Book 2 of my Girl Electric series will have the subtitle of Rise of the Bicamerals. The word Bicameral usually refers to double houses in politics, such as the Senate and House of Congress. Or in the UK, the House of Parliament and House of Lords.
On a very basic level it speaks of two voices. You will see what I mean in a moment.
Here comes a couple of plot spoilers, (or as I like to say Splot Boilers):
1) Adara – the real girl (from book 1) is alive and regains consciousness.
2) There is another artificial entity inside another person, serial number 250D2B52FFFF-B2, AKA, Beta-Two. This character may steal the show in book 2. But Adara and Beta-3 remain.
Question: If a conscious digital entity lives/resides within a human body, but neither the human nor the entity can read each other’s thoughts – how do they communicate with each other?
Answer: The only way is through talking to each other, which means audible speech. That provides some challenging plot scenes (what did she say?). Not only that, but it also poses a cutting-edge challenge in how to write the dialog in a printed book.
This leads me to my competition:
Challenge: How to write bicameral dialog?
Prize: Signed copy of Girl Electric, Books 1, 2, and 3. Please bear in mind, that book 2 in not yet published. Book 3 isn’t even on the drawing board yet. It’s a bit like NASA offering the Quantum Jump Drive. If and when book 3 is completed, you will receive a free copy.
Rule 1: Describe in any way you can how to convey bicameral dialog in a novel, do not exceed one page of text.
Rule 2: There is only one judge – me! OMG! my decision is final.
Rule 3: This competition expires when I publish a sample of Girl Electric Book 2, which is coming real soon (seriously!).
Rule 4: If you submit any copies of my current work, I will call HPD – Hackers Police Department.
Rule 5: There is no rule 5.
Anything beyond this is void and disreputable.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck if you care to enter this competition!
Don’t worry, I’m not taking this seriously, and neither should you. However, I will send out some free copies, and that is a promise.