Greetings, one and all. On March 17, 2011, when such legendary fan fictions as The Wind in the Trees and Kit: Young Ninja were still being posted chapter by chapter, and the forum was abuzz with writers and readers alike, a new writer posted the first chapter of his second fan fiction: Quest for Valhalla.
At the time, I was just having fun. I didn’t know that this fan fiction would spawn three sequels, one spinoff series, and one crossover. I didn’t know that it would eventually launch me into the world of fiction writing, where I’ve been ever since. And I certainly didn’t know I would be here, eight years later, rewriting it.
Horizon in Sight has long been styled as ‘Dan’s Tale’. It was my original intention to write what happened to Dan after the events of the Quest, but as they tend to do, plans changed over time. When I finally began work on this story, I quickly realized that I couldn’t pick up where I left off. I would have to start over completely, even add a good amount of material before the events of the Quest, if I was to tell this tale right. So that’s what I did.
Horizon in Sight is very much Dan’s tale, but it is only loosely based on the Quest. The two tales are quite different. A lot of the characters in the Quest are changed or have been left out entirely. Because of this, there is no need to read the Quest before Horizon in Sight (in fact, it’s recommended that you don’t).
A final note before I leave you: Those who have been watching my FFC blog here on HSers know that Dan’s Tale will be one of my last fan fictions. I won’t be leaving HSers, but my fan fiction career is nearing its end. This was always inevitable. With each fan fiction I’ve written, I’ve tried to get closer to novel-standards (and I hope I’ve done so). Horizon in Sight is no exception. It has plenty of flaws – flaws which will be dealt with in my last fan fiction – but I believe it has gained strength in some key areas I was weak in.
However, I’ll leave you to be the judge of that. I give you Dan’s Tale: Horizon in Sight.