Ok, folks, I could use your help:
Fact 1: My NaNovel is only 3725 words long at the moment. Problem? I’m plotless!
Fact 2: I should have 15000 words by the end of today to be on track.
Fact 3: If between your ideas and my frenetic typing, I manage to make it to 50K words by midnight on November 3oth, I’ll make a $10 donation to Heifer International. If I make it, I’ll even come back here and take a vote as to what kind of critter (or trees) we should donate.
So, help me get my novel moving forward, and we’ll celebrate by helping families feed and support themselves! Heifer is my favorite charity, so I’m hoping that pledging to make a donation will give me a kick in the rear I’m rather desperately needing.
Want to help me make this happen? Give me some plot ideas for my NaNovel, The Down-To-Earth Adventures of an Intergalactic Girl. Here’s what I have so far:
Back in the 19th century, aliens rescued a bunch of Welsh coal miners from a cave in, and an equal bunch of single mothers from their completely unsupportive society. The Triplixians wisked these humans away to another galaxy, hoping to gain some real understanding of or species before we took to the stars. Fast forward 150 years: there is a delegation of human Triplixians at the UN, albeit in secret, and the Welsh government is granting duel citizenship, along with coverstories for human Triplixians returning home.
Ciara (MC) is five Earth years old, but she’s only been on Earth for two days when our story opens. She and her parents have moved into an urban apartment, and she’s starting at an American kindergarten. Her mother is part of the UN delegation, and her father (her primary caregiver) is an anthropologist studying xenophobia in species about to leave their home solar systems for the first time. Also in their family is a pilot/techhead/spy/resource trader who isn’t very well defined yet.
Ciara is a highly intelligent little girl, dealing with both an entirely new culture and her giftedness, which, as we know, isn’t always such a gift! Her kindergarten teacher is brand new (and full of idealism), and there are two kids in her class that I’m imagining she gets particularly friendly with:
- José: only child whose mom is an American citizen, but whose Dad had to leave the US and hasn’t been able to return. José is bilingual, and really into explorers and maps.
- Meredith: third of four children, loves computers, writes music, and has CP that impacts speech and legs, so she’s in Speech Therapy and uses leg braces and crutches.
And that’s pretty much it. I’m aiming for a middle grades audience, but with adult appeal. I am open to corny ideas and fantastic ones, based mostly around her unique experience as a kindergarten kid who happens to be new to Earth, and Gifted. Being alien is my metaphor for her giftedness; there is something about her, but it takes most of the story to figure out WHAT! I do want both her intergalactic origin and her giftedness to be revealed in the course of the story (hopefully in dramatic ways) but have NO idea how.
So – tell me – what should happen? What issues should she deal with? Whom else should she meet? Are there bad guys? What are her crises? I’ll try out ALL ideas given in the comments for at least 250 words each. That might not sound like much to you, but I’m crawling here, so it helps, believe me! If you have no ideas at all, you can still comment and say hi – support helps! Thank you!