So for now, I'm not going to worry about deadlines or anything. "Kings and Vagabonds" showed me that whether I like it or not, a fic will write itself or won't.
I still have every intention of completing "Princes of the Universe" and "Derailed," but I think I may speed things up on the latter. "Princes," at least, only has about another two chapters to go.
As far as the rest of the "Theory of Everything" universe goes, I'm taking it easy. "Princes," of course, is still going to be completed. But I'm not going to sweat it too much if I don't get to "Roots of the King" (a Ken adventure going back in time and teaming up with Devin Levin months before his death) or "Journey through the Decayed" (a final love letter to Ben 10
as a whole, where the heroes from ToE must join forces and save Cross-Time from the villain from "Roots of the King" before he can retcon everything into his own perfect world). Each fic was always written with the intent that it would be the last one. So "Roots of the King" is troubling on that level, since it leads directly into "Journey" and has no sense of finality.
"Kings and Vagabonds" is turning into its own little universe too. There's a few other fics that I want to work on, but like with the original ToE fics, they're being written with the intent of not leading into a sequel. There are hints, of course, but like a Greg Weisman production--close things off with just a little hook for the imagination to come. Ideas are "Feeling Human," an aftermath fic for "Vagabonds," but is so far really damn depressing and I am not enjoying writing it in the least. So far, I'm writing out ideas but not doing much with them because this is too dark and doesn't work with what's around it. The next is "Snow, Flowers, Flame," a crossover with Sailor Moon
that puts Hina in the spotlight more. And finally is "Project Silver," a love letter to Greg Weisman that picks up on a plot thread at the end of "Vagabonds" and deals with Eiji's VERY messy relationship with his family. Also, GataKiriBa and my own version of "Duped"
, without the awful relationship fuckups.
So all of these are tentative and will happen if they happen. There's also a few other fics floating around in my head that will get written if they work out--some crackfics (mostly Fourze
related) and a couple more Ryuki
fics. There's also me trying to figure out the best way to describe the relationship among Eiji, Ankh, and Hina, realizing it's more strained and confusing than Shinji, Ren, and Yui, and having to describe it as "Literally NO ONE knows how to say 'I love you,'" so we'll see what comes with that. Also in my mind, Ryusei Sakuta is the son of Haruka Tenoh and Michiru Kaioh because he makes similar terrible decisions.