In my previous post, I mentioned that I kind of wished I had more time to prepare Conduit for review on Inkpop.com. Well, that's one wish I take back. On the 26th or 27th of February, HarperCollins announced that they would be merging Inkpop with another writing community, Figment.com - which basically meant that Inkpop wouldn't exist anymore, and all accounts/projects on the website would be transferred over to Figment. The merge went through on the first of March. It was sad to type out "inkpop.com" and not see that colorful front page anymore.
Apparently, there's something of a rivalry between the two communities, with "Inkies" being considered by some "Figgies" to be stuck-up and overly competitive, and some Inkies viewing Figgies as being insensitive jerks. But aside from a few snarky remarks by some, the Figment community seemed welcoming and helpful as a whole. However, a lot of Inkpop users decided to move to Wattpad.com instead. I do wish them the best, wherever they eventually settle down.
I will definitely miss Inkpop, because it was an amazing website that gave budding writers the chance to make friends, get serious feedback on works, and be able to read and review new stories.
I'm very close to being done with the first chapter of Aspect. There are so many people waiting for word on the sequel, and it makes me nervous having to tell people all the time, "I want to get Conduit published first". Because the truth is that I don't know if I'll get Conduit published. And even if I do, it might take years. So my only option, to placate the eager crowds, is to put Aspect up for free. It's something I'm very hesitant to do, but it might just come to that.
Someone asked what the sequel will be about. I've worked out the plot for half the story, so I don't know all of the events. But I will say that the first chapter is from Fuse's perspective, and it will, hopefully, give readers a glimpse of his internal state and also set important events into motion. I'm considering putting up an excerpt from it and will announce when I decide to do so.