My first novel in The Archives is coming along nicely.
When I say it's the first, I don't mean chronologically. This is not the first story in that universe. It's merely the first to have this much development, and will probably be the first published. If the series reaches across 10,000 years, this is about a quarter of the way through.
Why start there?
Because it's sort of a pivot point in the overall plot. This novel would be an anchor point from which I'll be extrapolating forward and backward. Getting this story right will set things in place for everything else to build from.
So far there's only 17,000 words written, but that's about 10k more than any of the other stories. This is my starting point. From here I research and write.
The Archives takes shape.