I've been looking to get more closely involved in the community, and now seems like as good a time as any.

So I've fiddled around with literature for most of my life, but I really got serious about it in 2012 when I began what would eventually become the Illinois Mythos. This is a serious of interconnected, mixed-genre novels and short stories all revolving around a handful of significant characters and locations. Recently, I wrapped up the fifth novel, The Dragon's Heir, and I'm currently planning the sixth - and that's a big part of the reason why I'm here.

For the sake of not boring you to death, I'll spare the whole exegesis on the novels and lay out the basics. All of the Illinois stories can be divided broadly into two groups: The Pureland series (contemporary/mainstream fiction) and the Rudra series (post-apocalyptic). If you've seen me on JPS, you'll have seen the first novel in each series - The Fabulist for the latter and now Nerd World for the former.

The Fabulist was originally intended to be a bit of a departure, as genre literature really isn't my thing. I was going to jump back into my mainstream works, which is why I submitted Nerd World to JPS in preparation for continuing the story. The problem is that Nerd World is underperforming. I can't complain - it's doing fine, but I'm not really growing an audience like I did before. Voting is steady, which is to say stagnant. There's also a notable change in feedback, in that I got some feedback on The Fabulist. No one's excited about Nerd World, which is a shame as it's easily my favorite story.

Some people really wanted to see more of Storyteller. The problem is...the story ended. Storyteller's character arc was completely closed up at the end of that serial. He discovered the truth about his past, the villain was killed, and all the secondary characters had their own threads tied up. There was no threat left, no tension, no drive.

Anyway, the other day I heard a song that inspired me. That's usually how it goes for me - half of my novels were inspired by music. So I wrote down a title - Beneath an Azure Sky. It stemmed from a single image of a figure breaking free of the ugliness of a dead world and seeing the open sky for the first time.

The reason I'm here is that I'm a bit torn. I have a whole outline written out in my head, but I'm still not sure if this one's ready for primetime yet. So I'm hoping that, by hanging out here and getting involved in some other writer's projects, I might get a push in the right direction.

So don't mind me, I'm just hanging out.

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