Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thinking About Book 12

A scene from Book 12 played itself out in my head as I was commuting to work today, so I dashed it off. I have been wondering how to draw Book 12 together thematically. I kinda have a rough outline of the story in my head, but wasn't sure how to tie it together... the way Book11 is tied together by the theme of making plans and having them shattered, or Book 2 is a disguised 'Wizard of Oz' story.

I was working out some back story. The character of Bernadette Keeler is mentioned briefly in Book 11, she'd become the Matriarch of the Keeler family. She's ambitiously expanded the Keelers' business interests, built a fleet of starships, tried to buy a moon. And I thought... what if she were some kind of Bond Villain. That seemed like a cute backstory to me. And it got me to think about people who want to build Utopias, and how they never quite work out. And very often, they result in very bad consequences. The backstory is, Bernadette Keeler has a vision of a utopia she wants to build. The Aurelians have a vision of Utopia, too. Theirs involves destroying the universe. I saw this as a theme I could work in. And it also would make the ending somewhat ironic.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

In Between Days

I'm not quite ready to start Book 12 yet. Mainly because finishing Book 11 was such a marathon. Also because even though I think I know how I want it to end, I am not quite sure how to get there from where I left the characters at the End of Book 11.

In the meantime, this last week, I found time to add some new pages to the Wiki. Specifically, a page for each of the Pathfinder Ships. This was actually kind of a fund exercise. Each page is like a micronovel, an outline of something I might have written about these other ships. They even have themes, sort of. One ship had a very routine voyage, one's voyage was one encounter with unsolvable problems after another, and one started out slow and then became a very heroic adventure.

So, here they are, the pathfinder ships you didn't read about, and one you did.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book 11: Charlemagne... Done and Uploaded

Friday, March 9, 2012

141,588 Words

Book 11 as seen TagCrowd

created at

It is the longest of the books, longer than Book 3 by about 20,000 words.

It's essentially done. I need to do the cover page and a few other annoying details. Parcom has been barfing on my attempts to upload new files to the site;but if I can resolve those problems, the pdf version should be on the site sometime this weekend.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Four pages till done.

Chapter 23 of Book 11. Longest Chapter Ever. So many loose ends to tie up. Arrrrrrgh!