I’m sure you will have noticed it’s been almost two weeks with no update in sight so this is probably not a huge shock. The Blackwell Chronicles will be going on hiatus until further notice.
I don’t really have any kind of excuse for this, other than that I haven’t been in the mood for writing this lately. The feeling crept up on me, but slowly the story’s turned into something I feel like I “should” be doing rather than something I look forward to.
Just to be clear, I still love these characters and I do have most of Season 2 planned out. But that is precisely the reason why I’m going on hiatus – I think the story deserves better than me forcing myself to write it and ploughing through on autopilot. I could still continue writing as normal, I just don’t feel like I’d do it justice.
Does that mean I’m abandoning the story altogether? Absolutely not. I just need to focus on other things for a bit and get this nagging feeling off my back to reset my mind from treating BC as a chore to check off a list. But I will come back to it.
A couple of you know that BC is actually loosely based off of my first Discover University playthrough that I played back in late 2019. The original “Cordelia” (who was not called Cordelia) was also an orphan with no money to her name, because I wanted to see how much of a debt could accumulate if I covered all costs using loans (quite a bit, turns out!).
Since this was my first playthrough, I joined all the societies, including the secret one, which is when the sprites came into the picture. Those of you who played DU on release may or may not remember an early DU bug where the sprites would not stop showing up, even when your sim graduated and left the Order of Enchantment. Meaning “Cordelia” was stuck with the sprites pursuing her. I found out this was a common bug, but instead of restarting what was originally intended to be a pretty realistic save, my brain went “this is great” and decided to send her off to the magic realm in an effort to get rid of this sprite “curse” – since at that point, I hadn’t really touched Realm of Magic either. And so the early BC concept was born.
There were some differences between how things played out in BC and in that original save, although many of the elements stayed the same. The relationships with Morgyn and L Faba were very similar, and Micah and Hawthorne were planned, though I never quite made it to Micah actually showing up in the initial save as I went on to focus on other things. But the premise never left me and fast forward 6 months, I wanted to revisit it, this time with a more fleshed out backstory – which is when I started writing BC.
The point of this rambling trip down the memory lane is that this story is something I do keep returning to, and has definitely evolved past the initial premise. My simself does have the non-committal trait, but there are things I always come back to without fail (I’m looking at you, Skyrim and Fallout). So yes, this is just a break and not the end.
When can you expect BC to make a return? Honestly, I don’t know. Hopefully sooner than another 6 months, lol. I can tell you it’s unlikely to be in the next month – I am (hopefully) going on holiday to Scotland at the beginning of July, so I don’t really foresee myself getting back into writing till mid-July, and even then, it might take some time. I don’t really want to make up an artificial deadline, since that would just contribute to my current predicament. But I will be back! If anyone still feels like reading by then!
Thank you so much for reading the story so far, and I’m sorry this is not the update you’ve been waiting for. It does feel like even posting this is taking the “pressure” off (just to be clear, when I say pressure, this is entirely self-inflicted), so fingers crossed I’ll be ready to come back sooner rather than later.