As we reach the home stretch of a very productive year, I find I can look back and divide 2006 into two very distinct segments. The year began with a frantic push to publish the final dozen pieces of the immense Black Idol series, a 27-chapter monsterpiece that took ten writers three years to write, 18 months to print, and filled 14 issues. After all that effort, it wasn’t very surprising that most of our writers felt the need to take a bit of a break in this latter half of the year.
At the same time, right after our June Writers’ Summit the group went through a number of unexpected changes brought about by the need to more widely distribute the responsibility for leading the Dargon Project.
Because of those two factors, DargonZine had a very quiet summer. Nearly every one of our writers needed some time for themselves for one reason or another, and traffic on our internal discussion list slowed to a trickle.
Fortunately, there’s still a healthy bunch of stories for us to print. Some of our writers, like Dafydd, had quickly finished their Black Idol commitment and begun other stories that couldn’t be printed until after that series was finished. Such is the case with this issue’s “Fears”, which is mysteriously linked with DargonZine 19-5′s “Dancing”, as well as his forthcoming “Sea-eyes” and “Twist”. Knowing how Dafydd works, I can tell you that it’ll all culminate in dramatic fashion when the storyline eventually reaches its final resolution.
At the same time, we had a couple other writers who weren’t involved in the Black Idol series at all, but who were busy writing other things. Nick Wansbutter is at the top of that list, and his nine-part “Great Houses War”, which began in June’s DargonZine 19-6 and resumes in this issue, will continue to appear in issues throughout 2007.
So although things have been quiet lately, you can continue to expect a stream of issues with great new stories. Dafydd and Nick will both appear again in our next issue, which will be out in mid-December, after which we’ll take a brief holiday break before beginning our world record 23rd year of bringing you the best amateur fiction on the Internet.