seven years easy town

book 2: travelling, and we need to talk about sex


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Travelling around the world, Alice and some of her team further an international network for the Easy Town Project and the Hub Stations. Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

‘Just so we are on the same page,’ Alice said. ‘We’ll go on this journey to get a shiny reputation and to meet some of our not yet existing international teams and to see some of the Hub Stations and to get a better idea of what we’ve gotten ourselves into, and we’ll have a look around for a possible Easy Town location?’
‘Yes, that’s us. And in between, we’ll visit China.’
‘Do you think we’ll get a chance to see the wall in China?’
‘We could fly over it if you like.’
‘Now I’m impressed.’
‘Despite yourself?’
‘Of course.’

Book 1, beginning, at the conference

Alice isn’t happy. Most of her closest allies have gone to London, where they are setting up the new base for the Easy Town Project. She on the other hand is stuck with a diplomatic mission around the world. And diplomacy just isn’t Alice’s thing.

Lucky for her, she does meet with a few people, where diplomacy isn’t required.

One of the things, she can’t escape is the German past that leaks through, too often for her liking. Another thing is the issue of sex. She brought it up unwittingly, during the pep talk on Tom’s airliner, and some newbie posted the little speech online. Now, most people she meets have to bring it up – in one way or another.

When asked why she was on this journey, Alice answered: ‘Getting to London the long way round.’ While true to some extent, there is also a visit to her home in Berlin.

Some five month ago, she left Berlin to meet with the billionaire Tom Holbon to tell him about her Easy Town idea. She expected to return after two or three days. But she didn’t. Instead, she stayed at Tom’s estate, where the initial project team compiled a first draft for the town experiment. Now, more than five months later, it is time to wrap up her former life and get ready for the second stage of the project in London.

By the time she gets to Berlin, she feels a bit dizzy from the overwhelming journeys of the last five month: setting up the Easy Town Project and the up and downs of travelling around the world, meeting with allies, villains and some people who might turn out to be either.

Settings and characters

That Tom Holbon is a billionaire with his private airliner was a practical choice. I removed obstacles so that I could focus on travelling and exploring the town ideas.

Time, place, genre, rating

Time of the story: 8 July 2016 – 1 September 2016

Places: New York, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, South Africa (several), Australia (several), China (several), Otaon (several), Romania (several), Russia (several), Berlin

Reality: The story is set in the real world, and there are a few overlaps between fiction and reality. The town in South-Africa, the holiday resort in Australia, the town in China, the Middle-Eastern country of Otaon, the villages in Romania and some places in Russia are fictional.

Genre: political fiction, travelling, adventure, a bit of magic, a touch of fairy tale, drama. In short: a mix of genres and different for different chapters.
It’s best to expect questions rather than answers.

Rating: probably age 16 / 18, different for different countries but mostly probably age 16, probably 18 for Romania.

Some of the main characters

Alice Adler, born in Berlin, October 1972, freelancer in photography and web design. She studied business with a focus on finance and investment and some economics. First impression: sportive casual, unruly short dark hair.

Andy Lawrence, born in London, March 1982, programmer. Andy worked for Tom in the US, until he joined the town project full time. First impression: normal guy, sloppy casual, short dark hair.

Jazz, born in London, July 1982, security expert and martial arts instructor. Jazz has been with THE for sixteen years and is one of Any’s seconds. First impression: athletic, stern, thick curly mob of short dark hair.

Tom Holbon, born in New York, March 1953, American businessman, programmer, the richest man on the planet, philanthropist, married to Fran Holbon. First impression: business casual, greying.

Jack Harris, born in London, July 1972, famous actor. Jack Harris works internationally and mostly lives in London. He has three children (18, 16, 8) with his ex-wife. First impressions: ‘Bloody hell, I’ve seen this guy on screen.’ ‘Blimey, he’s hot.’

About sex

Book 2 is about a team which travels around the world. You could say that the sex talks are a side product. You find a list of the main sex topics included in book 2 here >>>

About racism, violence and history

I didn’t expect to write this much about racism, violence and parts of history, like colonialism, the second world war or the British Empire. But these issues kept coming up. For me the most interesting experience with respect to racism, was the discovery of Adeola, a business woman from Nigeria and one of Alice’s team members. When I started writing, I only had the name and no idea that she would take me on a journey. I didn’t even know that I would use her in the story.

The past

The past keeps haunting Alice. Not just the German Nazi past, but her personal past, her childhood experiences, her experiences on both sides of the Berlin Wall, her time as a earnest believer in a protestant Free Church and a few others …

The countries visited

The chapters, taking place in the United States, have relatively little on the locations, since the team is busy with their own troubles.

From Brazil on, you’ll find bits and pieces about each country, snippets, never a complete picture.

Instead of trying to portray a country, I focused on how the team experiences the locations and the locals. So, no chapters is about recounting facts, but rather going by personal impressions and prejudices.

Even in Berlin, a city I have known all my life, you’ll find my Berlin rather than a general portrait.

Humour

Despite some dark moments, there are occasions for twinkles and some laughs.

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Publishing book 2: travelling

Book 2: travelling will be published in two parts and country by country.

In addition to this, there will be extracts available on subjects like the sex discussions, the Hub and other topics.

Click here for an overview over all chapters >>>