Okay, I'm putting this one out there. Sort of.
This is a big deal for me. My "Time Trippers" story is why I became a writer. (Or why I write, depending on how you perceive being a "writer".) I'm going to explain the backstory in this post, for a couple reasons...
1) I'm hoping for others to tell me if I should be doing something with what I have, and/or if it's worth continuing.
2) I'm hoping it demonstrates to people that even if you're not churning out a book per year, don't give up, every little bit adds to the puzzle.
3) I'm hoping, as always, it offers me some personal insight, because, y'know, all about blogging to better oneself.
It's a time travel story. I started it before time travel was cool.
I do not recall when the concept of time travel first hooked me. I do recall, in middle school, writing a story about a scientist who discovers time travel, going first into the past and then the future. I typed it, printed it, illustrated it and everything. (I still have it... somewhere.) This was a few years after the first "Back to the Future" had come out, though I hadn't been aware of the movie at the time.
By the way, Taylor's Polynomials will have a time travel arc. Wait for it.
Fast forward to third year university; I'd started doing some fanfiction writing, and decided to tackle this story that had been rattling around in my head for nine years. Babylon 5 had recently wrapped up, and I was watching Buffy at the time, so of course I pictured it as a 5 season arc, with every entry having 22 episodes. Ergo, 110 in total.
Not at all ambitious.
SHE HAS... ISSUES
I started writing it in earnest in 1999, setting the story in the year 2001. Needless to say, it lapped me - but not by much. I had 22 episodes (and a complete and self-contained season 1) completed by Summer 2002, denoted "Coming Together". And because I suspect I have a mild Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, all parts were of exactly equal length as typed into WordPerfect 5.1
HE HAS... JULIE
You'd think my extremely linear mindset would be a problem in a time travel story, but surprisingly not. Just had to keep my Timeline file handy and updated. I also sketched the characters, wrote a pilot episode before it actually fit into the chronology, and devised an Opening Sequence... eerily enough, the OP for the Shuffle anime game (that came out later) fits almost perfectly, right down to the use of arrows. Just substitute my characters.
Not at all obsessed.
TWO GRADES AHEAD
This season took longer. For context, I'd started teaching in September of 2001 at a private school, went back to get my teaching degree in September of 2002, moved to Ottawa in September of 2003, and then spent three years bouncing around from school to school before landing a public school contract.
Another self contained season, denoted "Powering Up", wrapping up all the small points. Leaving my characters in 2002, seven years in the PAST. Where they were kind of stuck, as there was a plot point about them jumping the century mark... and another about a main character not having a cell phone... and I wasn't finding time for writing anymore.
Decided that the later three seasons weren't going to happen. I couldn't remember what I'd wanted to do in season four anyway.
Not at all disappointing.
HAS A FRATERNAL TWIN
So I chopped Season 1 down into two separate books, "Awareness" (which I submitted) and "Escalation" (which I just finished final edits on this week). The questions are now:
1) Do I bother to try the same trick with Season 2.
2) Do I actually try writing Season 3, based on my notes. (Setting would shift from High School to University.)
RIVAL OF JULIE
1) Time Travel is being overdone these days
2) My plots take a while to get going, and this one in particular is temporally... weird.
3) I'm already working on a web series story, Taylor's Polynomials, which itself doesn't have many readers.
TELL ME MORE
Okay, you're still reading the post at least, good sign. Thing is, "Time Trippers" is kind of hard to describe. (Scott, my main beta reader, what would YOU say?) You almost have to read it yourself to know... but I'm not about to post the entire thing on my blog.
I will post part of the first Chapter tomorrow.
"The mysterious arrival of a time machine into a small town acts as a catalyst for a group of high school students. It brings to the forefront a number of issues, chief among them how Carrie (the girl who discovered it) was affected by the disappearance of her mother, the numerous difficulties involved in the taking of time trips as raised by her unlikely companion Frank, and the disturbingly obsessive actions of her best friend Julie. As the story progresses, centered almost entirely upon a set of teenagers at the school, friends and enemies begin to turn up in the unlikeliest of places, which results in new allegiances and more questions than there are answers."
WORRIES A LOT
Suffice to say, it's complicated. Comment if you think it shows any merit. Email me if you want more.
(Oh yeah, and those are the main characters you've been scrolling past all this time. At least my drawing ability now is better than it was ten years ago...)