“Someone’s awake out there besides me” (why Kat likes serial fiction)

Kat says…

When I was in middle school, I had a very hard time falling asleep at night.  Of course, no one told me that staying up at night is pretty much inevitable in teens and tweens (and that science proves school should start at least an hour later.)

Lying awake, wondering why I wasn’t tired, anxieties would creep into my hyperactive brain.  The neighbors would turn off their lights, and then the town would eventually, turn off most of its lights.  When that happened, it felt like I was the only one awake in the entire world.

That’s when I discovered that I could listen to old-fashioned radio.  Talk radio, in particular.  Even though I found the sports and politics programs utterly boring, it was proof that someone was out there, broadcasting live.

Someone is awake,” I thought.  “Awake at the same time as me.”

They were broadcasting “live from New York.”  Even I knew at age 11 that NY was the city that never sleeps.  Though I knew the studios were probably underground (the train…), I still imagined the hosts high up in a tower overlooking the whole flickering metropolis, just below a steel antenna that reached into the clouds.

Eventually, I drifted off to the sounds of talking-head political pundits or technical breakdowns of sports plays I cared nothing about.

What has this got to do with Raythe Reign?

I’m an adventure fiction junkie.  After I pulled out of my horrible marketing job, I found myself with that middle-school feeling of disconnection.  Even though I had extricated myself from a morally-bankrupt situation, it did nothing to diminish the sense of being completely adrift.

So, when I found Raythe’s sexy, escapist adventure stuff during one of my late-night aimless internet sessions, as well as her open blogging about everything going on with her business, I got that immediate sense:

This is happening!  This is happening right now.  Someone’s out there, awake at the same time I am, writing the kind of story that I want to read.

I didn’t know what I’d been missing, having only read books before this.  The serial stories weren’t carefully-crafted portfolio pieces from the past, something that the author could point to and say, “I wrote this at a certain time of my life.”

To read stories is to feel more alive.  For me, to read serial stories is to feel even more alive.  Because the stories aren’t just in the past; they are life.  Today, right now, and to be continued.

I can understand that others may crave the security of knowing that a story (or series!) is finished before they read.  But for me, that sense of now-ness is addicting and a plus, rather than a minus.  Especially because Raythe finishes stories.

(Of course I have a very different experience now that I’m part of the RR team… AND THAT EXPERIENCE IS FULL OF SPOILERS, RAYTHE!!!)

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23 Responses to “Someone’s awake out there besides me” (why Kat likes serial fiction)

  1. Buddhaali July 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    Poor Kat and having to sit on her hands when she KNOWS what happens next!!! Its ok. We’re here and we feel the opposite pain – we don’t know what’s coming NEXT! But we are out here awake and listening, too.

    For me it was an all night radio music channel – 80’s rock and fabulously hip and sarcastic DJs at all hours of the night. Couldn’t sleep. Still can’t sleep, but I have a slightly better music station now, so that’s a win. And pretty regularly I have this kick-butt online community that tells me neato adventure/romance stories and shows me cool pictures, answers my questions and lets me help out some.

    Couldn’t be better.

    Ok, maybe a LITTLE more sleep. Love me some zzzz’s….

    • Raythe July 21, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      She dreads when I’m like: Kat, I need to work out a storyline. Listen to me?

      • kat July 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

        Oh, sure, and THEN you’re like: “This one’s going to be short, 25 chapters, tops. But I’m thinking, oh, a really cool magic system, time-travelers vs. the mages, some new gods, and maybe a redeemed villain coming back from the dead.”

        And I’m thinking, “Well, THIS is going to finish in 3 or 4 years…”

        • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 1:21 am #

          Tish tosh! That’s only happened like once … twice … okay every freaking time I start a story! I will now go sniffle in shame … lol!

  2. Methusleah1 July 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    I love the serial stories because I feel connected to the author, the team, the characters, and the members of this site in a way that I don’t get anywhere else. My only complaint is that the finished book sometimes ends up being very different from the serial, so I have to buy the books too, in order to get the full story. I don’t mind the revisions, I just wish I had a bigger budget so that I could afford all the books. Still I love pretty much everything else about this site. I wait with excitement and extreme enjoyment for the next installment of each new adventure!

    • Raythe July 21, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

      But if you’re a Member you get the books free! Why are you buying them? All individual books (except manga) and I think Birth Rite because the serial and book are the same …

      • Raythe July 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

        I didn’t finish that last sentence but the individual books are on the site for free for members and if you need help side loading Jeremy will help you.

