I’ve just published my third book—Time Blade: Age of Jeweled Intelligence—the second in the AJI series. Since I enjoy reading about how other authors work, I thought I would share a little about my process.
I’m not a super organized writer who has the world of my novel all figured out before I begin to work. I know what I want to say, and because I really, really, really want to know the how and the why of that mysterious tale stirring inside me, I believe it is mine to tell. I come to the page every day ready to write, which habit tells the story I’m serious and I need to know what comes next. Some begging, bargaining, and long, meditative silences go with this method.
OVERVIEW FOR THE AGE OF JEWELED INTELLIGENCE SERIES
The first inhabitants on the planet descended from a highly evolved civilization in another galaxy. They harnessed the astral energies of jewels to power industries, space travel, medical procedures, and all the comforts of home. In twenty-first century Earth, the Lords for the planet call for a new Age of Jeweled Intelligence. The evolution of the human family moves slowly, the natural resources of the planet are depleting rapidly, and Earth’s sun star will burn out. Mankind must rise to the call of his highest nature and transcend to the next universe, or perish with the sun.
Each book in the Age of Jeweled Intelligence series is a stand-alone story—told by a different narrator—a present-day reincarnation of someone who lived in the first Age of Jeweled Intelligence.
Time, location, and magic comprise some of the main components of a fictional universe. Here’s how those work in Time Blade.
Time is a major player. Before entering the mortal plane, each soul deposits an atom of its highest brilliance into Time. This forms a mastermind—a luminous field of perfect impersonal intelligence that overseas the evolution of the human family.
In order to escape disasters that could destroy the planet and humanity, one person is entrusted to carry Time Blade, a weapon capable of cutting, stopping and reversing Time.
Before Earth. Ancient Earth. Twenty-first century Earth.
The astral disk. Jeweled Intelligence is the astral consciousness of gems—super cosmic awareness— living inside the Galaxy of the Jeweled Spheres. In the Age of Jeweled Intelligence everyone is born with an astral disk—a glow that adheres to the palm of the left hand like a second skin. Icons on the disk connect the user to the cosmic forces of gems.
There are seven jeweled spheres, which correspond to the seven chakras in the human body. Rubies represent the base chakra—creative energy. Emeralds, the solar plexus—might, life power. The heart is gold—love. The throat is intellect—sapphire. The third eye, volition—amethyst. The crown chakra, intuition—diamond. The seventh chakra is pearl—illumination. (The colors and attributes chosen serve the story and may differ from other charts.)
The inner kingdom of man came quite naturally as a fictional universe for Time Blade. Awakening to pure awareness has been my main interest for many years. I care deeply about the issues explored in the book—the well being of our planet and humanity. Writing about them evoked transcendent wonders that proved true in the universe of my novel. These epiphanies remain among the greatest rewards of my writing life.
Time Blade follows young Californian Sky Hunter through three incarnations in his quest to become the man who carries Time Blade. I had not written from a man’s point view before, but I didn’t see that as a big hurdle. In his present day life on Earth, Sky ages from eighteen to thirty-two. I found my way into his character by giving him the same goal I had at age eighteen. I would travel the world and work and do whatever it took to make that happen. I traced the events in my life that had driven me to set out on that journey. Plot wise I knew why Sky had to travel far and wide, but I didn’t know what causes in his life had stoked the fires of such an undertaking. The answers arrived as I came to the page every day, writing and re-writing, draft after draft, until I unfolded the all of his story.