If you want to understand Annie and Kerry, you need to understand Cytheria and Albert.
A long time ago in another state–1988 Indiana, if I may say–I decided I was going to write a novel about a group of time travelers who also had the ability to jump from one quantum universe to another–the “Multiverses”, if you like. That novel actually arose out of a short story I wrote in a creative writing course I took in 1985, so you can see I started doing this writing thing a long time ago.
(I actually started this writing thing while in high school, back in the early 1970s, but it never went far, so there’s no need to discuss the matter further.)
The novel I began was called Transporting and I began writing it in 1992. I spent the better part of a year not only writing, but doing a lot of research on this novel because it was my first real attempt at world building. And I do mean that, because I was actually building world–and entire solar system or two, if you must know.
In 1992 there wasn’t much in the way of an Internet: I had a portal through AOL and that wasn’t much. Back then when I wanted to learn all I need to build whole solar systems, I went to the reference library, checked out books on everything related to planetary and system creation as we knew it then, as well as astrophysics, and started plugging numbers into Excel spreadsheets. I remember spending a couple of days putting together the calculations for working out planetary orbits based upon the mass of a star and then checking the numbers against the examples I found. Much fun, let me tell you.
(To show you how close I got when I picked up AstroSynthesis 2.0 back in the mid-2000, I started building the main system from my novel using the software and found my numbers were off by maybe one percent. Not bad for old school figuring, huh?)
This novel took me forever to complete. I wrote from 1992 to late 1993 and then gave up because I’d reached ab out 170,000 words and realized the story was a sprawling mess. I jumped back into it from 1997 to 1998 and rewrote a hell of a lot of it, but it was still a bit of a mess. Through most of 2003 I rewrote it again and got as far as 233,000 words before I gave up simply because I was suffering from a shitload of depression and didn’t feel like writing.
Finally, in 2012, I sat down and through the month of Marc I wrote 44,000 words and finally finished the novel. Hey, it only took 20 years, but I was able to say, yeah, I finished this bitch, so now I can kick back.
Now, while I may have take forever to write Transporting and much of what I’d planed for the world I created faded into the background, I never forgot my two main characters–Cytheria Warington and Albert Dahl, a couple who were probably as big an odd couple as one might find.
But as I said, if you want to know Annie and Kerry, you really need to know about Cytheria and Albert.
And you will–tomorrow.