Revisiting The Land of Exposition

With all the musing about the State of Things in the Real World (with brief quasi-rambling segues about Doctor Who and Game of Thrones), not (too) much time has been spent on the results of the plotting and pondering (and researching about the plotting and pondering) happening in the various sectors within the Land of Exposition.

Actually, it’s been a while since the last (official) visit into that mythical, magical place where plot bunnies plot, and Muses wander about quasi-aimlessly musing about anything and everything. A place where the weather is ideal (which can vary depending on a majority vote), supplies (of every kind) are abundant, and where tolerance and empathy is the standard. It’s a safe haven for writers to escape from the less than ideal conditions of the Real World and plot, ponder, research and (eventually) write. The overall acreage of this fantastical land has never been measured, as it exists on an ever changing dimension in time and space. There are no (real) set borders, though the invading contingent that is/was the Real Life Brigade built a Wall to keep themselves separate from the rest of the land (for reasons not entirely explained). However, the “Wall” ended up being a tall fence that crisscrosses the southern plain, the Babbling Brook of Quasi-Rambling Musings flows through its center. Even though it has no real function, it is a geometrically pleasing piece of architecture (which might have been the real reason it was constructed in the first place).

But I digress.

Anyway.

Among the landmarks within the Land of Exposition is the Character Development Inn is always bustling with muses, writers and other creative types, collaborating and partaking in gourmet cuisine. The vast library occupies nearly half the building, with a fully stocked bar (and corner coffee bar). A quasi-newly renovated theater, with plush, roomy seats, and proscenium stage that can easily be modified into a thrust stage; there’s also a state-of-the-art movie screen that descends from the stage for the occasional film marathons.

Things with the land itself have been calm, with the aforementioned Real Life Brigade ceasing their shenanigans (at least for the time being) and the Land Minds neutralized (though the omnipresent aroma of maple syrup and vanilla still linger in the air, which is not really a bad thing). The Muses and Plot Bunnies (and Plot Ninjas) have used their time to muse and plot, sifting through historical records and Other Known Facts with the hopes of mapping how the (quasi) alternate (historical) universe that is the MASC(D) Chronicles will unfold.

The FanGirl Meter (patent pending) continues to work its own brand of mystical magic, as potential alternative universes are calculated based on the causality brought about from the stealthy minds of the Muses and Plot Beings calculating their alternate universes. Pondering alternative universes from Canon that has not yet been established might be foolhardy and counterproductive, but it’s still fun to potentially plot out fan fiction of a literary work that has yet to exist.

The MASC(D) Chronicles is the primary work in progress, though stray thoughts wander to the other quasi-developed works in progress, and how they could possibly fit within the primary epic saga. Working in themes and Easter eggs (based on my other interests) will be part of the process, as the narrative is sorted out and the characters developed.

A fascinating journey upon which to embark – the Meta saga of How it Happened is quasi- happening right now (I think).

That’s where the fun begins.

Roles and Responsibilities

One of the more practical aspects in the writing process is the development of the roles and responsibilities as well as the “rules” that govern the fictional world in which the characters reside and interact. This is a necessary evil (?) when writing within the fantasy and science fiction genres (and its sub-genres), where anything is possible (elves, vampires. wizards, etc.). As that fictional world is not like any other that actually exists (at least as far as anyone is aware – I firmly believe that there has to be some other life out in the universe, or maybe a parallel / alternate universe), there’s a need for some kind of structure so the reader can follow along. Even if the setting is a variant of the real world (whether it’s set in the near or distant past or in present day). there a need for exposition (liberally sprinkled throughout the narrative) so there’s a level of familiarity so the reader can relate to the narrative arc:

  • Power – who or what is in charge? Who / what makes the rules to maintain law and order?  This can range from a dictatorship to a democracy, and anything in between. The pursuit for power (and the retention of that power) drives the characters and moves the narrative along its path.
  • Professions – what do the characters do for a living? Characters should have some sort of job that he / she does to maintain their lifestyle. The profession the characters can play a significant role in the situations they find themselves in, and the relationships they have with one another.

There are probably many more practical elements to address but I can’t think of them at the moment (so there might be a follow-up entry).

Anyway.

