No, the Totality series isn’t over yet! But I did reach an important milestone.
Back in 1999, when I started writing the original incarnation of what would become Totality, I imagined I would finish it in a couple of years, planning for about 100 installments and publishing one per week. In reality, I ended up taking several breaks, and my motivation petered out right around installment #90. Though I had an outline written up for how the rest of the story would go, I never actually wrote the individual chapters. There was never a finished draft.
Fast forward to 2019, and now I can say that I have finished a draft of this epic tale. It has taken 5 books and as many years to pull it off, but I did it. The first draft of book 5 was finished a couple weeks ago, and since then I have circled back to work on Totality #1.5: Kina’s Lament. That’s a “bridge” story that should come out in the next couple months, before Totality #2: The Star Mother is released.
But rather than skip over this moment, I wanted to take a little time to reflect on it. I’ve written several novels, but this is the first series I’ve finished a draft of. I may envision a couple more books in it (bookends at #0 and #6) but they aren’t really part of the core series. They tell different stories, rather than being part of the main story that runs through books #1-5.
When I embarked upon this new attempt to write the Totality series, I wasn’t sure I would finish it. I thought I might crap out halfway through, or even close to the finish line, as I had before. But I’m older and wiser at this point, and I have the benefit of many loving and supportive people who have helped me find the confidence and energy to see it through.
There is still a lot to do: book 2 needs some revisions before publishing, and all the subsequent books still need major revision. Plus, I plan to write four side stories to sit between the books, not to mention the possible bookend volumes. I’ll be working on Totality for the next several years, it looks like. I hadn’t planned on that when I came back to it in 2013, but here we are. I am thrilled to be on this journey, though, and grateful for everyone who has helped and supported me along the way.
I hope you’ll stick around to see what’s next! The Totality journey has only gotten started.