Monday, October 25, 2010

#14 NaNo Planning & Research

Dr. Jack Price--> general surgeon, physician
Napolean Otto (formerly Pedro, for those who care) --> mechanic from Detroit
Jack's missing lady friend --> epidemiologist, general surgeon, and physician.
Napolean Otto's twin brother --> doing field work in the same area as Lady

1. Relationship between Price & Otto... longstanding/mysterious beginnings OR, build from scratch for this novel? (I'm thinking long standing for the purposes i have).
2. where does the lady go that she does not return from? (also, what is her name?)
3. need background info on the lady, what she's like... tidbits about her relationship with others, especially Dr. Price.
4. How long has she been missing? A few days? Years? Is it easy/difficult to notice that she's missing--> how long does one expect to stay in one particular area? It can take years to "fix" a certain issue.
5. Where is she during her missing period? This is important because the place she goes to is where the people will hold her hostage. (or something)

~~Doctors without Borders --> An international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from healthcare, or natural disasters.

~They accept medical and non-medical volunteers.

~Cholera in Haiti
~providing healthcare for isolated regions
~migrants overwhelm caring facilities

Nigeria --> oil, car bombings, lead poisoning cases.

~neglected tropical diseases:

Very basic, sort of step-by-step intended (hopeful) plot:
1. From the beginning, Lady is missing.
2. Otto travels to Dr. Price, to comfort and assist him in finding Lady.
3. Lady was doing field work for DWB/MSF in an isolated place in __________ country.
4. The rest of the story is them searching for her, finding her? and so on. I don't want to give away anything, and other parts aren't thought out very far either.

**I tried to point out the major loopholes with the first set of questions... I think these are easily fixed. I also listed some info about DWB/MSF for the general audience... trying to think of a way to incorporate that into the novel. The bits with the ~ following DWB are current event happenings that would require assistance from DWB and their volunteers.

Please if you have any ideas or questions post as a comment below this entry, and I will do my best to address them. I realize that i have not given you the audience ALL of the information that is in my head, but this should be enough for now. Expect humor and quirks and the like that is not already mentioned here.

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