So, I was just thinking about the way I sometimes finish a series and start writing a scene in my head that’s set in that world. Mental fanfic, I guess. The point is, a scene that I would have liked a lot isn’t in the series, or I’d like an extended epilogue, or maybe I have a clear idea where I’d like the story to go following the end of the book. I don’t know how many people do that, but since fanfiction undoubtedly grows out of the same urge, obviously quite a few.
If you were going to actually sit down and do that — if you could do that with relative ease, let’s say — your life didn’t have too many distractions and the words were going to flow and you were pretty confident that you could capture the tone and voice of the original — what would you find most tempting?
For me it would be The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.
–I have in my head, right now, a detailed plot arc involving Maia and his nephew Prince Idra.
–I also have in my head a basic plot arc involving Maia and his soon-to-be empress, Csethiro Ceredin.
–I want to deal with the problem of the military installation built on top of that holy site up in the north. That’s terrible. I want to build a metaphorical bridge to those people and get that problem sorted out.
–The actual real bridge sounds very cool. I would like to build it.
–I’m not particularly interested in Thara Celehar. His passivity and willingness to let people bully him turned me off in Witness for the Dead. I want Addison to go back and write the story I actually want to read. Or, if not that, then I want to write the story I want to read.
So, for me, this is a pretty easy choice.
How about it? Any of you wish you could drop other projects and write a sequel for someone else?