To sequel or not to sequel?

With apologies to Shakespeare, that is the question.

During a recent evening walk, I ran into a neighbor who was eager to tell me how much his mother loved Face Of Our Father. She had one big complaint—that she had to wait for the sequel. While his mother’s comment is a joking compliment, it also raises a not so funny author concern.

I have promised to publish the sequel, Face Of Our Mother, in 2016. In order to accomplish this feat by the end of next year, I had planned on not finishing the entire story, thereby generating yet another sequel.

Yes, I am a writer, but first and foremost, I’m an avid reader. A real tramp that enjoys reading authors ranging from Cervantes to Hemingway to Collins, and every genre, from every time in between. And I well know the feeling of waiting for the next book in the series. I’m currently hoping that George R.R. Martin will knock off wherever he’s at in book six and let me feed my addiction. Literally, the man could charge me fifty dollars for his next paperback, and I’d gladly pay, just so I can find out what happens to the long ago, innocent little Arya. So my concern for the “sequel issue” prompts me to ask my blog readers for a favor.

Namely, I’d like your thoughts. Although all of my blogs are always open to comment, so far, you are disinclined to offer them. I know you stop by to read. Perhaps you’re unaware, but us bloggers can see those stats. You’re sometimes called lurkers. Which is fine. I lurk too. Most everywhere I visit a blog, I’m content to simply read. But I need your help. Please offer your thoughts on the following question.

Should I sequel early and often, or should I write and write and write until I’ve finished the entire story?

The first choice means a novel every eighteen months to two years. The second probably means four years from right now.

I am not trying to shirk my promise to deliver Face Of Our Mother by next year. I’m simply a reader who understands waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Can you hear me, George Martin? And I don’t want you as impatient with Pitir as I am with Martin.

Stream of Consciousness Quote:

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”—Ernest Hemingway

8 thoughts on “To sequel or not to sequel?

  1. As a person who lost one of his best friends of over 30 years this past few days, I say never put off to tomorrow, ever. Too much planning can modify the emotional element. I say give us the emotion sooner than later, we are waiting.

    • I’ll do my best, Sir. The older I get, the more the following passages mean to me.

      “Now nearly all those I loved and did not understand when I was young are dead, but I still reach out to them.
      Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
      I am haunted by waters.” – Norman Maclean, A River Runs through It

      My list of those “I still reach out to” grows and grows. And I still hear them.


  2. I favor writing like they used to vote in Chicago – early and often. I’d rather have a bit of the story come out a little (or a lot) at a time, rather than wait for one big volume to drop. I think I recall that Dickens syndicated his novels in weekly installments.

  3. Stay the Course! While I am anxious to devour “Face of Our Mother”, I can wait until you are confident that it is worthy of my time. It is a good thing that you solicit input from your readers, and that you share as much as you do, but in the end it is your decision. Trust your gut instincts. I thoroughly enjoyed your first effort and cannot fathom what you and your family sacrificed to make it a reality. Balance is the key, pick a topic. Since this is my first ever blog, and that gives it a commanding lead over my tweets, I would say “Quit blogging and write”, but what do I know.

  4. Don’t make us wait too long, storyteller. Our tale must be told! 18 to 24 months should do it. The hero in all of us…waits…

  5. Dear Author,
    Face of Our Father is an outstanding read. The story continues, for how ever long it takes. As anxious as I am for the next book, do it in your own time. Although… four years is too long for the next installment!

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