Many of you know that I’m trying to meet the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a 50,000+ word novel by the end of November (in other words, by the end of next week). While I started out fingers on fire, I am finding that it’s rough going now.
Inspiration, please (and I don’t mean to breathe in deeply.)
Here’s the general story arc. What should happen next? I’ve been plucking stories right out of the news, and because of that, I’m a bit worried that the daggone thing will end up being x-rated.
Story arc (as much as I’m going to tell you so as not to completely spoil everything):
A very conservative senator who may or may not resemble Inhofe from OK – known for untreated strain of Bush rabies, anti-science and boot strapping non-torture has a businessman Bush pioneer brother-in-law. B-I-L has an auto accident (he may or may not have imbibed a beer or two hours before the accident)and is seriously injured and unconscious. But the cops can’t figure out why he ran his truck off the road apparently accelerating all the way. Yee Haw!
He is med-flighted to his state’s premier level one trauma center where he is treated for his traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures, blunt chest and abdominal trauma (of course he doesn’t wear a seat belt, and yes there is a gun rack in his dually -why do you ask?) by a crew of conservative emergency department physicians and nurses.
His male passenger, the head of the area’s megachurch (flag on a crucifix pole) and a Bush fundraising pioneer, is discovered to be wearing a condom by the hospital staff, and since the fellas haven’t been with their wives or visiting the local prostitutes – let’s just say that word travels, donchaknow….
After maxing out his insurance bennies (with lots of hilarity during the claims denials and appeals process), he incurs enough debt and slowly goes bankrupt. The senator, meanwhile, of course, is still voting to kill children via S-CHIP vetoes. He follows the twin religions of fundamentalist xtian dominionism and Bush boot strap conservatism.
As B-I-L is discharged and tries to get into a rehab facility to treat his TBI, he rooms with an Iraq veteran who is also suffering from untreated TBI’s who was drummed out of the Army with a Chapter 5-13 general discharge.
Meanwhile, the senator continues to tout his compassionless conservatism based on all of the fundie “values”. Cognitive dissonance ‘r us.
More hilarity ensues.
Haven’t decided yet – but consider the possibilities: red state turns blue, homelessness, joblessness, homicide, suicide, domestic violence, conversion of the heathen from Repubs to progressives….(Update: I’m leaning towards some jail time for one or more characters – still not sure)
Also – in the hospital subplot, patient delays based on reimbursement source and diagnosis will predominate, the schism of faux nurse leaders who are organizational prostitutes instead of nurse advocates will have a supporting role, and passive aggressive nurses who blame everyone except themselves for their working conditions (who needs collective bargaining or self-governance?) will get some face time.
There could possibly be a hint or two of hospital administrative malfeasance….
OK – I need some help. Gimme what you’ve got – plot lines, sub stories, back sotries, good character names, interesting place names, zingers, ringers and tinglers.
I owe Nanowrimo thirty two thousand words in ten days….starting now.