Never Enough Time

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R. T. W. Lipkin

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When 16-year-old Delaney Archer wakes up one morning to find herself in graduate school, with absolutely no memory of the past seven years, she’ll have to fight to get her life back—before another seven years disappear in the blink of an eye.


Fantasy,Mystery,Romance,Drama,Funny,Sci-fi,Young Adult

Short Summary

16-year-old Delaney Archer wakes up one day and finds herself in graduate school. Seven years of her life have disappeared overnight. Her newfound freedoms are wonderful—but then she wakes up the next day and another 7 years have vanished. Can she stop the cycle before it’s too late?

Delaney has lived through seven 7-year cycles, and in one short week her life is over. She transitions to a new life, yet fragments of the old one remain. With greater insights into life’s mysteries, Delaney embarks on a new adventure—where there’s enough time for everything that really matters.


NYC (East Village, Financial District, Coney Island, the subway), Westchester (NY), London, New Mexico

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Delaney Archer

Age: 16+ (she ages 7 years every day)

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Flexible,Educated,Insecure,Naive,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Sarcastic,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Sara Perry

Age: 23+ (but ages along with Delaney every 7 years)

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Lachesis

Age: ageless

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Honorable,Leader,Visionary,Skillful,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bennet

Age: ageless

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Honorable,Masculine,Sexy,Selfless,Funny,Visionary,Romantic

Development Pitch

Every day Delaney Archer wakes up 7 years older and with no memory of those 7 years. Within a week, 16-year-old Delaney has become 65 years old. As each day passes, futuristic elements, including a voice inside Delaney’s head, appear. Delaney must cope with these changes without the benefit of any time to get used to them. She must also cope with loss and disappointments whose seeming suddenness is both shocking and ordinary. This is life, told in a short period of time. The story’s Delaney’s, but the other characters, many of them recurring, are also strong presences. Her best friend, Sara, is always there to comment, criticize, and support her. The mythical Lachesis—the Fate who cuts the threads—is pivotal in Delaney’s journey. Her spirit guide, Bennet, turns into Delaney’s surprising love interest, and anchors the continuing story after Delaney’s reincarnation. With elements of sci-fi, fantasy, coming of age, mysticism, and romance, Never Enough Time is really everyone’s story, except that Delaney lives it in a condensed period of time, giving it a thrilling appeal. Young viewers will enjoy seeing the surprises as Delaney’s life expands and changes, and older viewers will see their own lives reflected in Delaney’s. Delaney Archer is a powerful role with an expressive range of emotion for the right actress. It’s literally the role of a lifetime. Never Enough Time is Groundhog Day turned on its head then infused with the spirit and depth of Wings of Desire.

About The Author

R. T. W. Lipkin lives in New York with her husband and three cats. Her groundbreaking, genre-defying novels occur at the intersection of science fiction and fantasy, with mystery, romance, and adventure threaded throughout.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self-published (Eclipse Ink)

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



978-1-949059-00-7 (paperback)