So I uploaded Blindsight all over the place this week and am already up to something like 700 downloads. The responses I’ve gotten make me wish Revelation was already written! But my newsletter subscriptions are up. There’s been a modest spike in sales across platforms. I am satisfied that the story is doing its job and making people curious. All those people who talk about the benefit of having free shorts out there…totally right. As it happens, back when I was writing it, there was a detail about Ransom in the story, regarding his backstory, that I had to explain to myself because it would be important to the plot of Revelation. That led to the kernel of an idea for a short story about HIM called Dragonbound.
Last night I sat down to take the notes from that past brainstorming session with Claire and turn them into a loose outline. I’m not ready to write it yet, but when I have an outline in place, my brain can start weaving in information and threads while I’m working on other stuff (yet another reason I’ve become a serious plotter–Pot is amused as hell about my conversion). So as I was sitting down working on that outline and looking at my notes, I started seeing all these threads, tiny details I’d thrown into other stories (some out, some not) just for the hell of it, stand up and start waving at me like HEY I’M IMPORTANT! I FIT OVER THERE!
It seemed prudent, at that point, to open up a file and start an event timeline that began with the advent of Mirus history and carried me through to the present in the story world, making a list of all these major events in the history, questions that need to be answered, how various things connected, which story stuff appeared in. And suddenly those random details I’d thrown in for the hell of it actually MEANT SOMETHING BIG. It meant I could clearly see my metaplot from Forsaken By Shadow, all the way through Mick and Sophie’s novel (not Devil’s Eye, their full length novel that will be set after Revelation). I’m starting to get a clearer picture of the chain of increasingly bigger baddies, and who the groups and individuals may be that are the main antagonists in future books, and overall the series itself is coming together, almost like I did it on purpose with all those random details.
God, I love when that happens.