Wine, Malibu…. if only I had tonic water.
SO ONTO THE ISSUES.
I start writing my first draft of the 1st. Which would be fine and dandy if I’d had time to work on my preparation. I have characters and some plans but I’ve been working 6 days this week (50+ hours) and the last thing you feel like doing when you’ve worked from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm with only one break to get changed and showered is start working on your writing. In fact it’s physically impossible because I spend the time I’m not working fighting to stay awake. I actually fell asleep with my pen poised the other night.
My problem is Elinor which I know means fuck all to you. She’s a tattoo artist, a younger sister, naturally introverted, and the survivor of a horrific rape. She’s been stuck in a rut - relying on her sister to run her life, not accepting that their lives have changed after the disappearance of their father, and closed off from friends and new experiences. As a result her creativity is drying up.
In the story she get’s trapped in another universe. She understands how portals between universes work and that the universes are infinate - unfortunately the portal that should take her home is closed forever and she has no choice but to begin an impossible journey travelling accross universes at random to try and find one that will take her home. The odds are insane. Imagine having to go through every grain of sand on earth to find one specific grain. The odds are ever smaller than that.
And she has to get home because she isn’t the only one affected. A good, kind man got trapped in her home world, leaving behind his elderly mother and small daughter. Without him they are alone in the world. She decides she’ll take responsibility for the girl and try, somehow, to get her home.
In the course of it all she ends up on a version of earth where humanity has died out. This empty world has been taken over by portal travellers, gypsies, and refugees. They’ve set up camp and made a mission to catalogue portals, understand them, and find every one of that version of earth to explore. She befriends three different people who have made the portals their lives and learned to read them using their own methods. One is a female explorer, one is a stuffy scientist, and one is a spiritual/psychic.The person who runs the planet, Vadoma, also loathes Elinor for reasons as yet unknown to her but Elinor has heard rumours that she’s the only person is history who can choose where she ends up when she travels and needs to know how.
So as you can see I’ve got lots of themes and ideas but it’s not gelling together into plot yet. The other half of the story focuses on Elinor’s sister and the man trapped in our world (Noah) and that’s all come together perfectly.