So here it is the first of the month and as promised here is the update on the proposed sequels. Although I’m not currently working on the book, it is there in the back of my mind and is effecting my current novel. Let’s just say nuclear meltdown and vengence isn’t exactly the best mindset to write a romantic comedy. Want a little nuclear fall out with your Valentine’s Day chocolate?
Yeah, me neither.
But there it is. The universe is gearing up to give me the two stories–the one on the trail and the second in the mines all at once so I’m hoping to release both this year and the 100 years in the future sequel next year.
So what is in stock? I’ve finally settled in my mind what justice will be served up to Trent. Friends and other folks have kindly offered their (cruel and unusual) suggestions–including a few that I don’t think are even possible with the current laws of physics. So I’ve share my idea with a select few and was met with a stunned silence for all of a minute before there were wide grins and evil happiness all around. Am I going to share what it is? No, but it relates to every scene Trent was in so hopefully you’ll all give into your dark side and enjoy it when you read it.
And speaking of scenes, I will be going back to the first book and expanding the last few scenes including inserting more. It will start with Manny, Papa Rose and Dodger burying the bodies, then there will be the escaping the rats scene plus a few more before the bugging out. The book will end with the same last scene with the air raid siren but there’ll be an extra 10-25K words added. After I fix the saluting issues and a few bug a boos (a different copy editor), it will be rereleased on amazon and barnes and noble so everyone who bought a copy should be able to download the new version without actually buying it. You’ll know it’s the new version because I’ll add part I, an uncivilized ending to the listing and I’ll post it here.
Book two still doesn’t have a title but these are the things I’m researching for it–Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukisima, Three Mile Island plus I’ll be contacting the Union of Concerned Scientists about the full scale meltdowns, what it actually means and how will it effect life on the surface. I’ll also be looking into the new nuclear facilities China is building but that was deemed too risky for the US.
And speaking of heroes, there will be those who will attempt to place the reaction rods in cool down and move them to storage, buying time for everyone to get to safety. I have to find out if a submariner would have the skill set to do this? Or I might have some Brits, Germans and French fly in to tie in the global impact. And I’ll need time because you didn’t think the evacuation would be easy, did you?
I also found a really cool Spike TV program on Netflix called Coal, which I’ll be watching for book three (tentatively titled Dark Genesis). But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. I have to get they survivors out. The washes, while great for leaving the city present an problems and the road will be clogged with traffic. Fortunately, I live in the Wild West and there are some outlaw trails that have been preserved running down Old Mexico way on up to Canada. Then there’s the Continental Divide Trail that does the same thing but is a bit too far east for my purposes. If I cover Miles’s journey he would use the Appalachian Trail. Middle Americans would be best to use Ol’ Mississippi and take the rivers as far west as you can to mining territory.
Of course the issue with these are the lack of vehicles, slowing down the process. Add in a bunch of sick people and there are some very hard decisions that will need to be made. And I haven’t even hit upon the distemper running rampant in the West, or the actual plague and hanta virus endemic to the areas they must cross.
The body count will continue to rise. But I’ve been threatened with bodily harm if some die–you do remember that Sunnie, Mavis and David were all exposed to the anthrax, right? And there’s no evidence that having the vaccine will prevent them from dying. And then there’s Wheelchair Henry, Blind Connie, and the wheezing old man Quartermain.
As for a title, I’ll still looking around. I do like the dying time. It was used by Europenan colonists most of whom died soon after landing in the New World. Maybe I’ll host a contest and the winner gets to read the next book before it is release.