Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Guess the Plot
1. Jeremy has always loved theme parks, and now he designs rollercoasters that push the boundaries of physics. But when six people die of fright on the first run of Jeremy's new coaster, Madcat Mountain, he wonders if he's finally gone too far.
2. Creating a super computer out of a Nintendo gamepad and an old toaster, Dr. Kilsmore takes refuge atop Madcat Mountain where he hatches plans for a sonic-oscillating-radon-glow gun, which he--surprisingly--uses for good.
3. Toby Tupple, her long-lost twin brother Otter, a prostitute, a posse of natives riding carnivorous reptiles, and Pauley Whipstaff are all that stands between the good people of Steam Canyon and the huge demon trapped under . . . Madcat Mountain. Also, the ghost of a dead god.
4. Together Hillary Clinton and her giant pants have come a long way, but even she's at a loss for words when she encounters a mound of feline carcasses while on her way to kiss some ass at Rutgers.
5. It was a dangerous place for any gorilla less than Alpha. Grabby woke from his sex-induced stupor, slogged over to his usual hang-out, pounded his chest, and then pounded the bartender. The place erupted into mayhem. The only thing that could stop the gorilla warfare was big, hairy, mad as hell . . . and headed up the other side of the Mountain.
6. A spelling error in the travel guide sends Rita Blanchette to Madcat, an extreme skiing resort, instead of Mudcat, a fishing festival. Will she find romance, or broken bones? Also, a hunky Swedish ski instructor.
Dear [Miss Snark],
After reading [Letters to Mr. Clooney], [Poodles & Gin], and viewing your website, I thought you might be interested in representing my novel, Madcat Mountain. It's a stand-alone fantasy/western completed at 134,000 words. [That's kind of long for a western. The bad guys ride in and terrorize the town, the Sheriff rounds up a posse of the only people who aren't afraid to leave their rooms--an old man, a teenager, and a woman whose husband the bad guys shot--and despite overwhelming odds, they win the day, with the old man sacrificing himself to save the teenager. 65,000 words, tops. Wait, it's a fantasy western. Make that zombies terrorizing the town. 75,000 words.] If you're interested, the world proved too rich for only one book, and I have two more in the works. [I was't sure at first whether you meant the world we live in or the world in your book. Also, the first phrase doesn't belong there.]
The biggest damn demon alive is trapped under Madcat Mountain, but the construction of a new railroad tunnel is about to bust him loose. His demon minions are using powers of illusion to infiltrate and control the railroad company and even the military. Most folk don't know there's a supernatural mess in the Redlands, and even fewer have the moxie to clean it up. [That last sentence can be dropped.] Enter bounty hunter Toby "Two-Penny" Tuttle. She's happy chasing bank robbers and winning bar brawls, but a mysterious summons from her pa hints about the demon infestation in Steam Canyon.
As Toby heads west, she meets her long-lost twin brother Otter ["Four Bits" Tuttle], who was raised by [otters.] their mother with the Arzaccian natives in the north. Otter confronts Toby with the demon's imminent escape, the secret of their birth, and Toby's own dormant powers. Toby is skeptical about all of it—until she gets a chance to shoot one of the demons right in its smug, toothy face, and realizes her brother isn't plum crazy after all. [While people do declare other people plum crazy, you can pull out the plum when declaring they aren't crazy--unless, of course, you're declaring that they aren't crazy about plums.] With all the benevolent gods long dead, it's up to Toby and Otter to keep the demon from glutting on humanity like a fox in a hen house. [I saw a fox glutting on humanity in a hen house once. It wasn't pretty.] The railroad's physical defenses are too good for the twins to get close enough to use their psychic demon-smacking skills, so they enlist the help of their friends: ex-outlaw Pauley Whipstaff; the disillusioned Deputy Boyd; a fugitive prostitute called ["Five Dollars"] Juniper; the infamous Doornail Gang; and a posse of natives mounted on their pet carnivorous reptiles. [What a madcap crew. Did you consider calling it Madcap Mountain? ] [No need to identify everyone who lends a hand.]
Toby and Otter must work together to enact a brilliant strategy devised by the ghost of a dead Arzaccian god, [You said it was up to Toby and Otter because all the benevolent gods were long dead. Apparently being dead isn't that big a drawback.] as well as dish out some old-fashioned ass-kickin', to save every soul in the Redlands from being devoured.
A partial or the full manuscript are available upon request. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
The biggest demon alive is trapped under Madcat Mountain, but the construction of a new railroad tunnel is about to bust him loose. His demon minions are using powers of illusion to infiltrate and control the railroad company and even the military. Enter bounty hunter Toby "Two-Penny" Tuttle. She was happily chasing bank robbers and winning bar brawls when she received a mysterious summons from her pa, hinting about a demon infestation in Steam Canyon.
As Toby heads west, she meets her long-lost twin brother Otter, who was raised by their mother with the Arzaccian natives in the north. Otter apprises Toby of the demon's imminent escape--and of Toby's own dormant powers. Toby is skeptical, until she gets a chance to shoot one of the demons right in its smug, toothy face, and realizes her brother isn't crazy after all.
With all the benevolent gods long dead, it's up to Toby and Otter to prevent the demon from devouring every soul in the Redlands. They enlist the help of the infamous Doornail Gang; a posse of natives mounted on carnivorous reptiles; and the ghost of a dead Arzaccian god. Now, can they get past the military troops and use their psychic demon-smacking skills--before it's too late?
Madcat Mountain is a stand-alone fantasy/western completed at 134,000 words, and I have two more books in the works, set in the same world. A partial or the full manuscript is available upon request. Thank you.
If Otter's from up north, and Toby's from back east, how do they have all these ex-outlaw, prostitute, gang, etc. friends in Steam Canyon?
The second paragraph was a decent hook, and the first was blah, so I did a bit of rearranging.
Not clear how Otter was "long-lost" if he was with his mother. Or how they know the demon is a him rather than a her, if it's under a mountain.
I was going to put up a link to the same otter cam I used in an earlier query, but the otters are seldom on camera, so try this link to the penguin cam. If there aren't any penguins, you can navigate to other cams--if it's between 7AM and 7PM Pacific time.