It's not just its own story anymore.
So you want a new chapter of your favorite story. You wait patiently (or not so patiently) for the author to finish the new chapter. You hope and pray every night that the new chapter will be finished. And what happens, a month and more after the last chapter, when the new chapter is finally finished? The author kills somebody off.
Without spoiling, I think I can say that I had foreshadowed this particular character death pretty clearly. Still, I know some people will be unhappy with me. But as I once heard another author say, as soon as you give the story enough flavor to make it good, that guarantees there's somebody out there who won't enjoy the taste.
Since I did update Surpassing Danger today (fanfiction.net and fanficauthors.net links!), I'm a little brain-blasted when it comes to the Dangerverse. I do love it, but I've also been hit with a couple of critical reviews lately, including one rather nasty one, though the reviewer apologized when he realized how unfriendly he'd sounded.
Still, after almost nine years of playing in J.K. Rowling's sandbox, I've come to love the DV characters very deeply, and as anyone who's read Homecoming or "Hyper-Lynx" from Cat Tales knows, they aren't going anywhere any time soon. So I think that shall be the subject of today's Surpassing Sunday blog post: DV-based originals!
The two listed above are the only ones I have published, except for a little twiddle on my Fictionpress account. However, they are by no means the only ideas I have had. People who've been around the fandom for a while may remember something called Dangerous Truths, or for those who've been here a little less long, Elemental Heirs...
The thing is, I'm of two minds about these stories. In no way do I ever want to bore you, my dear readers, or feel like I'm in a rut, repeating the same stories over and over. And yet, I feel like there's so much more I could do with these characters. So many new places and times to explore, so many amazing adventures to have.
I suppose, once again, this is a matter of taste. Some of you would be only too happy to read about the same characters, or similar ones in various guises, through all sorts of mishaps and malarkey. Others of you would probably prefer to get to know a new set of characters in every story, and might feel cheated at too much repetition.
So, thoughts? Any way you slice it, I'm going to keep on telling stories about unusual families who come together in interesting ways, and who might just have to save the world one of these days. I'd just like to know if you want to be able to say, "Hey, I know those guys!" some, all, or none of the time. Or if you're not sure.
Please enjoy the new chapter, as much as that's possible, and I'll see you on Tuesday, when we shall have a chance to learn about the homes and habits of the Trycantan species known as lyrror, who will play quite a large role in Snowball. Stay tuned!