Two Novellas or One Novel?

"TUESDAY" production sign

“TUESDAY” production sign (Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic)

So I have this time travel┬ánovella, You Died on Tuesday, that I wrote four years ago and almost had published. It’s at the low end of the scale for a novella, at about 18,000 words. To make it novel length, I need to add at least 22,000 words, to bring it up to a total of 40,000 words, the lowest word count that qualifies as a novel.

Originally, I had planned to write another novella about the events that occurred after the end of You Died on Tuesday. It would be long enough that when I combine the two novellas, I should have something of novel length. So that’s the current plan. But I’m starting to have doubts. Maybe I should go back to the original plan, publishing the two novellas separately. I’m wondering what other authors would do. If you had a novella written and were working on a follow-up novella, would you publish them separately, or combine them into a short novel?

I’m looking at this question from a couple different angles.┬áThere’s the most important question of which approach would get me the most readers. There’s the question of which approach might earn me the most money. While I don’t have any delusions of striking it rich from writing 40,000 words (ha ha), I could use any little penny I might earn right now.

What other angles should I consider?

Am I thinking about this too much? Does anyone have any suggestions for me, some sagely words of wisdom, or even just opinions? All comments welcome!

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Travelers in Time

Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Echo Park Time Travel Mart (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

If you had the ability to travel through time, how often would you do it?

If time travel were possible, do you think paradoxes would be easily created or impossible to create?

Of course, time travel is possible, in the forward motion. We all do it every day, from one moment to the next. There are no paradoxes caused by our moving forward in time. We all eventually die, and our absence after we die does not create a paradox. So why should a paradox be created if we were suddenly absent from the now and suddenly were present in the past or far future?

To a time traveler, jumping around in time would not feel like it. It would all be a normal flow of time for the time traveler. How could the time traveler even tell she was jumping through time? If she jumped to the past, she might ask someone there to verify the date and year. But what if the person she asked had also jumped through time? The two of them would have to ask a third person. And if that third person had jumped through time just then, the group of three would need to ask a fourth person.

What if everyone in the world jumped through time at the same time? How would we verify we had done it? What if we are not constantly and steadily moving forward, but jumping back and forth in the time stream all of us together to the same points in time? How would we know? There would be no one to ask to verify for us the date and year we currently occupy. Well, if our calendars didn’t follow us through time, we could tell by looking at them.

Look at your calendar right now. Does it say February 24, 2013? Mine does. If yours doesn’t, you might have just jumped through time.

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