I salute all of this!
For the record, my parents raised me vegetarian and I’ve always been grateful. I didn’t feel like they made the choice for me and repressed my options — I feel like they taught me the right morals from the beginning and I would have made this choice on my own anyway. But the difference is that this way…
Do you have any tips for other parts of London? I love the look of these picks but I’m usually near Waterloo or Soho and would love to find something similar that isn’t too far out of the way.
As a non-parent, I worry a lot about how to handle this when I do have kids. It’s so hard to see the balanced path between being the parent who won’t let your kid have fun (and if they turn out like I was, then being told no will probably just inflame their curiosity), and keeping them safe. So much food for thought here.
I’m at the “feeling shit because no one’s giving me any money” stage with Patreon, but you’re probably right. I don’t really tell people about it enough. Probably I should muster up the courage to change that!
Not quite. Both have their blind spots. I would prefer a more cohesive reading experience — webcomic sites tend to do this very well these days, where you can literally just tap the right arrow key on your keyboard to go to the next page. It takes the onus off the reader to go find the next chapter (I’ve read a few serials here where the author has forgotten to add a link to the next one!)
I think it’s better to find a way to promote fiction more here and get more people reading it. The draw of Medium is the large audience, so a separate platform may not be helpful. Perhaps new tools to help with chapter linking, and for laying out short stories.