Friday, April 24, 2015

Writing a Scifi Series by Kayelle Allen #scifi

Writing a Scifi Series 
Remember reading a series? When you picked up the first book, it held such promise. There would be more to learn, more to see, more worlds for you to explore. When you finish, you have a kind of "book hangover." You're still so tied up in that book's world that you aren't sure you can handle another one. But the promise of learning more and seeing what happened to your new favorite characters is too strong. You succumb and start reading the next book. And just like that -- you're lost in the characters' world again.
You can recapture the world you read about in Surrender Love, and Wulf. The Tarthian Empire you explored in Alitus, Jawk, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only is waiting to be found in the new Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.
If you loved the universe in which those original stories were set, then you'll be glad to know the Tarthian Empire is alive and well. This new book features all the characters, places, and things that made the other stories so unique.
Before writing the first book in my Tarthian Empire science fiction romance series, I wrote 10,000 years of future history. The Tarthian Empire Companion features that history, plus Earth and its colonization of the galaxy. The companion focuses on the big picture. What events drove the wars? Who won them? What made the peace so short, and the centuries of fighting so dire? Did the immortal Sempervians evolve or were they created? What do they want from mankind? What characters, places, and incidents shape the Tarthian Empire today?
The Tarthian Empire Companion contains a full list of every character in every book, and peeks at books to come. This is the book I use to keep all the details straight. It's written for readers as well as writers. If you write Scifi Romance and want to know how to keep a huge story world organized, this book is for you. I share all my details in this illustrated volume. If you love reading SF and loved my books, you'll be able to look up details, go through the character lists, and learn inside secrets about the people and places. Always wondered what Peril, the game of the immortals, was all about? It's in there.
The companion book is illustrated with original art and a few stock photos. My son, Jamin Allen, helped me create many of the images in this book. He's a digital artist and began assisting me when he was in college at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In fact, he taught me how to use Photoshop. The work I'm able to do today is because of him.
I'm not a fan of changing basic terms for the sake of making them sound alien. For example, we "inch" along, not "millimeter" along, so I apply the same principle in my books. Diamonds are diamonds. Water is water.
Language, however, is malleable. Considering how far in the future my own stories are, there would be few (if any) words in English that we'd recognize. Being the practical sort, I kept many current terms.
What better way to describe rock music than to call it rock? Why call a flashlight a "mobile light source" or some other phrase for the sake of sounding different? It comes across silly and pretentious instead.
People shorthand words and phrases to things like OMG, LOL, BFF, deets, and probably one of the most famous shortcuts of all -- the abbreviation for "more of the same" -- "etc." I prefer to use natural, understandable language whenever possible.
If you create a language, write down the words you use and keep a definition handy. This will keep you from later misspelling or contradicting yourself. You should also create a phonogram chart (list of sounds). This will help you create a richer language.
What terms do your characters use for slang? Define these and list them so you have a ready reference for future books. List how and why the words became slang. This not only helps you maintain consistency in creation, it also helps you with creating future slang you might need.
Here is a list of Kelthian Street Slang. It's used in limited places, and there is far more listed here than I used in my actual books. However, I wanted a big list from which to choose a term.
Kelthian Street Slang
Cobber is Kelthian street cant (characteristic language) used on Kelthia by slaves and gangs. The slang was used by Senth and Khyff in the books At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only. The characters Trink and Yvan (who own Batchelors) sometimes use it too.
Boastin'; mess with, put on a front, tease, etc.
Clinkers; great, fine, no worries
Going all Kin; becoming feral, unruly, wild
Hawkin'; watching from the sidelines
Junk me; pay no attention to me
Leave me sly; forgive me, let me off
Lipped; said, explained, told
No new coins; same stuff different day, nothing new
Notta boasted you clean; shouldn't have messed with you, or shouldn't have put on a front with you, teased you, etc.
Ride my pocket; Follow me, stay on my tail
Right clinkers; perfectly fine, totally great
Royal; excellent, top notch
Scam-butt; cheater, scam artist
Scat these taggers; get out of these clothes, undress
Screech, the; sickness of any type
Seein' you slip; noticing you're not doing well
Smacked; happy, pleased
Smackers; general swear word with unspecified meaning. Dang, damn, hell, etc.
Sotted; drunk
Spacin' me; In my space, close to me
Space me; give me some room, move away
Street freak or freaks; homeless person or people
Street; the street in general. Culture of the street.
Tawkin'; looking for action
What's down; what's up or what's new
You skinnin'; you're skin and bones
Shake out those taggers; what's under those clothes
Taggers; clothes
Tarthian Empire Companion 
All my books are being re-released in new formats. Surrender Love and its long-awaited sequel, Surrender Trust will come out at the same time. At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only will be re-released with their sequel, Crystal Clear Truth, and will introduce a third Antonello brother, Darq. In the meantime, I'm sharing all the details of my world with fans.
If you write science fiction romance, this book will guide you to build believable worlds, http://kayelleallen.mobi and if you're accessing on a desktop, you can see the full sized version here: http://kayelleallen.com Either way, you'll get a glimpse of the kind of world building and complexity that is the Tarthian Empire.
track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. My website has over 90 pages of material for my world. If you're on a mobile platform, visit the limited version here:
Have questions on world building? Leave me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Want to know if a character is included in the book? Just ask.
Available now on Smashwords, and Amazon.
Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm
Coming soon in print
Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog


jean hart stewart said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I keep a time chart for all my series, mostly to keep my own head straight. But your is so detailed and impressive it puts mine to shame. Congratulations.

Kayelle Allen said...

LOL Thankyou, Jean. I've been working on this since I was 18. :) There's more than I'll ever be able to use!

Tina Donahue said...

Great info as always, Kayelle! :)