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Narrow Path - Appendix story
So, I only have six chapters left to edit, and I'll add an appendix story to bring it back up to the top of the 'recently updated' lists, like I did with "Golden Mean." (Yes, I know, it's skirting the line of self-promotion, but it will be a real story, real new content, not just, "PLEASE R&R, KTHNXBAI," and yes, I want to find new readers. Or engage old readers. I'm morally comfortable with the strategy. ;p)

Anyway, there are a few ways I'm thinking of. They're all things I plan to write; it's just a question of which works best with NP, as opposed to just an entry in Stops on the Way.... (All of them are a little odd, since the story is over, but Tolkien had a hundred pages of appendices after RotK, so...)

The paths I'm thinking are:

Peeta: Tell the story of his time in the Capitol while Katniss is catatonic in Twelve, and Haymitch is drunk. It would involve his apartment, his education, Aurelian and Justinian, and how he chose to come back. Pros: Obviously, it takes place in the timeframe of the story, and it would parallel the Aurelian story that I used as an appendix on Golden Mean. Cons: It's definitely not a story anyone has ever said, "You know what I want to know? How did Peeta live in the Capitol for a few months?"

Gia: The big asked-for -- Haymitch finding out that Gia is Carolyn Odair. I'd expand on the existing story from the request sets, where he goes to Four and they talk at the pier. Pros: People like it, and it would answer a hanging question. Cons: The question isn't hanging that much in the actual structure of the Narrow Path stories, and there's no way to not make it awkward for people who are only reading that particular story.

Indigo: A story of Haymitch's family in the Capitol, as his daughter is exposed to the fame she was born into. Pros: It's definitely of a piece with the epilogue, and it would be a chance to show Haymitch as a dad. I know Indigo better than I've had a chance to write her. Cons: A new character focus story in an appendix? Might well scream (or at least whisper) Mary Sue.

Essay: On the early history of the Catastrophes, and the founding of Panem. Pros: Would be an appendix for a reason -- it's not really story, but might be interesting; the actual sort of thing that should be an appendix. Cons: It basically consists of figuring out how to kill and destroy most of the world, which is a pretty morbid topic.

So, no promises to go by a poll, but I'm interested to see what interests people.

So, which sounds like the best fit for Narrow Path?

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beceh From: beceh Date: January 5th, 2016 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I am a bit torn between Indigo and the essay, although leaning slightly more towards the essay.

Although I want to see all of them. Yes, I'm a greedy reader.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: January 5th, 2016 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Torn between Peeta and Indigo but Peeta won by a narrow margin, mostly because it would be really nice to see him in a story where he isn't being brutalized for a lot of it. They all sound good, though.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't figure out how to vote, but if I could I'd vote for the Peeta story! -Kate
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd want to read all of them but I'd love to read about Indigo. Agree that might not be so appendix appropriate to this story though, it's more of a sequel taster. I think the essay would be interesting and appendix appropriate.
redrikki From: redrikki Date: January 5th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Torn between Peeta and the essay. Although, if you did the essay in the form of some fake history text, that would bump it up for me.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: January 6th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Was torn between Indigo and the essay, because both are basically about fairly successful stabs at peaceful post-catastrophe life. But went with Indigo because you might as well hew to the catastrophe you've already been discussing.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Can't vote as I'm not registered on livejournal, but I'd love to read the Peeta story :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

can't vote

I'm not registered either, but I say ditto, I'd vote for the Peeta story as well
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Another can't-voter weighs in

I also favor the "Peeta" option.

-- Tom
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Can't vote, but

How about Indigo writing an essay on the formation of Panem as part of her school classes. With historical help from daddy Haymitch, of course? This would combine two popular options.

Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: January 8th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Can't vote, but

great idea
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Totally torn in a 3-way of Indigo, Peeta, and Gia.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2016 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Would love to read the Peeta story!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm pretty happy with the poll results so far :-)

willowlistener From: willowlistener Date: January 8th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Willow is home from work and cast a vote which does rather tip the result and feels guilty...
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: January 8th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm torn between Gia and the essay.
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: January 12th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not sure a Peeta-centred (and presumably narrated?) appendix really fits in a story that has been Haymitch first person POV throughout? Either Gia or Indigo would fit better with that -- any tendency of the latter to sound Sueish would probably be counteracted if it was from his proud-but-still-scared Daddy POV, and it would give an "all was well" feel and wouldn't require any previous knowledge of the Gia storyline.

Of course, I voted for the essay because I like that sort of thing, and it would fit as I suppose a sort of retrospective "how we got here" up to the "now" of the post-war situation, like the Encyclopedia sections in the Foundation stories?
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