CREATING A FICTIONAL UNIVERSE FOR A NOVEL

Time BladeI’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

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.

TIME BLADE

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.

LOCATION

Before Earth. Ancient Earth. Twenty-first century Earth.

MAGIC

 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.

Chakras
Illustration of chakras

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.

STORY SYNOPSIS

 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.

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IS YOUR BOOK IN THE RIGHT GENRE?

Finding the right genre for your novel is critical. I struggled with that when I published my previous books. Dream Chaser: Awakening and Written in Ruberah: Age of Jeweled Intelligence. To my delight, I discovered the Visionary Fiction genre before publishing my third novel—Time Blade: Age of Jeweled Intelligence.

The Visionary Fiction Alliance defines its genre this way. Growth in consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist and/or other important characters.
PrintMy new novel—Time Blade—suggests we are all a part of everything—every proton, particle, and atom in the universe. Time is a character—a mastermind that overseas the evolution of the human family. On the journey into life, every soul deposits atoms of brilliance from its highest awareness into the mastermind. These multi-billions of perfect impersonal intelligence form a mass of luminescence that rolls across the face of dark matter. We are Time.

At its heart, Time Blade is an epic saga about the race for the evolution of the human family. Everyone must ascend to the next universe before Earth’s sun star burns out. Time Blade is the most powerful weapon ever on the planet. It can be used to cut, stop, or reverse Time to prevent actions that could annihilate mankind. We follow eighteen-year-old Sky Hunter through three incarnations in his quest to become the man who carries Time Blade.

In my own life, I believe the journey is the destination. I try to live in the moment, as all opportunities exist there. I wasn’t always aware of this. I spent years chasing the dream of how I thought life should be. I wouldn’t have recognized utopia if it hit me between the eyes, because I was always editing the dream. However, two things remained constant. I would see the world and I would become a writer.

Those who have known me for a long time, meet my novels with a puzzled expression—the kind that says you’ve changed skins more times than a snake with twenty-nine lives. Why don’t you write about that? That might be an interesting tale. Among my many jobs, I worked in advertising in London and New York, modeled in Paris, and partnered in a frog farm in Costa Rica.

Travel is like being in a microcosm of the macrocosm of life’s journey. Long plane rides, high in the sky, give space for overview. Where am I in this process? On one such flight, I realized I had seen a good portion of the world and met a fantastic cross-section of humanity, but I had not yet felt called to write a book. Why? As I gazed out the window into the blue depths of the sky, I felt a slight shift in my awareness. It was as if a door cracked open and the grandest of all adventures stretched out before me—the journey of spirit traveling through form in the mortal plane. Thus, began my writing life.

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