The title of this post is one big giveaway as to the content. Yep, I’ve been tagged in a couple of challenges and nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. Let’s start with the award.
The One Lovely Blog Award was presented by inspired2ignite. Thank you so much, Denise! If you haven’t visited her blog yet, please take some time to do so. You won’t be disappointed.
Now here’s an interesting twist. When I first received this award, there were NO rules for how to accept or pass it on. But this current nomination says to acknowledge who nominated me, tell 7 things about myself, and nominate 15 other bloggers. Hmm, guess which option I’m choosing? That’s only because a lot of information will be presented in the two challenges, and I don’t want this post to take on epic proportions. So let’s move on to:
The Next Big Thing Challenge
What Is The Working Title Of Your Book?
Oops. See above.
Where Did The Idea Come From For The Book?
It grew from an idea I first had in late 2008 that was linked to string theory, the multiverse, and alternate selves—take a character through a slice of her life in a few different universes. It all came together on 14 April 2009, two days after a talk with my mother. That’s when I started writing. I’ve never looked back.
What Genre Does Your Book Fall Under?
Despite the “science fiction” aspect of Catherine’s ideas, the stories told in the alternate universes are very much mainstream fiction.
What Is The One-Sentence Synopsis Of Your Book?
Um, how about you take a look at my “blurb” here and try your hand at writing one? This is a toughie.
Which Actors Would You Choose To Play Your Characters In A Movie Rendition?
I’d prefer not-well-known actors, but I don’t have any in mind. Given the structure, they could do multiple roles à la “Cloud Atlas.”
Will Your Book Be Self-Published Or Represented By An Agency?
If Death Out of Time finds traditional representation, I hope Summer at the Crossroads will share the same home. But if need be, I’ll go indie.
How Long Did It Take You To Write The First Draft Of Your Manuscript?
Six months. But there have been many, many more in the ensuing three years since that draft was “completed.”
What Other Books Would You Compare Your Story To Within This Genre?
No one who’s seen it has read anything like it. Unfortunately, that would make it a challenge for this unknown writer to find representation. That’s one reason I decided to concentrate on Death Out of Time and try to find it a traditional home.
What Else About Your Book Might Pique The Reader’s Interest?
I think we all have favorite “imaginary” lives for ourselves or have come out of vivid dreams and wondered briefly where we are. And then add those feelings of déjà vu to the mix…. I think this book is a fun and interesting take on what might be happening at a level our brains can’t consciously access.
I’ve seen so many fellow writers presented with these challenges and others recently that I’ve decided not to saddle any nominees with either challenge. That said, if you’d like to take either of them on, please consider this your official tag to do so!
The Look Challenge
And now let’s wrap up with the “Look” Challenge, which was issued by KindredSpirit23. We’ll stick with Summer at the Crossroads to avoid confusion.
For this challenge, you search your manuscript for the word “look,” and then copy the surrounding paragraphs into a post. You can provide some background on the scene if you’d like. Then, tag 5 other writers who are working on, or who have completed a manuscript.
The background—I went with the first “look,” which falls early in the book and helps introduce the ideas behind the story. I’ve provided a few additional paragraphs for more context. Main character Catherine Donnelly is talking with her best friend, Susan Majors, over dinner.
They were early enough to grab a window table and watched Catherine’s fellow federal workers heading out for the weekend. Many would meet up with spouses or friends in the multitude of downtown restaurants. But Catherine’s and Susan’s husbands were at home in McLean and Chicago, happy to let their wives have some girl time alone and enjoying the chance to hang with the boys for a few days.
They shared a split of pinot gris with its crisp citrus accents and opted for lighter fare—veal piccata for Catherine and scallops with garlic sauce for Susan. Catherine sighed in disappointment as she looked over the desserts. But it was unfair to expect a French restaurant to have baklava on the menu.
After the server took their orders, Susan picked up the afternoon’s conversation.
“So tell me more about these other universes. You mean this isn’t science fiction? This is a real scientific theory?”
Catherine eased her heels out of her pumps and stretched her tight calf muscles.
“It’s coming from string theory, which says there are eleven dimensions, not just three. Our universe and others ride on membranes in those eleven dimensions. And the membranes can slide around and bump into each other. Some physicists think a collision like that caused the Big Bang that created our universe.”
“Sounds complicated,” Susan said. “But what a fun idea. And you said there could be other versions of us?”
“That’s right. And since events wouldn’t be the same in any two universes, we might be doing something completely different in a second one. Or it could be something similar in a third one, but not exactly. We might be totally different people in some universes and not even exist in others.”
And there you have my answer to the “Look” challenge. If you’ve managed to stick with this post, thank you! I promise Tuesday’s will be shorter.