When you’re scrolled up to the very top, it’s there at the top: tables of contents for the first two complete books and the third book in ongoing serialization. And now the third, Greater Beyond, is updated again after another twenty installments. Time goes on, and so does the story. The third book might already have exceeded the novel-length word count of each of the first two, but there is more to be told until the conclusion, and I’m not counting yet. We’ve just ended the fifth hefty sequence of the third book (25th of the trilogy – coincidentally, Princess Ascendant Soleil is the 25th of the Magus ruling lineage). I tell chapter sections in parts so that I know what I’m doing. Each installment is a small work of prose, like flash fiction; and while they add up to a much larger epic, I want each one to deliver an experience, a complete moment of shifted perspective. Shifting perspective is an ability that, when frequently exercised, can lead to greater connection, deeper sympathy, and new degrees of coordination. But please, don’t read science fiction fantasy for the superpower benefits, or they may not actually come to you. Joy is the key, as foreseen by desire. Do what you want. Read this if you feel like it. Love it if you do.
Today my beloved Spirit dog passed away.
Completing my Table of Contents update for Greater Beyond, it’s been 11 chapter sections in 27 installments this time, within the 25th Sequence of the trilogy. Lots brewing. I was reflecting on how one page in this part of the story is connected to 50+ other pages in the entire trilogy, so a page completion is sometimes like a 50-page completion. That probably isn’t an exaggeration. A lot of these moments have been a long time coming, satisfying and surprising, parts of an interconnected web of events.
I’ve enjoyed all the time I’ve spent with these characters, and it amounts to a lot; I know that we’ll part ways when the narrative thread is over, sooner now than before. The reader has a lot more time left with them, but now’s the point when I, the writer, have to tell myself it’s okay to let go. That’s going to happen. I know what they would think, I know what they would say, I know what they like… and I know that they’ll be fine, and so will I – in whatever sense of the word.
Updating the table of contents to the current point. Last updated at 42, a lot has happened.
What’s the magic number of aliens in sci-fi? Zero, like Firefly? All of them, like Star Wars? Somewhere in between? What are the pros and cons of featuring aliens in science fiction? Do they encourage us to examine our humanity in contrast to them, or does this promote an idea of “”humanity”” as a homogenous mass?
Eva Elasigue example works: Bones Of Starlight Neil Williamson example works: Queen Of Clouds, The Memoirist
Comics with music, and comics turning into music; everything from 2000AD’s Lawless The Musical to Jem & The Holograms to Spiderman Turn Off The Dark