Question for all you writers and readers out there:
I have a number of short stories that fit into the same universe, but…
A) The universe is very large and spread out (huge time line.)
B) The stories can really kind of stand on their own without the rest of the universe though there are common things in each story.
I was thinking of including a picture with a timeline of the universe in each story. Each story that came out would be marked on the timeline and the current story you were reading would be marked with a big red arrow.
Would something like this be helpful or useful? Or would it be distracting.
I would like to note that the fact that that I am asking this question means two things.
First, that I have more new stories coming out. Second, that I have actually thought about these stories enough that I have a whole universe with a timeline. That is completely unusual for me. Normally my writing is very much fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, but for once this seems to make some sense.
For those of you that care I am calling this my “Humanities Cradle” universe, because it has to do with well people leaving Earth and what happens after that. And yes, there will be a new story coming out in this universe hopefully in the next week.