Pondering Changes

The Spirits of YuleAs those who follow me regularly know, I’ve been doing some thinking about where I want to take my writing. I’m finding that some of my interests are changing, and while I still love The Lord of the Rings and Raymond E. Feist’s work, I’m finding that some of my passion for fantasy as a whole has diminished. It isn’t gone, by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m finding the folklore far more interesting, much like I did years ago. There’s sense of reality to it and a relevance to daily life that fascinates me.

There are some things in the process of changing in my life, and I wonder if that has something to do with the shifting interests. It also leads me to wonder if I want to make some major changes to my website, to remove some of the history and details of the world of Grevared. That mostly comes from a comment a friend of mine made along the lines of “do you really think anyone wants to read pages of boring history?” I actually do, so it’s included. But I wonder if it needs to be there.

Aliyah Melton Stephens ObituaryI’m also finding work on Aliyah’s Tears fascinating. The epistolary style isn’t one I had even considered before, but it’s challenging and interesting. I’m working to include newspaper articles, medical records, and the like along with diary entries, emails, letters, and texts. There’s a lot that goes into that, and it’s as much fun as creating a fantasy world. I wonder how far I can take this and how it will be received when completed.

Of course, the flip side to that is the The Spirits of Yule is almost completed and ready to release. I haven’t decided if I want to release it when it’s finished or if I want to wait until closer to the holidays. It brings me back to the world of Grevared, a world that I’ve enjoyed working in for the last five years. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to give it up, and I doubt I ever will completely.

I suppose the short version is that I’m re-evaluating some things. If there are those who have recommendations or suggestions about what you’d like to see, please sing out. I’d love to hear what my readers like and what their interests are.

Best wishes!