I've been working on a couple of projects for a while now, and both are causing me endless frustration. Neither seems to work in a novel format. Whether they'll work as screenplays remains to be seen. I may try another format.
Andy Weir, author of the bestselling novel-turned-box-office-hit The Martian, first published it on his website, developing such a following that he ultimately self-published it. That led to both a movie deal and a contract with a major publisher. That's not something that will happen to every writer who follows his route, but it can be rewarding anyway.
When Collin and I started Chasing the Wind, the plan was to create a series. Later, I found I wanted to follow up with characters from my previous novels as well. My life had changed dramatically in the years since I wrote those books. I thought about how theirs might have changed, how their lives might be intertwined with those of Connor, Lynne, Darcy and the others. Ideas began to percolate as I reissued The Unicorn's Daughter, Alexander's Empire, and Angels at Midnight with Creativia. Then there was what was to be the first sequel of Chasing the Wind, An Army of Angels--which to date has not been finished. Why? I've blamed it on a lot of things, from my failing eyesight to concentration problems related to epilepsy. Both are valid issues, but the truth is that I just haven't been able to make it work in novel format.
The same applies to Sucker-Punched, my pro wrestling comedy. That project has been in development limbo for at least two years now. Too many characters. More episodic in structure than a novel should be. Maybe a TV series.
But both are projects I still want to write in some format. The solution? The Chasing the Wind sequels could be serialized in a separate blog, with chapters posted 3-5 times weekly. Sucker-Punched could work as a weekly installment right here.
So...what do you all think?