ever on and on
Odin help me! I read through the entire 19 + 1 of my Fathers and Sons stories this weekend, hoping to impose some kind of consistency on the narrative, and what I found was that there are plenty of stories I could still write to fill in narrative holes. (Plus plenty of inconsistency in the narrative.)
But I don’t think I will.
The Fathers and Sons stories are a cycle, not a novel. They are interconnected short stories that can stand alone and yet make perfect sense as a collection. I admit that some of the stories don’t really work as stand-along pieces, but they inform and fulfill the overall narrative. They belong in the cycle. They make the cycle work.
Yet the part of me that likes long-form novels and suchlike wants to add a bunch of stories to “fill in the gaps” of the narrative. This is where Odin needs to step in and rescue me from myself. I think I could keep writing stories to fill the gaps forever, and I can’t do that.
There is one more story I think I might write for this cycle. I’m calling it “One-match fire” and it would fill in some holes. But beyond that, I don’t think I can or should try to address any of the blanks in the narrative.
Enuf is enuf, right?