Though after feedback at the Monthly Weekly, I had decided to do away with the 3-part structure of the novella, I will not yet revisit the novella’s super-structure. I have nearly 30,000 words written, but that’s everything even small unformed fragments. Each week or every other week, I commit to editing and organizing what I have.
This week’s excerpt features the opening monologue and introduces, Vivian.
DOLL is about the relationship between scientist, Dr. Marguerite Thompson, and her creation,Vivian who was once Violet who was once Tracy. Dr. Thompson promises Tracy, a young woman imprisoned for a crime in her teens, a fresh start with money and a clean record in exchange for participating in a corporate experiment on memory. Eager to erase her painful past, Tracy accepts. Through the procedures, she becomes Violet and endures long treatments which have side effects the corporation exploits. Dr. Thompson is tasked to send Violet out on a dangerous mission, and soon after her control over Violet unravels. Violet escapes and becomes Vivian, a survivor longing for a lost love while Dr. Thompson’s life becomes upended in the search for her.