First off, this isn't really an update. Now, before anyone gets worried, I promise to finish everything in Northrend. However, I'm starting to really doubt that I'll continue on to Cataclysm, for several reasons.
I'm sure most everyone has seen the rumors swirling around the Internet. Honestly, I feel pretty silly even speculating on them, since they are just rumors. That said, I'm inclined to suspect that this rearrangement of Azeroth's geography is going to happen, mostly due to the globes seen in the Halls of Lightning.
I just don't have much interest in returning to these zones, even if they are altered beyond recognition. Some of this stems from my sentimental attachment towards the zones in their current states; this probably comes from writing so much about them. Still, that's one of the risks of fanfiction. Someone once likened writing fanfic to playing in another person's backyard. To further this comparison, if the owner decides to tear out the flower bed and replace it with a swimming pool, there's not a whole lot the writer can do about it.
Here's the real issue: even if these rumors are completely false and Blizzard offers 100% new content, I'm not sure I should cover Cataclysm. I've been working on the travelogue since 2006. It's some of the most fun I've ever had in writing, and it's been great getting feedback from readers. At the same time, it's a bit limiting. I'm not sure how much more the travelogue can let me grow as a writer. My original fiction has fallen by the side, all but abandoned.
Now, nothing's set in stone just yet. Obviously, a lot depends on what's revealed in BlizzCon this weekend. A more conventional expansion might change my stance, to a degree. Still, I need to explore other kinds of writing, so if I do write about Cataclysm, it will probably be in a more limited capacity.
I don't necessarily think that Blizzard changing the old world around is a bad thing. It does make the setting more dynamic, and I think a lot of people like the idea. Ultimately, it doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy. Maybe I'll be impressed enough with the flooded Barrens that I'll continue, but again, probably in a limited capacity, with chapters that are shorter (though still of high quality).
Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know about what's in the future for this blog. If you have any comments or questions, please post them: I'll respond as soon as possible.