So, yesterday I was chatting with my wife, and the subject of the length of various series came up when I was talking about ideas for after the Ancient Dreams trilogy. She was the one who recommended that I put my thoughts up here.
When I come up with stories, I come up with a trilogy or a single story. Oh, the trilogy might have plot hooks that could be used to launch a separate trilogy about the same characters, or relatively minor characters in a book, but each trilogy is intended to close a single firm plot arc. The exception might be for Through the Fire, but even the outline I have solidly closes the opening plot line, but leaves open the possibility for more books. I’ll admit that part of this is personal pushback against the massive series that take decades to complete we’ve commonly seen.
I also don’t like working on more than one set of books at a time. I’m going to publish Spells of Old, finish and publish Halls of Power, and then I’m going to work on the next set of stories. I hate wondering what’s going to happen next in a series, so I intend to finish each in a single set. Sure, I might come back to it with short stories or additional books in the world, but I want each series to be complete in short order.
This is mostly to help people understand how my crazy brain works.