A long-time supporter and fan gave me an idea. I’d mention her name here, but she prefers that I not. However, she knows who she is, and I thank her for this idea.
Periodically, since I’ve shared my work, I’ve gotten “requests” to write particular stories, but I’ve never done this because I have so much other stuff that I am working on. However, my supporter has suggested that I open myself up to requests for the times when I’m having writers’ block with my longer pieces. She reminded me that I like a good challenge. 🙂 And that sometimes challenges can foster creativity in me. (Seph’s Writing Challenges that I’ve done are a good example of this.)
So I figured–why not? Thus–if you have requests for SHORT STORIES, let me know in the comments below. (NOTE: A “short” in my mind is anywhere from 1-10 chapters.) Some might go longer, however, if I’m inspired to keep going! You know me: long-winded.
Please be aware that I might say no, and please don’t hold it against me if I do. If your idea just doesn’t spark an idea inside of me, I don’t intend to “force” anything. Otherwise, writing will seem like a “chore” to me, and reading will become a “chore” to all of you.
I still intend to focus most of my time and energy on my larger stories, but I will try to do one of these “littler stories” once a month or so.
- Your request might be for a “side-story” to a larger work (a hole you want me to fill in from one of my already-existing stories).
- Your request might be a prompt that I “begin” from a particular moment in the books or show and then go in a different direction.
- Your request might be that I examine a scene from the show/books from a particular character’s perspective.
Things I cannot do:
- I can’t put my beloved Eric and Sookie into a threesome/foursome/fivesome/orgy, etc. I don’t share. And I don’t think I could write a convincing scene where they do.
- I don’t think I could write certain types of Eric and Sookie (like a submissive Sookie, etc.).
- I don’t think I could work with “too” much detail. An idea–yep. But too many restrictions? Probably not.
- I can’t work with something too general, like, “Could you do a rewrite of Season 4?”
I will do you the courtesy of letting you know right away if I don’t think I can fulfill your request based on subject matter. Again, I hope you won’t be offended if I cannot think of a way to present your story. Trying to “force” a story just doesn’t work for me.
Otherwise, I will put your request in the “virtual” queue below (or keep it in the comment section) and will try to respond to requests in roughly the order that I get them in (as inspiration strikes)–as long as there is interest.
1. I have at least one idea that I would like to see made into a short story. In Club Dead, the infamous trunk scene. Would love to see you write a story where Eric gets there in time to save Sookie (and if you want to have him accidentally off Bill, that would be a nice bonus). Just a thought. And I think the ideas suggested above are all great ones.
- (Idea from valady1–March 14, 2015)
2. How about a short story in which Sookie actually tells Eric about the Cluviel Dor,doesn’t save Sam and embraces her supernatural side completely and saves Eric from that binding contract to Freyda?
- (Idea from melodiusnocturn–March 14, 2015)
3. How about a story where Sookie doesn’t reject Eric and decides to give a chance for a real relationship with him? (Finale Season 4)
- (Idea from Claudio Carletti–March 15, 2015)
4. How about side story to the CN universe where you deal with how the rift that formed between Earl and Corbett Stackhouse. I’d be interested in seeing the “details” of how it happened.
- (Idea from jocastasilver–March 15, 2015)
5. I think I’ll back it up and say in book 8, a redo of Sookie’s response to Eric’s memories returning while sitting on her bed. Or a change in their relationship a day or so after the takeover (because her response to his memories returning was a little funny and understandable after the stress of the night and Quinn’s betrayal).
- (Idea from Sluggysmom–March 24, 2015)
6. Loved your story BOMBSHELL. It gave me an idea for a short. Could you pick things up in the same book–but where Eric and Sookie are dancing? Always loved that scene.
(Idea from Viking Girl–March 24, 2015)
7. What if Eric staked Bill when the trunk lid was opened, how would things be different for them and the story?
(Idea from Kleannhouse–April 2015)
8. I like the idea of Godric joining Roman, that would be a great retelling of True Blood. I’d like a version where Sookie worked for the Authority with Eric as a Chancellor. Maybe Godric could be the one to recruit her!
