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Poll re FAKE First Year Together: Justice
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Okay, I did kind of screw it up down there in the title area. :P I had a paragraph which was way too long and didn't make it into the poll, mainly because it was in the wrong place. Anyway, what I wanted to say was that if I successfully posted this poll and it worked, etc. etc. , then I would feel confident enough to post another poll! Also, if you want to say something else about Justice that you feel was not addressed in my six m.c. questions, then please feel free to add it in the comments. Ditto if you're not a livejournal member, because I believe that one has to be a member in order to take the poll. I could be wrong about that. Anyway, please give me feedback because I'm really not sure if people are liking this story or not. It would be very helpful for me to know, one way or the other. Thanks!
Poll #1728549 This is my first ever poll, and I still can't quite believe it's going to work, so I shortened it considerably and made it just about Justice. If I successfully post this, and people are able to participate in it because I DIDN'T screw it up technically,
This poll is closed.

Which of the following best describes your feelings for the story Justice:

(a) I am enjoying Justice.
37(86.0%)
(b) I'm waiting for it to be finished before I read it.
2(4.7%)
(c) I read it from time to time.
4(9.3%)
(d) I have not read any chapters of Justice.
0(0.0%)
(e) I stopped reading it because I didn't like it.
0(0.0%)

How do you feel about the current length of the Justice chapters?

(a) They're too long. They should be shorter.
0(0.0%)
(b) They're not long enough. They should be longer.
3(7.3%)
(c) They're just the right length.
38(92.7%)

Would you prefer to see more frequent updates, but with shorter chapters?

(a) Yes.
10(25.0%)
(b) No.
18(45.0%)
(c) I don't know.
12(30.0%)

How do you feel about the plot of Justice?

(a) It's interesting.
39(97.5%)
(b) it's too complicated.
1(2.5%)
(c) Plot is not important to me.
0(0.0%)

How do you feel about the large cast of characters?

(a) I like stories with large casts.
17(38.6%)
(b) There are too many characters to keep track of.
9(20.5%)
(c) The size of the cast is not important to me.
18(40.9%)

How do you feel about the amount of sex in Justice?

(a) There is too much and should be less.
0(0.0%)
(b) There is too little and should be more.
18(40.0%)
(c) There is just the right amount for a story of this type.
20(44.4%)
(d) I would prefer there to be no sex whatsoever in this story.
0(0.0%)
(e) The amount of sex is not important to me.
7(15.6%)

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Hello dear! It's been along time since I was actually able to take a moment to talk to you. I have been keeping up with the chapters (I think there were two or three I wasn't able to comment on) and I'm glad you came out with this poll to get some more constructive feedback from your readers.

As far as length and frequency go, I think the way you're going right now is just fine. The chapters are long, yea, but not absurdly so and the frequency with which they are posted allows for the readers to go back and re-read for clarity or for memory (as is my problem).

I love the large cast and all o the different plot lines you have going on; it makes the story just that much more interesting. Also, it gives you the ability to focus solely on one aspect of the story at a time, instead of having to lump all the side stories together along with the main plot.

Like Bikky's battle to get the laptop being an enhancement to Dee visiting the apartment of the young man who thinks Abernathy is really Ryo. Each are interesting to follow on their own, but when you think of how they tie to the overall plot of stopping Abernathy, it makes perfect sense.

Besides that, I like being able to see little snippets of what might happen when you go along a certain vein in the story. Such as the man in the wheelchair stalking Thomas, then miraculously being there to help Bikky get away from Abernathy's goons. We know we're going to see that character again, somewhere down the road, but for now we can focus on something else going on in the same universe.

Really, it's all terribly engaging and I love it!

Inu-spike! I read this comment with delight a couple of days ago, but I had such a deadline-y week that I couldn't get back to you until now.

I'm glad to hear you're still reading. I wasn't sure if you were still interested.

Thank you very much for your feedback, and all of the examples. It's very helpful for me when people are specific.

I needed to do this poll because comments and feedback have been falling off for the last few chapters and I've been starting to wonder if people were silently feeling disappointed or dissatisfied with this story, and if so, what exactly I could do about it.

It seems as though most people either like or don't mind the large cast, but a significant percentage so far wish there were fewer characters to keep track of. My own personal reading style inclines toward big, epic-style trilogies with huge casts who weave in and out of each other's lives, so this is naturally reflected in my writing style! Perhaps you're that type of reader, too?

I know not everyone likes that, however. I've had people say that they gave up on particular books because the books were too demanding in terms of number of characters and/or number of plot threads. Those readers would probably lean toward a leaner type of story.

I used to be able to post more frequently, but partly that was because I used to be able to get by on a lot less sleep than I do now. I'd say that at least 50 percent of A New Day and Slave To a Gladiator were written between midnight and three a.m. Probably more than 50 percent, actually. I just can't do that anymore, so I have to post more slowly nowadays.

I have been considering a shift toward shorter chapters, so I put the questions about chapter length in the poll. It seems most people (so far) like the length, but about 25 percent of readers would be willing to have shorter chapters to read if I could update more often. I may yet try that if that percentage goes higher, but we'll see. I'm planning to keep the poll up for a little bit longer in the hopes that more people will participate.

Anyway, I really appreciate your comments, as I said. I'm glad you're willing to re-read chapters to get a handle on the tangled web of plot developments. That makes you a very committed reader indeed! And thank you for loving it. It's a lot of work, so naturally I want people to love it. And if they don't love it, I really want to know why just in case it's something I can fix.

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