Myselves and alternate realities.
As I'm working on book 4 of the man series, I've been recapping a lot of the info from the previous trilogy. At the moment I'm going over M's ability to step out of time and talk to, what I call, himselves. Basically, it's the versions of M in alternate realities, places created by the choices he didn't make. This is a fairly normal topic in science fiction that usually doesn't get too detailed, or even explained and I find that to be sort of disappointing, usually.
Writers like to bring up big ideas and glaze over them enough to get the reader/view by. Sometimes it's done to keep the mystery and make it interesting (The Force). Other times, it's explained and then it loses its appeal, making it almost laughable (Again, The Foce - midichlorians).
In the case of M's ability, I feel it's at least semi-important to understand how it works. It isn't evident right now why it's important, but as the story progresses and M figures out more and more about his powers (at the same time the reader does) and certain events take place, his/your understanding of this "out of time" ability will be more important. To me, it's more fun that way. It's not as though I'm citing things prior to the books and giving the reader a slow trickle of info that I could have given from the first sentence, I'm giving it to you as the character figures it out. His experiences in the books are what demonstrate and build his understanding of his power. Sometimes accurately, sometimes not.
I'm not giving you every little detail with this blog posting, that would defeat the purpose of writing the way I am and take the fun away from you. I will give you the basic theory from the wiki and that will at least give you an idea of what us science fiction folk have been basing off of. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation
I will say that the way I'm handling this topic is only shallowly based on this theory, but it's sill an interesting read that all of us know on some level because it's been used so much in books, tv, movies, etc.
Someday I should give my bs theory a name so that someone can post a wiki of it. :P
Hitori - Final update
Man, oh man it's been a while since I had the time to do this. I really wanted this book out a couple months ago, but life has gotten in the way and unfortunately business comes before pleasure. That being said, let me tell you where I am with this.
The book is done. Written, self-edited a couple times and ready to go out to the real editor. The issue there is that she is booked until the beginning of next month. Not really a big deal, it's only another month and it gives me time to start writing book #4 of the CoM series and deal with another problem I currently have.
I had asked a local author to draw up a book cover me...in May. Thus far I have no seen even a sketch. No harm there in that I clearly wasn't ready myself and I realize he's got a lot on his plate: full time job, multiple projects already going on, life..etc. All that means is that I'll either have to find someone else to do it, or I make it myself. Again, no biggie.
I hope (and I highly doubt that it did) that this didn't come off as a rant. This blog has primarily been about the behind-the-scenes of writing and I wanted to share this part of it as well. It isn't the most interesting part of the whole experience, but it's a constant reminder that nothing is set in stone, not everyone can be at your side 100% of the time and that you have to learn to roll with the punches.