What do the film adaptions of the Harry Potter books, the Twilight books and the The Hunger Games books have in common? Yes, they are all film adaptions, smart-arse. But apart from that, their respective final part has been split up for cinema. Sure, later books in a series may tend to becoming longer and longer due to an expanding universe, and at least the first aspect (becoming longer) is the case with all three tales. Yet one cannot but consider a certain money grab-ish side within this practice. And even with the source material offering enough page-wise: there’s always the possibility of unnecessary length in those final books, simply because the author was given free rein by their lectors. I haven’t read the aforementioned works, and these thoughts are solely hypothetical to fill some lines before getting to my point: I have decided against splitting my current story up to cover two months. Even unfinished, it is certainly long enough for such an approach, but for two reasons it will be published in one piece (eventually, next month, promised).
The first reason is of, in lack of a better term, administrative nature: If I want to change certain detail mentioned earlier in the story, it’s easier to do so whilst said story isn’t already charging through the internet.
The second one is style. A story split-up feels as if the first part has arrived too early and/or the second part has arrived too late. A story split-up comes across as fragmented, as “less whole”. I have experienced this phenomenon quite strongly with the third chapter of Æquinoctium, which went out in two parts – and it shouldn’t have. Here form is diametrically opposed to content. The chapter describes a long running paper chase of sort, restless and enthralling. And at one of its major events the cut hits hard. Actually, I have it already on my to-do list to merge both parts into one for a re-post.
The Office Horse works better. Maybe even not although, but because of the asymmetry between the story itself and its partition. Part 1, The Office, already introduces the reader to the second part, The Horse, with a not so small cliffhanger. However, the parts’ main focus points – office microcosmos here, kinky stuff there – are clearly distinguishable.
A horse of another colour is the double chapters from Pony Boot Camp. No Good Deed… and … Goes Unpunished are planned to be as such; one building up upon the other in a sequence of events. Downright necessary the partition becomes for Gymkhana and Best of Show. Putting these two together would have blown the size of a single chapter established before into the middle of next week.
What all this boils down to is asking you for a few more days (weeks?) of patience before grabbing your pitchforks. New content is in the pipeline. Promised!