I don’t do this often, but given my schedule difficulties recently, I wanted to take this post to give a status update.
Today marks the two year anniversary of Sins of the Fathers, which is rather mind boggling. This milestone prompted me to look at what I have planned and made me realize something:
I’m halfway done.
To be honest, when I started this, I planned to take only about a year or so, but given the ambitiousness of the task, I’m not surprised (and very glad) it grew into something much larger than the original story I had planned. But that said…
After I finish this arc, I still have six or seven arcs planned, not including side-stories and any other plot lines that I make the mistake of introducing. Ar nine chapters per arc plus three interlude chapters between, at one chapter a week, including the rest of this arc, that’s almost two more years.
I don’t know if I want to keep doing this for that long. I love writing, and I love the superhero genre, but I’m getting tired of these characters, the limitations of this setting, and honestly, being associated with the really shitty writing first few arcs. Despite two years of writing, I’m getting beat out on top web fiction by people who have been at it for only a few weeks, which is frustrating, and the stress of academics on top of trying to keep a schedule is very difficult. I’ll be honest, this started out as little more than bad Worm fan fiction, but I like to think it’s taken on a life of its own. That, unfortunately, is part of the problem, as the scope of what I have planned grows at about the same rate as what I have written.
Beyond that, I don’t want to wait that long to be able to work on my other ideas. Ashes and Dust (my diesel-punk western/great depression with elemental magic frame story) and Sufficiently Advanced Technology (a cyberpunk heist story) are itching to be written, but all my writing time is devoted to Sins of the Fathers.
I don’t really know what this means for Sins of the Fathers. I’ll probably have to take a hiatus for a little while (I promise it’ll be shorter than my last one) to regain my sanity and do a little personal stuff (though I do plan to finish Shadows of Giants first). I don’t think I’m going to abandon it entirely, because I owe you readers who stuck with it some resolution. For now, I’m going to stick with it and try to get this arc finished. I may have to shift to a semi-weekly schedule so I can actually be satisfied with my writing quality, but I’ll get it done. After that… I have an interlude I can put up, and Archangel 4 is still in the queue. But then, it’s anybody’s guess. I may take a break and rewrite the first arc or two to be not completely awful. I may get out a draft of Sufficiently Advanced Technology. We’ll see, I guess.
So no chapter today, I guess. I did an editing pass on the previous chapter, and I think it flows better now.