I wanted to share a bit of news for those following my fanfics, and if you don't follow them, there'll be another post you can look forward later today about Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #6 haha. My fanfic Whirlen Merlin's Academy of Magic has reached its conclusion, and I just published the final chapter today. It's technically just an epilogue, but hopefully no one who's been following it was disappointed by this just being 700 words after the previous chapter was over 15,000 words lol.
The fanfic revolves around Velma being invited to teach a Magical Literature course at her sister Madelyn's school. However, this new adventure quickly turns into a mystery when the ghost of Whirlen's ancestor (none other than the legendary wizard Merlin himself) begins haunting the school. Shaggy and Scooby make occasional appearances, Fred makes one appearance in the epilogue, and there's a whole chapter including Daphne that's essentially a crossover with my previous fanfic, Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake. In a lot of ways, the story is quite like Harry Potter. The fanfic is appropriate for all audiences. The story is pretty comedy-oriented and has an absurdist humor style similar to that of Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! If it helps you get a sense of the humor style, one of my favorite jokes in the fanfic is Merlin playing classic rock from the 1980s while he's forcing people to do his bidding lol ("We Built This City" by Starship is the song that's specifically mentioned).
I'm really proud of this fanfic and it was a lot of fun doing a more experimental story than I've done in the past. Chapter 10 is quite possibly my favorite, as it's essentially political satire that's generic enough to appeal to anyone regardless of their political opinion. I had a lot of fun writing that chapter.
As a random aside, another memorable thing about this fanfic is that the publish date for a chapter that had a recurring joke about Coolio oddly aligned with the week he died exactly. I'd written the chapter back in June, so it was a really strange coincidence that he passed away two days before the chapter was scheduled to come out.
If you're interested in reading this fanfic, all sixteen chapters are now available to read on Fanfiction.net and AO3.
I've already begun writing another fanfic, and without ruining the surprise, it's probably the most excited I've been about an idea since Hexed. I can't wait to share more about the project I've currently been working on next year!