So it’s kind of like that, but not. This is going to be rather tough to explain since I only have a handful of notes. Hoping to organize them today and see if I can make a full story out of it. This came to my mind as I was biking and wanted to write a story about a serial killer, but you can’t do that very easily. So I thought of a way to make one a ‘good guy’. That’s where the female lead came into play and the landscape became an anarchy United States.
To explain the pieces of the setting, I need to first say that the reasons for this doesn’t matter since the characters aren’t involved in reviving the past. It’s about survival. The rest of the world has blockaded the USA for a reason that nobody knows and DC was nuked soon after the borders were closed. Big companies of the world still do underground trading, so various items can be found for a price. That price isn’t money any more, but swapping goods. Some odd stuff too. For example, a trader with kids in some areas might give food or clothes for arcade tokens because one is around and they want to make their children smile. It’s all about finding out what a person wants or needs to get what you want or need. Also about getting through the country because every State has turned into its own territory.
And getting through is the big thing. The female lead is going to be a woman in New York who has a locket with her mom’s ashes inside. She wants to release them off the Golden Gate Bridge, which is the dying wish. Good with a gun and smart, she still needs some muscle and breaks a few criminals out of Riker’s Island. The place has become a pretty nasty place to keep the worst of the worst out of a crumbling society. Well, she gets a few baddies, but the male lead decides he doesn’t want the competition and kills the other 2-3 when their savior’s back is turned. There’s going to be humor here. For example, she’s going to make a fake bomb to put on his ankle, but the serial killer calls her bluff and says that they aren’t in that kind of story.
Yes, I will be using the crazy serial killer to do a little 4th wall breaking. Not too often, but a joke here or there. Like when they run into a British woman who is trying to turn a city into a ‘civilized’ place and is angry about being trapped in the US. I can’t write accents, so she won’t talk with one on paper. The crazy guy is going to point out ‘the author can’t write accents’. I want to end every one with the other characters staring at him and his response being ‘What?’. Think a combination of Deadpool and Carnage from Marvel comics.
A big part of this story is about how the two heroes deal with the new landscape and how they change. That requires events and creating the different regions. Also figuring out their vehicle (thinking a jeep), weapons (her guns and him ‘stuff’), and plotting the route. I think I have the third as them simply going down I-80, which means I have about 11 States to factor in. An adventure at every stop with violence, some cursing, and colorful characters. I have a civil war in Pennsylvania, a psycho woman that kidnaps the serial killer, bandits, and a few other ideas. Need to have someone chasing them and I’m thinking of an assassin that comes out of the radioactive spots. The character is in constant pain, so he/she/it works for medication that can ease their suffering and prolong their life. There’s an old story of mine that he this landscape before, so I’m hunting for those notes.
This is going to be another tough one since it steps out of fantasy. No magic and monsters, but cars and guns here. My knowledge of those two things aren’t very good. This is a project that I want to simply have fun with and will start in mid-August. Not as heavy as Raven’s Hold or as short as Ichabod Brooks. Not even close to the scale of Legends of Windemere. Just fun and those don’t seem to sell as well as the big one for some reason. Then again, I don’t care. Need to figure out a title and what genre/categories this story would be. Left out a bunch since I’m not sure of a lot. So I hope people like the initial concept.