Progress updates with Today’s thought – Kingdom through the Swamp, perma-free

Hi,

 

I’ve been thinking again.

“A dangerous passtime.”

I know.

 

After watching the sales statistics for a little while, I thought it would be better to change up my pricing strategy for KttS like I did with Nocturna League. After changing it with NL, sales increased with interest, I aim to do the same with KttS.

I think, perhaps it was a bit premature of me to assume readers would be so willing to push forward money towards an author they’ve barely heard of. Truly, even I was getting more income from it, it still goes against my present strategy of maximizing the amount of people that read my new work. It’s not about the income right now, but giving readers around the world an enjoyable, quality reading experience- something they could see themselves paying for, but they received for not a single rupee.

In this consideration, I’ve decided I’ll be working with Amazon.com to make KttS permanently free. Look forward to it. If you haven’t read it yet, soon you can have it in your pocket with next to no hassle, and nothing from your pile of treasure.

 

Now for the project updates:

The Relic Chapter 1: Almost done, expect to see it sometime tomorrow if not sooner.

Walking the Scar: Next chapter is done, just waiting for the storyshift publisher to take it up and publish it.

Nocturna League #4: No progress, I intend to pick this back up after the holidays

 

Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the re-release of KttS for free!

 

-Much love,

Kell

 

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Walking the Scar- Chapter 15 and cover reveal

Hohoho!

With much waiting done, I present to you the new chapter in Walking the Scar. I do say, it looks like we’re catching up to some of the longer stories on the app; I’m afraid before long we may surpass them. Run on, Rayull. I know you can do it!

Now, please enjoy!

Read and vote using StoryShift by clicking here.

I also have a surprise. I’ve been planning on publishing Walking the Scar since I started it, and it’s really turning out to be a cool project that I’d like to share with more people. For this, I’ve thought to get a cover done and publish it on amazon.com- for free if possible, though that might not work out considering how peculiar amazon can be about things when it comes to pricing.

Anyway, here’s the cover I had made:

The Scar - High Resolution

Lookin’ good, hmm? Do you like the cover? Let me know in the comments below or just email me straight at kellr.inkston@gmail.com.

All the best,

Kell

A new experiment!

Hi there, reader!

I wanted to type up and share something new with you. Across my other projects, I’m working on a new novella called The Relic. It’s planned to be fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, and might feature some characters familiar to you. I’m almost at a spot in which I can write again regularly, so expect chapters to be shown here first!

That’s right. Come to the website for the rough draft chapters and updates on the manuscript. I’d like to try something different. I want to share this with as many souls possible before release and see what the audience reaction is.

That said, look forward to it and take a peek at the cover:

The Relic - High Resolution

“Kicking down the door” or “Kell getting back to work”

Hi,

Sorry for being away for as long as I have- I’ve been swamped with all sorts of sentient activity common for human beings such as myself, which is something that I definitely am.

I just wanted to craft this brief post and let you know that I’ll be posting updates with more speed and ferocity. Sorry about the new Walking the Scar taking as long as it has, turns out that there was a pretty big editing problem and the publisher and I have been working that out. Hang tight and watch your email for it.

There’s no notable progress in any of the projects simply due to not having any time to do so- but worry not, progress will recommence as soon as the fifteenth.

Also, if you’re one of those bunch leaving those excellent reviews on Solution, you have my thanks. You’ve really been making it fun and worth it. I’m super happy you’ve enjoyed it.

Oh, hey, and if you have the time I’d love it if you’d shoot me an email at kellr.inkston@gmail.com. Tell me: Out of everything I’ve written, who’s your favorite character, and why? Thanks!

Much love,

Kell Inkston

New Walking the Scar soon, and Brand new Nocturna League #1 Chapter!

Good day to you!

The world grows cold in the Northern Hemisphere, but amidst my secret grove, I continue to write with the heat of an inspired star! I’m looking forward to the progressively colder months ahead- I think few people really appreciate the winter times for just how beautiful it is- I really think it’s my favorite time of year.

Anyway-

Expect the next chapter of Walking the Scar to be out soon. I’m planning some pretty shocking developments in the upcoming chapters, so be prepared!

Also, along with getting a good deal of positive reviews on Solution, which is simply fantastic, I’ve also worked up a new opening chapter for Nocturna League #1: The Witching Book. I’ve had this out for a little more than five months now, but I’ve been thinking it’s been lacking something. I think it could use more of a draw towards the beginning, so I thought I’d add in this new segment, introducing Colette and Dunklestein right off, and setting the characters for the story quickly. To save you the trouble, it’s posted for your enjoyment below.

Now, project statuses:

Walking the Scar – Ongoing, expect a new chapter to be published as soon as tomorrow.

Nocturna League #4 – Good progress in these past weeks, about 7,000 words out of 20,000ish are done. It looks good.

Secret Short Story – Just started it, will I finish it, or won’t I? All I can tell you at this point is that it stars Cooking Minion, and will be hilarious.

All the best,

Kell Inkston

 


Chapter 1: The Duel and The Introductions

“You ready this time, kid?” a hulking, grey-scaled shark man asks, wrapping his hands with athletic tape. A ragtag crowd cheers as they ready for “the daily whuppin’ ”, now a well-loved pastime of many upon the M.S. Nocturna.

A bruised young lady, covered with a different sort of bandages and opposite to him on the deck, is already to her feet. The slipping squeak of black sea-boots upon metal rings as she takes stance. “You won’t catch me off this time!” she says with a smirk, extending her hands to grapple through her long pea-coat.

There’s a silence as the shark man takes a deep breath, pulling the eldritch salt of the Eversea into his lungs. “Alright. On your guard, kid!”

