Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A to Z: I Survived It

Last night's post was the final of the A to Z Challenge. It's been a wild ride and, about half-way through, I began to really wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew. But, last night was letter 'Z' and the end of the challenge. And, oddly enough, I now feel a little deflated.

Usually, I post about once a week - fitting it around figure painting and general life - so posting daily was a bit of a culture shock for me. Funny thing was that even with the difficult letters, the "Q's", and the "Y's", once I relaxed and stopped stressing about it, something would just pop into my head and I would have the germ of a post. Whether my posts actually mean anything to my readers, well, , that's another matter. I take solace in the fact that I have had some great comments on the posts I have made - and it seems that my flailing around in search of material to write about has prompted at least two readers to dig out their old Traveller books which, for me, is a win. 


Some of the material I wrote about, in particular for my own Traveller campaign, has set off little trains of thought. For example, the article about the Querl'harto was actually cut down from a longer piece that sprang off the character of Antheas Golus who encountered the first known (to the Imperium) Querl'harto. The piece I began writing detailed her search for her brother, who had disappeared to Rimward while searching for the Querl'harto homeworld. Antheas discovered a source of anagathics during her exploration, which is why she was able to spend a century on the hunt for him and Klarekhek. 


I need to explore the Rimward Subsectors in some detail, so I can write the rest of the story, and I need to complete the rest of my work on Gazolan Subsector so I can begin moving the History of the Rimworlds forward again. If nothing else, the A to Z Challenge has revitalised my interest in getting on and writing this stuff.