Warning: This post is from the old site and has been re-posted here as part of my ongoing transfer.
So, I wanted to share this little convo and JL’s comments because they’re well thought out, intelligent, and super relevant to last night’s post.
JustLooking9000 from the Free Catfight Forums:
“Hey! I was just re-reading your story “Who’s this?” and I had to send you a message to again compliment you on how the story is. Very deep descriptions, the feelings of the girls are well fleshed out and while at times one girl has the upper hand, you made it look as if the catfight was even throughout the story. It’s a level of detail I can’t just match in my stories, and I won’t try (One of my readers told me that the characters I put feel like masturbation fodder that
Even though I’d have loved to see a sequel, I feel you made the right decision in the end. The purpose of the story, as I understand it, was to show you could write a story were the “bad girl” wins. Doing a sequel would either mean Lauren wins, in which case it defeats the purpose of the original story OR Claire wins again, which would be hard to stomach for you. But, since I’m pretty sure you’ve given it some thought, I’d love to hear your ideas of how it would have gone. The excuse Lauren would use to get a rematch, David’s reaction, Claire’s disgust, the type of fight they would engage on and what would you like the result of the catfight to be. I’m sure you thought of several concepts before deciding to discard the sequel and I’d love to hear them.
As for me, I feel while you described David as a little cold towards his wife, he has feelings for her and he’d be torn between the two. Depending on his personality, he might be chagrined he didn’t get to see the fight and demands another fight in front of him. After her sadness was gone, I guess Lauren would try to justify to herself making another go at David. Sure, she and Claire had agreed that the loser would leave David’s life. Claire won, but that “verbal agreement” no legal force, and in the end the true decision maker is David. Moreover, I’d guess Lauren would argue that Claire “cheated” in the end, by making it look like they were going to make some sort of peace or truce or a
Claire for her part would argue that’s bullshit. Lauren was clear what she was getting into and decided to trust there was some sort of informal truce and
I tried to find the response I sent to JL, but apparently, though there is a sent section in the FCF mailbox, it is empty?
So … basically, I gave him a rundown of the blog post I made last night, with a mention of how hard it would be to make a follow-up as good as the original. To which he then replied:
JustLooking9000 from the Free Catfight Forums:
“Hey. Sure you can post my message in your blog if you want.
I read your blog entry and I think you explained very well your reasons for not doing a sequel. I’ve been in the same situation as well ie writing what was supposed to be a one shot only to then think maybe I should do a sequel, and then going back and forth on the idea. In one hand, you’d love to continue the story. On the other, you know you have to maintain the same quality as the first story while trying to maintain the essence of the original yet ALSO introduce new elements to prevent the sequel from being too repetitive. It’s a very tough act to follow if you didn’t have a sequel in mind in the first place.
I think the sequel isn’t a good option (even though I’d love to read one). You’ll have to spend a lot of time to write something of the same quality, and you’ll be constrained by what you wrote in the original. What I think you could do, if you were so inclined, is to write a blog post with some thoughts/scenarios of what you think would happen and the reasons. Focus on the details you want to write about and go back and forth on how the fight would go, the motivations, the excuses, etc etc etc.
I actually did this to address some points in a story I made and I knew I wouldn’t pursue further in a long time: I started throwing a lot of hypothetical just for my own amusement. It’s ok because it’s not really a sequel and you’re not committing to anything, but at the same time teasing the readers with what could a rematch look like, were it to happen. I actually found such exercise at some points even more enjoyable than writing a complete story, since I didn’t have to think how to go from point A to B to C. I just jotted down what points A, B and C were and that was it.
If you were ever to write such a blog post with additional details, or hypothetical sequel scenarios, I’d love to read it, even knowing it’d never become an actual sequel.”
So, with all that said, I think I am going to do as JL9000 suggests, writing out my ideas for possible sequels (someday). Who knows, maybe it will rid me of my desire to write said sequels or convince me to pull the trigger on one.