For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
We still haven’t been introduced to the protagonist of this story, but we’ve learned a bit about what she’s going through, so it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that she spends a good deal of her time feeling like she’s losing herself.
When we first meet this protagonist, she’s just lost both of her parents in a horrible manner that has left her wracked with guilt and more than a little bit broken inside. She questions exactly how she is supposed to be expected to move on with her life. She is burdened with a thousand new responsibilities that she has no clue how to deal with, and that’s on top of everything that she is thinking and feeling every second of every day, without fail. She is a complete wreck. Her world has exploded, become something barely recognizable. She is a completely different person from the one she was only a few short weeks ago, and she’s not sure how to go about dealing with either of those people.
This is all before the events of The Other World really begin. To put it in simple terms: our protagonist begins her journey already broken, and in no way confident that she’ll ever be able to put herself back together. Then the journey begins, and while the events that occur are in some ways a welcome distraction, they also compound upon the problem, chipping away at what little is left inside of her. Even when something very important happens – something that will turn the tide and put our protagonist on the correct path – she finds that she’s being broken into yet another incomplete piece. Now she’s three people…now she’s four…with every passing event she feels like she’s losing a little more of the person she used to be, the person she wishes she could be again.
The question is: will she ever be able to find that person again?
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!