To be honest, all I had planned out to any reasonable degree were these opening scenes for London’s Fog 05. I know how it ends, and what elements I can use to get there, but I may need to skip the next update to make sure I have a solid outline to work from. (I know I keep warning ‘I may have to skip an update!’ and then make my deadlines anyway, but hey. Worth warning anyway.)
In addition to sketching out this update, I did some brainstorming for what the Next Fiasco will be. (The “Next Fiasco”, or NF, is my code name for any project that’s going to follow my current project.)
I’ve already decided I want it to be episodic. Continuity, certainly, but more Star Trek TNG continuity, not Star Trek DS9 continuity; I don’t want the series to be enslaved to a slowly unfolding narrative which leaves readers behind if they don’t have time to catch up on 500+ virtual pages of content. I actually had that strategy in mind when I started Unreal Estate, and you can see tinges of it in the standalone stories, but there were going to be a lot MORE of those in ratio against the uberplot episodes. This time I’d like to stick to the game plan.
But what will it be about? That requires questions. Is it another bunch of wacky teenage adventurers, in a scifi/fantasy style universe? It sells well online, but that also confines the story to the “YA flavored” ghetto — and almost all the genre-flavored ideas have been pounded to death already. So lots of middle aged adults being very serious and dramatic in the real world and having sex and being serious while having sex? Egh, no. That doesn’t appeal to me one bit, it’s not something I’d care to read or write.
I’m guessing I may end up somewhere in the middle. Feature *gasp* 20-somethings or maybe 30-somethings, have some fantasy elements, but actually take place in the real world. Maybe true urban fantasy, not simulated urban fantasy. Not sure yet. Don’t know. But I gotta make these decisions, because the end of anachronauts approaches…
For now… there is anachronauts. There is the story of Jeeves, and the aftermath of what he did. I’m curious as to your reactions. Feedback welcome, as always.