I proudly claim Houston, Texas as my hometown. The food, comfort, and diversity are wonderful aspects of the city. Appalachia, however, is not exactly known for its diverse population.
How can I rectify that fact with the ideals of my city? It’ll take some finagling and some special fictional moments to alter that timeline. Autumn will be quite an exception for the state, and it’ll be the characters that bring about that change.
I talk a lot about history and the importance of incorporating it into this project. When artists and writers create new worlds, they have the freedom to add whatever historical events they need to support their modern society.
I’ve chosen to rely on regional timelines to build my city. I can’t contain my fascination with it, but my goal is not to be a strict historian. I want to create. I’m looking to take real people and mold them into new characters; to look at real events and movements and to weave them into my city’s history.
The past, specifically the American story, is an important aspect of the way Autumn evolves and exists in modern times.
The music, art, food, and entertainment of Virginia is rich and unique, but it’s not the only culture I love. Like the diversity argument, I’m planning to bring in new groups of people to add to the mixture of cultures in Autumn. These will be expressed in various ways like restaurants, festivals, characters, etc.
Bluegrass and Tejano music together!? If I love it, it’ll find a way into the local mix.
Here’s where I have the most freedom. The characters are my pawns to do with what I please. I can exert pain and suffering or pleasure depending on where I think the story needs to progress. They may represent people I know or historical figures, but they are the voices through which I express my ideas.
I get to play with good and bad, right and wrong, privileged and underrepresented figures. This is where the stories flourish. Tycoons, union workers, activists, students, mayors, gardeners, civil servants, immigrants, tourists…
What’s in store for the future of Autumn? Hey now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m very cautious about depicting the progress of a city ahead of the present for one reason – it will become dated.
You look at artwork that predicted the world in 1900 and you’ll find horse and carriages next to zeppelins. I really would like to delve a few years ahead of time for the story so I don’t have to alter too much of our past, but it can’t be so far ahead that it falls beyond our visible horizon.
We live in a very unpredictable time right now with technology advancing so fast. I’d like to concentrate on using our past lessons to create a present world we’d like to live in.