Here in the heart of summer, I wanted to provide an update on the progress of The Astonishing novel. To say it simply, the writing is going really well. I'm excited by how the book is progressing. But let me share more about it.
When John and I originally began discussing the book, I asked him a basic question: "Do you want me to remain slavish to the storyline on the album, or do I have some latitude?" John was quick to give me freedom to explore, expand, and embellish the core of the story he'd created.
In truth, there are other elements to the story not fully expressed on the album. John did some worldbuilding that wasn't shared in every detail in the lyrics. But that's not what I was asking.
The Astonishing, adapted by Peter Orullian from the Widely-Acclaimed Concept Album by Progressive Metal Giants Dream Theater