ll say on that.

Unfortunately, due to some personal matters going on at home, I won’t be starting the next chapter until next Monday, May 27th. But from there on I’ll continue posting twice a week.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Here’s the latest behind the scenes:

The first arc of three for Book Six is now complete. I know I unloaded a lot on all of you with everything revealed in the first two chapters, so now it’s time to take a break and move away from Meredith and Company for a little while to find out what happened to Tony’s group. Last we heard from them, they were about to be sold in a New Cleveland auction.

Arc Two will begin two weeks after that auction as we find out what happened to each of our characters scattered throughout town. This second arc, titled, To Market, will finish the New Cleveland story started in Book Five. We will discover the fate of Tony’s group as they continue to seek out what happened to Orosco’s people while trying to survive their own struggles, individually and collectively, in this dark town. Can’t say much else without entering spoiler territory. This arc will run three chapters.

On to other news. I’m excited to finally get back to posting twice a week. Starting Monday, DFTD will have new episodes posted every Monday and Friday. I’ve already completed Chapter 50 and I’m jumping right into the next chapter with a writing vengeance. It’s my goal to complete the writing of Book Six by early July so I can jump right into Book Seven, a story I’ve been waiting to tell since I first started writing this long saga.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Just some quick updates.

First, I’m excited to announce that Don’t Feed The Dark has surpassed the one million words posted milestone! After the last episode, we’re currently at 1,011,841 words… and counting. I had wanted to announce this significant achievement with a special event week, but my exhausting work schedule this month limited what I had time to do. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep writing at least one new episode a week. So for what it’s worth, this is officially one long damn story… lol. I’ve chosen one of my favorite pictures from Book One to honor the occasion.

Moving on, we’ve just finished the three-part Meredith “Elsewhere” flashback story that covers what happened to thirteen-year-old Meredith after being discovered in the orphanage basement lab at the end of Chapter 35: Dead Dolls, going all the way back to Book Four. The events in those dream-like episodes cover that missing year removed from her memory. In case you found yourself confused at the end of the last episode when Meredith and Toby were interrupted by a surprise encounter with Dr. Candice Forrester, that ending connects with the spin-off story, Elsewhere, which expands upon that encounter and beyond. So, if you haven’t read it by now, I strongly encourage you to read that particular spin-off tale.

There’s been lots of information revealed in this first arc and for the remaining three episodes of this chapter, Meredith and the others will have to deal with the aftermath of Meredith’s returning memory. Enough said there.

I’m currently finishing up the first chapter of the new story arc that takes us back to New Cleveland to find out what became of our auctioned friends, Tony, Nine, Diane, Wendy, Mark, and the good sergeant Hash. That story will continue two weeks after being auctioned off as Tony’s group is scattered all around that dark town. I still expect this middle arc of Book Six to run three chapters. Time will tell as I get further into the tale.

That’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any questions so far about anything that’s happened in these first two chapters, please feel free to ask. I know it’s a whole lot of stuff and I’ll try to answer what I can so as long as the questions don’t encroach upon spoiler territory.

More to come,
-Scott

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Just a quick update.

Well, I almost pulled it off before my work schedule increased. Chapter 49: Lions in the Dark is nearly completed. I’ve got just a handful of scenes left to write and this arc is finished. It turned into another long one. This current chapter will run ten or eleven episodes. Tons of spoilers in this chapter so I’m not going to say anything… lol.

I’ve already begun the ground work for the next arc which will be titled, Part XI: To Market. We will be headed back to New Cleveland to find out the fate of Tony, Nine, Diane, Mark, Wendy, and Sergeant Hash to complete that storyline. It’s gonna be another wild ride… lol. It’s slated for three chapters.

I’ve done the math. Episode seven of the current chapter will mark 1,000,000 plus words posted online. I’m working on something special for that week. I look forward to celebrating this huge milestone with all of you.

Aside from that, I’ve put plans for the DFTD Timeline on hold for now. What I have done is placed a new chapter index tab at the top of the page for all of you to have a better way to ‘bookmark’ where you are while reading with a more detailed chapter listing. You can still scroll down using the sidebar, but I just wanted another place to locate chapters, including all the current Spin-Off stories placed where I believe they fit into the storyline best. Also, from this new chapter index tab, you’ll be able to peek at what I have planned for future arcs and where I’m currently at in the writing.

That’s it for now, I look forward to hearing from you all in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and for faithfully voting each week at topwebfiction for my story and sharing it on your social media platforms to help others find this story.

See you Wednesday,
-Scott

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Hello everyone, just checking in.

We’ve just completed the opening chapter of the sixth volume of Don’t Feed The Dark, titled, Mother. I apologize for what felt like a cliff hanger conclusion to the first chapter. But trust me, by the end of the next chapter, you’ll understand why.

