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Mother of Learning Next Chapter Target Date: 16th of August, 2015
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Q: I want to give you money. How can I do that?
Oh wow. I'm honored! As it happens, I have finally set up a way for my fans to do just that.
For those awesome, generous souls that have been asking about a way to donate money to me as a token of appreciation for my work, I am pleased to announce I have set up a Patreon account to make such support possible. (https : // www . patreon . com / nobody103; delete the spaces, obviously - fictionpress is being stupid again and has disabled linking in profile) I should note that Patreon is set up for ongoing funding of artists rather than one-time donations - it allows patrons to set up regular payments that are withdrawn automatically for each new content the artist makes. It's not terribly difficult to make a one-time payment, though - just cancel the patronage once the first donation goes through.
'Mother of Learning' is and will remain free to read. Donations are simply a way for readers to reward an aspiring writer and motivate me to write faster.
Q: Curious, how far would you say the story is?
The story basically has 3 arcs, and I only finished one so far as of chapter 26. So nowhere near the end, basically.
Q: I love your spiders, by the way. No idea if they're from your own head or inspired by something. If they're inspired by something, I'd loove to hear what they're from.
They're from my head, mostly, but they were inspired by the GIFTS (Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders) and Aranea from Exile/Avernum series of computer games. I sort of combined them into one species, changed the type of spider into jumping spiders (because they're cute), gave them psychic powers instead of simple magical prowess and then built a society around the concept. They have a lot of worldbuilding behind them, and I'm not sure how much I'll end up showing in the story proper, but I'll try to do them justice. I tried not to make them into a 'race of hats' like non-human species usually end up being in fantasy stories, but still make them relatable and understandable to humans.
Generally speaking, Exile/Avernum games are a big influence on this story. Other influential inspirations are D&D (of course) and Fullmetal ALchemist (the Alteration discipline is basically FMA Alchemy and watching it made me aware I dislike medieval tech levels and prefer higher technology settings). Harry Potter and Naruto fandoms are a minor inspiration as well, as are a whole bunch of other works that I won't bother listing.
Q: Love the story but it is getting to be quite long. Do you have an ending planned?
Everything is planned, from the beginning to the end to everything in between. Though some of the stuff in between is optional or subject to change, provided it's not plot critical.
Q: May I know how many more chapters till the end of the arc?
A lot? I don't know the exact number, since my plot outline never specifies it. The first arc had 26 chapters, though, so that should give you a ballpark figure - the second one will have at least that much.
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Fictionpress has decided to ban linking in user profiles for some reason. I'm still considering what to do about that, but in the meantime I have moved all the links in a google docs document:
https : // docs . google . com/document/d/1ORKVLaWY-lyB6i8m87prSAevkZO4am-eyg3RBKlFPiE/edit?usp=sharing
Just copy-paste the above address into your navigation bar and delete the spaces I had to put there to make it viewable. It's a crude solution but I'm not sure what else to do about it...