So there I am as early as last month, trying to hammer out the latest chapter into a shape I like. Yes, I've been working at it for almost a month... only to find, over and over again, that I hate the way this one is coming out.
Presently, I find myself at a crossroads. I'll just keep plugging away at MLC as always, adding to its adventure. However, I've had to drop a buttload of ideas, and I'll probably have to drop even more. I know I originally said this was going to be eight books long, but then I realized a few things.
One, not that many people are familiar with the IGAvanias I'm referencing. Even if they are, MLC doesn't actually go the way most people would expect -- after all, I'm using characters like Aeon, Actrice, and the Chronomage while most people were probably expecting more along the lines of Alucard or Simon Belmont. Heck, most of my readers were probably hoping for Lords of Shadow characters (which may or may not happen).
Two, I'd also want to be known for writing other stories. I can't be stuck doing this forever. I have other projects. I'm trying to make time to write my own books. I have my own life to live. I should't be spending this much time on a single chapter of a single book that not that many people read anyway.
Three, if this does get as big as eight books, I'd need to form a club to catalogue them here on this site. It probably will get as big as eight books, but if I can help it, that's the cap.
So I don't really know how big exactly MLC is going to get, and I don't know how many ideas I'm going to be able to use. But rest assured, at least I have a pretty badass ending in mind... even if the road there is really long and gruesome.
MLC... I love ya ta pieces, but you're really having me take it in the keister.