Throughout this series, I’ve been quite fascinated by how one seemingly innocuous event can affect something way later on, or become a major part of the Unseen Things canon. In the one I’m currently writing, Reapers (book 19 of the series), I’ve not only tied things back to one of the characters in books 1 and 2, but I’ve also linked an event that’s mentioned earlier in this book as the triggering event for it all. It’s the biggest connective jump I’ve made in the series, and it’s one of those things where when you realize what you’ve done, you just sort of sit back and admire it for what it is. This book also goes deeper into the end result of the event that triggered it, which involves dimensional frequencies and quantum entanglement.
I never really know what I’m going to write until I actually write it, thereby allowing the story to flow in a natural way. That’s why it’s even more remarkable when I’m able to make these connections to past events far down the road. They weren’t planned in any way whatsoever. The connections were created by the natural flow of the story, which makes them all the more special and fun for me. The triggering event for the quantum entanglement ended up being something I briefly mentioned earlier in this book that at the time didn’t seem to have much to do with anything. It was nothing more than a simple bit of information that Rickman and the colonel had gathered from the friendlies when looking for information about Purgatory, but that one event has now become the trigger for the major event that led to how things became in that dimension afterward.
Like I said, these sorts of connections have happened throughout the series, but the magnitude of the ones that are taking place in this particular book have me genuinely excited.
I’m working on chapter 10 right now, so I have six more chapters to write after that, and then I have to edit it. I’m not sure how much longer it’ll be, but it’ll be out at some point in December I would imagine.