I went into this new book with a lot of trepidation, understanding that I’d be peeling back several layers associated with the mysteries surrounding the organization known as “Mother”. I also knew that I’d be referencing numerous points all along the series that readers may or may not recall. I suppose that’s the inherent risk in posting this long tale as an online serial novel. Trying to connect current stories with past stories that you all might have read a year or possibly two years ago might get confusing. I’m trying my best to connect all the dots, and reintroduce previous moments along the timeline as mini refreshers, but in the end, I have to keep the story moving and not boggled down in too much ‘information dumping’. I’ve also tried to set up events prior to the premiere of Book Six with two new spin-off stories that will tie directly into what’s coming next. If you haven’t read the spin-off stories, The Scientist, the Salesman, and the Serpent, and, Elsewhere, I strongly suggest you do so, along with After the Dark #15 – Mother, which serves to clarify some of the events from both stories as well as the timeline for both. All three of these will aide in understanding events happening in the next chapter. Also, If any of you were left confused, or just have questions about the last chapter, you can ask me here in the comments section and I’ll try my best to answer them, with references to previous moments from Don’t Feed The Dark’s past events, to help clarify any confusion. The last thing I’m striving for is a convoluted story, but I am starting to delve into some lofty subjects surrounding our favorite apocalyptic medium, Meredith Montgomery.

Moving on, I’m already deep into writing the second chapter, titled, Lions in the Dark. Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say that there will be a number of surprising revelations unearthed in this next chapter that will continue to serve the origin story for everything that’s happened before and since the horrific event known as The Change. As much as I seed and plan far in advance for future stories, I was left surprised by what came out so far in this next chapter. It’s a bit mind-blowing, actually. I’m currently writing the pivotal sixth episode to Chapter 49, and it’s shaping up to be a story within a story.

My current estimate for Chapter 49 is eight to nine episodes (we’ll see how that goes) and this next chapter will conclude the first of three arcs slated for Book Six.

Arc number two, beginning with Chapter 50, is currently slated for three chapters and will take us back to New Cleveland for the conclusion of what happened to Tony’s group after Alysa, the former Shadow Dead, bailed, leaving the others in very dangerous circumstances at the hands of Candyman and his band of Lunatics in that black market apocalyptic town.

I’m not revealing anything about the final arc at this time. But I will say that all timelines will sync up in the final part of this book.

Speaking of timelines, I apologize for not finishing the timeline tab at the top of the homepage. I’m currently trying to figure out how to best approach it, but I’m having difficulties with this clunky wordpress template, that’s making how I want to present the timeline challenging. I’ll try to get it up as soon as possible, and hopefully it will serve as an additional aide for when events have occurred throughout this story.

I’ve not yet established enough of a backlog to risk posting more than once a week at this time. By the end of February, my real world job is going to make it challenging to stay consistent writing throughout the month of March, but I’m going to write like a madman up until then to see how far I can get ahead. Maybe by April I’ll be ready to go back to posting regularly twice a week. Fingers crossed.

Finally, it occurred to me the other day that after completing the next chapter, Don’t Feed The Dark will have officially surpassed the one-million word mark! I guess that’s as official as it gets for declaring a story LONG… lol. Not sure which episode will hit the mark, but I’ll have to do something special when it does. I’ll keep you posted.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks again to everyone who has faithfully been voting for DFTD once a week at Top Web Fiction and keeping my story listed for new readers to find. I’ve listed the link to vote below if anyone hasn’t voted yet. Thanks for reading and supporting the cause.

-Scott

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Just wanted to post a final update for the year. Don’t Feed The Dark will resume with new episodes starting Wednesday, January 2nd and I will continue posting new episodes once a week every Wednesday after that. Hopefully, sometime after March I’ll be able to jump back up to a twice-a-week posting schedule when I have more material written (fingers crossed).

Starting this Tuesday, to kick off the new year, I plan on relaunching the first three episodes of Book Six and then we will just continue from there. The first chapter is finally complete and will run eight episodes taking us through January. The second chapter, tentatively titled, “Lions in the Dark”, will start the first week of February and I expect it to be another long one… lol.

By early April, I expect to be posting the second arc in this book and all I will say about it is that we will return to a certain group stuck in New Cleveland to finish out their tale. I’ve slated it for three chapters. After that arc, all the timelines should be caught up, and I’ll be concluding Book Six with the final arc of this Mother story and I can’t say a word about it right now… sorry… but know that it’s already planned out.

As far as what remains of this long, dark tale, Book Six will conclude the middle leg of this journey and after I can put this complex story in the rearview mirror and move forward, it’s going to be a blast from there on for me. The last leg of this series will run for two more books, concluding with Book Eight. I’m already planning out Book Seven, titled, The Prophet, and I’m starting to see bits and pieces of the end game to this long series.

