The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I say that with one hundred percent irony because I started two chapters of my novel with that very sentence (or a very close derivative.) The cliche will be removed from the next draft, but why let it go to waste, right? Especially when its true.
Since my last journey update, I drove to Denver, took a tour of the airport and then drove home on the exact route my characters took in the novel. The day after I returned I got sick and was in bed all weekend. For the following week, I got up late, worked, and then went to bed early. Then another week spent getting caught up, reading notes from my beta readers and editor, which I’ll write about later.
The tour of the Denver airport was awesome. I got some great visuals that will help as I write my next draft. But I was amazed at how much I had already written matches much of what I saw. But there are still some other things that I saw very differently that I’ll be able to update to make my character’s journey more realistic.
In part two of the novel, the characters find an underground highway under the airport. This is very real, though not necessarily the way my characters find it. My guide told me that the Denver Police will often give speeding tickets here.
The entire baggage handling system of the airport is unused. I explain why in my book but it’s all still there. Most of it is overhead along the highway (see the first picture above). But there are a couple areas where it goes underneath the highway and rail system to bring bags to the other side. These areas have been cordoned off by TSA, FBI and Homeland security and are completely off limits.
For the most part, underneath the airport was highway connecting open areas that workers used to get from one place to another quickly. I did see a few tugs and carts for the baggage, but all of them empty. All the baggage is handled the old fashioned way, above ground.
This area stood out in stark contrast to the rest. Painted bright white and, one of the few areas with outside light. This is where they fixed the cars for the underground rail system.
One of the biggest issues I’ll have with the upcoming drafts of my book is the airplane hangars. I had assumed there would be a lot of them around the airport. Not so! There are only two!
My book relies on the assumption of more. That’s not to say that I can’t create more, but I’ll have to do some reconfiguring to bring this closer to reality.
The Denver airport is a key location in my book. Part of the second and almost all of the third acts take place here. It was so cool to be able to get a tour of these places that most people don’t get a chance to see. It’ll definitely help with the next draft.
I also did some location scouting around Denver, which I’ll write about later.