Gunslinger introductions

I just looked at the fifth volume of King’s Gunslinger series in the bookstore, and in his intro he does a very brief background on each of the books. But he ends by saying: this is part of a bigger story, go read the other volumes first or walk away from this one.

ha! I can just see my editor’s face if I tried to pull that. King can afford to send readers away, she’d tell me.

I’m wondering about a timeline, where all the major happenings are listed… what do y’all think about that? Maybe I’ll put part of one together and post it for comments over in the forum.

In the meantime, I’m trying to get ready for the trip to New Orleans next month, where I’ll be doing research for the book I’m working on now.