Finishing Up Hazel and Holly
Time flies, eh? It’s been almost two years since I started serializing Hazel and Holly here on the blog, with the first post going up early September, 2015. How was I supposed to know that what started out as a flash-fiction story for the 2015 A to Z Challenge would end up being an epic novel of about 150k words? It was, essentially, an experiment. To see if I could do it. To see what would happen.
It’s been interesting, to say the least. I managed to keep my schedule of posting every Friday, with the exception of one month-long lapse last Spring. It’s a story I let myself have fun with. It was an indulgence–at first, anyway. And then, later, one of the hardest things I’ve managed to wrap up and wrangle into a story since, well, I started writing. At the end of it all, it feels, to me, like a story worthy of having been told. And I really can’t ask for more than that.
If you’ve been following the story (Lori and Michelle, I’m looking at you!), you might be wondering what I’m going on about, because the story isn’t over yet, is it? And the answer is, no, it’s not over. Not quite.
See, one of the goals I had when writing the installments was to have something of interest happen in each one. Either a plot or character development of some sort. Something more than “they traveled from here to there.” I’m not sure if I always succeeded, but it was the goal, anyway. Now, with the brunt of the story having been posted, the chapters left are the ones that I kind of like to think of as “exhaling” chapters. The denouement. Wrapping things up, basically. These chapters are very important to a story, but I don’t think they’re really meant to be read one-at-a-time.
So, with that in mind, I’m going to be posting the rest of the chapters, not once a week, but once a day instead. I probably should have posted them already, but this latest A to Z Challenge took up a lot of my mental capacity, and making decisions such as this really felt quite beyond me. Plus, that would have been a crazy amount of blog posting happening alongside the challenge.
So, next chapter goes up on Friday as usual, and a new chapter will follow each day until it’s done. There are four chapters left, I think, so we should be done on Monday. I decided to go with once a day, rather than all in one day, mostly out of blog technical reasons. I thought it would be awkward having to scroll down to find where the story left off. So this alleviates that (if one is prompt in reading, I suppose) though it doesn’t solve it. Plus, if you subscribe, you’ll still get the chapters one-at-a-time, rather than a monster mail with four chapters lumped together.
So, yeah. That’s basically my long-winded way of saying we’re almost done and that I’m tweaking the schedule. See you Friday!