So, I was just thinking about it and realized today that Inky Blue Allusions is more than 10 years old! Holy crow! It actually turned 10 in March.
InkyBlueAllusions.com was originally InkyBlueAllusions.net – I have no idea why I bought the .net instead of the .com but it was the very first domain that I ever owned. I’m guessing maybe the .net was on sale?
Anyway, when I started InkyBlueAllusions my intent was to kind of be a publishing company of serial novels. Who knew I was so ahead of my time? Now, serials/series turn into best sellers on Amazon. I wish I’d known what I was doing back then!
We published the series under a membership area and then we published some of them on Lulu.com as well (I believe this was before the time of Kindle publishing).
There were several writers that worked with me. Sara was one of them. She helped out a lot with some of the technical stuff. She also wrote stories. I have no clue what happened between us but one day she just decided she’d had enough and I haven’t really heard anything from her since. I’m assuming she’s still out there doing her stuff.
Another writer was Tawny Maine, the writer of the Witch Stories series that can still be found here today. She opted out of participating in the site at some point, too, but she let me keep her stories up. She’s also the creator of the logo that I still use today. You can see it at the top of the site.
A lot of changes came over the years. I paid writers for a time, out of my own pocket. But I had to stop doing that. I wish I could do it again but…maybe someday (writers are welcome to publish their work on her for free though and they can have links back to their personal sites or their Amazon ebooks or whatever they like).
Anyway, here’s a look at how Inky Blue Allusions has evolved over the years (some designs are missing because Internet Archive didn’t take good snapshots of them):