A lot goes into developing an alternate world. I'm working with time travel for my Chronicles of the Harekaiian series and the physics of the time and space shifts has to be constantly attended to while writing the actual story. Every move my characters make has to be explained in a way that makes sense within the 'rules' of their abilities as well as the limitations that go with having special powers. After all, if they were all-powerful, there wouldn't be much of a story, would there?
This makes the premise of the first episode pretty straightforward. Something is interfering with the ability to shift and the protagonist has to find out who is trying to capture her people and why. It's a fairly common theme in science fiction, as is time travel. I like to think I'm putting an original spin on both the theme and the way in which time travel works in my fictional world though.
I've gone into details about how the members of my special race of shifters recognise each other as well, and the relationships amongst them and how their cultural network operates. I'm enjoying creating this new world. I'm not sure how many episodes there will be yet or whether some of the same characters will continue in them, but I expect to keep this series going between other projects for some time to come.
I'm targeting novella length for each episode with a view towards making collections available in hard copy after I have four or five, whatever it takes to make a full sized novel. My hope is to develop a following for the series as the episodes come into being so that by then there will be reviews and an established readership. Yes I know, every author who puts out a series wants the same thing.
My hope is that The Chronicles of the Harekaiian will accomplish it because the stories merit the following. I will do my best to make them so and will not be rushing them out as quality is of utmost importance to me. I'm so looking forward to feedback on Time Shifters though. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out.