Stories I’d like to work on someday

I’ve got a lot of story ideas floating around, and there’s a good chance that I’ll never be able to get around to most of them. I might have been terrified with that in the past, but it’s something I’m fine with now. There are certain stories I care about more than others, and I think I’ll be satisfied if I only get around to writing them.

Following are only a few of those stories:

The Children of the Dark. I started writing this story in 2011. I got about 30k into the novel before I abandoned it, as I realized I had no idea where to go next. From time to time, I come up with an idea that could apply to the story and write down some notes. I doubt I’ll get to prioritize this one for years, given that it’s been on the backburner for ten years already.

Also, this is one of the only young adult story ideas I’ve ever had. It’ll be interesting to see if it stays that way, or if I decide to change it to an adult novel.

Brynhild’s Saga. I’ve been thinking about this one on-and-off since 2016. I know the rough plot of this story, including the beginning and the end, but the middle is a lot vaguer. I have a lot of ideas to sift through. Worldbuilding is also about half-done (and looking at some of it has me confused, as apparently I didn’t write some necessary things done), so there’s a lot of work to be done before I even start writing.

Of all the stories listed here, Brynhild’s Saga is probably going to be the longest.

Marina’s Quest. I came up with the first inklings of this story in 2016, where I drew some fantasy RPG-inspired characters. All I have are some vague characters and settings/locations, so it’ll need a lot of prep work. I need to do actual worldbuilding, figure out characters, start outlining…and figure out a plot. I don’t have a plot for this story yet. Or a real title.

The Gate at the End of the World. I’ve made blog posts about both versions of this stories I previously wrote, and posted the comic that I drew in 2017. I’ve thought about going back to the original idea and reworking it. I think trying to make it a novel-length work in the first place may have been a mistake. Perhaps it would work better as a short story, novella, or novelette.

The only problem with this story is that it may end up being too similar to Who Goes There? by John Campbell (this is the story that was adapted as John Carpenter’s The Thing). Maybe that isn’t too bad?

The Illuminated World. This story has gone through two different settings and plots already. Both times, I became dissatisfied with the story after a couple of chapters. I have two more ideas that could possibly work for this story, and I’m really hoping that one of them will actually take. I actually like both of them quite a bit, so…maybe I could use one idea for The Illuminated World and the other for a different story. Maybe.

This story will be a novella or short novel, at most – that’s really all I know for sure.

Cosmic Stardust. This started because I drew some random magic girls and made up a story about them being a team. I’d love to write this story, but…I don’t even have a story. I have no plot or anything. Just characters.

I’d also like for this story to be a comic, as it’s a magical girl story, but there’s a problem with that: I burn out very easily on comics. So…Cosmic Stardust is really on the backburner as I work through these problems.

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