To start off, though, here's the book description:
What if today never ends?
What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?
Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.
In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.
How do we restart time?
How do we make everything go back to normal?
The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.
What would you do if this happened … to you?
Now, here is Danielle's answer to the question:
What effects would a time freeze have on the world, once unfrozen? Well, that could go in any number of directions. *dons Speculative Fiction Author hat*
What all has stopped moving? Only time? If the people of the world still moved while their clocks, the sun, the seasons held still, I imagine there would be at least a brief panic. Those best at taking advantage of the situation would do so, largely to their own gain, and we might have a strange, perpetually sunny (or moonlit, depending on the time of day time stopped) dystopia on our hands.
But suppose all the people froze, too. When they eventually woke up, would the wildlife have taken over? Did the apes rise up and claim the planet? Have plants overgrown the cities, turning the concrete jungles into a biome of greenery again? That could take a few years of cleanup, I expect. Or perhaps we’d learn to live with things the way they were, for a time, before inevitably deciding it was time for Progress again.
However, were everybody to freeze except one individual or small group… Well, that might depend on which individual or small group got exempted. Someone unethical or prone to pranks could run riot, answering to no one for quite some while. Someone truly ambitious and clever could reshape the world, for better or worse, while all others “slept”. Whereas I don’t suppose the average person would shake things up enough for the world at large to notice upon reawakening; they would probably just want to get by until things were normal again.
And if everyone and everything froze all together – people and plants and animals, along with time – then probably no one would know it had happened. Just think: Time could have frozen just now, for what would otherwise have been an hour, a week, a year, and you and I just blink and carry on, unaware of that inexplicable pause.
What effect does that thought have on your imagination?
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. ...Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who homeschooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.