When writing a series, all writers keep some sort of series guide for it. If they don’t, they forget important things (names, bad guys, etc). My creative writing teachers used the term “Series Bible,” but it goes by lots of names. Anyway, I currently have 4 of them in my possession (D&R, Dysfunctional Chronicles, Strachan, & Death Demon Trilogy). One of them went awry, causing an interesting problem… It’s a good thing I decided to read the Dysfunctional Chronicles.
Originally, I was going to have Kenzie get pregnant shortly after Nadine returned from her honeymoon (drunken fun to celebrate Zeke & Nadine’s survival and return to civilization). So, she got pregnant in March according to the Series Bible.
When I wrote The Dysfunctional Proposal, I decided to give it some space and set the book in July. I didn’t change the Series Bible. So, when I read The Dysfunctional Holiday, I was shocked that she was giving birth six weeks after Thanksgiving (even worse, I had already started writing The Dysfunctional Delivery). If she got pregnant in June, she was not 9 months in December… Not by a long shot.
This means The Dysfunctional Delivery has been delayed. I could have changed dates in Proposal, but it was funnier to change references in Holiday. I did some research and pregnancy (and Couvade’s) can be rough even at 4 months. Thankfully, the book still worked as a result.
So, I have shelved Delivery for a while and started a new Dysfunctional Chronicle to take it’s publishing place. I’ll still get Delivery written during my break, but I will add a novella or two before it takes place.
Moral of the story, always check your references and make sure you are updating them properly.