Monday, January 4, 2016

#GGR Notes: Timothy

Each week after release, I'm sharing notes on each of the stories in my new collection Guns, Gods and Robots along with a song recommendation or two that might share a theme or tone with the story.


Alternative titles to this story: Celestial Graffiti, The Parable of the Scarab, and Mission Creep. Like everything I learned when writing these seven stories, being direct is best. Hence, landing on Timothy as the title.

Yes, Cid the lead mechanic is named after the same character in Final Fantasy. I loved Final Fantasy IV as a kid and find an excuse to play through it every few years.

I abandoned a concept early on about making this a single choice choose-your-own-adventure style story. The branching path would have followed up on Omar's thinking of what the problem could have been. I much preferred Cid's troubleshooting and what he finds is wrong with Timothy. That's the story I made out to write and I like how this one turned out.

With this being the final entry in this series of notes, I feel compelled to answer a question I've been getting from readers: "Are all of these stories existing in the same world?" While this is not Altman's "Shortcuts," I would say that, yes, this is all one world, but perhaps there are branching timelines. Imagine this is a movie where the same actors are playing a variety of different characters.

Derek Webb - Mockingbird

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