I had a good laugh this morning when I ran across a sheaf of word scribbles from my incredibly brief — I'm talking nanoseconds here — flirtation with National Novel Writing Month last year. Maybe you'll enjoy it, too. . .
Game Changer will be a sprawling, multi-generational tale populated by a quintessentially adorable couple, Sam and Robin, and their even more adorable dog, Mo. Sam has an ex-wife who lives full-time on cruise ships. She instant mails Sam from various ports of call with chocolate martini-fueled one-line zingers. Robin has a mother who channels the late Tammy Faye Baker, takes Ambien every night and has to be bailed out of jail once a month like clockwork after sleep-driving to a local bar and raising a ruckus.
Then there is Sam's mother, the ancient Louise. She is old enough to be beyond ambition in every sense of the word: a truly dangerous grande dame.
And finally, Tracy, Robin's step-daughter from a previous marriage: brilliant, tattooed, pierced, bitter and bored.
A crisis brings this disparate group together reluctantly. Their usual scripts are shredded and roles upended. A surprise revelation generates family catharsis that changes minds, softens hearts and rewrites the future.
Re-reading this now. . . I'm kind of getting into it again. Now if I can just get that stuffy old school marm out of my head, maybe I can have some fun!