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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Three in One - The Trinity

When you're writing a book, you usually have, in your mind, a sense of how big or how long it's going to be.  I certainly thought I did.

I started writing and I was going for quite a while.  The formatting I had used netted me about one hundred twenty pages.  I didn't know how many that would be in standard manuscript format, so I reformatted it.  I was stunned.  I was barely halfway through the first part of the book and already I had written the equivalent of a thin novel.  In finishing just the first part, it would be around four hundred pages in manuscript format.  Again, that's just the first part.  With three parts in mind, I knew what I needed to do.

I would have to make it a trilogy.

Three books.  I didn't want to do that to begin with because of the way the story was structured.  I wasn't planning on a purely linear narrative (You'll see what I mean.) and I wasn't sure the first part would sustain interest on its own, separated from the big climax.  I remedied that later, but still ...

Here's a look at each of the three books, the logos I crafted, their titles, and the gist of what they're about:

Fans of Caprica should be able to appreciate this title.  It focuses on the creation of the Thirteenth Tribe and their departure from Kobol.  Naturally, there's a great bit of gods-related stuff, too, including the revelation of what they are.  The Kobollian "eagle" is gold because, at the beginning of the book, times are still good and, well, golden for the Lords.

This title is rather simple.  Most of the book is a big flashback to the descent of the gods from Mt. Olympus.  It details the origins of the Lords, answers questions from Book One and sets things up for Book Three.  The "eagle" is red because that's the color of blood.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the departure of mankind from Kobol is the chronological focal point of the whole thing.  Every heading of every chapter in all three books features a countdown to this point.  Obviously, this one's about putting all of the pieces in place and pushing "go" for the confrontation among the gods, the Cylon revolution, the "Blaze," and, of course, humanity's departure.  The "eagle" here is gray to represent ash.

(A future post will detail how I found/made the eagle logo.  Not as easy as you might think.)

1 comment:

  1. These days I guess that having to divide a story as immense as a subject as the Lords of Kobol I would think is par for the course. I remember reading how J.R.R. Tolkien left one manuscript of his Lord of the Rings with his publisher George Allen & Unwin deciding that it was best economically to publish it as three books from 1954 to 1955.