Our topic for this blog is to discuss what time period we prefer to set our stories – past, present, or future?
Okay, I have never really set a story in the future, but I have used bleeding edge software in my stories that will only. exist in the future: software agents, info war and facial recognition software. Of course we are now in a period of Information Warfare, and "agents" are used all the time. Facial recognition software is becoming more and more sophisticated. Speculating about technology can be tricky, and so far I have been lucky to stay ahead of the curve, but I've actually stopped writing about technology, because it changes so fast that by the time the novel is written, edited and published, well, you could be talking about yesterday's latest and greatest. That is a problem with the PRESENT.
My last published novel dealt with facial recognition technology, but this software identified whole groups of people. Not sure if this is available yet, but you can bet that it will be.
|Festival Madness, A Burning Man Novel|
And the past? Ah yes, the past. I wrote a historical women's fiction novel, as yet unpublished, set in 1928 Southern California. Prohibition, graft, corruption, get-rich-quick schemes. Everybody on the make. Well, almost, everyone. This was such fun to write about because there was such a wealth of material with built in conflicts and characters, both good and bad with their own conflicts. The research? I had a whole bookshelf and letters and photographs, even scrapbooks. By the time the novel was finished, I felt like an expert on the 1920's. It was fun. But the past always presents some challenges. For example, I knew there was a hospital in Mexicali in 1928. But try to find a photo of it, or even a drawing. Googled until my fingers were stubs. I did find the nurses uniforms, a boon and made the hospital look kind of like the Mexicali schools. So I like the past. Just so long as it's not too distant.
|Proposed cover of my California book|
Currently, I trying something tricky, as least tricky for me. I've started a novel set in 1953 Kansas, and also set in 2017 Kansas. The main characters are grandmother and granddaughter who never knew each other. I'm writing the past and present in alternate chapters. This is going to be a real challenge, and I hope I'm up to it. It's fun, and 1953 is not that long ago, is it? Maybe it is. The novel is set north of Wichita in a Mennonite community, and I drawing on some family stuff as I did in the California book.
So, I like to construct stories set in the past and the present. The future? Not so much.
Here are some bloggers who will give. you other perspectives on stories set in the past, present and future.
Marie Laval http://marielaval.blogspot.co.
Anne de Gruchy https://annedegruchy.co.uk/
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/
Dr. Bob Rich http://wp.me/p3Xihq-14G
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.
Heidi M. Thomas http://heidiwriter.wordpress.
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.