After 62 entries in the series, my story arc based on Obsidian Interactive’s RPG Tyranny has come to an end. It hasn’t finished, not by a long shot, but the final scheduled post went up yesterday, and with that I have no more content waiting in the wings, set to release in a give schedule.
I had gotten in contact with Paradox Games, the publishers of Tyranny, to see if they would be interested in collaborating on a book—after all I had written nearly 35,000 words and had a great deal more story to tell, and they were looking at new ways to market their game. Though emails went back and forth, getting up to the head of business development even, I was unable to sign the contract they sent me due to serious questions about ownership and Swedish law (of which I am no expert). I drafted suggested changes and never heard back.
There likely isn’t much feasibility in retooling the story for a new/unique setting, because so much of the world-building and plot came from the excellent creative minds behind the game itself. It’s not something one could file off the serial numbers and present as a new project.
I admit I’ve been a bit burned out of late on trying to find an agent or publisher interested in my Pandora’s Box story. Whether this is from work stress or the ebb and flow of everyday life, the effort to actually sit down and compose more query letters is just daunting. Similarly I’ve found that I haven’t been able to write many other—creative—works as I hoped I would be able to.
Maybe in the coming months I’ll take some time off of work and just dedicate that period to getting back into the groove. I have a notepad filled with ideas, and many photographs and images that spark stories, but but the leap from inspiration to fruition feels very large right now.
I’m certainly not going to stop writing new posts on this blog, and I will work hard to keep creating and producing creative content, but it may be a while before I get back into the pattern of writing serialized fiction.
Header image taken by Jenn Wanderer, an avid hiker and nature photographer from Alberta, Canada.