I'm writing a story that is chronologically out of order, this is probably about the 5th or 6th time that I have rewritten the story completely. The first time it was 'in' chronological order. But somehow within the rewritings the story moved out of chronological order. I debated with whether it was good or bad and researched on flashbacks, but it didn't feel like a flashback but maybe it is I'm not sure, so I'm calling it out of chronological order. Since the entire novel is written in the past without a present (the present being whatever date I'm in). However one of my issues right now is in modern time if it is 1538 we know we're in the past, but if it is the year 1700 then you know it's somewhere further down the line from 1538. But I'm writing a story that is BCE, so 1700 would be the past and 1538 would be the present. In a story that is chronologically out of order might that be confusing? Esp. when past and present 'calender time' is reversed. If I don't intend on putting the story back into chronological order how would I make that not so confusing? And then I was thinking of converting everything to an ancient calender using either the Egyptian or Mesopotamian calenders using years that they themselves would have had and just explaining that somewhere in the intro or back of the book or something, which might remove time moving backwards to go forward phenomenon but I'm not sure.