In a blink, the two rush at one another and the crowd goes wild. The blond youth, about eighteen, slides right past the shark man’s giant frame. Before he can turn, the agile lass latches up his back fin, and puts him in a headlock.

“How about this!” She exclaims, squeezing the shark man’s dense neck with every fiber of her strength.

The shark man winces in surprise and then smiles. “Really, Colette?” He asks, raising a scaled brow and peering behind his shoulder with black eyes.

She doesn’t stop squeezing. “Really, what?”

Her opponent stretches out his arms, yawns and then, amidst the cheering and laugher of the crowd, falls flat on his back with Colette underneath.

Wh-What the hell? Cheater!” She shouts as she fails to push the massive shark man off her.

He releases another mock yawn. “I dunno, kid. I just got real tired all of a sudden. Not sure if it’d be healthy to get up,” he says, winning agreements all around from the crowd.

Colette punches into her opponent a few seconds more, and then he gets up, freeing her from his boulder-like weight. She takes a moment to breathe, which is more than enough time for her enemy. He sweeps his leg from under her, tripping her and sending her back to the cold, salty deck.

“Looks like I win again!” The towering shark man guffaws as he crosses his arms. “You know, I really do admire your willingness to get trashed every day, but I think you should start with some easier opponents first,” he says with a shrug.

Colette brings herself back to her feet with half the vigor from last time. “Forget it, Dunks. I started hard because that’s the quickest way to improve.”

Dunklestein the Daring A.K.A. “Dunks” scoffs with a wide, sharp-toothed grin. “Sure, kid. Just keep in mind you could never choke me out the way you would a landy.”

“Yeah? And why’s that?”

Dunklestein points to his gills, and Colette draws back amidst the laughter of the crowd.

“Wait, seriously? Doesn’t that only wo-”

“Work in water?” Dunklestein interrupts, “Naw, that’s just a landy rumor. Seasorts are fish and man, so we can breathe in the air or in the drink.”

Colette nods, averting her gaze. She takes in every word, but she refuses to look like she’s valuing correction. “Alright, Dunks, cool.”

“Yeah, cool. Now you ready for another or are ya’ done?”

She takes a breath, and stretches her limbs. “Another!”

“Actually, I think that’s quite enough from you two,” a voice says, its owner descending the steps from the upper decks.

Everyone hushes up and most of the crowd disperses to either get to work or hide in their quarters. Audible are prompt, measured steps from black sea-boots, these ones a few sizes larger than Colette’s. Before Colette and Dunklestein stand The Captain, Commander of the M.S. Nocturna, and unofficial best captain ever.

“Now what all is this here? Explain why you’re engaging in this degenerate rapscalianry to distract the other sailors.” The tall, entirely bandaged figure asks as he fixes his round spectacles and navy captain’s hat.

Dunks smiles sheepishly as Colette sighs. “W-well, Captain. The boys and I just thought it’d be proper t’-”

“The gym’s way too small,” Colette says, cutting off Dunklestein.

Dunks cringes and The Captain looms over Colette. “Could it be that it’s too small, or is it that you simply want to impress everyone with your tomfolly?”

“No, it’s definitely too small, Cap. I need room to move or else Dunks’ll just run up and corner me.”

“Which is totally fair in a real fight, mind you,” Dunklestein says, definitely being helpful with that bit of information.

“Thanks, Funks,” Colette says at that relevant bit of information. “Now, as I was saying, it’s not like anyone’s actually busy except the chef and Gran, so like why shouldn’t we entertain them a bit? You should watch sometime Cap- I’ve gotten pretty fierce!”

“Yeah, Cap. She could almost deal with split ends,” Dunklestein says.

Colette jabs a fist into Dunklestein, who shrugs it off.

The Captain stares on a moment and then nods. “I see… You say you want more space to fight, and that it wouldn’t harm anyone at this time of day?” He asks, his voice a cross between a salted, calculating veteran and a warm, thoughtful grandfather.

“Yeah, exactly,” Colette says.

“Well too bad, Jobber Colette. You two hustling about in public eye encourages in-fighting, and I need our men thinking about their work. It’s not just the chef and his apprentice that are busy, you know.”

Colette sighs, shaking her head and shrugging. “You really are hopeless, Cap.”

The Captain leans forward. “Do you really want to fight that bad? I heard you say that you felt the harder the opponent, the greater the improvement. Perhaps instead of Dunklestein the Daring, you’d like to-”

Colette throws up her hands in horror. “N-whoa! Captain! Please!”

“Swab the upper decks, Miss Ketiere,” The Captain commands plainly.

Colette nods. “Right away, Cap.” Colette fires off a sour salute and trots off to the janitor’s equipment.

The two watch her leave, and Dunklestein winces in pain and cups the spot Colette punched him. “Gah- Cap, I know you told me I should be acting tough and all, but in the past couple days she’s been hittin’ like a damn whale. She’s so scrawny, but the way she ridges her punches… sometimes I get glimpses of you.”

The Captain nods. “She’s getting quite the competitive set of skills, don’t you think? I believe there’s hope for her winning her little wager with that overlord of hers… Really, I’m wondering if it’s time,” he says, watching Colette take up a bucket of soapy water with a cross look about her and starting up the stairs.

“Time for what, Captain?”

“I think it’s about time we had her mettle tested in a more threatening fashion. We’re almost to our destination, you know.”

Dunklestein’s dark eyes witness a small spark. “Oh? Yeah, I think she’s ready.”

“Then it’s settled. You’ll be keeping us company on the landing party,” The Captain says with a nod.

Dunklestein nods back with a smirk, but then jolts. “Wh-wait, I’m going too?

“You heard me. Now get your gear ready,” The Captain says, peering out to the mists ahead.