Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

Me and my writing, part two

"This is a Halloran song," I said to Mark Saturday night as Blue October played "Congratulations". And "This is Tessa and the kids," for "She's My Ride Home", et cetera.

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.

What now?

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.
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