Season one of Skies Unbroken is complete. Turns out the second novel-length project really is easier than the first.
How’d I do?
The final two episodes of season one took their sweet time to get done, blowing past my previous goal of wrapping up the writing phase by the end of August. This mostly spun out of episode eight going from one ‘firm’ outline, to half of that outline, to a far more improvisational execution. All while keeping the main story beats in place. One thing I’ve learned over the last year is how much Skies Unbroken likes to defy my initial outlines and by episode eight I decided to just roll with it, keeping with the spirit of the setting.
There is one more chapter to be released: a time-lost Wilcox chapter from the Gloria episode. I tentatively have that slated for next week, but have yet to shake the cobwebs off.
Now begins the transition phase between seasons one and two. I’ll go into much greater detail about this period in next week’s update, with a roadmap and update schedule and everything. The primary objective is a full copyedit-level revision of all season one episodes in preparation for a compilation ebook. The website versions will be updated with these tweaks as well. Beyond that, there will be regular updates and snippets posted as I work on the initial episodes of season two.
Season two of Skies Unbroken will begin in January 2017.
Core Narrative ~ 93,000
Supplementary ~ 7,000
Internal Worldbook ~ 17,000
Project Journal and Blog Posts ~ 19,000
Total 136,000 words.
68% Core Narrative
73% Core + Guidebook
No complaints here. Season one ended right around where I expected, in the average novel range. The supplemental content and internal worldbook took a backseat in the later stages of the season, but will come back to the fore in the coming months as I transition to season two. Blog posts and other public-facing efforts could certainly use more work, as the bulk of that number is contained in the my-eyes-only project journal. Room for improvement on that front.
It feels good to be done. For one of the multiple goalposts writers have for the concept of ‘done’, anyway. It’s been a strange journey over the last year, and I’m still processing it all.
Time to chart a new course!