One of the things that’s been said about Dave Riggler’s Stories is that the stories in it don’t need to be read in any particular order. That’s true. They’re in chronological order in the book, but they don’t have to be read that way. I wrote them individually, and they can be read individually. Personally, I think you gain some context by reading them in sequence, but if you want to do a random-access read, that’s your call. I just write ’em.
Long-Distance Dedications is shaping up to be much the same way. You can read them in any order you want, but I think you’ll gain more by reading them in order. Reading through the stories I’ve written so far, you won’t “miss” anything huge if you read them out of sequence, but I think there’s more to be gained by reading them in sequence. More even than there is with Dave Riggler’s Stories. Let me explain.
Long-Distance Dedications, in terms of pages, is already larger than Dave Riggler’s Stories, and not all of the stories have been written yet. In fact, just three of the stories in Long-Distance Dedications take up more pages than the entire book Dave Riggler’s Stories. It’s a more expansive universe. Some of the short stories, then, fit together to tell a larger story. I’ll give you one example:
“Waiting for the Weekend” (working title)
All of these stories have “Lisa”, and camp, in some way, as a common thread.
In a similar way, there are what I call “the Ramapo stories”:
“And Ye Shall Be Healed”
“John, 1:11” (working title)
You also have “the Tavia stories” (which I haven’t written as much of yet):
“The Leap Year” or “New Year’s Eve” (I haven’t decided)
“In Concert” (working title)
“Leaving the Union”
These all have their own narratives, separate from each other, but they’re interwoven. That’s why one of my difficulties in writing the book has been how to structure it. I really want people to read in order, because I think it makes more sense that way, and I think the final story, in particular, makes more sense if you read the others first.
Also in the book will be a sequel, of sorts, to “Last Call”. One of the questions I get asked most often about my writing (other than the ever-present “Are you Dave?”) is, “Is there going to be a sequel for ‘Last Call’?” Well, I’m here to say that yes, there will be a sequel to “Last Call”. Whether it’s the sequel people want is another question. I like the ambiguity at the end of “Last Call”. I think that it, along with the moral question, is what makes the story interesting. Without the ambiguity, Carol(e)’s just some drunk woman at a bar. So if you’re looking for some easy answers to be provided by the sequel, that’s not gonna happen. But I will close the loop on the story. That much I can say.
Anyway, stay tuned. And do consider reading in sequence. 🙂