Readers of the Abyss of Chaos, I’m proud to announce that I’ve begun work in earnest on the sequel, The Philosopher’s Game. (Okay, work began on the sequel long before now, but with Abyss finally out in the world, I am actually doing this thing for rizzle!) But before I give the update on where that stands, I’d like to first ask you to help spread the word about Abyss of Chaos.
How can you help? Simple. You can leave a short, honest review on Amazon.com. Amazon uses a five-star ranking system, then allows you to write as long of a review as you like. Or as short. Also, you can review anonymously as did Reviewer form Massachusettes, or you can boldly sign your name to it, as did this person. Simply go to my Amazon sales page, paperback or Kindle, and click “add a review.” (Also, while you’re there, notice how lonely my “Like” button looks . . . .)
Though I’m proud to report that my sales are going strong, reviews are nevertheless a critical component for Amazon’s ranking and referral system. And, they’re a great way to share feedback with the author. (Important, since I’m writing a sequel for you right now!)
And on that subject . . . .
The Philosopher’s Game currently exists in a six-thousand word, bullet point outline treatment. Each bullet point represents a story component. Some bullets could be as small as “Death Star battle,” while others might read more like, “Millenium Falcon shoots Tie-Fighter, which then clips the wing of Vader’s fighter, and the two baddies go spinning out of control. Luke is free to take the shot. Ben Kenobi urges him to use the force….” etc.
Why bullets? I like using bullet points because it helps me to organize the events of the story before writing it out in straight text. Sometimes I’ll discover events that need to be pushed later into the story, or others that need to be brought to the front. Also, it’s a great way to gauge the pacing of the story as a whole. For instance, Abyss of Chaos had a ton of exposition as the first of a three book story arc, while The Philosopher’s Game naturally requires less, since it’s the second act.
I was curious to go back and read an early treatment of Abyss of Chaos, when that book existed only in bullet point format also. If you haven’t yet read Abyss, then you’ll want to skip this!
First thing you’ll notice is the different title. Also, there was no Phineas, and Francesco’s name was Fabrizio!
Secrets of the Kebra Nagst
- Rome, Vatican City: Hungarian man dies telling Priest: “Mahdi…szándékozik…frigyláda…elpusztítani.”
- Languedoc, France: Rennes Castle destroyed.
- Village of Roslin, couple miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel destroyed.
- Old Holy well in the village of Napton-on-the-Hill by Southam in Warwickshire, England destroyed.
- Mt. Nebo, Jordan: Mt. Nebo Church and select surrounding areas are destroyed.
- Axum, Ethiopia: American cellist, Max Sinclair is vacationing in Axum, attending the Hdar Tsion Festival. We learn that he is Principal Cellist of the Madison Chamber Orchestra, which is currently on strike. His ruminations are interrupted when the Church of St. Mary of Zion is attacked. In the ensuing chaos, Max
finds himself on the other side of the gate and falling in behind several Ethiopian soldiers and two foreigners that appear to be defending the Church with small arms munitions. The team is pushed back inside the Chapel, with the Gaurdian of the Ark, who is mortally wounded. The only survivors are: Max, Aliyah, an Iraqi Special Forces Commander and Fabrizio, formerly Commander of the Swiss Guard at Vatican City. The trio discuss events and the two spies compare notes on their intelligence briefings. They decide to make their way downstairs in the chapel and discover a series of tunnels beneath and set out to locate and protect the Ark, if it is indeed there.
- Mt. Sinai, 1360 B.C. (?) Kohath, son of Levi is returning with the morning’s manna to distribute to the encampment he has been charged with overseeing. Today is the day the Ark is being completed and has its first dedication ceremony. This section has three chapters: 1: exposition to establish timeframe and situation, this chapter finishes with announcing, “Today the Ark will be completed”. 2: Exposition establishing mood of camp, Tabernacle, who’s who and ends with Kohath’s first glimpse of Ark, and he is addressed by Aaron and we see Moses over Aaron’s shoulder. 3: Dedication ceremony, (include Aaron praying over “Scapegoat”?) holy ointments and Ark is placed into Holiest of Holies. Moses himself selects Kohath to assist in carrying Ark. Scene ends with Moses gazing into mist that has formed above Mercy Seat with his mouth slightly parted and a rapturous expression upon his face.