Just like winter, November is coming. I haven't done much prep work since the last time, but I've been playing around with the idea in my head. I may not be rebelling, either. After working on converting chapter 1 of By the Numbers, I've realized that scripting won't be as quick as I thought, depending on the amount of action on a page. That leaves The Unrulies, still a working title, as a potential serial. The core concept of the Unrulies, girls at a school for troubled/trouble girls, allows for cast turnover and focusing on different groups, perfect for a serial with the occasional full-fledged novel dealing with major events like graduation.
The supporting cast is building. Coca-Cola has a promotion that's turning useful for my purposes - "Share a Coke with...", where bottles of the soft drink have names. The first bottle I bought with a name had Caroline on the label; Caroline is also Verity's second-in-command. Why not populate the supporting cast with other names? Caitlin's team now has counterparts; Sarah, Verity's muscle, and Mackenzie, the rival geek. I also have Jay, the poor guy stuck in a tug-of-war between Autumn and Caroline. I now also have a reason why Caitlin takes in Laura; there was a missing role on her team that the new girl fills nicely.
My next step is to work out the arcs. First arc is obvious; Laura's arrival and orientation, allowing Caitlin to run a new scheme against Verity. Perfect for the intro to a series, allowing readers to meet the major characters and get used to the setting. That still leaves other arcs, since I don't expect the arrival to take up 50 000 words. Right now, I have a rough idea that involves Autumn and Caroline working against each other without Caitlin and Verity knowing. However, I still need to get a few more arc ideas, ideally highlighting each character at some point. I also want to promote a Jennifer from spear carrier to regular cast, possibly joining Vamsi's crew. Plenty of time except not really.
The other thing I want to do is write a short piece featuring the Unrulies. It worked with By the Numbers, letting me discover a few personality bits that I could work into the narrative. I'm hoping the same happens with the Unrulies. The piece doesn't have to fit into continuity; the one for By the Numbers doesn't fit into the timeline of the story anymore.
In the next few months, expect to see some more Unrulies posts as I work out details and post them so I can find them again in November.