All the ‘In Depth’ posts were written in 2014, so they need some editing, but for now I’m posting them as they are. There may be spoilers ahead.
I had no idea when I started Lucille’s story that the Web was going to be so big. The Walkers were something I’d been wanting to write about for a while, after having a dream where someone stepped through a door that took them from one season to another, with no idea that there would be thirty-four known worlds, three lost worlds, and five sibling worlds, as well as one of the known worlds having been created as an experiment that would, hopefully, keep the Web intact if something happened to any of the worlds. As this is something that has happened in the other Webs (every time I write for this collection it seems to grow and so far I know of around four other Webs that I want to explore) it does make sense for it to have happened, but that does mean that one world turned into twelve. Fortunately it’s become a reader favourite, so I get to write a lot for this collection, and yet I still feel like I don’t have enough time to write all the stories I want to write for this collection.
When Willow’s fae travelled to Earth they left behind a number of other groups, including the Thirteen Families, and it was the Thirteen Families who created the Web. They believed it was the best way to make certain that they didn’t do to their new world what they did to Kalinia, even though it wasn’t long before those who weren’t building the Web started to get cold feet. Making thirty-seven worlds seemed excessive to them and they wouldn’t listen to the explanations of the creators, who were knew that the Web had to be a certain size in order for each of the worlds to be able to keep each other strong. The rest of the fae seemed to think that just having five worlds connected to their new world would work, but the creators knew that would just give them a little extra time, while the Web, as big as it was, would mean they could live there for the rest of time, as long as nothing else caused any problems. Unfortunately there were problems.
One of them was the lost worlds. The first world was something the fae could cope with, even though it meant the loss of five of their race, which was something that hurt them considering what had happened to their numbers on Kalinia. It as the second world that was too much, in part due to the fact that it trapped members of the Gold family and the Gold elder didn’t like this at all. When this happened the fae did what they thought was right and hid themselves away in settlements, where they could protect themselves from the newly created races. There they felt safe, even though this has had a major effect on them. Something I’ve learnt recently about the races of the Web is that they reincarnate, although they don’t have an afterlife, so the fae, trapped within their settlements, have no choice but to keep remembering the past with every life that they live, which, unsurprisingly, makes things very difficult for them.
Talking about each world in depth is something I will be doing in the future, but for now I’m going to keep this simple. The worlds I have named and have started writing for are: Athare, the world at the center of the Web, who chose to work with the fae in order to protect herself (the worlds are sentient) and helped to secure the Web itself by making some changes to it; Kankirin, one of the lost worlds, that I know a little about, mos of which I don’t like, because this is a world where a certain group have started experimenting with souls in such a way that I hope they all end up meeting a nasty fate; Janoch, a world of bonded magic, which makes things very difficult for the races here; Galom, the world of many worlds, which I’ve sadly written very little for, although I have started a number of stories on his inner worlds (Ilirin; Avaera; Konoran; Jadir; Eulae; Shael; Valira; Neothe; Krolar; Aena; and Iliria); Kniroch, the world with sibling worlds, and I know more about the sibling worlds than I do about Kniroch – the sibling worlds being Labyrinth; Pendragon; Edge; Oracle; and Sterling; Siaral, home to the dragons, unicorns, elemental birds, pegasi and phoenixes, as well as wish magic, something that one of the volcanoes caused; Aerith, another of the lost worlds, a world where the only season is winter; Raenarin, home to the Witches and Sorceresses, one of the worlds most likely to be destroyed by the races living there; Saethera, a world I know very little about; Taithmarin, a world home to races who have been taken from their home world for some reason; and Beshaki, one of the more experimental worlds created by the fae as one third is permanently day, one is permanently twilight, and one is permanently night. Two other worlds belong to readers of mine, Linda, that I sadly haven’t written anything about yet, and Quiar, which is one of my favourite worlds and one I love writing for, even if the characters do insist on doing exactly what they want, even when I’m trying to convince them to move things on faster.
Some worlds I’ve written more for than others, in part due to interest again, so receiving prompts for the worlds I know very little about is always helpful. As I’ve said before knowing that someone does want to see the stories really does help me, because there are times when writing is very lonely, and, as much as I love doing this, it’s nice to have someone there telling me that they enjoy what I’m writing – even if that is just by using one of the reaction buttons at my website. A lot of the stories I’ve started I have several write mores on to continue them, so that’s something I’ll be doing once I’ve updated my list. Even just leaving a comment with a smiley face does help. I know how hard it can be to find the time to write a comment or leave a prompt, so something simple like that lets me know that someone is there and someone is reading, especially with a collection like this one. That way I know which stories are being enjoyed most, what works and what doesn’t, so I can use the time I have better.