And speaking of characters and worlds you like, I think I’ve found both in the coming series of novellas that should be available starting in early February.
Everything takes place in the near future in a city called New Eden. It’s dirty and dark. The government has collapsed and left a vacuum that one big company, RomaCorp, is trying to fill. RomaCorp is like Wal-Mart on steroids, providing everything from bread to electricity.
“How long have you been on the wire?”
She slid her long legs a bit closer and swirled her drink in her glass.
I grunted an answer and she asked me to repeat it.
“Oh, a lifer.”
“Well, I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but you are very mature for someone who has been riding for that long.”
A flub in her language database programming. “I don’t think you mean mature. I think you mean old. And, yes, I am.”
A soft chuckle. “I suppose I do. You’re old for a lifer.”
I said that I guess I was old. “But I’m more careful than most,” I told her, and finally looked her way. She spun her legs to face me. “That would explain it,” she said.
“Yep.” I waved the bartender over with two fingers and he came quickly. I needed a refill.
That was the start. Even though none of that appears in any of the first novellas, everything was kicked off with that little five-minute burst of inspiration. I got other ideas. Ways to use the technology. What would be happening in the world I’d created. The kinds of characters who would live in this place and some of the stories they needed me to tell.
And that’s why I write. Because when you create a world you love and populate it with people who you are interested in, there’s nothing as fun as finding out where their stories go.