As promised, here's the breakdown of this year's NaNo plan. I'm using the Speed Outline used by Paperback Writer (aka SF and Fantasy writer Lynn Viehl) in her post here
. Detailed outlines give me an allergic reaction, effectively sending my muse screaming for the hills. This format, however, seems bare bones enough to avoid that effect.
Ten Point Novel Concept Outline
Who: Eliot Mansfeldt (15-year old boy with angst), Kira/Memory/Gemini (protagonist of Ghost Dancer)
What: Need to save Eliot from being railroaded into what is effectively the life of a slave.
When/Where: 500 years in the future. The ocean planet Merchaude, on and around the planet's one island cluster.
Why: Kira needs to resupply Memory without giving herself away and inadvertently puts Eliot in more trouble in her attempt, so she feels obligated to help.
Primary plot line: Kira arrives at Merchaude and is caught by Eliot hacking the computer system. He doesn't give her away, gets himself into trouble trying to help her, and is subsequently helped by her.
Subplot #1: Merchaude's supposed meritocracy has calcified into a system of elites and grunts. In pissing off the elites, Eliot may doom himself to life as a grunt unless he can undermine the system somehow.
Subplot #2: Merchaude's government wants to cool the planet slightly to expose more habitable land. Unknown to them, there is a sapient species that lives in the ocean shallows for whom the plan would spell disaster.
Subplot #3: The sapients are aware of the colonists, and have been debating whether or not to make themselves known. Knowledge of the possible terraforming will push them into revealing themselves.
Major Twist: The ocean-living sapients are humans - first wave colonials who, lacking the support to live on Merchaud's storm-battered and scarce land, chose to adapt themselves to life in the oceans. Eliot is one of their children, a genetic throwback, that they abandoned to the new colonists because he was not well adapted to life as a marine creature, but he is completely ignorant of his origins.
Resolution: No clue, though Kira does get her resupply, and Eliot doesn't end up a grunt.