Describe your main character from the perspective of the antagonist

My current story doesn't exactly have an antagonist. My MC is kind of their own antagonist, so I'll let them introduce themself.

My name is ....

I don't suppose it really matters now. It's going to change soon.

I've lived this life for a very long time. The year is 2374. I was born in 2232. But I don't have long left.

The doctor tells me I probably have a few months left. I don't have the heart to tell him he's off by a few months. I've got maybe a few hours left.

I only know this because, every time I get this near the end of a life, some memories from my previous lives start to come back.

I'm starting to wonder where and who I'll be in a few hours. My lives aren't exactly in order, so I could end up in any time. My last life was in the 19th century. And before that, I was a colonist to Alpha Centauri. We've still got several years before we'll get there, thankfully.

What is the priority for your MC right now? — 46

We'll start at the very beginning of the story. The MC is 142 and on his deathbed. He has, maybe, a few hours to live. Memories of his former lives are suddenly starting to come to him.

He thinks back on the many lives he's lived, but ponders more deeply about the life he's just about to leave. He thinks of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even a few great-great-grandchildren.

He's left many lives unfinished, and doesn't want this to be one of them.

His priority now is to ensure his children are left with the knowledge of how much he loves them, and how enriched his life has been because of them.

He wonders if his next life will be as fulfilling as this one.

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What character gave you trouble in your story?

There's a few.

Since I'm adapting an older story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, into a futuristic time travel story, I've had to figure out how to transfer the original characters into my story so that they fit.

Each of Dorothy's traveling companions in the story needed some futuristic parallel. The scarecrow who wanted a brain (who became an AI), and the Tin Woodman who wanted a heart (who becomes a cyborg) were pretty easy.

The Cowardly Lion was more difficult. I eventually settled on a genetically modified person, who was upset that he now inspired fear in others, which kind of flips the script.

I've also not yet figured out how to adapt each of the random people/groups that they meet along the way, such as the Field Mice.

I've got a few pieces figured out, but it's still very much a work in progress.

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How physically fit is your MC?

She's very fit. She eats healthy and runs, with Toto, most days.

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Does your MC have a healthy lifestyle?


She eats pretty well, and keeps fit.

But she can sometimes hyperfocus on a thing, and then kind of lose track of everything else. She might stay awake for 36 hours straight, and eat nothing but cheese balls and coke while working on a thing that really interests her. That's maybe not the healthiest thing to do.

She also guards herself against forming relationships. Since her mom died, the only real relationship that she's had has been with her dog, so she doesn't like to spend too much time around people. She tries to blame her loneliness on others. They're intimidated by her intelligence, she tells herself, or they don't like her because of her rough upbringing. But, in reality, she keeps people away. So, not a very healthy social or emotional lifestyle.

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Free Day: tropes I'm using

At some point during my development of the story, I decided I wanted to feature Temporal Duplication in this story.

Basically, Dorothy, after traveling to the future, is going to meet other versions of herself, older than her, who had traveled to this future at some point later in their lives.

But this will also result in Alternate Timelines as well. Basically, interference from her future selves results in changing her past, so, the duplicates are from different timelines.

There will also be aspects of a split timeline plot, but the split timelines will really only be discussed in flashback, so maybe that doesn't really count.

I still haven't figured out exactly how all of this will be resolved in the end, though.

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: What's the education system like in your world?

The story starts out in the present day, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

So, that's a pretty good education.

But, Dorothy is brilliant, and managed to get a full-ride scholarship. Most people are not that lucky. Even many people as brilliant as her can't manage to afford an education as good as hers.

Dorothy actually doesn't realize this, but she has kind of a guardian angel who has been helping her by making sure the right people know about her. Without this person secretly looking out for her, she wouldn't have had nearly the same opportunities. She would have eventually done okay, but it would've taken longer, and she would've missed out on some opportunities.

In the future world, to which she travels, education is much less formal. Some people are lucky to meet teachers and gain an education. Many just eek out an existence best they can.