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The System Apocalypse Arcs

Had a few questions and comments about the System Apocalypse after Book 2 was released.  One comment I’ve seen is that Book 2 was more of a ‘filler’ book, which seems strange to me. I guess what people are looking for is somewhat different than what I envision(ed). Here’s roughly what I’m working on:

Arc 1 (First Trilogy)

Introduction of the System to Earth and basically takes place in 1 year.

Book 1 basically sets the scene and deals with John’s response to it.  Book 2 is a coming of age for John and a realisation of what he is and what he needs to do. It also continues to play out the changes including the Dungeons and Swarms.

Book 3 has the world shaping up to what it will eventually be with high level zones established, big nasty monsters running around and the conclusion of the Whitehorse arc.

Arc 2 (Second Trilogy)

By the way, everything from this point on is nebulous. I’m a panster not a plotter, so everything I have here is rough ideas.

The three books (and this might easily be more!) in this arc cover Earth. I tenatively have Canada & North America to be dealt with in Book 1 (it might be book 2 for the US actually) so there’ll be timeskips and time compression galore

Book 2 or 3 will cover a wider range of areas and continents. We’ll definitely see what happens in Europe & Asia, and we might see a big timeskip as Earth slowly redefines itself along with humanity.

Arc 3 (Third Trilogy)

This arc basically takes us out of Earth and into the wider Galactic scene. We finally see some of the other worlds that have been hinted at and will basically conclude John’s journey.

A word of caution

Now, I call them trilogy’s because I like writing in 3’s. These arcs are also a bit more malleable since I expect I’ll be time skipping a lot more in Arcs 2 and 3.

Tentatively, what I’ll probably do is write the entire series as best I can in the above arcs and then fill in the blanks later.,   Part of it is that writing the same thing for each city will get repetitive, and if there’s an interesting plot for a city, it might take up a whole book.  Rather than derail the overall arcs, I might hold off on writing that and skip pass to write that plot as an individual ‘stand alone’ book later.

That being said – ‘pantser’. I might have an overall idea of what each scenario / book / theme is going for, but the eventual book is often different from what I planned. Often better too.

Now, before anyone asks.  Book 3 is being written right now. I’m about 15% done. It is VERY unlikely to be out before end of the year since my day job gets very busy during this period.  Expect it maybe February?

Writing Update

Should be getting the proofread copy of Life in the North this weekend.  I shall edit and upload the new version ASAP and we will finally have a fully edited and ‘clean’ copy.  Kind of excited.

Redeemer of the Dead is in editing right now.  Nothing to report.

An Adventurer’s Heart is now available on iBooks, Kobo, B&N and Google Play as well as Amazon.

Book 3 of the Tales on Brad series is being written. I’m about 1/3 done on the first draft.

And that’s about it…

Redeemer of the Dead Update

Just sent the book out to a few beta readers.  Actually, I think I need at least two or three more who will get me proper feedback.  Here’s what I just sent to the beta readers I chose earlier.

Hi there;

Thank you for agreeing to Beta Read Book 2 of the System Apocaypse – Redeemer of the Dead.
Please find attached the book and the Beta Reading worksheet.  Please read through the worksheet before you start reading.  – it’ll help you understand the kind of questions I have.  There’s no need to fill up all the questions but detailed feedback is extremely useful.
As always, the sooner the better on getting feedback to me.  However, I need feedback by the 25th of September latest if I am to hit the Nov 1 release data as the end of the month is when I’m booked for my editor.
If you have any questions, please do contact me.
Regards,
Tao
 
(Have now gotten all the Beta Readers I need for this round.  Thanks everybody!)

Finishing the Series

I’ve seen some posts about whether series will ever be finished.  I figured I’d share my version of the answer for the two series I write.

Adventures on Brad – this is probably the one with the least ‘conclusion’ to it since the series is very much more open-ended and meant to follow Daniel on his journey.  However, the plan is currently to write each ‘portion’ of his journey in 3 book series with the first 3 books all taking place in Karlak (sort of).

The System Apocalypse – again, this is written in 3 book story arcs with the first 3 books dealing with the Yukon and Whitehorse in particular.  Once the first 3 books finish, we’ll be taking the show on the road.

The System Apocalypse has a definite end, though it might take a long time to get there.  I’m sort-of patterning it after the Dresden Files series, where yes, there is an end but it’s a LOT of books.  I’m hoping to keep everything written in 3 book arcs though so that people can pick it up and read without getting too bogged down but that might break down in later books.  We’ll see.

 

the System Apocalypse Book 2

Writing the System Apocalypse Book 2 now and I’m technically on Chapter 7 or so.  I started with an outline of what I wanted int he book and that’s going okay, but what I found / have found is that as I write it, more ideas on how to specifically fit in the themes / characters keep coming to me.

It’s why I haven’t posted anything in Royal Road at all since I started writing since I keep jumping back and going – oh yeah, I should add this scene.  Or, wait – this character here would make more sense.

Partly I think I’ve got a much better ‘feel’ for the book now that I had when I first started writing for fun.  The problem of course is that each time I bounce backwards, it takes longer to finish the book.

Which becomes the question – do I write fast and get a book out or write slower and ake a better book? I’m leaning towards Option 2 since I’d rather have a good book than a not as good book.  I’ve seen too many series get worst and since my only is myself, I’d rather make sure this is written well than just dump it out.

Atlas Shrugged Part II

Watched Atlas Shrugged Part II.  What a horrible, horrible book.

Sadly, the actors weren’t bad for the most part. I’m assuming that they just needed the paycheck – we’ve all done way too much for a paycheck.  The directing wasn’t horrible either, in fact the scriptwriting wasn’t bad.  So, as a movie adaptation; it wasn’t bad.  It was actually pretty okay.

Which means all the sins have to be left at the doorstep of the source material.

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