The second book has Nathaniel taking a proactive stance against evil and danger, seeking it out and destroying it, holding himself to a strict code of conduct. He finds a friend, Derek, and they have numerous adventures together in a relatively short number of years.
The third book continues Nathaniel’s quest to eliminate evil as he is finally forced to stop travelling and start a kingdom, employing trillions to aid him in his mission. War begets war until dominion over the entire universe hovers just outside his grasp. He submits himself to others, but only as a means to an end. As his enemies fall around him and yet nothing improves, he gradually becomes ever more aware of his own personal failings, his awareness finally culminating in a sort of suicide, after which he is reborn in perfect communion with everything, being only a tiny part of a much bigger plan carried out by the creator of the universe itself.
This plot arc very roughly follows my life experiences and those of philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who I recently discovered.
In order to break my list into three equal parts, numerous placeholders had to be added to the first section. There are many episodes that simply cannot fit Nathaniel’s childhood or the early universe, and so fill up the second two sections. Placeholders are also added to separate encounters with the recurring enemies. What are the chances of running into them twice in a row? Some placeholders are added to give a greater feeling of time passing during certain eras of his life. In total, this gives me 594 episodes, meaning I have roughly 100 placeholders to fill in with new ideas. Since it only took me 30 years to imagine the first 500, I should be able to complete my work in only six or seven years. I might be able to get rid of a few gaps by just deleting them, but then episode 256 (which is a special number and the episode with that number must cover a particular subject matter) will fall during a period of several episodes when Nate and Derek are trapped on the planet Ectora. Since episode 256 requires some space travel, this cannot be allowed. While many of my ideas are thought-out plots, most lack endings, and some are little more than fascinating settings without plots yet. This is what I must work on next.
In figuring out where to put all my creature ideas (some of which have inspired plots), I realized that it was better that I leave them out. Even mere lists of creatures encountered on a particular planet will drag down the action too much, to say nothing of full descriptions. This has caused me to start organizing ideas for a fourth book: Flora And Fauna Of The Universe. It would definitely have color drawings!
The question still remains whether anyone would read summaries/teasers one after the other of this type, even if there is an overall plot tying them together (not to mention lesser plot arcs). There would be no dialogue. In a way, it doesn’t matter. I need to finish these and get them out for my sake. Think of it as literary constipation. There is no way I can convert all 481-to-594 ideas into novels (or even novellas, as I’ve already started doing) in a natural lifespan. What am I to do with all these great ideas? I don’t just say they’re great because I’m in love with my own thoughts – I know many are mediocre – but at the same time many others are truly fantastic. The world needs to be exposed to this!