So, I have a few remarks, then a more general question. In general though, this post is a thanks to Tartra for her latest review of my serial. My site's upper limit for page views in a day has been 113 since late June 2016 (Daylight Savings shenanigans notwithstanding), so I was baffled Sunday afternoon when I happened to look and see a count of over 130. Like, why is May 7th a thing? The fact that Tartra had posted a review on May 6th probably has everything to do with that. So my thanks there. Since this will be the last month of T&T, it's a nice note to go out on.
A few remarks more specifically for Tartra and/or anyone who's read the review...
-Heh, I'm not sure about having one of the most enduring works, I think that's an illusion generated by my tendency to over post about it. But what do I know.
-Carrie's a tsundere? Damn it, she really kind of is. That was accidental, when she sparked to life in 2000 I didn't even know what one was. Oh well?
-Word Choice. Holy Cats. This is literally something I never really thought about, yet it's blindingly obvious in retrospect. Certain people would say "circumvent it" while others would say "work around it" or "not use that" and I never thought very much about those choices. Major face palm moment. Kinda fixable though, the main question being whether that's something worth going back to fix? (Thoughts? Has anyone else ever done that sort of overhaul to their serial?)
-I am hyper organized. It's just a thing. (The funny corollary is, even though the characters are a slave to the global plot, the plot is also kind of a slave to the characters given their reactions can send that plot in new directions locally.)
Now for the question... has anyone ever run a story sequel, using a few crossover characters, and had success with it? Independent of their original story or otherwise? (Or seen it done?) I ask because the more I fiddle with how/whether to do a "Book 5", the more I think it will only work if I call it something else entirely, separating it from T&T. Opinions welcome. Thanks for reading my ramblings here.