Rekindling WISB: An Idea; Opinions Wanted


Yesterday, I was discussing some writing-related things with a friend of mine when she brought up a problem she was having with finishing her latest novel (second in a series, actually). One thing led to another and I suggested that maybe she could write some short stories in the same world so she could keep things fresh and interesting. She didn’t much care for the idea, but thought it would be a good one for me.

And, I agree, sort of. One of my problems with The World in the Satin Bag and its sequel, The Spellweaver of Dern, is that I feel tired of both of them (not the blog, but the novels). Call it character fatigue, or world fatigue, or whatever, but whatever it was that had me clambering to finish The World in the Satin Bag isn’t there anymore. That’s not to say that I’m not interested, just that I don’t have the drive at the moment.

So, my idea is to possibly write some short stories set in the world of WISB (Traea), to be posted here, of course. My question is whether any of you would be interested in that. The stories would probably not involve characters from the novels, but it’s possible. Let me know what you think of the idea in the comments section (hate it or love it, or indifferent, doesn’t matter).


About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

5 thoughts on “Rekindling WISB: An Idea; Opinions Wanted

  1. I think it could do you good publicity value for your readers, and so I'd say yes.

    As far as whether it will reignite your interest, that's somewhat uncertain to me. It may, and it may not. Writing more material in a world may just feel like beating a dead horse. I usually think of short stories as exploratory of a new world rather than a rebirth of interest. You may want to try one and see how it goes, or you may want to try a calculated break and work on another storyline for a bit.

  2. Carr: Well, I don't have a passion for the novels at the moment. I thought short stories set in the same world my rekindle that.

    Bryan: Well, yeah, but I'm not too concerned about publicity :P. To be fair, my fantasy world is enormous, and I can write stories disconnected from the stories I've already told. That, and, I'm already on a break!

  3. Excellent idea! Keeps things fresh. I write reviews and interviews which people love plus I write short stories and poetry. Of course my poetry can't please everyone. Currently I'm working on a series of bluetry performed with music performed by DubbleX.
    Variation makes the world spin.
    Interesting blog here! Glad to have found it.

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