I just finished Herring and Tol Agarutha’s story arc. I’m pretty pleased with it, because it leaves things open enough that I can bring them back later. I thought you might be interested in seeing a sketch of what I see when I write about Herring.
One of the things that has surprised me is that he’s become a more sympathetic villain as the manuscript has progressed. His “voice” changed, too. That is something I’ll have to go back and make consistent, once the manuscript is finished.
…what I’m planning to do with Manleigh Cheese. My current plan is to finish the manuscript, edit it, and then query literary agents.
Part of this plan entails me taking down Parts 3 and 4 in the near future. I’ll leave the ebooks of 1 and 2 up as free teasers.
The goal is to finish the manuscript while I’m writing Blood-Soaked and Gone.
If you’ve enjoyed Manleigh Cheese, I’d appreciate it if you would share parts 1 and 2 with your friends. In the meantime, I’m going to do my best to write an ending that lives up to what has come before and leaves room for a second book.
I was imagining tomorrow’s installment of Manleigh Cheese, and I had an idea that would allow me to wrap up the story sooner, with more drama, and probably more forks to build a sequel around. I’m trying to decide if I want to do that or not.
Without giving too much away, I could have the climax occur on the White House lawn. It would take days of installments to create a resolution for such madness. I don’t believe the plot would suffer, but there would be more unanswered questions. The plot points that would be left hanging would be:
Who/what is John Frost?
Who is Etty Pendy-Frost?
What kind of success does Manleigh Cheese enjoy post-climax? Freakish notoriety, I’m sure. This might not be the best thing in the universe.
Where were Murky and his friendly coven members during this whole thing? The Pendy family, too?
What/who on the spirit world side of things has seen all of this, and do they have a problem with it? If so, what will happen with that conflict.
Do Logan and Patti get married/shack up/nookie?
How do you keep the government out of John and Etty’s business?
So, there are quite a few plot points I need to consider before choosing the new climax over the original plan. I don’t want to trade brevity for completeness and enjoyment.
Still, don’t you think having the President go rip-roaring insane would make a few smashing story installments?