Last week, I was tagged in a post over on the Practice in Episodic Fiction blog of one of my newest writing cohorts. TJ and I met last year during NaNoWriMo (it never really goes away, does it?) and he’s keeping me on my toes with these surprise tags about writing and, more specifically, my writing. This time, it’s a task to write about the project you’re working on and a character within it. Because I’ve got at least two fiction projects in various stages of in progress-ness, I’ve been procrastinating on picking one.
Then came M’s flash fiction challenge of last week, and now I have a character I’d like to introduce you to. I’ve been thinking about her since the challenge was issued, and much more so yesterday as I started fleshing out the short story and figuring out who she is. I even dictated into my iPhone’s voice memo app on the way home last night with ideas that kept popping into my head so I wouldn’t forget them overnight. I do remember building on the first idea to an even better one, so hopefully this little short story of mine will be as interesting as I think my character is turning out to be.
Let’s find out who this girl is, shall we?
Q1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Skylar (thanks, Pinterest, for finding her for me) and here’s a photo of her, although my girl has a slightly different tattoo. She’s a fictional character and not based on anyone, except maybe a teensy bit on Maleficent from the new movie.
Q2) When and where is the story set?
The short story takes place in present day and is set in a parallel dystopian world, where citizens are under constant surveillance by the corporations who control all aspects of life, including the monitoring of anyone with superhuman abilities, like Skylar.
Q3) What should we know about him/her?
She has the power of winged flight, an ability inherited from her father, but because of societal rules and the methods of enforcement, she is only allowed to fly in conjunction with her occupation.
Q4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Skylar hates her job as a courier. The corporate restrictions in place — not to mention the monitoring implant in her spine — do not allow her to fly except when on the clock, not even to travel to her home. So for those few brief moments she takes to the skies for her job, she also loves it.
Her story takes place just after she has clocked out for the day, when she witnesses an attack on the main downtown corporate building complex. Multiple attacks plow into three of the six buildings on multiple levels, and as the buildings start to collapse, she watches in horror and helplessness as people begin leaping from the smoking pillars of concrete, glass and steel rather than getting caught in the collapse and buried under the massive amounts of rubble.
Q5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Her dream has always been to be part of the elite SARC (Search and Rescue Corps). Unfortunately, corporate employment is a lifetime appointment, and the last time a SARC flight placement became available, she was ineligible for consideration due to her age, and one hasn’t become available since. Knowing how deadly the punishment for using her abilities outside of allowable parameters could be, and also knowing she cannot stand by and do nothing, Skylar calls forth her wings and launches into the air to help.
Q6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
I’m calling it Cease and Desist, as that’s the corporate warning that is transmitted by her implant into her head when her illegal actions are registered by the Central Corporate Database.
Q7) When can we expect the book to be published?
The short story will be posted here by the Flash Fiction Challenge deadline.
Now, for the people to tag to continue the character blog tour:
- Meagan — of course, because she can’t seem to stop poking at me to write, so it’s only fair I return the favor.
- Mandy — because she’s the first of my friends to publish a book, and I would love to learn more about Alex in Book 2.
- Hailey — a new follower of my blog and fellow writer that I’d like to get to know.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for Skylar’s story, arriving by Friday at 11 AM to NATN!