Well, that’s if for now. I hope you all have a great new year and I look forward to seeing you all at the conclusion to this tale. Turning the corner into 2019, It’s hard to believe that I’ve been posting this tale online for almost five years as of February. Time flies. We are closer than we’ve ever been before and I’m both excited and a little terrified to be getting this close to the end where I can actually see around the final bend. Here’s to 2019 (Scott raises his glass).

-Scott

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Well Everyone, I gave it a go but it didn’t work. It was foolish of me to believe I could start Book Six before the holidays. I thought that by dropping to one episode a week I could keep up with the serial during the holiday rush… but sadly… I was mistaken. So for that, I apologize.

I really want to give Book Six the time it needs and not push it forward under duress of deadlines during this crazy busy time of year, so, I’ve decided to halt the serial until Wednesday, January 2nd. I’m sorry for the delay, but I just can’t keep my focus (or writing momentum) consistent enough at the present time.

I’m hoping to get back up to my two-episode posting schedule by the second week of January. Fingers crossed.

Until then, I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Years, and I’ll see you back in January 2019.

-Scott

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Hello Everyone. Sorry for the long silence but I’ve been extremely busy the last couple of months. I wanted to swim up to the surface long enough to update you on what’s happening with Don’t Feed The Dark.

Starting next week, I will be releasing the fifth DFTD spin-off story, titled, Elsewhere, which ties in with The Scientist, the Salesman, and the Serpent (the fourth spin-off story that I released last month). Both stories add some additional information to existing storylines as well as setting up tales to come in Book Six.

Additionally, I will be posting a new episode of After The Dark, my DFTD talk show, which will feature our favorite post-apocalyptic medium, Meredith Montgomery, who will join our host, John Ecko as they discuss further details of what to expect from the first arc of Book Six.

There are also some bonus teasers planned primarily dealing with former teacher, Stephen Eddington, and what he discovered in the pages of a certain notebook written by Nicole Howard near the conclusion of Book Four. The teaser segments will be titled, A Higher Education: The Continuing Tales of My Rebirth

That’s right, we’re going to be jumping around all over the place in Book Six, with the first arc, titled, Revelations, taking us back to where we left off in the first chapter of Book Five, when Meredith, Stephen, Logan and Megan barely survived the Shadow Dead attack on the compound by escaping through the mystery door. That first arc will be delving into all sorts of creepy stuff, and as the title of the arc suggests, we’re going to get some answers to the many questions that have been surrounding the dark organization known as Mother.

The premiere episode of Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Six: Mother is slated for Halloween… and the first chapter is perfectly suited for it since we will be descending into some very dark and haunted places from the very start of this new book.

Due to how busy my life has been over the last few months, it’s been hard to get as much writing completed as I’ve wanted (it’s also taking quite a bit of time to scrutinize each of these new episodes to make sure I’ve covered everything). I almost opted to postpone the premiere until January, but have decided on altering my posting schedule instead. So… until further notice, I will be posting new episodes once a week, every Wednesday after the premiere. But not to worry, each episode will be of considerable length. I’m hoping to go back up to twice a week starting in January.

I would appreciate it if you all could help me get back listed on Top Web Fiction by resuming to vote every seven days for DFTD. You can click this link here To Vote, or just click the cat in the corner of the homepage.

Well, that’s all for now. I want to thank you all for your patience during these necessary breaks, and I hope you enjoy the next leg in this long, dark journey. See you soon.

-Scott

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Hey everyone, just checking in. So, here’s what’s brewing for release starting in September.

My next DFTD spin-off story, The Scientist, the Salesman, and the Serpent is just about ready. The story centers around two familiar characters and shows the origins of their involvement in certain ‘shady’ projects affiliated with a certain ‘shady’ organization, conducted in a familiar ‘shady’ place (I know… I know… I’m being very vague on purpose. No damn spoilers). What I can tell you is that we will be going all the way back to 1970 for this tale. This will be the first of two spin-off stories scheduled to come out before the Book Six premiere. The second story, not yet titled, will take place in 1974. Both of these spin-off stories will serve as ‘book ends’ in regards to existing material from both Books Four and Five, and will also tie in heavily with Book Six.

As far as a release date for Book Six: Mother, I’m tentatively looking at Monday, October 29th. That’s right, a pre-Halloween release. Should that date change, I’ll let you know. But I’m aiming to have the premiere chapter done in time for the witching season.

As far as the first chapter of Book Six, like I’ve already mentioned, it will take place exactly where we left off with Meredith, Stephen, Logan and Megan on the other side of the compound door… and it’s going to be spooky. The first chapter will be titled, Chapter 48: Hell. How’s that for a premiere title chapter? I wanted to go for something… uplifting… lol.

Anyway, I’ve got some more things planned before the premiere that I’ll get into later. Just wanted to give you all the heads up.

More to come,
Scott

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