If I’m going to take a break from fiction and focus on reblogging for a while, I really should say something more about these posts I’m sharing than, “hey, this is cool.”
Over at the Writings By Ender blog, Austin L. Wiggins laments the epidemic of sequels in movies and novels, and encourages aspiring writers to focus on self-containted stories and novels rather than inventing a formula that can be extended across multiple volumes. I agree with his assessment — the last thing the literary world needs is another high fantasy trilogy, and the constant recycling of yesteryear’s stories is discouraging writers from exploring their creativity — and have no plans to serialize any of the fiction I’ve been developing in this blog. Gray Metal Faces, being a novel about high school students, could easily be extended into sequels based on school years, but I’m going to conclude that work by eliminating any possibility of a follow-up story. (Don’t worry, nobody dies.) And while I could further explore The Land Without Mosquitos by introducing other visitors from Jane Summers’ alternate reality, I have no interest in doing so.
Let me finish a few works, get them published, and God help me actually make a couple bucks off my craft — then I can think about a multi-volume work. But that days a long ways off, and I’ve got plenty of work planned to keep me busy until I get there.