This topic popped into my head as I continue the (internal) plotting and pondering for my work in progress (which admittedly hasn’t progress as far as I thought it would at this point). Along with (re)defining the characters and designing the quasi-alternate / parallel universe of the MASC Chronicles (one day I’ll devote a series of entries about the series, but this is not that day), figuring out all the details (or at least as much as I can at this point) is exhaustive. This is in conjunction with the world building and its alternative history (of which I’m still making an effort to adhere) – the decision to set the MASC Chronicles in an alternate (possibly parallel) universe where there’s a divergence at a key point in World History. Figuring out how this alternate history plays out has its own challenges, as causality can create unexpected ripples in the time / space continuum.

And time travel hasn’t entirely been ruled out either (though that presents with additional headaches and countless flow charts). It’s quite an overwhelming and ambitious task to undertake, given the complexity of the entire series, though I do believe if I can pull it off convincingly. it’ll be epic and different (I hope) from anything that has been written already.

So the roles and responsibilities for me to make sense of all the quasi-rambling musings and plot bunnies bouncing about, waiting to be developed into Something Extraordinary.

Onward and upward!

Setting the Environment

Along with creating complex characters and compelling plot lines, developing the world in which the stories take place is critical. The historical exposition, whether it’s strictly based on Real world events, a completely fictional time / place, or something in between is one component of world / universe building. The science behind the environment(s) in which the characters interact is important to develop and / or create, whether (again) it’s based on pure facts or entirely made up (this is different from “alternative facts”) as it can shape every aspect of the story.

The world of the MASC Chronicles, that elusive enigma that is my epic work in progress, and began as a short story about 24 years (!!) ago, spans several centuries across (probably) similar terrain. The setting will most definitely be Earth bound, as the series (as it’s quasi-structured thus far) will not veer too far into the science fiction arena, though a brief sojourn into the realm of fantasy is possible.

Well, (almost) anything is possible when creating a fictional world. Then again, the Real World these days is (slightly) stranger than fiction.

Anyway.

The topic of environment and its impact on the writing process arose mainly because it’s Earth Day today; it’s a facet in the process of world / universe building that seems to not have as much focus as the historical elements of the story. (Not quite sure if that last sentence makes any sense, but I hope it does). The physical environment in which the story is set influences the characters’ behavior toward one another and to the circumstances in which the characters find themselves. Extreme conditions (drought, flood, nuclear radiation, etc.) are often the catalyst from which the narrative can spring forth – how the characters deal with the issue and / or the consequences of the Event is fodder for the Story.

The physical environment also sets the tone of the overall story; the landscape and weather conditions are like another character in the story – figuratively or literally. Doom and gloom seem to be a popular setting into which to fling characters and see how they deal with the cards they have been dealt. Even ideal, “perfect” worlds have some imperfections, depending on the characters’ perspectives. After all, if everything is “perfect” then problems / conflict would not arise, and there would not be as many stories to tell; conflict (of various sorts) is vital to a story, regardless of genre.

Whether or not there’s a happy ending is questionable, though there has to be some sort of resolution at the end, else the story doesn’t really end – it just stops.

Brief update (of sorts) of the state of the Land of Exposition (which hasn’t been mentioned too much in recent entries): the weather has stabilized a bit, after the surprise bout of snow. Spring has sprung with intermittent pockets of bracing wind and rain; the Real Life Brigade has undergone a turnover in leadership, leading to uncertainty among its ranks. Change is in the air, amid the pollen and fleeting aroma of bacon (its source still unknown) – attempts at anticipating those unexpected curve balls have been fairly successful, though the variables remain as such.

Plotting and pondering, as well as editing and actual!writing has progressed slowly amid the distractions and digressions.

It’s been a little over four years since I started this blog, and the forward momentum has not been as monumental as I had hoped. Then again, more than 120,000 words have been written (random musings and such) so that’s an achievement right?

Back to plotting, pondering and world building.

Happy Earth Day – it’s important to take care of this planet, as it’s the only one that can sustain life (as far as we know).

Time Management

Another week, another entry, though earlier than usual this week due to the rare occurrence of having evening plans during the time I normally write these entries. That I started this blog on a Saturday and kept up with posting every Saturday night since then is a remarkable feat – the anniversary of when this blog started is approaching (though the date itself does not fall on a Saturday). The intent of writing these entries was to share the process (if not the progress) of writing, with the hopes of sharing details and such about the plot, the characters and the meaning behind the tales to be told.

Well, that didn’t quite happen.

