http://www.conan.com/, where I post as Reaver. I had left that forum about a year ago, mainly due to the rampant negativity, and some of the more vocal "Purists" who would get downright confrontational and insulting if you didn't see things their way. Not surprisingly, most of them are still there, and still doing their thing. But, in the interim months, things have changed for me.
I've made some friends outside of those forums that I have come to realize that I already knew from there. Small world, REH-fandom is. I've also matured and mellowed a bit, and no longer rise to others' bait on some issues. When the hell did I grow up?
Regardless, it's a good community of people, all fans of Robert E. Howard and his works (those who only know Conan from other mediums are quickly converted or killed...yeah, it's like Riddick in there). It's a good place to discuss all things REH, as well as those things only peripherally related. And I'm now testing it to see if it's a good place to bounce writing ideas off of.
Some of you may remember my idea for a "sequel" of sorts to L. Sprague DeCamp's Conan pastiches. Particularly his creation and treatment of Conan's eldest son, Conn. Well, after giving it some thought, based on some comments here, I have decided to do some more work on that project. However, I am changing the names and making it an original work. If/when it is completed, it won't be a Conan pastiche (based on another Conan pastiche). Yet, there may be enough in there for fans of Conan to recognize the nods and homages. I have 10 chapters outlined. I see this being a relatively short book. Nothing over 200 pages, for sure. I plan to split it into two parts, with the first part being outlined already. There is a possibility that it could go to three parts, but I still don't foresee it being much longer than 200 pages.
Why am I doing this? Because I can. And I like the premise of the son of a barbarian usurper taking over the throne from his father. It will allow me to explore the possibilities of nature vs. nurture. The Prince was born and raised in opulence, but how much of his wild father's nature did he inherit? Of course, there will be plenty of action, sorcery, adventure, danger, excitement, and maybe even a little romance. You know, everything that makes a book fun to read (for me anyways).
So, here I go!