And that's Ceaseless.
Ceaseless was an older idea that had been stewing since like...2007 or so. Originally it was a machinima in Halo 3. I made one episode and it was terrible. The initial seed that was planted came from, of all things, Red vs. Blue. The main antagonist of Seasons 6 & 8, the Meta, was probably my favorite thing about that entire series. I fucking love 'force of nature' antagonists, like Jason Voorhees or the The Terminator.
Over the course of 2008, I kept getting hit with ideas for not just the story itself, but for the universe it took place in. I wrote down a bunch of stuff, and when Nation Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, rolled around in November that year, I decided to particulate for the first (and so far only) time.
Well, as I said before, I failed on both accounts. You're supposed to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That's about 1,800 words per day. Not impossible. But I failed to finish it on time, and to reach 50,000 words. I finished it around midnight, as December 24th was becoming December 25th, and it just broke 48,000 words.
It also sucked, I discovered.
So I put it away and stopped thinking about it for awhile. When 2014 rolled around and it was time to do the next book in The Shadow Wars, I figured it was time to tackle Ceaseless again. I think probably what changed about it the most in this iteration was that the pacing was a lot better. One of my biggest problems is stuff getting repetitive. I think a lot of genre authors struggle with that problem. I still do, and probably will for a long time.
Ceaseless doesn't naturally lend itself well to a non-repetitive storyline, given that it's a guy trying to stop a monster from walking in a straight line. I think this time around, I did manage to mix it up enough to keep it interesting. I hope so, anyway. A result is that this is the second shortest Shadow Wars novel. I thought about trying to make it longer, but that would just add in padding and I try hard not to do that.
Another small idea that became something bigger that went into this was I wanted a story that had a character who was inside of their armor the entire campaign. That's kind of a trope in video games, and I for whatever reason was compelled to take a shot at putting that into a book. And it became something more in the later novels, which probably is what helped make Allan the most interesting character in the series.
That's about all I've got to say. Next up is Syberian Sunrise, which is another stand-alone title. I hope you liked the book!
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The fifth novel in The Shadow Wars. Sergeant Allan Gray has just suffered the worst defeat in his fourteen years as a member of Security-Investigations, a branch of the government that offers protection to both the colonies and isolated outposts of...