Welcome, New Readers!

If you’re reading this, there’s a very good chance that you were sent here by the Jumbotron message I put out in My Brother My Brother and Me, everyone’s favorite advice podcast for the modern era. If so, welcome to Odd & Ends! I’ve made this post in an effort to help new people get settled.

The series is a mix of episodic and serialized story telling, by which I mean there is an overarching plot with character arcs and an end goal in mind, but I also have a nasty habit of writing tangential stories about side characters.

Frankly the best place to get started is the first arc, Opening Day,  because it sets up the tone, the setting, and the characters pretty well, but if you don’t like playing by anybody’s rules, here are just a few of my favorite stories!

“Have a Safe Walk”

A horror story in which a young man makes some unsettling new friends on the way home from work.

Cold in a Colder World

A story about a woman finding herself and finding peace within art, and helping others to do the same.

Left Behind (Three chapters)

A group of interdimensional travelers get stranded, and have to fight for resources and meaning in a world filled with giants.

Good King Dundermoat (Two chapters)

The Story Keeper, a traveling teller of tales, shares the legend of Good King Dundermoat, a ruler who attempted to defy the status quo, and allow his people to live in peace no matter how great the personal cost.

The Lovers’ Link

Tuck Greenston, a young blacksmith, seeks the heart of Talbot Windomere, the son of a wealthy lord, but can he possibly compete with the man’s many wealthy suitors?

Comings and Goings (Two chapters)

Gwendolyn Bottlehelm, who is growing bored and frustrated with her life, and Linda Arterford, who is struggling to feel at home in a new city, seek comfort and excitement in one another, but have a difficult time finding it.

Dug Pifton’s Brand New Perspective (Three chapters)

Dug Pifton has always wanted to be a druid. Now that he is, he’s beginning to think it may not be all he wanted it to be. But when the birds of Skymoore reveal a deadly plot to wipe out humanity, he discovers that maybe what he actually needs is a new perspective.

Update: January Break

Hey readers,

So, as it turns out, I am only capable of continuously uploading Odd & Ends for about eleven months in a row before needing a break.

I just got burned out after a very busy November/December, so I will be taking January off to recover my brain and prepare the future of the series. The end of Odd & Ends is far off, but I’m starting to get a clearer picture of what it will look like, and I’ve got a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon!

See you in February, and thanks for understanding!

– Jordan

Update: It’s coming, I promise!

Hey, so I didn’t put up an episode this week, and I probably won’t next week either, but it’s not because I’m being hard on myself this time. In fact, I’m pretty excited about the future of Odd & Ends, and I have a lot of fun ideas for the next few storylines. Some will be funny, some will be less funny, and some will take us away from Skymoore for a bit!

However, I am but a human living in a human body, and that human body has recently been hit with some major sickness. Nothing serious, just annoying, and my writing is suffering a bit. That, and I am building up a buffer. And there’s another, more exciting reason for the delay that I don’t want to talk about yet!

But the end of Recursion will be up relatively soon (two more parts and an epilogue), and after that, we’re gonna go away from Donovan for a bit and focus on some of the side characters.

Lastly, I just want to thank Stable, J. Ander, and Hazel for reading my stuff and keeping me motivated. You guys are cool!

Update: A brief note on scheduling

As I write this, I’m feeling a little defeated. Odd & Ends was conceived as a twice-weekly series, which then became a once-weekly series because these stories got longer than I intended, and now, with the acquisition of a new job, even that has become a little difficult for me.

Recursion, Part One was written kind of on autopilot, and I’m not very happy with it. Same can be said for Recursion, Part Two, which I am currently writing. I could get it out tomorrow…but it probably wouldn’t be as good as it could be. As of now, I am aiming for Wednesday.

After that? I intend to slow down a bit. I think I can actually knock two out next week because the stories I have in mind are on the short side (and they are Karessa stories, which seem to flow the most naturally for me). For the rest of December, updates will simply come whenever I can get around to it, because I want to spend the month fleshing out my ideas for the future, so that I don’t have to do something like this again any time soon.

Anyways, that’s all. I can’t thank you all enough for your readership! More good stuff soon!

Update: Support Odd & Ends (in a few clicks)!

Hey world, it’s me, Jordan, the writer of this collection of tales. First of all, I want to give a great big genuine thanks to everyone who reads this. Odd & Ends is one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on, and to see others enjoying it as well makes me very happy. I’ve got a lot of story to tell, and as long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

(Actually, I will probably keep writing regardless)

Right, the point. I’ve posted Odd & Ends on the Web Fiction Archive. If you like my stuff, head there and leave a review. It’ll help increase its visibility and attract readers, and it’ll just make me happy and isn’t that the greatest gift of all?

Seriously though, thank you all a great deal. Now back to the fun stuff. The next one’s spooky!

-Jordan