The Near Horizon: March 2019

I actually managed to get stuff done in February!

Although I wasn’t exactly stunning in my output, I feel like I did a lot more than normal.

I’m almost finished with Bishop’s War. There’s just a few chapters left to go. As soon as it gets wrapped up, I’ve decided I’m definitely putting my Half-Life series on the back burner for the moment. I’m admittedly not sure when I’ll get back to it, consider 2019 is the year of Halo and 2020 is going to be the year of DOOM. Maybe 2021 will be the year of Half-Life? Man, that’s a long time to wait. I will probably at some point start writing the sequel, on the side, but it’ll be awhile. Admittedly, writing this story has gotten me a little depressed. It seems like no one gives a shit. But I know at least SOME people are reading it, and hopefully fans of the original Half-Life game are reading it and enjoying it. Ultimately I think that’d make it worth it. That and I really wanted to write this one, so it’ll be nice to get it out of my system once and for all.

Next, The Will To Live. I had intended to finish Part One in February, but I knew from the beginning that that was a really lofty goal. The good news is that the end is within sight. Not super close, but on the horizon. Once I wrap up Part One, I’ll put it on a temporary hiatus.

Pretty much nothing new with And There Was Another. Once I wrap up Bishop’s War, I’ll immediately resume production on it. I’d like to get the next planet written before putting it to sleep once again.

And as for my big giant project, Nerves of Steele. To go over everything once more, when Bishop’s War is done, The Will To Live Part One is done, and the next planet of And There Was Another are all done, I’ll put everything on hold and begin working on Nerves of Steele. This is going to be my big one. To be honest, looking at my overall plans for it, and just the sheer amount of content, I’m going to say now that I think I might be able to have the longest Halo story ever written. Or, at least, the longest one on FFNet. The current top contender is that story The Life, which sits at over 1.6M words.

I think I can do it.

It’ll take years, obviously, maybe even a decade, but I’m okay with that.

But anyway, if I keep going at the pace I’ve been going, I might be able to begin production on it by the end of the month. We shall see. This one will require a little more planning than usual. I want to read some Halo books for inspiration, play Combat Evolved on my original Xbox, and figure out exactly how I want this all to go. And that’ll take some time.