Apparently, I have begun writing my sequel to Jeremy Shuttle Adventures (currently using the imaginative title of “Jeremy Shuttle Adventures II”). I threw out a couple of intro chapters on the blog the last couple of posts, but a whole additional trilogy, why that’s going to take a lot of plot.
Stinks to be me, then, since, to paraphrase Danny Kaye’s opening credits to “The Court Jester” (sung, by the incomparable Mr. Kaye): “Of the plot, I’ve not a lot.”
Really, none at all. Nada. Zilch.
What I’ve got is ideas and “wanna’s”.
So, let’s talk ideas and wanna’s:
– Teresa and William. They’re back together and they’re like a fairy tale couple. All about the love and living happily ever after. Except for Jeremy. Notice how all those fairy tales never have a grown kid, just the couple or maybe a baby.
Teresa raised Jeremy for 13 years. He became the center of her world. She knows him like she knows herself and he exhibits many of her personality traits. That makes it tough for her to just “let” William share in the parenting duties. Yes, he’s Jeremy’s Dad, but she’s been both Mom and Dad for most of Jeremy’s life. It’s the only source of friction between them, but it’s a doozy.
– Natalie and Jeremy. Ah, young love. It’s a funny thing knowing you’re destined to be together. It’s more than romantic words in their case, though, since they’ve actually been visited by their future son. The two of them take that incredible event in stride, though they both agreed to not bring up the subject.
Despite his apparent growth and maturing, Jeremy is still a 17-year old boy. Surprisingly, it’s not his insecurities that lead him into trouble with Natalie, if anything, his faith in her love for him trumps his potential jealousy. But he still remains impetuous and somewhat of a dreamer. Natalie loves those qualities but retains her reservations about how they will likely get him into trouble.
– DaHurst and Pankin. It only followed that after DaHurst lost the caveman and the services of Manny, that he would have to find another highly skilled “professional” if he wanted to continue his pursuit of the sketchbook. Don’t be fooled into conventional assumptions by his coughing, it’s most definitely not what you think.
– Those sketches from the envelope reveal a number of disturbing situations, but the most devastating is one of Jeremy, all alone, in the ruins of some great city. Though the drawing is just as flawless and realistic as any of Jeremy’s work, no one can identify what city or what time the illustrated Jeremy resides in.
– The Tyrannosaurus Rex is indeed the one from Jeremy’s adventure with Will (the imaginary William) inside the collective unconscious. It will not be the only thing that randomly appears in the real world. Can it be that the collective unconscious is “leaking” into reality?
– Only Jeremy wants to reunite him with the sketchbook, but all reluctantly agree that seems to be the only viable solution to solving these riddles. William knows where the sketchbook is and now has to get hold of it before Pankin and DaHurst figure out where it is. Except, it’s not where William left it!
– Jeremy has an idea how to find the sketchbook. He wants to use the uncanny tracking powers of Mitch the Ant. Two problems present themselves: Jeremy needs to become an ant to find the sketchbook, but he can’t become an ant without the sketchbook. The second problem is more personal…after all these years, can Mitch the Ant still be alive?
– As Jeremy gets more wrapped up in his quest for the sketchbook, disagreements begin between Natalie and him. For really the first time, questions arise about whether they can truly be together and the possible effects on future realities begins to weigh on Jeremy. Natalie rebels at the thought that Jeremy is only staying with her to “save the future”.
Of course, none of this is a plot. There’s no reason to write this. It’s not even a story, just a collection of ideas surrounding some characters I enjoy. I don’t even know if I want a happy ending (okay, I want one, but I don’t know if I should have one).
Without a raison d’être, it’s tough to see why I should continue on this. On the other hand, it piques my fancy to simply keep writing and see if anything develops.
I’m not on a publisher’s advance, nor do I have a huge audience clamoring for the next installment. This would be, as it was with the original tale, just for fun. For me. Because…well, just because.
Last time, as I was writing What if?, the characters changed and changed me. The story moved into a direction that was not my original desire but to my ultimate satisfaction. I did have a more firm grasp on a plot, but still, maybe I can let the tale do the plotting for me. I can always tighten up and sew it together later.
There is discipline and control stemming from a plot that makes writing easier, like knowing your destination when you hop in the car. But there’s also a unique thrill to hopping in the car and simply driving to wherever you end up.
If this second series gets done, it will be more of the latter trip.