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Greetings, readers.

This'll be quick. In case you haven't been following my plans (for which you would be forgiven, since they change regularly and without warning), I've been working on Eternity, a multi-fiction project. I intended to make Eternity an infinite series, meaning there was no set end, and I could just keep adding fan fictions onto it until I was ready to write my novels.

Eternity was originally about the war on Valhalla, picking up shortly after wave ten. However, I struggled in finding a place to start the whole thing, and I kept coming back to a backstory idea I had for Utgar. Finally giving in, I wrote that, styling it as a prequel to Eternity.

Now, however, there are questions about Utgar which weren't answered: specifically, how come he seems so evil, which is contrary to how he was portrayed in the prequel. I can't just start Eternity without answering those questions, since approximately forty years will have passed. But answering those questions is proving harder than I expected, since unlike the original backstory, I have nothing to work off of. At the same time, an idea for how to start Eternity proper has still not been found.

In short: the expectations of Valhalla and HeroScape are tying me down. All the characters of Valhalla have more or less set personalities and things they do, and I'm finding it difficult to incorporate that into fan fiction without just directly contradicting every bit of lore. Additionally, Eternity is lacking drive, as made evident by my inability to find a way to start it. And to finish it off, the defining principle of the setting - the fact that the wellsprings prevent any kind of death - is constantly getting in my way. When no one can die, motivations are disturbingly hard to come by.

THEREFORE...

Here's where I'm at: The entire reason I'm trying so hard to write fan fiction is so that I can practice my writing, in preparation for writing novels. I don't want to be hampered by things which aren't writing problems, like backstory continuity issues which I didn't create (HS character expectations). Or logical setting conflicts which I did create, and now wish I hadn't (immortality).

So while I am not yet scrapping Eternity, I am opening up the field to other ideas. I would still like to stick with one ongoing series, because that frees me up from having to create fresh characters and settings for every fan fiction. I can branch out as required, and stay focused on the things I need to work on.

So if you, the readers, have any input on what kind of series you would like to see, let me know in a post below. Be aware that my interest has a mind of its own, and may do anything from ignoring all ideas presented, to combining several, to expanding a vague idea into something it was never intended to be. But that hasn't happened yet, so if you post below what you'd like to see, there's a chance it will catch my interest.

Please center your suggestions around a SETTING and/or a CONFLICT. And remember, HS characters are the whole reason Eternity is currently not working, so stories involving them as main characters are not what I'm looking for. Below are some examples which have piqued my interest, but which haven't taken off yet:
  • Feylund-ish forest/elves/vampires/undead/wolves kind of thing. Basically Dilmir, but refocused on the vampires and undead and the like. I do like this setting a lot, but I'm a bit wary about going there, because I intend to write fantasy novels, and don't want to use up a ton of ideas on a fan fiction.
  • Zombie/apocalypse kind of thing. Fairly straightforward, affords EXCELLENT creation of conflict and easy creation of stakes, something which I very much need. My only concern is that things could get boring pretty quickly - open to suggestions on how to handle that.
  • Terminator-style/Isadora prison/resistance kind of thing. Basically HiS type of scenario, though not necessarily on Isadora. Evil robots/undead/marro have taken over and the resistance must evade them. Your typical Terminator-resistance story. This could be combined with other ideas fairly easily.

Do you have any additional thoughts? What are your thoughts on the ideas above? Remember, the less character-centered and more setting-conflict-centered, the better.

~TGRF.

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Utgar (Official Title Pending) - Developing Iteration #2...
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