lol uhoh, I'm in trouble! Dem wants more and I don't have anything yet!
I did start writing a second part, but I haven't had a lot of time to work on it with school. Also, I've been laser focused on my Dragon Age stories for the last month because December 4th is Unofficial Dragon 4ge Day and a bunch of fans have organized an event. There's a charity auction, donation pools, raffles, and a couple of the voice actors from DA Inquisition are donating their time and will also give out some signed merchandise and donations. There are writing and drawing prompts for people to use for inspiration, and you can submit your work to the people running the event and they will share it so everyone can see it. One of the big prompts is what the games mean to you, and I wrote a blog post on it. I had to edit a lot of things out because it was a little too personal and involved one of my exes, but it was really nice to express it. I debated on doing a video submission for it as well but that would require looking nice lol. I've submitted four short scenes for the event and was planning on drawing out a dragon, but I won't be done in time with the dragon (everything has to be submitted by 11/27 and this thing is pretty big). Working on the prompts has really given me a lot of ideas for stuff and actually inspired a new story I've been working on via the prompts, but since it's a whole story rather than random scenes like with my other DA story, I'm not posting more than the teaser scene I put up until I have written the beginning of the story. I'm going to try and line up the end of the story with DA Day next year, so I have some time to work on it. I do need to work on the other story-line, The Hunt, but I just haven't had the chance. I've been on a bit of a writing spree except for the part where I have to write something non-speculative for one of my final short stories in a class I'm taking this term. The last time I tried to write "normal" fiction, it still turned into a fantasy story, so I learned years ago to stick with what I love. However, this program requires you to dabble in all of the major genres you can choose from for your thesis, so I still have to try. I really don't think my professor is going to fail me because I suck at contemporary fiction, she's not that sort of teacher and will generally give someone a passing grade on an assignment if she can see that they really did try. I just...I set the bar really high for myself with the last three assignments because I was able to incorporate fantasy elements in all of them and I kept with the same main character so I could flesh out one of my backup thesis ideas. Like, that bar is so high I'm going to need my wings back to get over it.
But! Since you want to know what happens next with Lannan and Merrick, I'll tell you....once I've written it
I have a general idea, I just have to fit it into a timeline and decide on a couple of details first. Because it isn't my world, I have to try and remain aware of the rules and where the canon characters are and when they're there. This first installment takes place completely independent of all other characters within that universe, but the next chapter will probably bring them into contact with civilization. Oh....I have a map, I think. I guess it's a good thing I got Witcher 2, because it comes with a map! But, to be honest, several people have expressed an interest in this story being turned into a full-fledged book, and I really am inclined to do it, provided I go about it the right way. The main obstacle is that I can't publish it for profit unless I get permission, so I may just post the chapters online. I haven't decided if I will repost onto Archive of Our Own, mostly because it's a media tie-in right now and not a pure fanfiction, but all of my DA stuff is on AO3 and it's a site for that kind of stuff.
I'm really glad you like it though! It makes me feel encouraged to keep writing!
Ohhhhh I don't think I told you guys yet! I finished the first draft of the novel I've been working on for the last couple of years! I want to use it for my thesis, which doesn't start for almost a year yet, but I was so excited when I finished it and I still can't quite believe that I finally finished writing a novel! The first draft, true, and it's far from finished and polished, but I've never finished any of my drafts before. I have a list of revisions I want to make and I'm saving it all for the thesis process. Unless, well, unless I just can't resist finishing it before then and choose another story to work on for it. I have two other potential ideas for my thesis, so if I can't keep from working on it, I will just refocus on one of the other two. Too bad we can't use fanfiction for our classes, because that's all I seem motivated to write at the moment. I literally have a DA novel planned out in my head up to a certain point, after that there is zero canon for what comes next involving one of the characters, and thus I can do pretty much whatever I want. *evil cackle*