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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beyond MM & Rochelle x-over... a few hints on the next story

This is a bit brief, but won't contain any spoilers...

Chapter 5 will be set about 4 months after the current cross-over story, which itself is set about 2 months after Bad Karma. So yes, it'll be jumping six months ahead. The cadets, indeed the entire population of Magellan Island, have been working hard to put the events of Bad Karma behind them. We will pick up a few of those threads but this will be essentially a completely new story, with a lot of familiar faces and some totally new ones as well. Titled "Worst Field Trip Ever" it will kick off in just over two weeks time.

Part of my reason in moving ahead so many months is that the Bad Karma story, which took almost three years to tell, covered roughly two weeks of Magellan time. Since the first year for Kaycee and Co is set in 2009, and it is now 2009 in our world too, I wanted to stabilise the time differential! Does that mean, should Magellan make it to 2010, that the cadets will move on to 2010 and their second year at the academy too? You bet it does! Does that mean this next story will not be 300 pages/3 years long? Oh, yeah!! I'm writing this one to be 50-60 pages. I learned a lot out of the processes of writing Bad Karma, notably to do with pre-advance plotting and also keeping the narrative compact - so I hope to be bringing all that and more to Chapter 5 and that it will be a very tight, very kickass story still with all the character development and nuance you expect from Magellan.

So. What's it about? The title gives away a lot. And that's all I'm saying! The story will feature Kaycee and several other cadets, some who've had a bit of screen time and some who've had almost none. We'll also see how things are going for Maya in the fall-out of Bad Karma. Plus... how is Go!Anna managing with her grand plan to train Brelvis into future cadet/super-hero material? And also, bad things... very bad things... are brewing over in Sydney, Australia - as Oz Magellan (which includes Captain Victoria... remember her? and Red Centre and The Man Who Can... remember them?) will soon discover. We'll be meeting the entire Oz Magellan line-up and some rather unpleasant individuals.

I've been working on the story for several weeks now and all the pieces are falling into place and I'm feeling rather excited by this one - hope you are too and that you can join me after the current story wraps up... Very Happy


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