Not long ago I interviewed Scottish author Robbie MacNiven, who wrote Werekynd–Beasts of the Tanglewild. This fantasy serial has been both the longest-running serial, and the most popular one, in the short history of JukePop Serials (where my own serial, The Armored Satchel, is still running). Yesterday, Robbie put up Chapter 34 of Werekynd–the final chapter, thus bringing his adventure on JukePop, both literally and as a writer, to a close.
Robbie blogged about the final chapter here and provided some interesting thoughts. Please do check out the full article, but here are some of his comments on finishing Werekynd:
Werekynd has now run for nine months, making it Jukepop’s longest ongoing serial. On Saturday it finishes with Chapter 34 – Warpwood Dreams and Tangled Destinies. I won’t be cringey and say “it’s been a great adventure.” In truth Werekynd is riddled with faults. I wrote it from month to month, guided only by the vaguest idea of where it was going. I wrote it so each instalment would excite, not follow a prearranged script. I wrote it because, despite what my subconscious likes to think, I’m still young and I’m still a newbie writer. And sometimes I can use those excuses to just kick back and write whatever the heck I want.
Because of this, over the past nine months I may just have become a little attached to Ulthric and Vega, Thomas and Red, Hrothgar and Venneck, Ferdano and Lorenzo, Novo and Roddick. It’ll be sad to say goodbye. But, despite all the inconsistencies and typos, not to mention trying to find new words to describe marshland mud, or lunging fantasy-werewolves, I really have enjoyed following their bloody romps. Damn it, it really has been an adventure.
My own thoughts are heading in the same direction. The Armored Satchel may itself end pretty soon, or possibly morph into another adventure, but either way it’s going to close down at some point. Writers have a curious emotional relationship with their stories that it’s sometimes difficult for readers (who are not also writers) to understand. To the reading public, once a story is finished it’s pretty much set and done. But for a writer it continues to live, and there are always nagging things that you think could have been done better or even that you decide you want to go back and correct–possibly in a “reboot,” a Hollywood term that I think may actually become a thing among writers too. (I am considering a reboot of by own Giamotti series).
Anyway, it’s great to see Robbie finish his serial having achieved so much and grown as a writer. I wish him the best of luck on future projects, as I’m quite certain we haven’t seen the last of him!