Greetings Empyrean Dreams Readers,
I'm checking in before the year begins to rush through holidays to its Gregorian conclusion. It also seemed like a good time since another set of traditions just had our New Year's Day.
If you're following the current stories on Empyrean Dreams, I can promise that both Broken Record and A Bureaucrat's Tale will steadily continue and reach their intended conclusions. The updates may come more slowly for a while, for several reasons.
One of those is my participation in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you're not familiar, this is a self-motivated competition to try and write a single piece of at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. Given my usual output rate, this won't be hard, but it means less time for Empyrean work. My project is somewhere between sci-fi and sci-fantasy, but also intended as a children's book, and falls outside the Empyrean setting.
My other competing priorities - holidays and related travel, other projects, the ongoing search for publication - are the usual concerns, just more of them.
Once the current two stories are done, I can't make any promises. I might have to take a break from this site to get some paying work started. I'll post an update at that time, probably around January. It would be sad to go on hiatus (especially considering I already have the next Stchvk and Scape Grace stories outlined), but better to pause than have to stop altogether.
As I've mentioned before, Ariana is writing in many other venues. She has her own regular blog and contributes to a major site, doing the good service of plugging this site as well as my own personal non-fiction blog from time to time. She has also done short-term, paid content writing. This, plus the search for full-time employment, are the major reasons she hasn't returned to Empyrean Dreams to finish old stories or start any new ones.
So, I apologize if between the two of us, this blog still goes dark after January. It won't be because we don't have more stories to tell or the interest to keep writing them down, but because life needs us to do other things for a while.