I haven't managed to do anything with Sythyry's Journal for months now. I've mostly been working on Mating Flight, which I consider to be a Good Thing too, but is a different sort of project. I do want to get back to writing a World Tree serial of some form or other, when I'm done with the first draft of Mating Flight. I want to be able to get more readers, too.
Sythyry's Journal has gotten rather unwieldy, to put it nicely. I have trouble keeping track of half a dozen years' random ideas, interesting characters, odd restaurants, and whatnots. I can't imagine many new readers getting into it: there's about 400,000 words to read, assisted only by some rather outdated glossaries and summaries. And indeed, I've lost a number of readers in the last three years or so, I think, and gained very few.
So one idea, of several, is starting Sythyry's Journal Part II. Same lizard writing, same general style. A sufficiently different situation that makes it a whole new story. Yes, prior readers will have some clues about what's going on that new ones will have to learn. But Part II will be mostly self-contained: new readers will be able to start at the beginning of Part II and not have to catch up with the mountain of words and characters and backstory and stuff. I'd also try to have more of an organized plot, though I daresay the small blue cave lizard will surprise me now and then. (Well, constantly like usual.)
And of course there are various other ideas floating around too.
I promise to read the results of the following poll and do whatever seems best to me.
Bard should write more World Tree serial fiction. (negative = no, positive =yes)
When should Part II take place?
Got another idea for when?
Where should Part II take place?
Got another idea for where?
Which characters should continue to be important? (Not very many will!)
What sorts of plots do you enjoy the most in Sythyry?
What other plots do you want me to think about?
Which of the following is true of the current journal?
Anything else important about the current journal I should know?
Or maybe I should abandon Sythyry as a viewpoint character, and start a new World Tree story? (Negative numbers = Don't! Positive numbers = Please do!)
If I were abandoning Sythyry as a primary character and starting a new World Tree story, should I use some other character from Sythyry's Journal as the main character? (negative = Don't! Positive = Do!)
Who would you like as primary character (or characters), assuming it's not Sythyry?
Or is Sythyry's Journal Part II a stupid idea altogether?