For this final entry in the blog series, I thought I'd write a bit about my own NaNoWriMo 2012 novel. This one is a teen/young adult story that started with the idea of time travel. Obviously that's not a new topic, but I wanted to explore it a little differently.
We all know that -- in theory -- going back in time would change events, which would affect the future, possibly eliminating the person who initially traveled back in time. Physical time travel appears to be impossible, but what about energetic time travel?
Ideas, thoughts, lessons, and learning can all travel faster than light with none of the terrible consequences.
Which is a fancy way to say that we should learn from the past, not travel back there to un-do our mistakes. Every generation has the tools, technology, and people to get the job done, whatever the job may be. Past generations were there to defeat dictators, diseases, and economic collapses. They were the perfect people to deal with those issues, just as we are the perfect people to deal with our own. The secret is to educate ourselves on the past, train ourselves in the most up-to-date technology of the present, and then have the courage to lead change for the future.
I have one character in ancient Egypt, one in present-day, and one in a future about 150 years from now. I'm playing with ideas like: what responsibilities do we have to our society, both present and future? What are the consequences of our decisions, no matter how small or personal they seem to be? What are we willing to sacrifice ourselves for? Can we find true, meaningful purpose in our lives?
The novel is about seven-eighths done, and needs some structural editing, but I like it and I'm excited to get back to it. I'm still deciding whether I'll finish it this November during NaNoWriMo 2013, or begin a new book on November 1, but either way, I like to think that it exists, finished and complete, in the not-too-distant future.
Photo of the Egyptian zodiac courtesy of Wikipedia Commons