Hi, my name’s Bianca Butterman, and I’m a teen time traveler.
My webbies give me a hard time in the chat rooms and think I’m a spoiled brat. They say—there you are with your own family time-craft at your beck and call—can go almost anywhere, anytime, so why aren’t you giddy and giggly instead of being all serious? They don’t get it.
That’s why I’m here today, at TTTA, hoping to get a little support for the kinds of things I go through. I mean, it’s not like there’s a lot of us out there, right? And here’s the thing—I don’t mind the routine time-craft maintenance (I love it actually,) I’m talking about dealing with snotty secretaries on Web conferencing when they call for their oh-so-important bosses and treat me like some kind of naïve doofus. I know more than they ever will about time travel, but they act like they’ve earned some kind of holier-than-thou badge just because they work for rich snobs.
There’s a lot of stress involved when it comes to messing with time strings, and some passengers just don’t understand what we go through to avoid possible paradoxes.
And then there’s the fact I live in the middle of nowhere and see the same people in town, day in day out, because nobody in their right mind would ever move to the Arctic. Translation: no hot guys.
Or how about having time traveling parents who spend more time plotting coordinates and mapping time-ports than watching their only daughter score big in holographic Evil Dead 14? And by the way, what the hell’s a movie night, right? I see my webbies talking about them and for a few minutes I get super envious and jones for the kind of life where you can relax, eat popcorn, and veg out with the fam, sans work related activities. My parents never stop working.
But then all of a sudden it hits me and … I remember … I just witnessed the swearing in of the U.S.’s first woman president in the year 2020. Before I was even born. And that’s pretty effin’ cool. *sigh*
*Blinks eyes slowly* So what are we all doing here at this pathetic meeting feeling sorry for ourselves, when we can be planning our next time trip? Come on! We’ve got places to go, people to see, and timelines to penetrate.
This little piece is an exercise I did after I’d written Book 1 in the Butterman Travel series, Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. It’s silly and meant to be fun, and the purpose was to put my main character in a situation that showed some of her personality without having to be part of a plot. As a result, I was able to deepen her characterization. I found it to be so beneficial, that I wrote an entire novella prequel in diary format.
Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler is a record of Bianca’s early teen years leading up to Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. I wrote Diary before Induction Day and by doing so, I delved deeper into Bianca’s psyche, which was the perfect preparation for Book 2. It solidified the Goal, Motivation, and Conflict that I needed to understand in order to propel Induction Day forward. Why did Bianca want to save Titanic? What does it stem from?
When the characters feel real, the story becomes real.
Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler is also free for download as an ebook, and makes an excellent introduction to the Butterman Travel series.
Here are the links: