I’m approximately two-thirds through Noble Intentions Season Three. Most of what is written has already been revised and sent off to editing. So all in all, things have been moving along well and my pace is picking up. It usually happens that way. As I near the end, my fingers have trouble keeping up with the story taking place in my brain.
I finished up the outline a few days ago and felt good knowing that I had the story locked up, for the most part. I’ve known all along the general direction it was heading, but some of the “guts” of the story have been missing. So visualizing those remaining pieces is a big help to my typing speed. There usually end up being a few changes… a scene doesn’t go the way you expect it to, a character does something a bit different than planned. Those are easy to account for.
So two days ago I was feeling good.
Then two things happened.
First, I reviewed my outline and realized that there was something pretty major to the story missing. Now, I know that occasionally I spin up a thread and leave it hanging. In some cases, this is intentional and I have plans to get to it in a later release. Occasionally it is accidental and someone in passing catches more interest than I expected.
But this, well, you would have been upset if I left this one. This character needs resolution.
So I go back to the outline and end up with another seven or eight scenes. Not bad. A could days of writing for me. A little extra reading for you.
The second thing….
She took me by surprise at first. I never expected to see her. She had yet to show up and I figured that maybe my books weren’t good enough for her to take part in.
You see, there is a woman that appears in several of the books I’ve read. She’s never the same character, and she acts her roles according to the wishes of the author and reader, not her own demands. Most notably, she’s appeared as Rachel Walling, the FBI special agent in several of Michael Connolly’s novels. I’ve seen her elsewhere, too.
Never in one of my books, though.
She came out of nowhere. There wasn’t a note for this character to appear. When I first visualized this part of the scene, it was going to be a male agent who was to harass Jack for being at a crime scene. But the voice that called out for Jack turned out to be female. And when Jack turned around, it was her.
The hair, the eyes, the smile… all her.
I found myself faced with a dilemma. At first, I decided to ignore the sighting and continue with the scene as planned. But dammit, she started to charm me with her witty responses and that smile she flashed. And I swear she blocked my pinky finger from reaching for the delete key.
So this mystery woman who has appeared to me in several books I’ve read has finally managed to seduce her way into Noble Intentions Season Three. I mean, I couldn’t possibly have turned her away. But I’m not quite sure what she’s doing here.
Isn’t Jack’s life complicated enough?
The latest Jack Noble novel, A Deadly Distance, was released today. This brings up the question of what’s next for Jack, and perhaps other popular characters from the series such as Bear, Mandy, and Clarissa.
Two more novels are planned for this year:
Never Go Home
When Dead in Greece
I’m excited about these novels because they are going to show a different side of Jack. They’ll place him in the middle of an investigation and we’ll get to see a little more of his logical, puzzle-solving side. That’s not to say you shouldn’t expect to see him kick a few butts along the way. There will be plenty of action in these stories. I expect them to be a bit longer than Noble Beginnings and A Deadly Distance.
What about Noble Intentions?
Season Three of Noble Intentions (Episodes 11-15) will kick off late March to early April. I plan to have anywhere from 3 to all 5 episodes complete before releasing, in the event that something arises that keeps me from completing them in time, such as at the end of November and early December, 2012.
I plan to release Season Four in 2013 as well. The only way I won’t is if I write a third novel instead.
Or, if I get going on the Bear and Mandy series.
Yes, that’s right. Bear and Mandy are going to get their own series of books. I expect the length of each installment to fall between 100 and 200 pages. It’s too early in the development process to go into any details. I hope to have the first book available toward the end of Summer.
At the moment, I’m working on a proposed 4 part Post-Apocalyptic series that will be released under a different name. I likely won’t mention it here but once or twice, so if you are interested in that topic, message me here or at ltryan70 (at) gmail dot com and I’ll let you know when the first book is available.
Episode 4 is live and available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008WDL808
Episode 5 is complete and is being edited. The season finale is packs the same punch as the other four episodes and might just draw a tear. It will definitely cause goosebumps. I know I got them while writing and reading it.
Episode 5 is the season finale. What does that mean for Jack and the rest of the cast of characters?
It means the episodes get a short break. I emphasize short. I plan to have episode 6 published by the end of the first week of November. Possibly sooner.
I have a loose outline for the first Jack Noble novel. It will be a shorter work than the first 5 episodes, which span roughly 500+ pages when combined.
The first novel will be titled Noble Beginnings and will focus on Jack and Bear and their lives at some point during the late 90s. Additional novels will be written about events that took place between 2000 and 2012.
Another character might get their own novel as well. You might be able to figure out who after you read Episode 5.
In addition to the novels, I am starting to plan short stories and novellas for some of the other characters like Clarissa, Bear, Charles and Pierre. These stores may or may not include Jack. If they do he will be a passing character, not the central star of the story.
I’m also kicking around the idea of doing a series of shorts called something like Chasing Jack Noble. A story about two federal agents trying to track down our favorite hero.
I’ve written a rough draft for a detective story. Mitch Tanner is another polarizing character who could support his own series as well. I’m still working through the decision making process on how I want to work with that story. I’m not happy with it in it’s current state.
I have a few ideas for another series that will consist of short stories under 10,000 words each. They will be labeled as episodes, and will a pattern of single show arc, 2 to 5 episode arcs, and a general plot for the entire series.
These other plans will not detract from the time I spend working on Noble stories, though. So no need to worry!
As a fiction reader, you likely enjoy picking up a book and losing yourself in an alternate world. Whether romance, thriller, or horror, we are transported when we read.
I get the same feeling when I write and when I read.
And sometimes I take it too far. I might start writing at nine in the morning and find myself still at the computer close to midnight. Am I writing the entire time? No, but there are other things I need to take care of daily.
I’ve done the same thing with a good book. I recently picked up a 500 page book and polished it off in two days. My family thought they’d lost me.
It’s something I have to pay attention to, because it is very easy to get caught up in my alternate worlds.
Which brings me to a blog post I read by a writer I have a great amount of respect for. Hugh Howey is in the middle of a popular launch for his new book, I, ZOMBIE. He had an online launch party in honor of the event and was able to share that moment with someone special. I could go on, but I’d rather let you read his post here:
And if you are a fan of sci-fi, check out his book WOOL. It’s awesome.