So What Is This?

— originally published 10/15/2008 @LiveJournal

Now that I’ve written two stories featuring Méxtli (Huitzilopochtli), I’ve started to wonder if I should start thinking of a title for the series, but also, there’s always been a question at the back of my mind as to whether or not these are just another part of my already previously existing series, that includes stories like “Morning Star Falling”, “Love, Blood and Octli” and “The Divine Conquest of Mexico”. These Méxtli stories certainly aren’t how I pictured this universe developing when I started writing those other stories (though too the original idea behind those early stories is completely gone and I have no intention of pursuing that direction anymore). But now I have a story idea that would most definitely connect it to the novel version of Morning Star Falling, and kick Divine Conquest of Mexico out of the series (which would be just fine with me. DCoM was my first short fiction foray with the universe and really there’s quite a few things about it that, if I had it all to do over again, I’d do differently.). But the problem is that the name I’ve been using for the series really doesn’t work anymore; it had much to do with my early ideas and nothing to do with what I’m doing with it now. So it would seem I need to rename the entire series, which luckily hasn’t been set in stone by having called it by name in actual print.

In the end, I think I should worry less about naming the series and worry more about producing more quality stories in the universe. It’s not as if I have editors and publishers wanting me to name it anyway. One thing that makes me happy though is that now, when I write my query letters for the novel, I can proudly say that stories in that same universe appeared not only in Paradox, but Realms of Fantasy as well.

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