At least once a month, I receive an e-mail or a comment asking if I’m going to do a fourth goblin book. The answer has always been, “Probably not.” I can think of only two situations wherein I might consider writing another goblin book:
- DAW offers to pay me a million dollars[1. Or any publisher, for that matter. I’m not picky.].
- I come up with an idea for a goblin story that is both new and exciting to me as a writer.
The thing is, in my brain, Jig’s story is finished. I’ve shown him and his fellow goblins growing and changing over the three books. I leave them in a very different place in book three, and I like that. I like that we got to see Tymalous Shadowstar’s story as well. I like that we got closure for some of the other characters and situations from book one. It feels done.
Sometimes I wonder if I made the right call, if maybe I should have kept going with the series. Jig has some wonderful fans, and he really was a fun character to write. (Not to mention the goblins were making great money over in Germany!) And then last night I caught the rebirth of Scrubs.
This is a show that “ended” after season eight. I thought they had a wonderful series finale, and I was very impressed at how they handled everything. It worked.
And then they decided to keep going. I don’t know why. I don’t know if it was a purely commercial decision, or if someone honestly thought they had more stories to tell. All I know is that it was painful. Many of the characters had crossed the line into caricature. The stories felt repetitive–things we had already seen in earlier seasons. The whole thing felt hollow.
I hope they’ll improve as the season progresses, and I’ll keep watching to see where they go with it. But those two new episodes affirmed for me why I don’t just sit down and write a fourth Jig book. If I wrote it because the fans wanted it, or for money, or for any reason aside from my own love and excitement over a new story, the odds are that I’d lose the heart of those stories. I’d end up with the same kind of empty, repetitive caricature I watched last night.
I was disappointed when Scrubs ended, but I enjoyed the series, and I loved and respected the way they wrapped things up. As a fan, I find myself wishing they had left it there. And as a writer, I don’t want to do that to my own fans.