Middle of August Status Update!
Relatedly, I burned out on C&D2 not once, but multiple times. In fact, for a couple weeks I was so burned out on every form of writing I wrote nothing whatsoever.
But currently, things are getting better! I am still recovering from the last C&D2 burnout, and I am presently working on a different project. So…
The bad news: C&D2 is probably not going to happen this year.
The good news: I am rapidly working on a new project. I don’t want to give any hard and fast dates, but it’s coming along!
What is this new project? Still a secret, but it’s a similar style to C&D, although it’s not a LitRPG and it’s WAAAAY darker. Somewhere in the NA range.
After it, I intend to finish C&D2, this time with a much happier attitude towards writing and success, and then we’ll probably be going between the two series for a while. But right now, I’m concentrating on getting this new project finished without burning out on it, too.
I have always been inspired by the story of Fredrick Douglass, a slave who escaped slavery to become a renowned orator and author. His is not the story of a man who was second-rate, shooed into the spotlight only for his relative accomplishments compared to his past. What use would that be? No, he was not merely any random speaker, but Fredrick Douglass, a name that survives to this day in history books, no matter how often it is skimmed over.
A shameless plug for someone else.
I have seen, and admittedly indulged in that fan activity I will call the Fact Checking Game. It goes like this: First, you take some work of fiction, particularly a popular one, and you find some fascinating idea or claim it has. Then you deconstruct it with real world logic, checking all the facts and invariably coming up with an unrealistic or at least implausible conclusion. At this point, bemoaning that the creator did not think of this may commence. As a sequel, you can find some plausible counterpoint, and argue with the proponents of the former conclusion until the cows come home.
This is not, in itself, a bad thing.