I've got Book Two all neatly mapped out...so now I suddenly find myself contemplating all the potential spin-offs. Something tells me that I should be thinking about the book more than the spin-off articles, but today I'm ignoring that something. (It's a very Wordsworthian something, in case you're wondering.) Strictly speaking, the Victorian sermons article [which you should be writing at this very moment--ed.] is also a spin-off, or perhaps more of a prequel. In any event, two current plans for spin-offs (how about a franchise? Maybe a new Lord of the Rings trilogy?):
- Christian magazine verse. Also known as the subject of my dialogue. (Dad the Emeritus Historian of Graeco-Roman Egypt was astonished to find that everyone agreed with my insane self, even though he specializes in authors who don't exist. Needless to say, DtEHoGRE thinks sanity might be more appropriate at this juncture; I, however, shall bravely carry on. Besides, this stuff can be fun.)
- Historical "series" fiction. Also known as all the other people doing what Emily Sarah Holt did at great length. (Emily should be making her debut in May, incidentally.) Thus, Elizabeth Rundle Charles, the Rev. A. D. Crake, Emma Leslie, probably Emma Marshall (who worked her way through the cathedral cities of England), etc. There's quite a bit to be said about both form and content here, as well as implicit dialogues between High and Low Church visions of historical process.