  3. Raine July 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    I suppose what like about them is that it helped me get back into reading. As a university student, I’ve been reading a lot of textbooks over the years, so I found it hard to sit down and read books for fun, or to find timeto do so. With the serial stories, I found I could make time for them more, since it was only 15 or so minutes every couple of days.

  4. Raythe July 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    You aren’t alone! I found that I had limited time to read (and do fun stuff in general) so the shorter works were the best for me. Write what you read!

  5. bratcat July 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    The serials work for me because it prevents me from pulling an ill-advised all nighter reading a book I’m really into. (“Just one more chapter” has doomed me repeatedly over the years)

    Insomnia is also how I found Raythe Reign. Oddly enough, updates occur around 12-2am for me so it soothes my nocturnal soul. Lol.

    I had to cancel my subscription several months ago because my kitten needed some expensive surgeries but I’ll be back by payday. One seriel was ending and two had just started when I left so I’m super excited to catch up.

    • Raythe July 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

      I hope your kitty is okay! Mine is a handful but cats are the best. Can’t wait to have you back!

      And the updates happen at the last moment of the scheduled day because I’m writing them up until that moment. Sigh.

      • bratcat July 22, 2016 at 1:57 am #

        Thanks, he’s considered special needs now but he’s doing fantastic. Other than being super small for his age, you’d never know he had 4 surgeries. My cats are little trouble makers, but ya gotta love them anyway.

  6. FaereMage July 22, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    LOL, I didn’t start out as a night owl. 👻

    But when I was young, I found out that TV people schedule all the stuff that was interesting to me at night. You know, when all the children/ kids are supposed to be asleep. So I would get up late at night to quietly watch TV when everyone had already gone to bed.🌝

    Well, do that a enough times and your sleep cycle will permanently alter itself to accommodate your new schedule.

    I have difficulties with going to sleep at night now. But good thing is all the things I’m interested in still happen to occur After Dark. 😏 so I only have problems with getting up in the morning.

    Glad I’m not the only one up late at night. 😊 Sometimes it’s really boring when there is nothing to watch or do. So You go looking for stuff to read.

    • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 1:43 am #

      I’ve been a night person since I was born and one thing I am looking forward to when I get to ditch the dayjob is actually living and sleeping my true sleep wake cycle.

  7. ndbm July 22, 2016 at 1:44 am #

    So I really love the regular installments of serialized stories, I think it actually keeps writers more engaged rather than letting stuff go on hold for months or years at a time. As a reader, I prefer to wait for the whole thing to finish before blasting through the entire thing in a 8-12 hour marathon though. I save up the updates and load them into a text to speech program on my phone and listen at work, in the card, in bed, out shopping…

    • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 1:48 am #

      As a writer it really helps me to write the stories serially. First, I have an audience literally WAITING for that chapter. There is no more incentive than that. Second, I get feedback immediately, too. You know when you’re obsessed about characters/stories and want to share them with people? That’s what I get. Third, and not last, it makes the stories better. Reader feedback, the sense of urgency and immediateness really help.

  8. Kyle LeFay July 22, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    I totally miss out on the serial stories, because I am currently waiting for more books to be sold, otherwise, then I have to buy a membership. 😉

    • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      I’m not sure why you would miss out on the serials while waiting for more books …

      Even if you just want the finished books you should buy a membership b/c you get all the books included …

  9. musicalife July 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    I love being a member and enjoy the stories, but when next month comes I won’t be renewing. Stuff has come up and I can’t afford a subscription right now.

    • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

      I hope the stuff is nothing bad! We’ll still be here when you hopefully can come back! Thank you for your support!

      • musicalife July 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

        A mix actually, government BS combined with a pending move.

  10. River Iris July 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    I love that there is a build up of stories/chapters for when I just want to binge read, and there are a few (okay, one because I’m running behind a lot) that I am a part of. There is a definite thrill having to wait and wanting to wait because it’s just that good. There are shows I watch with others a few times a week. We only watch one episode because of time crunches and needing a short rest to assimilate what we just saw. I could binge a show like ‘Downton Abby’ over a few days, but it’s seeing how others react that makes it more than just a show or story. Thank you Raythe for creating this space where both worlds can live in coexistence, and thank you Kat for sharing a shard of who you are as it’s better than a virtual hug.♥

    • Raythe July 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

      I love Netflix. Binge watching is awesome. But I like drawing it out, too, wondering what’s going to happen, talking to people about it, trying to guess what will come next …

      With serial writing I don’t necessarily KNOW what will come next so your guys’ comments are hugely important. We have only the smallest fraction of people who comment of our membership but those that do have more of an impact than you know!

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