For the sake of my sanity, I refer to the stories in the order I plan to publish them...
- Through Smoke and Fire
- In Pain and Blood
- To Target the Heart
- Burning Beneath the Sun
- Down the Path of Shadows
They each have a different place as a backdrop, so it's not as if they're closely connected...
|The most mapwork I've done in ages|
2 goes all around the kingdom of Demarn
3 starts in the capital of Tirglas, but ends in the Udynean capital
4 is set solely in Niholia's capital city
5 focuses on a village in Obuzan
To think of them in chronological terms* is a little trickier. As things stand so far, 3 seems to have become the central point to base the others around, but...
4 has to come first for someone to know a particular thing in 3.
2 likely occurs near the beginning of 3 or between 4 & 3.
3 comes next, otherwise the final events of 1 can't happen.
1 happens sometime during 3. About halfway onwards.
5 could, theoretically, happen whenever. So far, anyway.
* Also, if published in their chronilogical order, I get a whole new sentence: Burning Beneath the Sun, In Pain and Blood, To Target the Heart, Through Smoke and Fire, Down the Path of Shadows. Ha!
Now I know I'll be implementing my little timeline software beyond what I already have laid out for In Pain and Blood. Mind you, it's not as complicated as what I had to do when inserting the novella into The Rogue King Saga, but still 4, 3, & 1 must match up for anyone who reads the whole series, which I guess means that I'll be starting 3 after I'm done with 2...
Have you ever had to make sure timelines match up, whether in a series or a standalone? How did you go about it?