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Over_Red

Age:
23 to 26
Location:
United States
Biography:
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OTHER WORKS
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Enjoying my story? Check out my published novel, Contractor, on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Contractor-Contractors-Book-Andrew-Ball-ebook/dp/B00MQED6EA/

If you do decide to purchase my novel, please take the time to rate and review!

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DREAM DRIVE
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I maintain an email list for people interested in receiving updates about Dream Drive, my other works, and my occasional ramblings. I also send out a PDF version of Dream Drive chapters to everyone on the list as soon as it's ready, so you don't have to wait the extra few days Literotica takes to post submissions. If you'd like to be on the mailing list, send me a message using the Contact tab above and include your email.

Make sure you spell your email address correctly! I've gotten many "address does not exist" errors. I can usually guess it if you put .nom instead of .com (which did happen) but otherwise, you're out of luck.

I respond to all feedback pretty promptly. If you don't hear back from me within a week, you can message me again.

10/26/16

Not dead! Not actively working on Dream Drive, either. It is still simmering in the back of my head...very slowly.

I want to write the sequel to Contractor and then pursue one other idea as a standalone novel, then I believe I will return to Dream Drive.

10/5/15

Chapter 10 is up!

I have created a Dream Drive Compendium with every chapter as one big PDF. If you'd like this for your own convenience, please message me as mentioned above and I'd be happy to send it to you.

I now enter deep author hibernation while I write the sequel to my novel, so you won't see much new from me on Literotica for a while, perhaps barring a short story here or there.

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FAQ
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(1) When will Dream Drive continue?

I expect it to be several years. I've got pharmacy school to attend, a sequel to my published novel to write, and other ideas to explore. I want to keep my time frames realistic.

If you'd like to be notified of my activities, send me an email.

(2) What's your email?

I cannot put my email here as per the site rules. However, if you use the Contact tab in the upper right of this page, your message will be forwarded to my email address. Remember to include your own email if you want a response!

(3) If I'm on your mailing list, will you let me know when you do other things aside from Dream Drive?

You'll definitely hear from me when I start anything new or publish works for sale.

(4) What are you working on now?

I've got to write the sequel to my published novel, Contractor. I'm on a deadline! Of course, as a self-published author, it's only my own deadline, but I try to keep my promises when I can. I expect to be in hibernation mode getting that done, so there won't be any sudden changes soon.

(5) What inspired you to write Dream Drive?

I was inspired by a collection of works, including: Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, Ready Player One, and The Gamer. They all prominently feature virtual reality/video games in their narratives. Dream Drive is my own twist on that core theme.

(6) Do you have any recommendations for similar stories?

The four I mentioned above are great for starters. I'd also recommend Neuromancer, which is the classic near-future cyberpunk novel that defined the technological dystopia. If you're looking for a wild and sometimes silly video-game romp, try Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, if you can find translations. A more serious psychological story might be Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything. It's a fantastic korean comic in full color. Once again, gotta use the internet for translation finding.

There also exists a website dedicated to video-game-story fanfiction, building upon what is now a budding subgenre of sci-fi. The quality of stories varies dramatically, and the website can be janky, but there are a few gems to be found: http://royalroadl.com/

(7) Do you have a donate button? I want to contribute!

I don't like charity, so if you'd like to contribute to my efforts, I'm happy to exchange a full PDF compendium of Dream Drive Chapters 1-10 in exchange for a donation link. You can send me whatever you think is fair. To do so, please contact me directly.

By the way, the compendium is available totally free, you don't have to send me anything! It's just an option for people that have asked, and it makes me feel better because I've provided a sort of service in compiling every chapter in one neat package.

(8) Are you planning X for character Y?

I can neither confirm nor deny reader speculation.

(9) What about Z?! Tell me about Z!!!

No. :P

(10) That's not fair. You're evil! Eviiiil!

Your face is evil. HOW NOW BROWN COW?!?!

(11) Do you read the comments on your submissions?

I read every single comment, email, and review that concerns my work. When I put something I write up in public, I'm always keen on what people think.

While I do have a solid ending in mind for Dream Drive somewhere in the vast and distant future, the majority is being created as I go, and I can and do tailor myself to reader feedback. Good pacing is the hardest thing for me in my writing, so I pay especial attention when people comment that the story is going too fast or that they'd like to see more about this, that, or the other thing.

(12) Why did you submit this story to Literotica, of all places?

There are a few key reasons.

First, I wanted the freedom to write erotic scenes and the anonymity to walk away if it flopped.

I've had one novel that was successful beyond my expectations (especially considering it's self-published). That doesn't guarantee a repeat. I wanted to go somewhere where no one had heard my name and see if my writing could catch attention. I had something to prove to myself.

Literotica is a great platform. People feel comfortable saying whatever the hell they want to say, so you get honest feedback. Submission is simple and the guidelines are clear. The quality standards there are surprisingly high compared to other parts of the internet. The audience is very large; successful stories get a lot of exposure. When you think about it, there are a lot of great reasons to submit there.

Finally, if my story was successful, then I could redirect people toward my published book and generate more sales! Fans get to read more of my stuff, and I sell more books. It was a win-win for me in every sense, and I recommend the strategy to anyone trying to get their name out there.

(13) I want to publish my own book. Any tips for a newbie?

I'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Shoot me an email, I've actually written down my spiel in a word doc.

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CONTACT
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Please use the 'Contact' tab in the upper right to send me direct email feedback. If you'd like a response, make sure you let me know what your email is. Your message goes right to my address at Gmail.

I have a Goodreads author profile, which can be found at the link below. If that's your cup of tea, please don't hesitate to add and rate Contractor.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573550.Andrew_Ball

I have a twitter, but I usually use it for updates regarding non-Literotica stuff, and I'm not very prolific. That said, feel free to follow me if you're a tweet junkie:

https://twitter.com/Andrew_S_Ball

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BIO
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In short, I suppose I'm just your average young man with an interest in fiction.

After randomly stumbling across amateur shorts on some forum or another in the past, I was inspired to hunt down more erotica. Eventually, I Googled my way to Literotica. It's always felt like a fresh, vibrant place, freedom from porn videos that have grown a little predictable and sometimes cartoonish. It combines a liberating sexuality with one of my other favorite activities - reading! This place isn't as slick or shiny as some newer websites, but in its simplicity, Literotica has a straightforward, "here I am" sort of charm.

In a perfect world, I'd be an author. And I think I'm getting there! But for now, I'm pursuing a career in healthcare, something that takes up the vast majority of my time. I like taking care of people; I find it a very rewarding pursuit.
Last Modified:
October 26, 2016
Story Submissions:

Dream Drive Ch. 01   Recalling first experiences in virtual reality.

Dream Drive Ch. 02   Jackson arrives at the bottom of the tower.

Dream Drive Ch. 03   Boonta confronts Jackson. Jackson confronts Chaki.

Dream Drive Ch. 04   Jackson grapples with real life and virtual life.

Dream Drive Ch. 05   Easy answers don't exist.

Dream Drive Ch. 06   Visions of the future cloud a broken past.

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