Finishing a story is always tricky, and it’s not just the nuts and bolts of drawing things to a satisfying conclusion and tying up what loose ends need to be tied. It’s also the emotional factor – that at the end of the story I’m still not quite ready to let go of the characters, yet. There are so many good bits, so many small and large adventures they’ll have that I’ll never get to fully explore. Honestly, it’s a point of grief for me, no matter what I’ve written, no matter if I’ve finished it or (temporarily) walked away from it unfinished.
This is a fascinating conundrum, and I’ve been wrestling with it head on for months, now. At length, I’ve figured out how to solve the problem.
Stop trying to write traditional novels and write a web serial instead.
Oh, I’m still going to be working on all my favorite fanfiction epics (looking at you, Debts of Honor and Loki of Midgard). But I’m also going to be launching a brand new web serial at the end of the month because really… I mean, really… It’s time for my favorite librarian space pirate to have a story of her own.
“One day she’ll grow up to be a librarian. For now, she’s just a space pirate.”-Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz
I’ve pictured this pair of characters for several years now (erm, decades?) and written little looks into their lives, this space pirate and her sentient warship (both of whom are pirate librarians), but I have decided to go back to the beginning of their relationship. Because I really wanted to answer the question lingering in my mind: How does an eleven year old steal a pre-sentient warship?
I answered the question, and it’s glorious.
I’ll be launching the story at the end of May, so stay tuned for more information, and if you want sneak peeks and first access, as always the place to go is my Patreon.
Thanks for reassuring me about Loki. I always worry when one of my favorite (fan)writers moves into a new fandom while leaving stories in the old one unfinished!