ChaosNova is proud to present ‘Seeker’, the latest story set in our fictional universe.
Jewel Harper, a junior specialist in a successful bounty-hunter group, returns from a routine mission only to find a new contract already prepared – a private contract to rescue a brother she didn’t know she had. The mission takes Jewel to a few different homeworlds — and into some trouble. She will learn that pretty much everybody knows more about her family than she does.
This is a stand-alone story set in the ChaosNova universe. Humans have spread to new homeworlds in a “goldilocks cluster” somewhere in the Galaxy, where the many homeworlds harbour several dominant civilizations as well as various local cultures, ancient and new. This story-verse, borne of forum-based roleplay and collaboration between several authors, holds many more characters and adventures, with varying degrees of connection to the central arc. Some of those stories are being written now, many are yet to be told.
We have some catching up to do before we can tackle the recent news. We have recorded many sessions of the Seeker editing process, and shared them in bite-size outtakes. Here is the whole playlist: http://bit.ly/2fA0ONG
In the middle of all that, we managed to sneak in a brief Writers’ Corner Discussion: http://bit.ly/2w0cmzS
We helped to make a game prototype! The game in development is now called Dysmaton, and it was inspired by a short story that Knux posted in the forums.
We’re plotting to add a batch of new reading samples soon, namely, we’re planning to “leak” some unedited forum materials into the samples section. Stay tuned, and watch us discussing this matter.
We’ve teamed up with Christian from Silver Spook Games to develop a playable demo/prototype loosely based on Knux’s experimental short story “Forgotten City” (the further, more optimistic goal being “prototype and beyond!”). Check out the announcement and early materials over at the Adventure Games Studio forums. While we work on this, go play Chris’ first game “Neofeud”!
Also, check out the co-op livestream (featuring Lore) where we discuss some aspects of development and worldbuilding.
Work continues on Seeker: we’re working on the clean text of three final chapters; then it’s time to to use some of the feedback we’ve received from early-access readers, and then it’s proofreading-ahoy. We’ve been recording the clean-up process, and releasing the relatively spoiler-free bits of that footage at the ChaosNova WritingCorner youtube channel and Twitter feed. You can find all the snippets in chronological order in this playlist.
The funny thing about site updates is, someone has to write them. We, in the meantime, have been busy writing everything else! To date we’ve put 50 behind-the-scene snippets of co-op “Seeker” editing to youtube, and maintained a steady output of daily tweets. The video on top shows us busy not starving, while trying to provide entertaining updates.
Laura: I’ve been ironing out the Seeker chapters for early-release reading and proofreading, and hit an extra challenge: chapters 5 and 6 that required so little intervention for the ‘part1’ release, no longer worked within the new, overhauled story. In short, I’ve deconstructed them completely, and have been rewriting them from ground up. At least there’s hope – I’ve fought my way to the last scene of chapter 6. And soon it is time to begin addressing the early-reader feedback we’ve gotten.
David: I have recently completed the first draft of Split Personality 2, after several ‘False starts’ (6 or 7!). And just like Seeker, the final chapters won’t be written for a while yet. Once that was done, I think I caught the writing bug, because I went on to complete the first draft of Kymberland’s Duty, a short story, and I began work on another, ‘Shadow Station’ currently a working title.
I also went through my Drive and dug out a few old stories. They’ve now been posted to the forum, and may one day make it into the short story compilation. The Drive also contained a myriad of broken notes and no-longer-relevant ideas which I’m working to correct.
All in all, a busy few weeks!
Times have been very busy since the January update. We are still working on the last two chapters of “Seeker” (at once).
The trouble with in-depth creative process, whether alone or in tandem or in group, is that it so often remains intangible and behind the scenes. We decided to turn the tide on that, and set up a YouTube account specifically intended to share the writing-related content. The new channel is called ChaosNova Writing Corner, and can be found here. (Meanwhile the personal channels with the occasional let’s-plays, vlogs, and other adventures show up under ‘Featured Channels’.)