The Plot (needs to) Thicken – please provide some cornstarch

What would the world look like after a decade of infertility? Would it resemble PD James’ “The Children of Men” in which the last generation is entitled and horribly violent? Would marriage rates change? What about sex…with no risk of pregnancy? Would STD’s become more rampant? Obviously preschools would close, and soon elementary school as well. What would teachers of those levels do? What about high school teachers sensing an end to their profession? With no “next generation” to save for, and no hope of grandkids, what would happen to the (slightly above) middle aged? Give me some ideas and I’ll thank you in the book…or use you as a character if you like – I hate making up names!

We’re officially down to one bird in the nest. Each year we have two back to school traditions. One is to read “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn about a raccoon’s first night at school. Mofirst day 2003stly the tradition is about watching me cry when I get to the part where Chester the raccoon runs back and kisses his mom’s hand “Chester love you.”  The second, and much less sappy, is the morning of photos. The first year all three went to school was 2003. Note Pokemon and Dora the Explorer…such simpler times.

The kids were gracious enough to play along this year. first day of schoolThere’s little resemblance after 12 years! But I promise it’s the same kids. I pray for great years for all three, and that God will send them wonderful friends to enhance their experiences and keep them on the right track.

I’m enrolled in another writing course that will keep me moving on the new book, tentatively titled “Infertile”, but I’ll certainly entertain  suggestions. Had to crank out the first 1000 words yesterday, but surprisingly it came together fairly quickly.

Next week I’ll have to start making excuses for the Gators so I’ll enjoy this last weekend of freedom from anxiety and shame.  Meanwhile, Go Gators…practice REALLY hard!

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9 thoughts on “The Plot (needs to) Thicken – please provide some cornstarch

  1. Dave Yachabach

    Hmmm…you’re talking about the extinction of a species. A unique method of extinction BTW. Most of the time a species evolves into extinction or is wiped out by modern infections, predators, or climate change. I’m quite sure a species with self-awareness and opposable thumbs (read – tools) wouldn’t stand for it and would be desperately searching for a “cure”. I guess I need to read PD’s book.

    If you assume we just shrug and accept our fate, I don’t think order would remain for long. Most good people do things to leave a legacy. Without that motivation, “every man for himself” becomes more appealing.

    If you try to assume we have all become so docile that we don’t seek a cure and we all continue to go about our daily work (which, at this point, is completely pointless), I would bet more than 10% of GDP comes from infants; education products, clothing, food, support equipment, HEALTHCARE. Probably another 10% comes from catering to families; theme parks, movies, school supplies, games, toys, HEALTHCARE. Not only do we not have to worry about a legacy, we don’t have to worry about jobs either. I think anarchy is not far away.

    Sorry for the long post.

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    1. teuliano Post author

      I don’t really recommend the PD James book. It’s pretty dark. One interesting thing though…there were animatronic infants that women treated like real babies. It made women seem almost psycho about these little robots. They came in different ages as well.

      Love the idea of incorporating culture, like Disney, maybe cartoons. The diaper industry virtually vanishes.

      I figure most scientists would shift focus to trying to solve the problem, or provide the technology needed to solve the problem. I wonder what would happen to world collaboration? Would everyone work together to find a cure, or would there be factions working in silos b/c they want control of fertility?

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    2. apanakhi

      Good point, Dave: people would not stand idly by and let ourselves become extinct. On the other hand, we might turn to our pets or other animals and begin imagining a world in which we are not the species who uses the most resources.

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  2. Jerry

    One could come up with a bunch of interesting experimental development scenarios that could be tried over the 50 or more years until people become extinct. This could take on many themes with unlimited twists and turns. The entire world would be your playground. In fact, extra terrestrial possibilities could exist. The story could be molded into a series of books for each of the 5, ten year increments of time while the population comes to grips with the reality of human extinction. Religion, science, technology, biology, veterinary medicine, genome development, animal husbandry, and many more. Each of these books could end with a successful solution but with a chance that the experiment will fail in some way. Each, next book would continue previous stories to their completion but start new efforts because much will be learned over each 5 year period. Results could be devastating and create their own moral dilemmas.

    A last chance for the entire world to come together for a common cause. Survival. A common thread may be how hard it is to replace GOD’s creation, man.

    Maybe you shouldn’t have asked for ideas. P.S. Please don’t use my name.

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    1. teuliano Post author

      Ah, you’d have me create a 10-ilogy (decology?). That could be interesting. Unfortunately unpublished authors have to have a first book that stands alone, though there is always the option of writing more later. Would humans be so intent on having the world survive that they would create an android race to replace them and keep our history intact? for what? maybe an alien race to someday come across? Hmmm, I wonder how strong our need for a legacy is, if it extends to non-humans…

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  3. Mom

    So enjoyed your post (as always) You are always so witty and entertaining. Loved your ‘begins and ends’ Where have the years gone??? I read recently that “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The smaller it gets, the faster it goes.” Soooo true.

    Your new book sounds ‘intriguing’ We’ll look forward to future info.

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  4. Ron Carovano

    I love that you are keeping the first day of school tradition going. Your kids were SO cute when they were little and have all grown into wonderful young adults. Well done Euliano’s!

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  5. apanakhi

    Hi, Tammy,
    I met you at the PNWA Conference in July in a pitch session practice and your work fascinated me, so I’m checking out your website.

    Since I train pre-school and elementary school teachers, I can tell you what they’d do. They’re a versatile lot and would find other work–just as long as it doesn’t involve mathematics. I know one who helps migrant workers, another who works for the police department. I know another who lives on a ranch and has plenty to do taking care of her horses.(Affording feed for them without a job is a little daunting.) I myself started out as a first grade teacher and have since taught Russian at a small college in Australia and now am a writer. I am not the only teacher who has turned to raising her own vegetables, milking goats, raising chickens, spinning, and knitting. I also find that teaching adults is not greatly different from teaching children.

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