Beginning a space story on Earth in an alley
The beginning of a story sets the reader up with the personality of the characters, their motivations and perhaps, if the reader is lucky they are given a bit of action. Most of all, it provides the reader with an introduction of the world the writer has created.
Based on that you might ask, 'Why, oh why, would you start a space adventure in an alley on Earth?"
*shifting a bit in my seat*
Okay, I admit it. I have a problem. You see I like alley ways. I'm not sure why, I just do. I am usually the person who finds an alley and walks right through. No, I have no desire to be mugged. I have a big fear of E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Yet there have been plenty of times I've walked and suddenly looked around noticing I was in an alley. If you go on vacation with me we will end up at an opening of an alley with me begging to walk in. Even my sister has had to stop me and ask, why are we about to walk in a dark alley?
Alleys are fascinating! You get to see the part of buildings no one cares about. The part that is still just as important as the fancy front. Perhaps it is the most important part of a building.
Plus an alley is a walk-way, right? I mean that is the purpose. Yet for some reason they are left abandoned filled with nefarious people. Oh, right that is why you shouldn't walk down them.
Well, in my story I was attempting to give a quick glimpse into Tammy Grace's mind. By placing her in an alley with a strange person the reader gets to see that while she isn't fearless there is a head strong determination that lands her into trouble. She has a tendency to show up in odd place and have even more odd experiences.
Suddenly, she has the opportunity to spread her wings and leave the planet. Her family did an excellent job reigning in her dangerous propensities. But, now that she is on a space station all bets are off. Hopefully, she will listen to her nagging parents. Hahhaha! Just kidding she won't listen. There wouldn't be an adventure if she did.
You can read the most resent chapter of 'The Adventures of Tammy Grace Federhousen' on Wattpad.
Wattpad is a free website/app where many writers place their work for others to read. Sometimes you can even read a book before it's pulled for sale. My story is a writing exercise I decided to publish through Wattpad for my readers as they wait for my novels.
Here is a picture of one of my favorite alleys. There is a road closed sign but, since I'm not a car I figure I can walk down it anyway.