Oh hey! A production slate!

MCMSaturday, May 8, 2021

This is not my first production slate, and it won't be my last, but it's currently fresh so I'm going to talk about it, and why I made it, and how likely it is I will stick to it in any capacity whatsoever.

Working backwards: this will be out of date by Tuesday. I always make big illustrious plans, and then find a shinier object along the way. I used to try to rationalize this behaviour, but ultimately, it is what it is: I'm doing this to have fun, and if my definition fun changes month-to-month, I won't stay glued to a schedule of meh for no reason.

That said, there are definitely some things on this list that I can't avoid, which brings me to point #2: why I made it. Back when I started writing books, I used to say I had this plan in mind that I borrowed from comic books wherein characters and events cross over between series, eventually culminating in a huge crossover event that would shake everything up. In the old days, nobody quite understood what that meant. But now that the Avengers are a thing — especially Infinity War and Endgame — I think I can safely explain this again...

Virtually all of my stories intersect in some way. Monitor City exists in Dustrunners, Fission Chips and Liberty Bell; UFIT connects to Arkady and Kain, Utopian Hit Squad, and Dustrunners. Even Bytown loops into all this in ways I can't explain yet — stay tuned in the very near future for a fairly obvious reference — and that, in turn connects it in with everything else. I do this not because I enjoy puzzles (although I do enjoy puzzles), but because I'm building toward an Endgame of my own. There are hints in the text already, but you won't be able to see them quite yet. Or if you do, you won't be able to make sense of them.

That's why I have to write a production slate from time to time: to remind myself of what needs to be done, and to make sure I not only get it all written, but that I write it in the right order. Bytown Season 1 needs to come out before Shell Game, and Archivists needs to come out before Recovery. There's a sequence to the madness, because if you read them all in order, you'll start to see things that might otherwise not make sense — and hopefully suss out the next steps in my plan before I slap you in the face with it.

So that's why this page is here, and why it will change, and why I will do my best to adhere to its general shape over time. You are free to browse it and pester me to write a particular story over another, and I may just oblige.

But yikes. Over 3M words to write before I die. That's a lot of sleepless nights.

Best get started, eh?

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