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FFC #112 - Dawn of Darkness is LIVE!

Posted September 29th, 2023 at 02:30 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles #112

Dawn of Darkness, or DoD, is now live, and you can begin reading. I posted the story a few days ago, but neglected to actually mention it anywhere, hence this blog post.

The first post in the thread and the introduction cover everything you'll need to know, so I won't go into any of that here. Instead, I want to offer a brief glimpse into what my writing plans are going forwards.

I do not currently plan on releasing another full length fan fiction. DoD is - unless things change - the last long tale I'll be posting here. This is because, while I enjoy writing long stories, they require a ton of time to develop and write, and that's time I would at this point rather be spending on my first novel series.

There could be various short fictions, contest entries, or serial-esque tales. This is not confirmed, just a possibility right now. I want to keep in 'writing shape' if possible while I work...
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FFC #111 - September Update

Posted September 17th, 2023 at 08:49 PM by TGRF
Updated September 24th, 2023 at 07:28 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #111

Dawn of Darkness is now fully written. It weighs in at 148 pages and 70K+ words, although that number might shift slightly as I proofread and edit. Editing might take a few days - for some reason I found myself making a lot of typos and other errors as I wrote, so I expect there to be a lot to fix.

You can probably expect to see DoD posted and ready for viewing by the end of this week or before.

While you wait, I will again highly suggest you re-read Valkyrie. Even if you remember the main events, it's the little details which are referenced constantly in DoD, including one revelation which is hinted at, but never actually told in Valkyrie. It's only 16 chapters. A quick read.

DoD will of course be released with the usual accompaniment of maps, introduction, and post-text author's note. And it will be released on my website, the top of which is rapidly running out of room (it might...
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FFC #110 - August Update

Posted August 21st, 2023 at 07:14 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #110

Well it's been a bit.

The reason there haven't been any updates, is because... there haven't been any updates. Dawn of Darkness has continued to progress, and there has been no earth-shattering news relating to my writing endeavors.

However, I have this morning completed the first (and final) draft for DoD. For me, this is a cross between an outline and the final product - scenes are written out in story-form, but some edges might still be rough, and there's room for refinement. All of which will happen during the actual writing. This has also given me an opportunity to identify any shortcomings now, rather than while I'm writing the story, thus enabling me to fix them next time around. So that's a plus.

My last suggested release date for DoD was sometime in September, and that... has actually not changed. Depending on how long the writing takes, it could end up in early November,...
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FFC #109 - July Update & Return of DoD

Posted July 11th, 2023 at 04:24 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #109

If there's one thing writing these FFCs has taught me (and probably others as well), it's that I cannot be trusted in my predictions of what is to come.

I've learned to give things time to change - at least a week - before I make any announcements about what fan fiction is or is not coming. This has worked for the most part, keeping me from making wild predictions based on a single day of interest (or lack thereof).

For that reason, when, back in June, I lost all interest in the writing of Dawn of Darkness, my latest fan fiction, I gave things a week before calling it. During that week, I had absolutely zero interest in the story. It was 100% dead. I had turned to my novels, and had no desire to return to DoD. So I called it. I said DoD was likely shelved, and that no fan fiction was currently in the works.

I did give myself one caveat, saying that I could get a new idea for the story...
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FFC #108 - A Further Update on Dawn of Darkness

Posted June 24th, 2023 at 01:54 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #108

I wanted to give my readers a quick update on the status of DoD.

Over the past month or so, even before I started the development for DoD over, I've been having trouble sticking with it. I will sit down to develop what should an easy and straight forward part, only to lose interest soon after and switch over to something else.

In the last week, I've stopped trying to develop DoD completely, and have turned my attention to my novels instead. At this point there is no guarantee that I will return to DoD.

Despite the fact that this seems to be coming out of nowhere, it's been coming along for awhile now. Several times while developing, I would feel a deep lack of interest in the story. Some parts I enjoyed, yes, but the story as a whole never really gripped my imagination.

This is probably because I never planned on writing a sequel to my Utgar story. There was room for...
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