Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Guess the Plot
The Goblin Brothers and the Rogue Gold Mine
1. In Rogue, Alaska, Ellen Curry guards her reputation as she navigates past the ranchers, loggers and mill workers. But when the Goblin brothers show up to mine for gold, Ellen finds herself lured by their charms and sweet talk.
2. Sibling rivalry on the competitive eating circuit is interrupted when two brothers inherit a quirky mine: one day it produces gold, the next silver, the next Play-Doh.
3. Jubjub and Phlek find an abandoned gold mine hidden in the cliffs. Certain that the legendary Rogue that guards it is a myth, they go exploring.
4. As the only goblins at the Academy, Malagach and Gortok don't exactly fit in. So when the brothers find an illegal gold mining operation under the building, they see it as their chance to win everyone's respect.
5. The Goblin Brothers thought they had the market cornered on creepiness until the gold mine they lived in came to life and started to run amuck.
6. When the local gold mine disappears, along with all of the miners, the residents of Boomtown are baffled. Then three goblins named Jack, Scratch and Zeldon arrive, claiming they can solve the mystery.
Attn. Evil Editor:
When pirates invade Harborview, the only ones volunteering to save the city are the shortest and most unlikely heroes in the entire kingdom: [The Lollipop Guild.] two white-haired, yellow-eyed, green-skinned goblins. The Goblin Brothers and the Rogue Gold Mine stars Gortok, who has a knack for building creative contraptions, and his brother Malagach, who is always trying to show the world that goblins are important (especially him). [MacGyver and Donald Trump will portray them in the film version.]
As the only goblins at Harborview Academy, Malagach and Gortok fit in like a troll fits into a rabbit hole. When bullies chase the goblins into the bowels of the school one day, they discover a maze of tunnels and caverns, and hear loud clanking noises that lead them to an illegal gold mining operation. A gleam of ambition lights Malagach's eyes; if he and Gortok turn in the culprits and save the school from being robbed, they'll win everyone's respect.
Unfortunately, before they can lead the principal to the mine, an armada of pirate ships sails in, terrorizing the waterfront and barricading the harbor. [Happens every time. Just when things are looking good, an armada shows up.] To make matters worse, the city's guardian wizards have disappeared, leaving Harborview defenseless. Malagach suspects these events are connected, but proving it will require some dangerous detective work. And even if he and his brother succeed, what can two goblins do against shiploads of pirates? [Item #46 on The Top 100 Things I'd Do if I Ever Became an Evil Overlord, which Evil Editor reads annually: If an advisor says to me "My liege, he is but one man. What can one man possibly do?", I will reply "This." and kill the advisor.]
The Goblin Brothers and the Rogue Gold Mine is a completed 60,000-word fantasy novel for kids aged ten to twelve. [Ten to twelve? But Evil Editor wants to read it. (I'm a sucker for creative contraptions.)] Malagach and Gortok previously appeared in my short story, "Just Desserts," in the January, 2004, issue of Beyond Centauri, a science fiction and fantasy magazine for kids. Please let me know if I may submit the complete manuscript. Thank you.
Evil Editor did not feel a revised version was required, and merely changed a few words. I do wonder about the word "rogue" describing the gold mine. It isn't often an adjective, and when it is, as in "rogue elephant," it doesn't seem applicable to a mine. Of course, there's probably an explanation in the book, but the query doesn't make it clear why "hidden" or "secret" wouldn't be better.