Yesterday I hit 2,000 words, over that even, so my conscience is clear about the nonsense thousand I had to write for Chapter 8. I also started doing my clean up of Chapter 1, with a mind to upload to Wattpad and – if I figure it out – Commaful.
This has involved nailing down once and for all the size of my layers of the multiverse that now must be set in stone for the series. I had a few options:
Option 1 – The layers of existence are TINY
In this, the outer layer of existence is about the size of Mercury. This one had a lot of appeal – who wants to see the protagonist wandering an empty wilderness for a whole chapter after all – but it gave me no room to fill said space with anything interesting or fun. It also messed with horizons a lot more than I wanted to.
Option 2 – The layers are HECKING HUGE
This is what the latest draft has at the moment, and sees the outer layer being the size of the sun. That seemed like a lot of fun on paper, until I started playing with the maths and found I was pushing suspension of disbelief too far. Ok so the story sees a man fall through existence with a – future – talking garden snail, but in a way that’s why the reader has to be eased into the nonsense a little. Also this made my final chambers a little too big for the “final layer” feeling.
I should explain at this point I’m modelling the multiverse on Fibonacci numbers, so it gets smaller by half between most layers, with the “1, 1” being the outside and inside of the heart of existence respectively. This is because I like Fibonacci numbers and it’s my multiverse so I’ll build it how I darn well want to.
Option 3 – The layers are, reasonable?
The specifics of this model are that the “Inner” layer – the one that looks like Arthur is home – becomes Earth sized. This takes away from the trippy nature of this layer, but is a nice segue into relative size within the layers. My thinking is that the layers size is reflective of Arthur’s perception, so is not really any size at all. He sees it as having size, but he is within what is for intents and purposes a singularity, so screw it, easiest solution wins.
This makes the “Heart of the Multiverse” a bit smaller than the dwarf planet Vesta, and I think that works for now. This is the size of the final battle chamber from outside and from inside, and the small orb that is the Heart itself will be about the size of a small gothic church. Don’t ask why I’m using that as an example, I drew a blank on what Heart-sized objects exist in the world. Tweet me a better example my non-existent reader.
Back to my day job now. FIngers crossed I post later today.