If anyone is wondering, yes, I'm still writing Paradigm, but very slowly. It's going through something of a rewrite at the moment. Character building has never really been my strong suit; I've always preferred building worlds and exploring themes. However, you really cannot explore those themes without some kind of window into them, which is where the characters are indispensable.
That said, my characters tend to lose their identity towards the end of the story. I put so much focus into how I'm going to end the book, that I forget to give something to the character to experience, or I let the experience overshadow the character. I'm really trying hard to not let that happen with the characters that I have created for this book. I find Andrea and Bakari to be two of the most fascinating, complex characters that I have ever made, and in many ways, I'm still learning what exactly they would do, in the situations that I put them through. I'm treating them like real people. Weird, right?
To that regard, I am taking some time to expand on the characters of Paradigm, including a few who were supposed to be side characters, but gradually began to give me new ideas. I can no longer give an estimated time of completion, as new content is being added, and I'll need to edit that, as well. Editing is another thing that I don't do well.
I don't want to completely stop putting out content, though. I've written some side content on one of the characters in the book. He is a machine, nicknamed Wrath. Before you roll your eyes, know that I've given him a backstory that I think is fitting of the name. He's built for battle, but I think you'll find that he's a bit more complex than your average sci-fi war machine.
This anthology-style short story will probably be posted much more slowly than my Firebrand series was, back in the day. I really should take more time to edit these things and take this story in the right direction...so I'm going to do that. In the meantime, a snippet from Wrath. Enjoy!