I missed Monday’s post *flail* and what? Now no new installment of Silent Rain either? “Notes,” phwaa, what am I playing at anyway? Well the short excuse: My whole household apparently loves visiting colds so much, this particular one circulated into a super cold (maybe even bronchitis), sticking around for an entire week, so far (I came down with the first symptoms last Thursday).
My house looks like a super-wreck and my brain refuses any road trips, even in the land of my imaginations. So far an entire week of stress dreams, deep coughing, and more you simply don’t want details on. I did feel well enough for a Lost Girl marathon yesterday though (husband bought the first two seasons as a belated b-day gift a few weeks ago).
Anyway, sidetracked. Yes, that is my week-arsed excuse for not-a-real-update. Now, on to the supposed “Notes” on Silent Rain.
I just read something today on Writing the end to a first draft on a blog I follow. It reminded me that my only ever completed first draft, Forgotten Shadows (renamed Blood Filigree), remains unpolished because I realized it was a sequel. A sequel to what, you might ask? That sound was my head hitting my desk repeatedly. Silent Rain. When I decided on Silent Rain for my blog serial, I completely forgot my intent with it as a novel idea.
Great. What does that mean? Well, it means I have far more story material for this serial than I thought. It also means I started it completely wrong. In case you didn’t know yet, Silent Rain as it appears now, is a World of Warcarft fanfic. I tried making it enjoyable and an easy follow for those who never played. While many of the characters started out as wow characters, their story exists mostly away from canon.
What’s more, in order for Silent Rain to function as a prequel to Blood Filigree (as intended), it must be taken out of Azeroth and put in my own world, Taerion. Some things will remain the same, others (especially world details) change dramatically. As it stands in Azeroth (the primary planet World of Warcraft takes place on) Silent Rain and Blood Filigree share very little in connection.
One deals with kaldorei (night elves) before and after loss of immortality (Silent Rain) while the other deals solely with sindorei (blood elves) on the other continent long after they were exiled by the kaldorei for tampering with arcane magics. While that’s not important to the storyline persay, the truth is, as fanfics, they simply are not prequel and sequel.
I suppose if 50 Shades of Grey can pull off publishing only slightly disguised (if you can call that a disguise) fanfic (from what I hear), this should be okay. After all, only a few elements are recognizable (and mostly just my OCs) from fanfic Silent Rain to Taerion Silent Rain. The rest are elements you find across the fantasy genre, not just in World of Warcraft.
Now I turn to you, my current audience. Shall I continue Silent Rain as a fanfic set on Azeroth (and maybe come out with an originalized novel version prequel, bringing in Blood Filigree as a sequel)? Shall I quickly restart the series while we’re only on episode three and set it immediately in my own world?
Will you forgive me if I restart the series and set it on Taerion?
*Not fanfic, less worry of losing people who simply aren’t interested in World of Warcraft.
*Not fanfic, less worry of losing World of Warcraft lovers bored from my efforts helping readers who don’t play, keep up.
*Not fanfic, won’t aggravate people convinced I should write canon rather than original characters.
*Not fanfic, I don’t have to worry about stepping on canon toes and can create my own epic events for my original characters without explaining why such things failed to show up in Azeroth’s overall histories.
*Can add Blood Filigree as a separate, but connected blog series sequel once Silent Rain’s story finishes.
*I’d need to start over (but not from scratch) and ask that you trust I will finish this run.
The only other option I see is continuing it as a blog series fanfic, then go all 50 Shades of Grey by novelizing it in Taerion with Blood Filigree as a sequel you can purchase (or wait for free deal specials) in ebook formats. The only benefit for that is monetary. I give readers of the blog series a reason to purchase the ebook (it’ll be a similar story in a very different setting and with some very different surrounding events).
If no one responds in comments I think I’ll reboot in Taerion anyway, trusting in your faith that I will continue the series without stopping afterward.
So, how ’bout it readers? Continue in Azeroth, ebook in Taerion; or reboot now, in Taerion?
FYI I’m thinking I might collect the seasons, edit them, polish and refine, hire a cover artist and copy-editor, and then ebook them for a nominal (hoping to pay off artist and copy editor) price. If it remains fanfic, I can’t do that.
Whatever happens, look for the reboot or third episode next Friday, it may suck as a result, but I will write it no matter how sick I am (hopefully I’m not still sick though).
Thanks for following along so far!