My current project is about a young woman named Dzesika, who is one of the last remaining huntsmages, a once powerful guild that fights a diminishing monster population. What I hope differentiates my setting from most other fantasy is that it is not stuck in medieval stasis, and is instead cyberpunk. Dzesika herself is actually a clone of mage named Raena, a research team leader working for ExoGen, a sinister biotech megacorp. She escaped their labs at 16 and ended up the Huntsmage Guild. Now she's 22 and travels the world, plying her trade wherever it's needed. So my problem is that I'm unsure how to balance the main plot with all the side stories I want to tell. The main plot will deal with the arrival of Frederik in her life, a hacker whose father was killed by ExoGen after getting his hands on their dirty secrets. This will lead to the re-opening of old wounds and a deep, dark investigation into the depths of ExoGen's depravity. But I want to balance this with a variety of standalone side stories that have little to nothing to do with one another. One-off monster hunts that explore various aspects of the setting. Once the main plot kicks off, I fear it can't be stopped. So I don’t know how many side stories to do first, or how many I can do once I start building towards the main plot. Some ways to break up the main investigation so I can squeeze some side content in would be great. Any thoughts would be helpful.