July 7th, 2014

Pop quiz! What could be worse than having five never-to-be-finished novels in the works? Answer: six never-to-be-finished novels in the works. That's right, I now have six of 'em hanging over my head for (presumably) the rest of my days. You might think things couldn't get worse for this frustrated wannabe author, but fret not. I'm about to spin this into a good thing.

I can do that, you know. I'm a frustrated wannabe author after all.

The reason I believe this to be a good thing is that the sixth novel is actually going to take two of the other never-to-be-finished novels and tie them into a trilogy. Even stranger is that until very recently, these two novels had absolutely nothing to do with one another.

"Wait just a darned a second!" you cry. "How can anyone just out of the blue take two stories with nothing in common and suddenly add roll them into a trilogy? Everyone knows that a trilogy is a hit book, followed by all of the characters coming back for a second book, followed by all of the characters returning for a third. Everyone knows that a trilogy is a book plus two sequels that get turned into four films. This is crazy talk."

"That may be the popular definition of a trilogy," I respond. "But not all trilogies follow that pattern."

"True," you say, after a moment of brow-furrowing. "The Lord of the Rings isn't four films."

"The Lord of the Rings isn't a trilogy either."

"Yes it is."

"No, it isn't. It's a single story, divided into six books, and published in three volumes for economic reasons."


"Never mind. Can we get back to this blog post?"

"Oh. Oh, sure. Sorry, do continue."

A trilogy in its most general sense is a set of three related works. That's it. It's not a book or movie and its two sequels. It's what your literature professors deem as being thematically or otherwise related. And it's what two of my previously unrelated works-in-progress have suddenly become, giving rise to a third which (chronologically) lands smack in between them.

I feel pretty good about it too: better than I have in a long while.

"That's great," you interrupt again. "So what's it going to be about?"

"I'm sorry, I was driving through a tunnel and you broke up."

"I said, what's this new story going to be about? How does it tie the other two together?"

"Um. Well, it's. Uhhh. Oh my word, look at the time. Gotta run."

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5 Responses to “Trilogy”

  1. TexasDeb says:

    Ok so you've got a trilogy on your hands. It is about something or other you're not willing to disclose (stupid tunnels!). Here's my question - will they be released in chronological order?

  2. Charlie says:

    Actually, no. The first book in the trilogy takes place (for the most part) in 1864. The second one, about five thousand years before that. And the third, about another five thousand years before that.

    It actually makes more sense than it sounds.

    I realize just now I didn't mention which books were the victims of my nefarious plot: they are Elsewhither (yeah, the one with the same name as this blog) and The Celdaran Tales. The new book in the trilogy lands right between those two storylines.

  3. Charlie says:

    And the three books will be tied together by theme and location. But the theme and location will only be detectable by the readers. The participants in each story are oblivious to the links to the other two.

  4. TexasDeb says:

    Hmmm... "oblivious" participants. As a potential reader I am already developing a deep bond with these characters. Do you have a third title yet?

  5. Charlie says:

    I'm kicking around a few ideas. Let me know what you think:

    • Hammy Porter and the Magical Rock.
    • Fifty Shades of Puce.
    • A Game of Clones.

    Nothing's really clicking yet...