And so the adventures of Nin the Seeker come to an end. Thank you for reading this weird experimental story of mine! I began this project as a way of organizing and collecting my loose scraps and ideas. Fairly soon into it though, I realized I had a petty good narrative going, and I decided to challenge myself and write one publishable page a week for an entire year.
I hope you’ve all enjoying following along this past year! I’ve had a lot of anxiety with publishing material online, but forcing myself to complete this project has helped me get over a lot of those troubles.
I’m going to take a little time off to let Nin sit and ferment for a bit. In the meantime, I’d very much appreciate your feedback, positive or negative! Now is a good time for a re-read from the start, if you are so inclined. Hopefully, although the road was bumpy, you’ll discover a clear through-line tying everything together, somewhat.
I want to know: what stories would you like to see expanded? Were there any pacing issues? Glaring omissions? Dangling loose ends? What felt under-baked? What felt overcooked? What adventures would you have liked Nin to go on?
Feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a DM or whatever you feel is best. I am interested in returning to Nin in the future, either as some expanded, remastered edition, or even just the occasional additional tale.
If you enjoyed this series here is a vague and incomplete reading list of some of the stuff that directly and indirectly inspired it:
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Watership Down (the movie)
The Spirit of Zen by Alan Watts
The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter
Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
The cover art for the RR edition of Nin the Seeker is John Martin's Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion. Previously, for a short time, it was James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold. Both are in the public domain.
I hope to begin publishing my next work, an old novella about a Knight and a Princess, in February 2020. I hope you will give it a try. It’s a different sort of tale from Nin, but many of the same themes are present.