I wanted to let everyone know about some recent thoughts I've been having on the travelogue, as well as some (positive) developments in my own life that will affect it.
A few of you may already know that I've just been accepted into the Chapman University's graduate school. This is, in a word, awesome. It will also take up a lot of my time. Writing is a vital part of my life, so I won't be stopping. However, I may not have as much time to do so.
Also, conversation and some self-examination are forcing me to reconsider writing about Cataclysm. I do want to, but I think the travelogue is starting to reach a critical mass (in fact, it may have already reached it). Put simply, this thing is so damn long that I can't imagine I'll get too many more readers. While I've tried to make most zones standalone, I'm not sure how well I've succeeded. For instance, if someone else had written the travelogue, and it was shown to me, I'd be really put off by the length. I can hardly blame other people for being reluctant to start. And, as I've mentioned before, I do need to work on other things (and in case you're wondering, I've already started on another story for Scratched Nerve).
What I'm thinking now is that, once I've finished Northrend, I'll take an indefinite break from the travelogue that will last at least four months. It's entirely possible that I will never return to it. Even if I do, I'm going to have to make it shorter, just covering the most interesting aspects of the new zones.
It's also difficult for me to gauge the actual level of interest for the travelogue. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do this (I already use StatCounter), I'd appreciate hearing it. Still, I'm pretty sure the popularity level has plateaued.
Anyway, I still intend to hold the Q and A session on Tuesday at 5:00 PST (roll a Horde character on Feathermoon and /join travelogue to participate). I just wanted to let everyone know what's on my mind.