Many of these entries are quasi-rambling musings of ideas floating about the brain space and vague hints at the primary works in progress, namely the MASC Chronicles and the (somewhat lesser primary work in progress) meta series Tales from the Land of Exposition. As mentioned frequently, the bulk of these entries are written “live” and directly into WordPress with minimal editing (aside from grammar and spelling). Whatever pops into my head at any given moment is recorded, so odds are I’ve repeated myself several times over the years (I’m pretty sure I mentioned this very idea before, though probably not in the same way; then again, odds are the words are probably the same if not similar).

Anyway.

The theme / topic of this entry is time management, which has multiple meanings depending on the perspective the phrase is used, whether within or without the context of the narrative(s). Granted, I know I should schedule (or at least attempt to schedule) time to focus and actually plot, ponder and actually!write, but (per usual) real life interrupts and / or distracts from that notion. There’s only so many hours in a day, and fitting in time to have the clarity of mind to organize the ideas and figure out the nuances of character, plot and setting is not always possible. Ideas bounce about like fluffy bunnies wanting attention – whether or not they turn out to be useful is subjective. Most of the time, ideas flutter around only to be filed away for possible use in the future, though probably not in the same way, shape or form as originally intended. Managing time within the context of the story is a challenge, as playing with the notion of time travel keeps popping up every now and then, with alternate / parallel universes and other science fiction-esque devices.

Telling a simple story is not (always) enough – readers expect more and usually something different than what is already been written yet at the same time something familiar so they can have a vested (emotional / intellectual) interest in the lives of the characters and the journey / plight they take during the story.

Another facet in the whole time management with respect to the actual writing process is the ebbs and flows of when inspiration hits, which is something that can’t really be anticipated or controlled (at least not for me). There are times when I can sit down and focus on the works in progress and actually!write some of the narrative (then spend almost double the amount of time editing what I had just written), and there are times I stare at the screen and ponder what should happen next. There are countless memes about how sparks of brilliant ideas emerge just as you’re falling asleep and you’re too tired to get up and jot it down, hoping it’ll still be around in the morning. (Spoiler: it rarely ever sticks around for that long).

Plotting general outlines and such is a good way to find structure and build a foundation upon which the story can unfold, but finding the nuances and layers and figuring out where the details fit in the larger context is difficult. I’m pretty sure this is an issue across all genres, but especially for mystery and suspense – sprinkling enough clues for the detective / reader to follow but not giving away too much too soon (and adding red herrings along the way, which may or may not be red herrings.)

It’s a lot to ponder and plot and process.

If only there were enough time to manage all of this and live a “normal” life…

If only the TARDIS was a real thing (thankfully, Doctor Who will be returning soon, though it’ll be bittersweet as it’s Peter Capaldi’s final season / series as the Doctor)

TTFN!

Shifting Realities

So it’s April Fool’s Day. A day of practical jokes and elaborate hoaxes, when the line between fact and fiction blur. Many of the jokes / hoaxes are reused and recycled over the years (which is always good for the environment), so “everyone” knows that they’re fake; then again, there are some that are unexpected that it’s difficult to discern its validity. The setup and delivery of the “news” article  / post / tweet needs to be crafted in a way that makes you second-guess whether or not it’s true. The one that comes to my mind on this day was the “news” article announcing that George Takei was going to run for public office. It seemed plausible (and possible), and almost too good to be true – and it turned out not to be true (which is a shame, really, given the political climate in America these days).

Needless to say, it’s wise to not trust anything or anyone on this day.

Oh, that rhymes (sort of) – and I’m not so much of a poet (and I know it).

Anyway.

The (shifting) line(s) between fact and fiction within a story is a tricky path to take, considering the fact that fiction is essentially not true to begin with – every aspect of the story is made up from the writer’s imagination. Truth within the fictional world is subjective and potentially questionable as well, depending on the perspective from which the narrative unfolds. The protagonist and antagonist often have opposing viewpoints as to their role in the story, and will believe their motives are “right”. With that said/written, the same story could (potentially) be told multiple times and still be different, depending on who is narrating the story (if it’s told first person perspective), or in the cast of third person perspective (omniscient or limited), which character is prominently featured.

