The Extrahuman Union

A few thoughts on finishing a trilogy

Posted on: March 23, 2014

So last night I typed “The End” on the first draft of the third and final Grayline Sisters book.

It was a strangely emotional experience.

I’ve been working on pieces of this universe for about six years, now, and the Grayline Sisters books in particular for about three. This was planned to be a trilogy for a while, so I knew that this was the end of the series. I had to wrap up a lot of plotlines, and bring the overall story arc to a close.

So I wrote the Cool Scenes I wanted the book to end with, and I wrote the sad scenes as well. And after I typed “The End” I just sort of sat there, feeling like someone had abducted my kitten.

I think it’s going to be strange and difficult, this process of letting these characters and this world go. I don’t intend to revisit them. What’s done is done.

But I did actually finish it, and I’m sort of proud of that. I mostly like the way it ends, and though the draft needs a ton of work I think I did all right.

Some technical stuff: This draft was very short, only about 58,000 words. That is extremely short! But my drafts tend to add about 30,000 words between first and final, and this one felt like it could stand to add even more than that. I’ve been writing it for a little less than a year–I created the file back in July–but I didn’t seriously get moving on it until about five months ago.

General Updates

THE FALLEN STAR (Grayline Sisters #3) – First draft complete!
THE SEEKER STAR (Grayline Sisters #2) – In production!!! Looking for late summer/early fall release.
WAKING GIFTS (Extrahumans #4) – Working on this again after a long hiatus.

Short stories: I’ve got three short stories coming out in various places during the late spring/early summer! So watch this space.

There’s other stuff going on, too, but that’s what I can actually share so far.

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2 Responses to "A few thoughts on finishing a trilogy"

OUAIS! This is so awesome! Congrats, Susan!
love, oliver

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