Rserenity Author Update: Touched by Angels survey and next projects

Hey! This is rserenity, also known as rs or rsanon. Blogs usually aren’t my thing, given I don’t have a much of a following, but today’s a little different. I’m very sporadic with story postings and wanted to say where I’m going next as well as share the results so far from the survey I posted on my most recent story, “Touched by Angels”.

First off, I wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone who has read my stories, especially if you’ve given them a rating. Furthermore, if you’ve ever left a comment, either in the survey or on a story, I want to thank you doubly. Feedback is incredibly important for a writer and your comments really help me out. So, to all of you: thank you.

A very short bit about me: I’ve been writing since early 2013. My pastebin is still the most complete compilation of my writings, though the stories here have a touch more editing to them. My background is almost entirely monstergirls, starting with multiarms and manticores and eventually getting to angels. My stories tend to include smut more often than not, but there’s still plenty of smut-free writing out there.

Next, to the survey. Click here to see the full results.

That’s the whole survey minus the comments. I figured I should keep those private, just to be safe. Note that I will keep the survey open! It’s just that the responses have slowed to a crawl and I wanted to share what I’ve got with everyone.  It’s nice to see all of the character ratings. It gives me a good idea of where I might need to work and who I should be including the most. I can’t really say if it’s what I expected or not, since I didn’t have a clear idea of what to expect. I suppose since I liked Grace, I expected her to be rated a bit higher than she was, but I also understand why she wasn’t. She’s more than a little crazy.

As for Adrianne, I was very happy to her see rated so highly. It’s probably pretty obvious from my writing history that multiarms are my thing and Adrianne was how I was able to fit that into the story. I hope she continues to be a favorite.Next are the kinds of scenes you all wanted to see. I was a bit surprised to see two of the options favored so heavily over the rest. You all must know what you like. I just want to be clear: I like what I like, and I’m writing this for fun, so I’m going to write what I enjoy the most. I can’t guarantee anything for the next chapter. That said, I’m already outlining some scenes that include the popular choices here and I don’t see why I wouldn’t follow through with writing them. I’m especially happy the “Supernatural” option was fairly popular, since I like to write creative scenes.

I should also mention the absence of the “Sex” option since a few people mentioned it in comments. All I can say for now is it’s not going to happen any time soon.I think you all had made a pretty clear choice here. More GFD. Got it. However, don’t be surprised to see the fully non-con scenes continue, since I enjoy them too.

This answer is about where I expected it. It was a little tricky to word, but I think I got the idea across. You want a little more than I’m giving you now. I think I can do that, though just to be safe, I won’t be adding too much more detail. Long smut scenes can be exhausting and get bland if they go on too long. Plus… you would not believe how often I go to the thesaurus.Now with this, I’m in a tricky spot. I’m very resistant to bringing in new main characters as the more you get, the more difficult it is to properly develop each one. Also, an appropriate dynamic has all the characters interacting with each other and that web of interaction gets exponentially more complex the more characters there are. I told myself I wouldn’t be adding anyone unless there was a strong interest in it. Looking at these results, there’s a clear interest in adding a demon, plus only 30% of the respondents are opposed to a new character in general. Is that significant enough? Hard to tell. What I’m leaning toward at the moment is to include her, but only as a one-off. I won’t say any more though, I’d like to keep what happens a mystery until the next chapter is posted.

These results are both surprising and not surprising at the same time. Surprising because of exactly how much they vary. Not surprising because I figured the last two chapters would have the results weighted a little in their favor being that they were more fresh in respondents’ minds. I suppose I should be happy with this, since it implies I’ve grown as a writer since chapter 1, but I also think it’s best not to look too hard into it. If I could remake this survey, I would’ve also included a text answer to allow people to explain why they liked chapters 4 and 5 so much.

With the survey results finished, the next question is: what am I doing now? At the moment, I’m working on a sequel to “Fly High or Not at All” and “Two Apart”. While “Two Apart” was never intended as a sequel to “Fly High or Not at All”, they did both occur in the same universe and I felt I’ve put together a pretty good story to tie them together. If you like dragongirls, you’ll like what I’m working on.

After that I will likely start working on the next chapter of “Touched by Angels”. I can’t really give you any kind of timeline for either one of these. Having a full time job and other hobbies, I just work on these things while I can, and when I finish, I finish. I’m not sure how long the “Fly High” sequel will be, though I estimate around 30k words. Then the next chapter of “Touched by Angels” will probably be of similar length to the rest of them. If you’re dying for some kind of estimate, well, consider during my 2-year hiatus, “Touched by Angels” and 2 other minor short stories (about 8k words) were the only thing I wrote. That should give you a very general idea of my writing pace.

That’s all I had to say today. Don’t forget I’ve got an Imgur gallery for “Touched by Angels” here and for “Fly High” and “Two Apart” here. If you want to contact me, you can ping me in the official TFT discord (I go by “rs”) or send me a pm on this site.

2 thoughts on “Rserenity Author Update: Touched by Angels survey and next projects

  1. I just finished chapter 2 and I’m really enjoying it so far! Thanks for all the work you put into these stories. I really appreciate this “behind the scenes” look at your thoughts, it’s very nice of you to share. I think ultimately, you should always follow your own desires, since that’s where your passion lies. With that said, it certainly doesn’t hurt to look for ideas!

    Personally, despite my limited reading, Anima has really struck a chord with me. Something about how she’s almost innocent, yet still wants to be in control is very attractive to me. I also tend to prefer one-on-one interactions, so that helped. I’ll try and let you know if she remains my favorite as I go through the later chapters, but for now she’s certainly the one I hope to see the most of.

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