Since I’ve committed myself to writing a series saga worth of stories (many of which have been loosely sketched out), the urge to consolidate and condensify the number of stories is tempting. To tell one long story from several (different) points of view so that each novel is a puzzle piece when put together creates an intricate work or art (or at least an interesting mosaic). Refining and moving about all those pieces will take time and a white board (at least) with different colored markers (because colors make everything make sense). The sequence of events (from every angle) will need to be analyzed for its plausibility, and the potential offshoot tangents created (which might create spin-off series or AU fan fiction).

I’m (probably) overthinking all of this, but that’s the planning, plotting and pondering part before the actual!writing part gets underway. The pantsing approach won’t help (as much) as the planning approach, though they could (should?) work concurrently. The reality in the fictional world can be whatever the writer wants it to be, whether it’s based on real world events (past or present), an imagined future, or a world not like any other.

What is real and what is not is for the writer to decide, though I wonder if there are stories out there based on an April Fool’s prank. It’d be interesting to write stories based around various holidays (though technically speaking April Fool’s Day isn’t an official holiday, though some might argue otherwise).

Then again, I should probably stick to the quasi-established works in progress first.

Spring has sprung in the Land of Exposition. Time to get writing. Again.

The State of the Land of Exposition

Extract from The Tales from the Land of Exposition – Journal of Plot Monitor #9

Celestial Time Stamp: Later Than Anticipated

Weather: Suspiciously mild, with bouts of random musings

So it’s been a while since the last update, but the state of things in the Land of Exposition are fairly stable, though rumblings from the Real Life Brigade could possibly be of some concern in the near future. Perhaps the most significant change within (or rather without) the Land of Exposition was the fundraising and subsequent construction of a massive, environmentally friendly dome encompassing the Land of Exposition. With all the adverse shenanigans from the Real Life Brigade and the state of things beyond the borders of the Land of Exposition posing a potential threat to the very existence of the services offered within its borders, proactive action was essential. Questions of validity and dubious comments about the future state have pushed for the need to act to preserve the quasi-status quo. A clinical evaluation of the environs of within the Land of Exposition resulted in an inventory of sustainable resources and a separate list of export goods necessary for the well-being of the citizens of the Land.

Travel between the Land of Exposition and the Outside World has been frantic yet organized. Those seeking asylum within the Land (and residence at the Character Development Inn) underwent precise screening, and with few exceptions, were granted entry. A treaty (of sorts) with the denizens from the Real Life Brigade materialized faster than expected, with minimal concessions, though autonomy within a defined area within the Land was granted begrudgingly.

Harmony is a fragile thing to broker (especially with those who are tone deaf).

The air quality within the Land has improved, though faint aromas of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch linger every now and then. The Character Development Inn introduced an eclectic menu of fusion cuisine, with its aroma permeating the dining area and kitchen. With the growing population within the land, the Character Development expanded height and width wise, with each added wing designed to economically (and comfortably) house as many as possible, at little to no cost to the established residents.

Inspirational ideas continue to pour in, as more different perspectives and genres collaborate and debate over narrative arcs, character development and such. The FanGirl Meter (patent pending) still has occasional glitches (and habitual giggle fits) yet still provides (somewhat) an objective counterpoint to the more absurd flights of fancy and/or delusions of grandeur, though heightened melodrama keeps the Meter on its toes (so to speak). The Library of Inspiration grows at an exponential rate, with much cross-genre plots plotted and pondered. The Vault of Archives has moved to the Cloud, and the WiFi signal secured with the best security software firmly in place.

The quasi-rambling musings continue as plots are pondered and ponders are plotted. Characters remain in quasi-hibernation, their true form still under review, and their motivations lurk in that murky fog of uncertainty.

Time will prove to be the deciding factor upon which everything rests.

Illusions and Delusions

The notion of perspective and its involvement in shaping (just about) everything in the story remains at the forefront of the plotting and pondering process. Toying with the idea of multiple narrators (first or third) is an option to consider, as it’s an effective, if complex method of telling the full story. Then again, having too many narrators and multiple perspectives has the potential to be too complicated, with too many tangents for the reader in which to invest their time and emotions. The A Song of Ice and Fire book saga series falls into this category, though the television adaptation has streamlined / combined / removed some of the narrative threads, for better or for worse.  While the MASC Chronicles won’t be falling into the multiple narrator rabbit hole, the expository exercise of (mentally) writing the other narrative perspectives and its place in the sequence of events will be plotted and pondered.

