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, I asked Kimberly ... you guessed it! I asked her what she felt the implications to the world freezing would be when it started up again. And she told me:
If our world were to fall into a “Sleepless Beauty” reflective time warp, this would imply that the President of the U.S. pricked his finger on a spindle (impressive, considering how outdated spindles are) and fell into a hundred year sleep, leaving the rest of the United States as living statues during that time.
Well, I would be lead to presume that with the U.S. in such an absolute state of vulnerability, other countries would attempt to usurp us. I mean, we wouldn’t be using our resources, so it would be perfectly logical. The real problem would be that EVERYONE would want in o the action, which would ensue World War III. In the end, we’d be broken up into miniature nations belonging to the other countries.
However, no one could physically enter the United States, lest they accidentally touched one of those cursed, and be sucked into the curse themselves. Therefore, they’d have to lie in patient wait for probably fifty years (the first fifty having been the time of warfare), and then when we at last emerged into the proper time again, besides having hair and clothes that would be seriously outdated, we’d have to unite as a nation and revolt against the countries that were trying to overthrow us.
This may seem difficult, as we’d all be part of different countries by this point, HOWEVER because we all spoke language as it was a hundred years before, we could use the old dialect to pass secret communications, and thus rebel against all those who had usurped us, and triumph in the end to once again emerge as the United States. Though we might change our name, to reflect our recent triumph, and our flag, as is privy to the history of the nation. Without a doubt, spindles would all be banished.
When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she's discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.
Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).
Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.