(Idea from anem72–May 2015)
9. A Banner prompt from Seph–basically, a helmet and an Eric. From Seph: I was think of a scenario involving that Viking helmet that was found and what came to mind was a human Eric remembering a possible past life or a vampire Eric with a memory of a battle.
10. I really like the idea of Eric staking Bill in the trunk scene..Would be a good one.
(Idea from suzi44ky–July 2015)
11. hi CK, big fan of your writing….would love you to write a human story where we are in the guts of their relationship ….starting from the beginning going through the middle of their lives with family and some angst and humor…through till the end….too many stories are about the chase and end once they get married or have that baby…..i would love to see what happens after they have that baby through to aging… maybe a true to life have eric be an actor and take it from there…
Prompt from Switbo: Personally, I was always appalled that after Eric saves her from being bonded to Andre by letting her bond to him instead, she never so much as thanks him from keeping her out of Andre’s clutches and they never really talk about what the blood bond means. As a ‘proper Southern woman’ as she always claims to be, how she could fail to thank him for saving her always galled me. And he’s too intelligent to fail to explain to her exactly what the bond means. Her not knowing is dangerous for both of them (as becomes obvious in later books).
Prompt from A.R.: Could you please write a story starting in Book 4. I always wondered what would happen if Sookie said “yes” to Eric before the Witch War, when he offered to give up everything to stay with her. We all know that she says no and that he loses his memories of her. But what if she’d said, YES, turned around the car and driven back to her house?
Prompt from ncmiss12: I have been wanting to see a story for a while that takes place when Eric sends the knife to Sookie, using Bobby. You know where Bobby gives Sookie vague verbal instructions on what to do object, that she is too tired to open or question because it is late at night, at work, right before her shift is over. She brings the bundle to Eric and presents it to him in a respectful manner, per the instructions, not knowing what it is, what it means or even what is going on or why. So instead I would like to see, Eric command Bobby to bring her the bundle and a letter, right after dawn. Giving her time to process. With the letter explaining why she has to bring the knife to him and what it means and even why he is willing to do this for her and with her. Because I am sure that Eric is smart enough to know that even if Sookie says she doesn’t want to know his feelings for her, that it would help the situation. I think this surprise marriage is one thing, that caused even more problems in their relationship. It made him look weak to vampires and the king, that Sookie did not take their marriage seriously enough to live with him or call him her husband. I think that if Sookie had the morning and afternoon to think about it, she would have agreed to the marriage. I also think since she would have known what she was doing at the time, it would have had more meaning to her, so she would have respected the tradition and its meaning, even if it differed from her own. In the thousands of stories I have read on Eric and Sookie, I have not found one that covered this idea!
Prompt from Gwynwyvar: After the long shadow incident. What if Eric arrived the next night to apologize to Sookie. What if he was able to tell her about the blood effects then? Would she open up about her accidental slip into his mind? Would he see a picture of Hadley in the house? How many things could have been avoided and sorted out that night?
Prompt from Lajayden1973: I would love to read a story where Sookie has to work hard to get Eric. I feel Eric seems to go all out to earn Sookie’s affections. What if Eric gets fed up and moves on (not to seriously) with maybe Yvetta or Nora, and Sookie just cannot stand it. Something where Sookie actually has to pursue Eric, instead of the other way around.
Prompt from ericluver: I’d like Amelia to question why Sookie was so keen to break the blood bond? Why was she breaking it? Did she know everything about it? Did she know Eric’s reasons for forming it in the first place? And if she didn’t, had she let Eric explain? I’ve often thought that as Sookie’s supposed “best friend” who was planning to perform a spell of this importance, that she would make sure Sookie really knew what the hell she was doing and how it might affect Eric, that all parties involved knew what was going on etc etc. And then finding out that, NO, Sookie hadn’t let Eric explain much or talked to him about breaking it, frog-marched her to Fangtasia and told Sookie to pull up her big girl pants and stop being such a chicken shit! Then I’d like to see Sookie actually TALK to Eric about the whys and what’s of the blood bond. Maybe if she’d understood that the bond couldn’t create feelings but rather enhanced them, she wouldn’t have broken it. (Which was the point at which my level of disgust reached such proportions I threw the book across the room and never picked up another CH book!!!)