National November Writing Month event. The goal, as always, is to write at 50,000 word novel in the space of 30 days. The purpose, however, is a little different. By having such a goal, it forces the writer (or at least this writer) to bypass their inner editor and just get the words down on paper (real or virtual). So my blog posting might not be as regular as you, dear reader, have come to expect.
writing is carefully edited and researched by myself and by others. So I
tend to write carefully. But for this event, I just open up the spigot
and let it flow. Editing afterwards is a real chore, but it's still
thrilling to watch a novel (however misshapen) take form as the month
This month, I start with a slight
disadvantage. I was unable to begin until today, which means I'm already
a few thousand words behind schedule. So I'll really have to pick up
I have another disadvantage, too. My original
story outline just wasn't coming together at all. So at on the last day
of October, I scrapped it and started over. The new story has promise.
Below is the outline, such as it is.
There's only one
problem, though. Although I'm only about 1,500 words into the story, I'm
already off track and have introduced a new concept to the story. Where
this one ends up is anybody's guess!
The Burning Death
It's 1936 and someone is stealing scientists to work on a special weapons
system – a heat ray that can melt steel like butter. Raven tracks the
villain to his island lair off the coast of Maine. X intends to sell the
device to the highest bidder. In order to ensure it won’t be stolen, he
has a bomb built into the only working prototype that receives a
continual radio signal. If it’s interrupted, the bomb goes off. All of
the documents relating to the ray are stored in an single vault, deep
within the island.
Plant is raided and scientist stolen – Rowland reveals that several scientists have gone missing.
Raven talks with Conners about pattern. There seems to be a pattern of experts in two fields.
Body fished out of East river.
The Barrs are talking with Roland when King bursts into the scene. He
wants to know what Conners thinks, too. He reveals that the dead man is
one of the missing scientists. Post mortem reveals he was chained.
Conners kidnapped from home. Barrs have gone to pick him up, fail to stop kidnapping, but manage to down one of the kidnappers.
Captured kidnapper just a local hire, but does give a name of who hired him. Y.
MacGuffey tracks down Y in local tavern. Makes arrest, but Y is gunned down in the streets.
MacGuffey goes to Y’s apartment looking for clues with Raymond, looking
for clues. As they search, gunmen burst in and fan the room with a heat
Raymond manages to get MacGuffey out through the fire escape and fights
off the gunmen. He drops on one, knocking him cold. The boss of the
retreating raiders kill the captured man.
Conners force to work on project – sees setup. Chained to work area, as
are all scientists. Small prototype kept in vault where everyone’s
papers are stored every evening.
The body has a matchbook for a diner in Casco Bay, Maine. There’s also
the last part of a phone number. King starts tracking the number,
advises the Barrs to stay out.
The Barrs arrive in Casco Bay. As Raven, Raymond goes to the diner and
hangs out. Eventually he sees the boss. He signals Crow, and the two
follow him to the docks and watch him take a launch out.
They wait. When the launch comes in again. They slip into the water with
breathing tubes. When the launch leaves, it drags Raven and Crow behind
Conners surreptitiously palms gear. With it, he escapes from his cell. He soon discovers, though that security is too tight.
The Barrs land on the island. They explore cautiously. There is a test
site for the large heat ray. They see it in action. Crow is sent back to
Conners finally meets X and recognizes him. He is told he will cooperate or else.
Raven glides through fortress, mapping it.
The launch is in the middle of the bay when the pilot spots the rope
pulling Crow. Getting suspicious, he stops the motor and begins to pull
it in. A fight ensues and Crow is apparently killed. The launch returns
to the island.
The pilot reports the stowaway, and since he was coming from the island, the alarm is sounded. Raven is captured.
Crow manages to swim to shore and contact King before passing out. The question is, will they arrive in time.
Crow returns to the island. There’s a private airstrip on it, and he
sees planes arriving. He sees the emissaries getting out, and recognizes
Conners opens his chains, and manages to free the other scientists. They
overpower the guards and make for the door, but are met with heavy
The heat ray is revealed, with Raven bound before it. As a small
demonstration, X turns on the ray to its lowest setting, burning Raven’s
abdomen. He then opens the bidding.
The auction starts. Graupner tries to take control, but time bomb is revealed. He needs to sit down and bid against the others.
Crow races through fortress.
Conners and his escaped scientists have to go lower into the fortress.
Resistance increases for Raven. X warned that there’s trouble. Bidding is suspended
Conners and scientists reach vault. This is where transmitter is stored. Conners has idea.
Raven breaks through guards, and now faces the heat ray. X fires up the
ray. The bidders scatter in confusion. Raven dodges ray as it destroys
Conners cuts off the transmitter. Both ray guns explode
Raven is buried under the rubble, Crow is dazed. Conners and scientists
fight their way up, and are met by King. Crow manages to free Raven and
the two disappear before King arrives. X is killed, and most of the
bidders are captured. Graupner escapes.
Chapter 25: Epilogue
Wrap up loose ends