The illusions (or delusions, depending on the perspective) of the characters and their place in the narrative feeds into the overall shaping of the plot and the potential twists. It colors the storytelling and the validity of the narrative, leading (manipulating?) the reader toward certain biases in relation to the character’s actions in the story. Shifting the narrative from the protagonist to the antagonist (or vice versa) could potentially change the outcome of the plot (launching a flurry of speculative fan fiction). There are (almost always) reasons why good and / or bad things happen to characters. Sometimes it’s based on their actions / reactions; sometimes it’s a matter of circumstance, being at the right / wrong place and the wrong / right time. So the notion of “good” and “evil” is subjective… to a point – there are actions / traits that are exclusively good and evil by any definition (though some could argue that there is room for interpretation).

This entry is partly inspired by my current theatrical fixation of the moment (and for the next few months) – Sunset Boulevard, which I saw (again). The illusions (or delusions, depending on the perspective) the characters hold about themselves and their (perceived) place in society is colored from the perspective from which the story is told. It throws a spotlight (figuratively and literally) on how the events of the plot come to be, and what happens when those illusions / delusions are shattered.

Things in the Land of Exposition have been slow, as a frosty blanket of snow and ice fell unexpectedly (though given winter will be hanging about for the next few weeks, it should not have been a surprise) and the Real Life Brigade launching a few zingers that could / would / most likely change things (whether or not it will be for the better remains questionable). Nevertheless, lots of plotting and pondering and pondering about plotting remains the objective, with the everlasting hope of actual!writing actually!happening.

Hopefully, the illusions (delusions?) of that happening in the near future will remain intact, and I could (potentially) return to that 85K90 project thingy.

But then again writing on a strict schedule has never been my strong point, aside from my quasi-random musings for this blog. If only I could have the pantsing blog pixie motivate the planning story gnome…

Ooh, more characters for the meta series

Maybe.

I have to plot and ponder (more) about that.

Creating a Mystery

In the midst of all the plotting and pondering about the process of the various works in progress (and its glacial-paced forward momentum), there hasn’t been (that) much discussion of the genres in which the stories are set, aside from the entries revolving around the Game of Genres (it’d be fun to write about that someday – personifying genres in a quasi- Game of Thrones narrative arc…)

And there goes another plot bunny carrying another brilliant idea to add to the list of Other Tales to Tell.

Fun!

Anyway.

The primary genre for the MASC Chronicles has been in Mystery, with sprinklings of fantasy and science fiction mixed in with a sort of Steampunk twist. I’ve always been an avid mystery reader and recently dipped my literary toe into reading fantasy and science fiction (some of which have had Steampunk elements). I enjoy reading mainly Golden Era cozy mysteries – mystery stories written in the early 20th Century by British authors which were usually set in rural locales and focused more on the investigation of the crime and less on the gritty violence of the crime itself. Most of these stories had as its protagonist a private detective, reliable associates to assist in the investigation, and law enforcement officers who have a begrudging yet respectful working relationship with the private detective.

It’s a formula that has worked for decades and one I attempt to emulate, though with some tweaks and twists with the inclusion of the aforementioned genres.

In creating a mystery tale there are a myriad of hidden elements to consider and a multitude of angles to outline to ensure plausibility in its narrative structure and the pacing of the action before the crimes takes place, and the investigation afterwards. Some tales start with the crime occurring “off stage” and it’s through the investigation where details of the events beforehand are pieced together. Other stories let the reader glimpse into the lives of the characters before the crime so that there is a level of emotional connection already established by the time the crime occurs. The denouement when the guilty party is revealed is often when the story ends – rarely does the narrative continue beyond that point, though there are times when the legal procedure is integral to the overall narrative.

One aspect of the story that is never really touched upon (at least to my knowledge and based on the various mystery novels I’ve read over the years) is the lives of the characters long after the criminal is apprehended and how they cope with the effects of the crime. Mystery novels are mainly stand-alone stories, and while sometimes the protagonists might reference something from a previous case, more times than not, the characters that are not the main protagonists are never heard from again.

It is my intention to fill that void with my (humble) attempt to craft a series saga that shows the consequences of the actions taken in the past / present and its effects in the (near and far) future.

I’m not quite sure if it can work (or if I’ve explained it as clearly as I hoped, but it’s still a daunting (and exciting) task to attempt to undertake. It involves a LOT of plotting and pondering exposition and character development, and perhaps some complex org chart making.

I might need to invest in a whiteboard and colorful markers to keep track of the timelines and its causes and effects.

