Thursday, April 12, 2007
Guess the Plot
My Invented Life
1. I am twenty-five, gorgeous, highly-educated, and living rent-free in the trendiest part of Dublin. No, wait--London. Wait--Toyko! And I have red hair and a pet pony. A UNICORN. Okay, your turn.
2. Tommy Flanagan’s long-awaited…uh, extrordinary memoir, chronicling the ups and dow--ups of his life as President . . . uh, Emporer . . .Overlord! of the Universe, and his passionate courtship of his girlfri--his wife . . . Morgan Fairchild . . . yeah, that’s the ticket.
3. My sister's everything I want to be: petite, beautiful, a cheerleader. Maybe I'll slip bovine growth hormone into her Gatorade. No, wait, I'll pretend I'm a lesbian. Yeah, that'll show everyone.
4. #167 knows it's not easy being someone's science fair project, especially when your creator is a 15-year-old genius with personal hygiene issues. But life improves when #167 takes over his creator's social life for him and enthralls the entire girls' soccer team with his spare parts.
5. The memoir of a computer, revealing all about its construction, the great battles it fought with hackers, its traumatic upgrades, the challenges of virus and spyware afflictions, adventures in acquisition and subduement of peripherals, and in the end, for what? To face a hideously tattooed recycler wielding a sledghammer.
6. Shy, pimply, unemployed nerd Biff Wacker creates an internet persona: the debonair and rapier-witted Evil Editor. Thousands of would-be writers hang on his words, and it's all fun and games — until Biff falls in love with one of his cyber-fans.
Dear Evil Editor,
Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into the pep squad’s Gatorade. [How times have changed. When I was in high school, I fantasized about slipping powdered rhinoceros horn into the pep squad's Gatorade.] Why? Because her sister, Eva, is two things Roz is not, a cheerleader and annoyingly petite. Eva used to be her best friend, her reason for living. Then Eva deleted Roz from her life. [Apparently Roz is unfamiliar with the "undo" command.] When Roz discovers that Eva secretly likes girls, she shears off her waist-length hair and “comes out” in her sister’s place. [Make it crystal clear what you mean by "in her sister's place."] [Also, not clear what she hopes to accomplish. Does she believe Eva will undo the deletion if she believes Roz is a lesbian? How old is Roz?] Masquerading as a lesbian changes a girl. [Though not as much as it changes a guy.] As Roz plays a man playing a woman in a high school production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, [This part sounds like the plot of Shakespeare In Love. To make it seem less derivative, have her play a gay guy playing a woman playing a man playing a lesbian playing a trombone.] she begins to question her own sexuality.
My Invented Life is a 45,000 word contemporary YA novel set in rural California. My story addresses diverse sexualities with a straight/questioning main character. Many excellent teen books (e.g. Geography Club by Brent Hartinger and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan) are written from the GLBT point of view. [If you're sending this to someone who handles books written from the GLBT point of view, they already know this. If you're sending it to someone else, they don't even know what GLBT means.] I believe there is a place in the teen market for an upbeat and funny gay novel from a different perspective.
Although I am not yet published, I have honed my writing skills through years of practice, workshops, and critique groups. I am a member of SCBWI.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I tend to think that by the time a girl gains an understanding of what lesbianism is, she's already passed the age at which she's naive enough to convince herself cutting off her hair and masquerading as a lesbian is a useful course of action. But then, I grew up in a decade when there were no lesbians.
This sounds more like a big-city story than a rural one. But then I haven't been to a rural school lately.
The plot description is fairly brief. You can lengthen it by telling us what Roz thinks will happen when she cuts her hair, etc., and what actually happens.