The PDF file of Brains Bennette: The Case of the Missing Mother was posted here on June 16th, 2012, about 3.5 weeks ago. As of today, July the 11th, the 82-page novella has been downloaded no less than 5,000 times.
That’s a lot of downloads. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to read my story, and of course Femur at TGComics for the front-page recommendation that sent an avalanche of readers my way.
I’m not sure if 5,000 downloads means 5,000 different readers. Some people may have downloaded the file each time they read part of it, without actually saving it anywhere. That’s understandable. Some people might begin reading and find the story not to their liking—although I certainly haven’t heard any complaints. 🙂
Obviously, and sadly, there’s been very little feedback. A few comments here and a few over at TGComics, and that’s about it. I didn’t expect a lot—I know how it is online, particularly in the TG community—but I had hoped for more than that. I put a lot of work into this story and it would be nice to know it was appreciated.
That said, I’m not here to sulk. I didn’t write this story to entertain anybody, or even to participate in the online community. I wrote it for myself. I wrote for the experience, for the sheer enjoyment of writing, and to prove to myself that I could write a long story and sustain the plot right to the end. And I hope everyone who writes TG fiction or captions can say the same thing. Feeling unappreciated is perfectly understandable, but ultimately, if you don’t love the writing for its own sake, you’re in it for the wrong reasons.