The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Me


Actually, mice have very little to do with it, and not because they are, in actuality, hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings trying to compute The Answer. I simply do not own any mice, nor have the desire to.

The point?

I’ve had a bit of a revelation regarding my serial stories. I began the first, Wilhelmina Winters, years ago on Facebook. The second, Skinwalkers, I began right here on the blog.

Wil was written in the past and is re-posted with editing each week. Nathan enjoys the in-your-face action of whatever comes to mind the midnight of each day I need to post it. His time stamp is often changed in a cheating fashion.

I’ve been writing them assuming that everyone else wanted the same thing I did: to keep reading their stories forever.

However, a few other blogs I follow also run serial stories. As I’m reading theirs, I keep thinking, When is this story going to END? What’s the resolution?


So, sorry about that.

Not sure where to go from here, though, because chopping the stories off where they are would make for a very lopsided balance of story arc. I guess I could just tell everyone the ending the way most readers cheat and look at the last few pages…

I’ll keep ruminating. In the meantime, I’ve got your back. I’ll stop writing The Neverending Story and instead work on tying things up.

I’ve learned some things for next time, too. Like, I’ll either write a serial story like TV episodes, or begin with a plan of only …twenty stories or so.

In the meantime, thanks for the loyal following.

23 thoughts on “The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Me

  1. In order to keep Seinfeld episodic so it could run forever, the writers had a “no hugging, no learning” rule.

    It was kind of nice because you could pick up an episode and watch it without having to do so in context. Sherlock Holmes was published the same way.

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  2. I feel you! Hey, your writing is groovy, and really, I think you just keep doing that thing you are doing, and doing so well. The way you write is the way I like to read. Serial’s are killing it on TV, Netflix, etc., why should a blog be any different?

    Oh, I missed your caption date. Is it still a go?

    PS – Mice are actually the dolphin’s out of ‘Hitch Hiker’s Guide To the Galaxy’.

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    1. Thanks. 🙂

      I just think people want a resolution. I enjoy your stories for that reason, too.

      Yeah, the caption contest is up. I’ll do another one in a month or so, especially if I take a side job again. Prizes get pricey. 🙂

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