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The Two Question Novel Quiz Part 4: The Sequel

Mostly B's: Yes! Like in real life, you've left some awkward loose
ends that invite the possibility for sequel without completely
overdoing it. You feel comfortable with your characters but know that
a change in locale/age/perspective might be just the ticket to
keeping them fresh and ever developing. And if you didn't know that
before, well, now you do.Mostly C's: You're not necessarily in a prime position to rock a
sequel, but, hey, it's not like your main character died. Right?
Right? Oh. Well...hmmmm.

If you're writing a novel, and you've gotten past the third chapter
without thinking about a sequel, you, friend, are behind. College
level math shows that writers who have ideas beyond the book they're
writing are more likely to a) get agents b) get published to multiple
book deals and c) stay fit well into pregnancy. But if this is not
you, do not lose hope, like most people did after the first season of
The O.C. All is not lost. You may have a sequel in there somewhere.
You just need to take this quiz to find out.

1. Finally (but, like, in a good way) your first book ends. Pick the
letter which best parallels your own main character's plight at the
end of said book.

A. After nearly falling for the wrong girl during the 70s dance bc
she could do the Hustle, Casey gets back together with the love of
his life, Drew. But as Casey and Drew ride off in their 2007 Chrysler
Sebring convertible to spend a weekend in South Beach at the Raleigh
Hotel because the pool is nice, the girl that did the Hustle stands
by the side of the road shouting, "This isn't over! In fact, this is
just beginning!" Then she follows them in her own Chrysler Sebring,
which is a hard top.
B. Although they failed to find the lost treasure of Zion, the book
ends with Casey and Drew both moving to the Nolita section of New
York City, where they get internships at Runway fashion magazine
under the notorious (but personally fragile!) Miranda Priestly.
C. The book ends with Casey treating his lady friend Drew to some
waffles at the Waffle House. Drew looks down at the place setting
underneath her Toddle House Ham and Cheese Omelet, which lists all of
the other Waffle House locations nation-wide and says, "Hot Tuesday,
Casey! They just opened a new Waffle House in Groveport!"
"Groveport, Ohio?" Casey asks.
"It has to be!" Drew looks across the table, his eyes shining. "Are
you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Casey says, "No."
D. Casey dies of a love stroke. And right before he dies, he ties up
a bunch of loose ends. The book ends with the doctor saying (directly
to the reader), "There's nothing more to be done. Or said. Or, like,
typed."

2. Your attitude towards re-utilizing your characters from your first
book could best be characterized by which Justin Timberlake/NSync song?

A. I'll Never Stop
B.
What Goes Around Comes Around
C.
Bye Bye Bye
D.
The Game is Over

Key:
Mostly A's: Congratulations. You are all sequeled up and have left
many opportunities for reprisals in other books. Quite literally, you
might have the potential to write infinity books about your
characters. I smell the next Babysitter's Club series.

Mostly D's: To say that you're not really feeling a sequel would be
tantamount to me saying that I only watch Justin Timberlake's live
Madison Square Garden Concert on HBO OnDemand every time I come home
intoxicated and I've stopped feeling weird about it. In other words,
an understatement.

Let me know how sequeled up you are in the Comment portion of the
show. And, as Danny requested, my very best Foreigner pick...

Cold as,
ice

Foreigner

Post Script for Pre-Promotional Sidenote: On Sunday, I spent 8 hours on a train.

Well, two trains. The reasoning behind my sudden and drastic increase

in train-related travel was to go to NYC for a 7 hour period to film

a series of short web videos that will debut in the Spring on this

very internet locale (among other locales). Despite me being

involved, you should not automatically assume the worst. Said

webisodes feature actual professional actresses/comedians/TOW book

authors and a real director and a real sound guy, all of whom used

real film lingo like "soundcheck" and "action" during the filming. I

do not want to give any more away other than to say that everyone was

extremely impressive, I was very nervous, and getting (repeatedly)

slapped in the face isn't actually as bad as I thought. Keep your

internets antenna up for more info as we come close to the drop date.

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