My first Patreon work in progress (WIP) is the fourth book I will be publishing. This book is the first of what will be a series of self-contained novels using a few brand new characters, and a very unique world that this novel introduces. If you’ve read the Golden Threads Trilogy, you might recognize many elements. As in all of my writing, this story is part of the multi-universe timeline I’ve created over the last twenty years.
This new series is running parallel to the Golden Threads Trilogy, same point in time but a completely new location. Revealing the precise location is a bit of a spoiler. It will be revealed in the fourth novel of this series and will be the basis for the fifth to possibly hundreds of novels. (It might be revealed sooner in the Patreon Activity discussions but right now this is my plan.)
This new novel is titled World Without End, and the basis for the story has consumed my imagination as well as time researching everything involved. To say I’m super excited about this new series is an understatement. I can’t wait to totally geek out to the nth degree with everyone over the scale, science, and everything else present. To provide some insight to how much this has consumed, me allow me to explain how it all began and why the hard-science-fiction, Duianna Chronicles, are on hold.
I was happily writing a fun, hard-science fiction novel titled Lieutenant’s Lesson, Book One of the Duianna Chronicles, about a certain junior officer in the Royal Space Marines all the fans of the Golden Threads would recognize in a nanosecond. Lieutenant’s Lesson was entertaining with spaceships, explosions, combat, hidden science research outposts, evil empires, and twisted ambitious villains; everything I loved.
One day, a rather strange thought popped into my head, a thought that had nothing to do with the Lieutenant Bensure’s adventures. This idea halted everything else and forced me into three weeks of intense research of visual perception, focal lengths of telescopes, atmospheric hazing, and human visual processing. The result was an idea for a steampunk series, and it was burning my fingers to get out.
And so, I set aside Lieutenant’s Lesson to write this series. I have five books planned to kick off the Endless Horizons Sagas. Each is a complete novel (no cliffhangers, I promise, just an ongoing series of adventures for some fabulous people). Now that I’m well into the first novel, I’m really glad I did this, because this series gives us a whole new angle on the Niya-Yur universe, flushes out some details I actually needed to consider to properly target Lieutenant’s Lesson (especially considering where the Duianna Chronicles was going to end), and it allows me to play with the steampunk genre.
To help me keep things in order and to remind me to keep each chapter fully contained, I’ve started calling the chapters ‘episodes’ for my storyboarding exercises. This has helped me to keep the focus tight on our main characters. As I’m releasing these serial TV show-style episodes on Patreon, I’m going to stick with this titling scheme. Maybe this will help, maybe not; if my patrons want me to do something different, I’ll switch to something different.
The first novel of the Endless Horizons Sagas is titled World Without End. The first chapter of World Without End in the final version will be titled Chapter 1 – Return of the Vibrius. For the sake of releasing it as a self-contained epub, that chapter as a ‘short fiction epub’ is called The Endless Horizons Sagas, Season 1 Episode 1: Return of the Vibrius.
The first episode of each WIP is always public and free, so you can see a sample of the current WIP series. Insider details and especially more episodes are available inside of the Patreon Activity stream for patrons on the Patreon web site.