Shadow Puppet Mysteries ~First Performance~ Released!

The tale of Lady Len Lockwood begins.

Visit the RMV Mysteries page to download Part 1!

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Writing Update: Shadow Puppet Mysteries

2 weeks from now, the first part of Shadow Puppet Mysteries will go live for everyone to read for free. Today I’d like to talk a little bit about my process for writing this series.

When it comes to a mystery, the most important thing to do is to know the solution. In order to create a fair mystery that can be solved it’s necessary to know the full truth ahead of time. Beginning this January, I started thinking about RMV Mysteries 2 and the idea of shadow puppets came fairly on although this concept evolved throughout production.

While working on the first scenario, I also worked on the background scenario and touched it up as necessary. If there weren’t enough people to suspect, I worked on the backstories for certain characters and made them more mysterious. If the logic didn’t quite connect, I adjusted the tale so that the solution would make sense from beginning to end. In this way, both the first scenario and the truth behind the entire series was constructed.

The first scenario’s rough draft was completed back in June, but I’ve given myself several months to not only revise and make the story better but also to start development on Part 2 of the series. By starting development on the next scenario, it reveals the areas of the story that are shallow and need more depth. Now I’ve been able to take things I’ve learned by writing the second part and make the first part even better as the model for the rest of the series.

While writing a series you have to invent new things, but with a mystery series moreso than anything you want a sense that everything was decided from the beginning so many elements have to be in place to start with.

Creswood was a rather simple mystery, but Shadow Puppet Mysteries has more complexity due to being in development for a longer period of time. Right now my thinking is that there will be seven parts, but everything is subject to change depending upon the reaction of you the reader.

That’s all for today. Please look forward to Part 1 releasing on October 25th and let me know your impressions!

Writing Update: October Has Arrived Edition

On the 25th, Shadow Puppet Mysteries debuts. Right now I am currently working on the plot for Part 2 and soon I’ll begin another editing pass for the first entry in the series.

Meanwhile, Cronus Collection continues to grow a bit slowly. As of now I have 8,000 words written but they’re not necessarily going to reflect the final product. During the development of Memory Blood 4, I wrote down various ideas for the world of Cronus Collection back when I simply referred to it as the Untitled Zekkyn Project.

Now, I’ve begun writing something a little different than a rough draft. As this story takes place in the large city of Cronus, it’s important to record the various perspectives of many different characters. As I write more and explore the city and its characters, the true plot develops in the background. I believe most of the material I’m writing now will make it into the final version, but I’m not committing to anything. I’ll just continue writing and then use the material that’s the best to shape the final product.

Because the story won’t be released until the end of next year, there’s a lot more time to explore various possibilities. As long as I continue writing and developing the story, there’s no need to commit to anything just yet. At the same time, many elements of the story have already fallen into place so it’s an interesting mix of writing new and familiar material for me.

I think this long development period will result in the best book possible. I’d like to make sure it gets released in a timely manner though so I’ll be sure to keep an eye on my pace and the scope of the story.