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I'm dipping my toe into the world of writing with what I refer to as a "webnovel."

WTH? A webnovel? What's that?

You know what a webcomic is, don't you? A serially-published comic or graphic novel made available on the Wibbly Wobbly Web, usually in one or two page installments every so many days. A webnovel is very similar in that a traditional, textual novel is made available on the WWW in installments. There's nothing new about publishing a novel in serialized installments: Charles Dickens published most of his work that way in the newspapers of the day. Only after the serial ended were the books we know so well today published. Many of the stories of Sherlock Holmes appeared the same way.

What's different here (and it isn't very much) is the serial is published on the WWW instead of a newspaper. What I'm doing is publishing a chapter at a time on my website and once a group of related chapters (representing a story arc) has been published, I'll make the set available in alternate forms.

The "rules" are pretty simple: You can read the stories on-line for free, a page at a time as in a webcomic. Images of all the pages in a chapter are published on a more-or-less weekly basis. Chapter 1 was 28 pages while Chapter 2 had 43. Pages are formatted as if they were going to be printed single-sided on standard US letter paper (8.5x11in). The online page images are not the highest possible quality, but they're quite readable. If you want a better-quality display or want to read the story off-line, you can buy the PDF file from which the page images were generated for $1 USD direct from the website. Each group of related chapters (which I call a "tale") will be made available as a single PDF file for $4.50 USD. Since a tale will consist of around five chapters, it's slightly less expensive to buy the whole tale than the individual chapters but that's up to you. Tales are formatted for a 6x9in book but the PDF is single-sided for on-screen reading. Still available directly from the website.

As the TV commercials say, "Wait! There's more!"

I'm planning on making a real printed book of each tale available. At the moment, the leading candidate is Amazon's "ClearSpace" print-on-demand publishing service which makes the printed books available through world-wide. Amazon handles all the grunt work including the shipping after I send them a print-ready PDF file.

The novel itself is more-or-less in the "steampunk" or "fantasy" or "scifi" genre since everything takes place on an alternate world which is very similar to our own but not quite identical. That world, as the story begins, is much like our own was circa 1915. There is some supernatural content, too. At heart, it is a love story.

Interested? (I hope you are): go to and read the Tales of Escherton There are character biographies, an FAQ and descriptions of the various towns, cities and countries involved in the story. Have a good read!

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled program.
  • Listening to: Renee Fleming singing Pucini arias
  • Reading: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (still)
  • Watching: The TV is on but I'm not watching it
  • Drinking: Iced tea (unsweetened) - The Beverage of the Gods!


Bill Meahan
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
I like to spend my time in writing fiction, doing nature photography, typography and typesetting, orgainizational journalism and digital art.

Current Residence: Westland, Michigan USA
Favourite novel ever: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Favorite author: John LeCarre'
Favourite genre of music: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Choral, Celtic
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, National Geographic Staff
Favourite style of art: Traditional Materials, Photography & Sumi-e
Operating System: Xubuntu 12.04
MP3 player of choice: Creative Sansa Fuze, Gnome Media Player
Shell of choice: /usr/local/bin/ksh93
Personal Quote: Amor vincit omnia


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pitkon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks for joining the group :iconda-premium: ! Glad to have you aboard! You are now part of a community that features the best of the best and promotes the work of talented artists!
The goal of our group is to give people the option to see the "Best of DeviantArt". It is not easy, but we try!
Welcome to a really unique group!
geijutsusakuhin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Thanks for the fave!
Vampirats Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
hi its me
puccaluv88 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Thank you for the nice comment! Keep in touch and good luck with art and life!!!
ab39z Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the +fav!
Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :-)
fairdemon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
merry christmas! :xmas:
BillMeahan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
And to you as well!
artsangel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching! :heart:
BillMeahan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!

BTW, I'm an old UNIX guy myself dating back to the original Bell Labs V6! I guess my favorite shell is /usr/bin/ksh from System V R3.

Keep up the fantastic work!!
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