Sorting Out The Details

The plotting and pondering continues, as the world (real and fictional) changes from what it was into what it will be. How things will play out in the (near) future is yet to be determined; needless to say it’s going to be interesting (if not frustrating) from here on out. Making sense of the sequence of events and the character choices made through the narrative has become a challenge. Sorting through the myriad of character and narrative exposition and their possible connections, both overt and covert, almost requires flow charts and spreadsheets. Admittedly, the series saga has grown exponentially in a relative short amount of time, with interwoven, generational stories. Actions taken (or not taken) in the past / present have potential consequences in the future (after much internal deliberation, and mostly to save what little literary sanity I have left, time travel has been removed from the grand narrative scheme of things). Though that decision might change in the future (or in the past, however wibbly-wobbly things get).

Anyway.

While much of the big picture planning has been plotted – titles and general themes sketched out, the details remain quasi-fuzzy. Even though the series saga has a generational element, each book within each series will (mostly) be stand-alone stories. At least that is / was / is the intention when the expansion started – the initial structure was a trilogy (as most series are), with several decades elapsing between them. How it stands now (and for the foreseeable future) is a trilogy of multiple stories within each series, with several centuries elapsing between each series.

The depth of that exponential expansion might have been a slight understatement.

Little actual!writing has actually!happened (in the sense that the actual narrative has been typed into a Word document) – the internal narrative writing never stops (and often gets rewritten on a daily basis, often filed away to potentially be used at some later date and time). Pondering about the characters is an ongoing process, with attempts to understand their actions, motives and overall disposition to their surroundings, all the while attempting to keep them unique and real, and not become a caricature or a cliche.

The journey continues, even as the world landscape shifts and changes loom upon the horizon. What will happen going forward will questionable and unpredictable – the road may splinter, leading to imminent danger; or the path may be gilded with prosperity.

Either way, it will be a journey worth telling.

Someday.

Progress in the Writing Process

Actual!writing has actually happened after months of plotting and pondering and pondering about the plotting. Though not that much actually writing has actually happened since the last blog entry, due to the few dormant land minds unexpectedly reactivating with a time sensitive detonator which could have spelled doom for the Land of Exposition. Tensions were high with an invisible yet audible ticker was counting down to Zero Hour.Efforts of the Muses, plot bunnies and imported cavalry of plot ninjas to halt a mini maelstrom of havoc proved successful for the most part – there was some minor damage and a wave of confusion amid the fallout.

Rebuilding (in all its forms) is in the works, though the aftershocks from the fallout will still linger in the days to come. A grander sweep of the Land of Exposition (especially the nooks and crannies shrouded in quasi-darkness) will need to re-examined, with greater efforts to locate and destroy (or at least deactivate) any land minds.

Needless to say, it’s been a long week, and it’s only two weeks into 2017.

Once a thorough sweep of each centimeter of the landscape is completed, more actual!writing can continue, with the hopes of completing the first leg of the 85K90 challenge. The Land of Exposition is still under a blanket of snow, with a fresh powdering falling once again. While this round of snowfall might hinder the cleanup efforts (as the accumulation has the ability to conceal and distract), the bulk of the snowfall is expected to melt in the coming days.

Then the plotting, pondering and actual!writing will continue afresh. Thus far a quasi-new character has emerged, shifting the relationship dynamic of the narrator to the characters introduced thus far, and shuffling about some character exposition and creating (relatively) new relationship webs.

Everyone (and almost everything) is connected.

The main work in progress is Book One of Series One of the MASC Chronicles, entitled One More Angel in Heaven. Each series in the MASC Chronicles has its own subtitle, and had, at one point in time, been the title of the trilogy of novels (which had been the original conceit of the series). As mentioned in past entries, the original idea started from a short story written as a class assignment, and kept growing as time went on from a short story to a full length novel (with a brief sojourn as a one act play) then to a trilogy of novels, ending up in its final, current state – a three part, multi-book series saga.

It’s still an ambitious endeavor to undertake, most of which has been generally outlined (with all the book titles and series subtitles) already decided. The order may shift and characters swapped between series, but the themes will remain intact.

At least for now – things have a way of changing over time. Sometimes for the better, and in unexpected ways.

So buckle up – it’s going to be a long ride.

And the final destination is anyone’s guess.

Back to the plotting, pondering and actual!writing.