Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I've been brainstorming an idea for a prequel and some short stories. The prequel idea is actually really strong, so I'll lay it out here. If enough folks (say 10) respond with comments, I can keep it going and add some chapter sketches.

Title: Anna Mariko and the Singularity

Plot: Anna and her father are on a camping trip with other scouts and a neighbor's mom & dad when the singularity occurs. They get cut off from civilization, but as society reboots while they are hiking back to the city, they learn what is happening. The neighbors are survivalists, but the dad loves technology (and is worried about why he cannot reach his wife). I think you all may know that this one has a sad ending ...

A large number of the scouts are taken by the Mind of Man, which happens when the link into the Internet. They are all strongly tempted by loved ones to join -- Anna's father is tempted, of course, by her mother. Even the survivalist parents - who teach the girls many things on the hike about living without tech - are tempted to be with their son. Maybe in the end the only two who remain are Anna and her best friend (neighbor, named "Cookie"). Or maybe it is Anna and her dad. They are trying to escape to Camp David, and do they make it?

First and last line (an echo) is Anna's dad, saying, "You will be okay. Better than okay. Trust me, Anna."

Probably will write this in the first person. I love that vantage point. Powerful for a kids book. But wait ... shouldn't there be some boys in this if it is YA? Hmm.

Please tell me what you think!