poetry and prose about place

Writing a Series – continuity

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With the publication of the first in the Meniscus series — Meniscus: Crossing The Churn (CreateSpace, 2017), I am now working to publish the second – Meniscus: South from Sintha.


A poor photo of the painting I did for the cover of Book Two – Meniscus: South from Sintha


I have completed the text and all of the drawings. I have even finished the painting for the book cover! The book is now with my editor (Lee Thompson Editing +) who will give me advice on story arc, characters, poetic line and word choice.


Back to those final edits!!!!


The story for South from Sintha continues the tale begun in Book One — in this book, Odymn wants the Slain to fix some of the wrongs he has done in the past. South from Sintha is the story of a journey to return some of the Slain’s former captives to their homes. But can you really ‘go back’?


The cover painting for Meniscus: South from Sintha is based on one of the drawings I created for the story … the drawing is called ‘release of the feather’ … after returning each captive to his or her home, the Slain and Odymn release a token to celebrate the ‘return’


As I prepare the second in the series, I have to make a couple of continuity decisions. One had to do with maps. I have taken the advice of my nephew and altered the map to reflect the landscape changes revealed in Book Two, as well as the path followed by the major characters.


The West Half of the map in the story South from Sintha … drawing the map in GIMP makes additions/changes so easy!


Another continuity decision concerns the common language on the planet Meniscus: Gel-speak. As I write, new words are added to the Gel-speak vocabulary. I have included a Glossary with a Gel-speak Dictionary at the back of each book. But, do I keep the Book One words in the Book Two Dictionary, even though some words are not used in Book Two? Or do I include the vocabulary from both Book One and Book Two? Perhaps you would help me make a decision by responding to the poll.




If you want to read Book One in the series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn is now available at Amazon, in both Paperback and Kindle versions. Be sure to look under my first name Alexandra TimsOf course I want you to buy the book and read the story of how the Slain and Odymn meet! Meeting the furry, purry Argenop in the story is worth the read!!!!



Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

March 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

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  1. Love the cover-art Jane… Observing Fran’s writing process, I can imagine how it is a bit of relief with the book launching, after the 100’s of hour of work. Good luck – Bruce

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    bruce thomas witzel

    March 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    • Hi Bruce. Thanks! CreateSpace was a very interesting process … generally straight-forward. So happy to have my book in hand and four more in process. Fran and I see yet to eye on many parts of the creative process! Jane

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      jane tims

      March 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

  2. Wow, Jane, you are one busy lady. I stand in awe!

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    Jane Fritz

    March 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    • Hi. Of all the ‘bosses’ I have ever had, I am the most demanding. Work, work, work … wait a minute … play, play, play! Jane


      jane tims

      March 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

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