As a creative soul, I’m being tested. I want to write something set in the year 1952. Nothing much happened during that year. We, America, was the power force to beat with our military and economics. We didn’t have to rebuild after the war and our great internal and/or covert threat was the whisper of the word communism. The American Dream was born with the invention of credit, bank loans, and quick, swift completion of tasks. We were beginning the path which now has us tackling debt, looking at war, and lacking the basic morals and common sense that we once had.
So why do I want to write about 1952? Why the 1950s period? I tell you . . . the calm of the 50s is calling out to me- I want to upset it. But there is so much that I must overcome as a writer of fiction/fantasy. First, I love the idea of having modern warriors and the 1950s had not defined itself as the face of today’s fighter by 1952 yet, it had outgrown the innocent hand-to-hand combat. So, I need to create. I also must deal with the reality of a lack of diversity of in the 1950s, since I want to include all kinds of things like an international boarding school for boys. That’s just two ideas that I need to toss. I want a powerful woman like Rowling’s main girl, but most women of the 1950s were in the house using the new quick appliances that were fresh on the market.
Is there anything to tell that will make good fiction? I believe that it’s like being in the fool position. At this point, there are no rules and everything is dependent on my actions. Therefore, I will put to heart the seven (or nine depending on who you ask) plotlines of a story and build me something from scratch. I will keep what I have, just adjust characters’ goals so that things are plausible. I will think what could have happened during this cooling down period in America’s history. I know that all stories need a lull and the 50s were one of young lady America’s.
The 18-year-old prince should be 20 or 21 and he must be running away from the tranquility of the 50s and be looking for adventure. Have him be ahead of his time. Place him in the Navy with the desire to be one of the special forces that helped to make the Navy SEALS. Then just as he is about to get a spot have his family murdered. Of course, I will keep him as royalty but make him the ninth child. Nine is a lucky number and the only one that survived is his sister Nancy. Yes, Nancy is in on the assassinations and had plans of taking the throne herself. Nancy and Ret. Fleet Admiral of the navy, the older, married man that Nancy is having an affair with, was hoping that the Main Character would have died while on an assignment. But he is in all sense of the word special forces.
The main Character calls on a friend that is stationed in another country (India/Hindi) and this friend, also a prince tells the main character to come to his small mahal. There the two begin to piece the facts together, or do they? They end up engaging the Prime Minister, Mimiya, who is working her (yes HER!) angle. This woman wants to have the monarchy to herself so that she can turn it into a republic; with her at the emperor. Mimiya is working Nancy, older woman who has been where the young woman is, angle. Together they send for the main character and tell him that he’s needed back home. Amit decides to travel with his friend and when they arrive there is the threat of war.
The MC must deal with a military uprising by the natives of one of the few remaining colonies/commonwealths that the Empire that the MC is now King of. The soldiers that were there were brutally murdered, men, women, and child, all of them natives of the Empire. The natives of the colony want their freedom and they are now in the 50s ready to fight for it. I may have a nonviolent character in there but I don’t know. This uprising takes place in a South African like place.
Recap: MC, Amit, Nancy, Ret. Fleet General, Prime Minister, military leader (warlord). That’s who we got so far. Then Amit’s homeland is attacked- civil war. Another Raaja (King in Hindi) has attacked the Raanee (Queen in Hindi) Andielle. Andielle is Amit’s grandmother and not only is she requiring that Amit return home but she wants the MC to send troops and weapons. The MC makes the decision to join in Andielle’s war and while he has troops there he also must send troop to deal with the military warlord, Hedeon. MC sends troops to deal with Hedeon and re-establish the Empire.
Now that is outside dealings. The MC is still trying to figure out who murdered his whole family. He decides to investigate on his own until he meets Nikol a Rear Admiral of a democratic country looking for allies. Nikol promises to help MC, in exchange he wants the MC empire loyalty against the Federation. The federation is a dictatorship that is attempting to push their beliefs on the rest of the world. Cadman is the Dictator and where he was engaging in conflict with Nikol and his people now Cadman sees young MC and decide to shift focus. An ending is still be worked out; all these characters are tied together by war, ambition, lust, and a little friendship. Lines are being drawn.
I want this to be character driven but if it’s not I can live with that. I’m pulling this from the air and only with the setting of the pieces will I see if I got it right.
Thanks for Listening,