Every so often while I’m writing, a stray thought pops into my head and I have to stop and ponder its significance. Most stray thoughts drift out whence they came and some stick around long enough to get written down. I guess that’s how it works.
Today’s random thought involves retooling Lights and Shadows so that I can fold it into The Parallax Universe as the lead book in a new series that will pick up where The Parallax Trilogy ends. Of course, that means changing a bunch of stuff (timeline, some characters, etc) to line it all up with the events I’m currently leading up to. That also means a delay of sorts since Parallax: Genesis and Darkfall haven’t been written yet. Lights and Shadows was originally intended to be a spinoff set within the same story universe but about seven years into the story future.
Yes, I know that since it’s my story, I can do whatever I want with it. Yes, I know that retooling L&S has the potential to put it on hold in favor of the Parallax Sequels. Yes, I know that delays may push the release date way past the end of September and despite the hordes of voracious villagers assembling with pitchforks and torches, I would rather delay a release in favor of a better end result.
My inner voice tells me to consider very carefully before committing to an action like this because internal consistency is very important.