Last month, at Enter the Haggis's show, I did the same thing - "The Litter and the Leaves" is a new Kirayth anthem, for example.
I stopped writing Shayara for two reasons. 1. The website issues and art wrangling were driving me crazy, and 2... I no longer had the "homesick for a place I've never been" feeling. I'd found my home.
Shayara has always been there in the back of my head. The characters never stopped living and developing and interacting. I just didn't have the drive for it... in large part because I was in a publishing mindset, and Shayara, as it is, seems unpublishable. It is a twisty world of story, art, music, puzzles, ten characters' views of the same thing, stuff you can only do on the web. And I pushed it to the back of my head because I have to work work work, you know?
But it lives in every song I sing. It is my mind and heart, and it is my way of explaining myself to the world. This is what I believe - in everything Julia does in Act Three, in the way Kieran governs his House, in the way Donna keeps the history. Shayara is me.
And... I got homesick again. Heartsick homesick.
I'm going home.
I still need to figure out how I'm going about it. Continuing it as a web-based serial? If so, I'll write things before the last minute - I'd want Act One done before I start posting. Do it as a series of novels? Don't know. Can I write it as I'm writing other things, side by side? That'd be ideal. If I'm also writing things I can sell, I won't have The Guilt over writing something unsellable.
I'll figure it out.
The important thing is that I'm going home, and I will take you with me.