Project Visions: Dimenxia

I took a little break from blogging yesterday, as I didn’t really have the writing spirit in me. We did not go to the movies this weekend, due to a friend’s wedding.

Today’s Project Visions post will be about a project that I have been working on and off for about 7 or 8 years. This project is named Dimenxia, and is part of the Overneath Project.

Dimenxia started out as some scribbles and sketches on a sheet of notebook paper during a particularly boring and uneventful day in high school. Though I had no idea what kind of life it would take on in subsequent years, I poured my brain into the story, which grew ever larger and epic with each passing day.

Originally, I had planned for Dimenxia to be told in an interactive format, such as a video game. I’ve become increasingly aware that creating a video game is not only a lot of work, but weaving a storyline sufficiently into the work is an even harder task. Therefore, I plan on completing the whole storyline in as detailed a way as possible, then seeing what future works can be had from the story.

The Overneath Project is a series of stories that share a “universe“. As it is now, there are three distinct stories, with enough planning and ideas to each be cast into novel form. These three storylines are: Dimenxia, The Good Doctor and Epoch.

As it stands now, the vast majority of the content is completed for Dimenxia, including an outline, 9 chapters (about 10,000 words) and a large amount of concept artwork. The Good Doctor at one time had about three chapters completed, but an ill-fated USB flash drive incident caused the loss of the whole work. Epoch exists only in short outline form as it stands, with a few mathematical algorithms, graphs and equations that dig deep into the happenings of the Overneath universe.

Recently I have been writing more and more for Dimenxia, and am hoping to get a nearly-finalized form completed by the end of this year. Whether that is a tall order or not remains to be seen. If I continue at the current pace, I will be able to have upwards of 80,000 words completed. I’m not completely sure if the entirety of the Dimenxia storyline as it stands would fit into an 80,000 word volume.

Without going into any detail about the specific storyline, I’d like to set the background for the first novel saying that it takes place in the near past, as well as the near future. No fancy flying cars or giant robots, but it does have a very sci-fi feel to it.

Dimenxia will take place in the 1990s-2010s, The Good Doctor in the 1970s, and Epoch will be in no specific time, but more along the lines of “all time”.

The stories center around a fictional town, Hawksgrove, WV. There we will see the majority of the action in the first two novels, and at least some part of the story in the third.

Why am I telling you all this, but still being cryptic? First, I don’t want to give away some of the amazing twists that will be happening. Second, at this point, all of my research and writing is scattered throughout various notebooks, binders, sketchbooks and digital formats. This notion is going to lead itself to a series of Software Spotlight articles, in which I will attempt to find a sufficient program or web-based set of applications to collect, organize and complete these works.

I want to say from the outset that the thing I fear most about writing these stories is that they will be seen as derivative materials. In no way am I trying to draw from works already published, but I feel like the ideas are being used elsewhere as plot devices. I fear that because the ideas are collected in such a way that some other work that is already out there will end up being viewed as the inspiration of these stories.

These stories are completely original, and have taken on a life of their own. I hate to be cliche about such things, but I truly feel as if these stories exist, and I’m just the chosen method for writing them down and bringing the attention of outsiders to them. That sounded way too ethereal for my intentions.

So, look forward to a series of articles based around the idea of finding a suitable platform for collecting thoughts, ideas, scanned documents and finished works.