Saturday, August 12, 2006
Guess the Plot
No Finish Line
1. Alex enters a race with a 10 million dollar prize, only to discover that the race doesn't end until only one runner is left alive. Will he finish first, or tied for "dead" last?
2. After spending 17 days running circles around Helsinki, Lars begins to suspect there's something fishy about the marathon he's racing in.
3. A veteran bartender and pick-up artist analyzes disadvantages of Scandinavian ice-breakers like, "The tag on your turkis must say 'made in Nuutajärvi' because you are an enkeli."
4. When a jockey develops cancer before the Kentucky Derby, his doctor and his fiancée want him to start chemo, but . . . hey, it's the Kentucky Derby, man.
5. Desert bike racer Rash McGrew pushed his bike to 900 miles per hour on the salt flat course. Unlucky for him there was no finish line, just the Grand Canyon.
6. It is only in the middle of the inaugural 1500 meters at the new Moebius Stadium that the architect and the organizers realize the awful truth.
Dear Mr. Smith,
Have you ever wondered just how far a person could go without stopping before they just could not go any further? [Yes. Once at a Nevada brothel Evil Editor was paired with Patience Eternal (probably not her real name). I plopped down four grand in hopes of getting the answer to your question. How far Patience could have gone I never found out, as they had to hit me with defibrillators after ten minutes.] After completing Ironman Florida last year in just over fifteen hours, I did. Then I wondered - What if there was a large prize - say ten million dollars for the person that went the farthest? [Obviously you were suffering from exercise delirium.] [Though I'll admit that after completing my last query face-lift, I wondered, What if I were getting ten million dollars for this?] What if the prize was even greater than that? What if it was their life that was on the line? From this, I was inspired to [draw up the terms of a suicide pact in which the losers of a race have to kill themselves. But I couldn't find anyone else who wanted in, so instead I decided to] write "No Finish Line", a 74,000 word thriller.
All Alex Foreman had ever wanted was the chance to prove himself. A chance to show everyone that he had what it took to be the greatest endurance athlete in the world. [And then he got that chance--he inherited a pharmacy.] A mysterious man wielding an invitation to an exclusive event just gave him that chance. Three hundred athletes competing in three events – each continuing on until they couldn't any longer. It was a triathlete's dream race, and an opportunity to finally prove who the greatest athlete in the world was. [Why can't Alex just enter the Ironman Triathlon World Championships to prove he's the greatest?] And with a ten million dollar prize to the winner, who could resist?
But Alex soon finds out that the race is much more than it appears. Finding himself stuck in a grueling race where only the winner will survive, he struggles to find a way to escape and hopes for a chance at rescue. Meanwhile, he must continue to do what it takes to survive – keep moving on in a race where there is "No Finish Line." [I'm having a hard time envisioning how the organizers can prevent escape or rescue, given the distance spread that would exist among 300 people after more than eight hours. Are there 299 armed guys on jet-skis and motorcycles with huge gas tanks following the racers?]
Per the submission guidelines on your website, I am including a synopsis and the first three chapters of the novel. I would love the opportunity to send the full manuscript for you to review. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dear Mr. Smith,
Alex Foreman wants to show the world that he's the greatest endurance athlete alive. True, he's won his share of marathons and triathlons, but those are for wimps. He's looking for a competition in which he'll at least have to break a sweat.
And then a mysterious man wielding an invitation to an exclusive race gives Alex the opportunity he's been after. Three events. Three hundred superb athletes, continuing on until they no longer can. It's a triathlete's dream race. And with a ten million dollar prize, who could resist?
But after the event is underway, Alex discovers that there's more at stake than fame and fortune, for if he loses the race, he forfeits his life. Only the winner gets out alive. Seeking a means of escape, hoping for rescue, he does what he must to survive – keep moving, in a race that has No Finish Line."
I was inspired to write No Finish Line, a 74,000-word thriller, after completing Ironman Florida last year. Per the submission guidelines on your website, I am including a synopsis and the first three chapters of the novel. I would love the opportunity to send the full manuscript for you to review. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Since there is an Ironman championship, it's hard to imagine racers believing that winning several of these in a row would not mark them as the world's greatest endurance athlete, that they would need to win a race that went on even longer.
The total distance of a standard ironman course is over 140 miles. Where and how are the 299 losers dying without witnesses?
Alex Foreman is the name of a character in the movie In Good Company, although there it's a she, played by Scarlett Johansson.]