Why on God’s Green Earth am I creating a collection of my stories?
Well, you see, I had all these three quarters written stories, all in my Wine of the Gods series, but I’d written and published past them. And my numbering is mixed up enough already thank you.
I can publish a collection as number 42. But the ‘Zon won’t let me publish stories 17.5, 26.9, 33.5, 34.52 and 37.5.
I can’t imagine why.
So, how to organize them.
Well, chronologically according to where they fit in the series seems reasonable. And I can always stick something in like “After Earth Gate” in to help series readers, even though that won’t be terribly helpful for new readers (heaven help them, or better yet, point them at the first book in the series!)
Now, not all writers will have enough stories in a series to collect only them. Or, of course, they may not write series.
I’ve seen them thematic connected—all Space Operas or all Romance. Or a progression, a couple of military, then a couple of mysteries, then a couple of comedies.
But I’ve got series stories.
Lois McMaster Bujold made a collection “Borders of Infinity” with a bit of a framing story around it. Which has always intrigued me. So of course I imitated it.
And, well, gateway writing. The frame story is getting a bit out of control.
So apart from out-of-control organizing, what problems have I run into?
Continuity errors, or rather road bumps. The Multiverse has changed since I wrote these stories. Which cross-dimensional criminals are at large at this time? Didn’t I finally kill her? Has anyone gotten married, divorced, had children, landed in jail? Where does this fit politically, if I mention any presidents or ambassadors? Is this the correct military rank at this time for this character?
The biggest problem, of course, is finishing the six stories that go inside the frame, plus writing the frame before I can publish anything.
Sometimes I think my Muse hates me. But most of the time we happily cruise along thinking up strange new problems to throw at my fictional friends.
This is not one of those times.
Anyhow, if any of you have created collections of your short work, tell us about your problems, solutions, and disasters.
And Stone is now out in print as well as the usual ebook. He is _not_ a Werewolf. More of a big friendly dog. Really.