As many of you already know by now, I've been working on my second novella in the Underworlders series, Paris Underworld. Looking back on it, I've become so disinterested with the plot that I've decided to skip it. Which I can most certainly do, as First Day doesn't actually require that backstory and perhaps it's better to leave a bit to the imagination. But don't worry, K's thoughts of life before the change will occur and you'll find out just as much about who she was, as you'll find out about who she is now. From looking at Deviant Art images, I've come across some rather good Cyberpunk pieces, one of which adorns the blog right now. This is more or less the direction I'm going for with First Day. Life inside the Ziggurat is very much inspired by the world of Cyberpunk and will feature augmented human-life forms as you might expect in a world where technology reigns supreme. Androids will also populate the place, as the reader learns about the kind of cyber-utopia that the world's most privileged and elite people will experience outside of the wasteland in which the first novel occurs.
In a way, it's going to be like writing the wasteland sections of WD2, but with a different character, One who has no real powers, and is mainly starving to death. There's a section where she'll try sand and dirt even, just to stay alive. The things that people will "eat" in this book are going to be a bit unnerving, but I wanted to make it a bit more realistic than the world of WD. I used WD2 for practice with this concept, even though First Day will be one of the shortest books I've ever written. I'm shooting for 150-200 pages as far as the manuscript is concerned, which is quite minuscule.
I know how this will open, and how this will end. I can say that much. I never planned a happy ending either, as it's a cautionary tale. I'd like to come right out and say that now, because I don't want to disappoint people expecting things to be all rosy. That's not what First Day is, nor does it represent what it will be. As a matter of fact, the ending sentence for the series is just two words long. But after reading the piece, those two words will speak volumes. One word of that is mainly the letter "I." I can also tell you that the second word is not "died" or anything related to death. It's going to hit a bit harder than that. It's going to be unexpected, like a sucker punch right to the sternum. Once you read those two words, the real work begins. The subconscious work, where you'll fill in the rest of the story.