Busy Writing Stories I Want to Read
A story of camaraderie with a family and growing up with them across the years, with a perspective twist.
Hi everyone. You might have recalled me alluding to it in the opening of my Context Switch rewrite earlier this year, but I’d been plugging away on-and-off with some heavy surgery on my freshman fanfic, Dragonspiral’s Children. Admittedly I’m taking a leap of faith right now on my publishing pipeline, but it’s Christmas, and for those of you familiar with the original work, there’s literally no better time of the year to kick off a rewrite of this story.
Okay, so for the uninitiated, the original Dragonspiral’s Children is a cute, slice-of-life short story focused around a Druddigon and the family of trainers she grows up with that I wrote back in 2014, which itself was a modified version of a submission to Serebii’s Interpretations One-Shot Contest from 2013. So… yeah, it’s an old story, and the original version definitely has its share of rough edges and warts from back in the day where I was a lot less experienced as a writer. But the ideas and characters behind that story have always been something that I adored, and after comparing it to my current output… yeah, I felt compelled to try and give them a better canvas to shine through.
The fundamental narrative in this version of the story hasn't changed a whole lot, though a number of other things have. The formatting’s changed a bit, the dialogue has been cleaned up, some stylistic choices that didn’t work in practice have been binned in favor of ones that are more tried-and-true, and most importantly, the story’s been cut up and re-indexed into chapters that are a bit more digestible to read than in the original version. There might still be some lingering issues in the final product beyond my ability and patience to smooth out, but eh. Better to swing and miss than never try at all.
This series is basically operating off of "when I have time and energy" for a release schedule, since it’s kinda a sideshow to another sideshow I’ve got going on from my main work. Though if all goes smoothly, you should expect this rewritten tale to be in a finished state come spring showers. I would like to take a moment to extend my thanks to @Venia Silente, @CinderArts, and Tangent128 from Serebii Forums for beta reading, to @Chibi Pika for making the lovely banner that's gracing this story, and to those of you who enjoyed the original story and motivated me to take another bite at the apple to realize my vision with it.
And with that, let’s get the ball rolling and jump right into this dragon’s tale…