Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

So close...

I have 10-15 pages left to do on A65 -- connecting Adam and Casey in the limo headed for the premier of her movie to Lando's party, and expanding some of the ending, which is a bit too rushed and not as funny as I'd like, yet. Or as jolting.

This is the short synopsis -- really more of a pitch that I worked out. Needs to be sharper and more to the point while giving a bit more detail...but it's a start.

An Alice ’65 is the very rare, first edition, presentation copy of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, published in 1865. Only fifteen copies of the book were known to be in existence…until a sixteenth one appeared in the hands of CASEY BLANCHARD, a steel-willed movie starlet living in Beverly Hills. She’s agreed to sell it to a University in London, but everything has to be kept very hush-hush because someone else is after the book for his own collection, and he does not take “No” for an answer.

So the university sends ADAM VERLAIN, an introverted book cataloger, to Los Angeles to pick up that copy and bring it straight home. Problem is, Casey wants to use Adam to make her ex-boyfriend, LANDO GRISSOM, jealous and won’t give him the book unless he goes along with her plans. He is forced to agree, so she has him styled up by a fussy fashion guru and takes him to a movie premier…where he winds up not being allowed to see the movie…and to a party at Lando’s home…where he is thrown out, almost drowns trying to get back in, and is nearly killed by a pet panther named Gertrude. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles.

Gertrude escapes and comes looking for Adam; the book vanishes; the paparazzi smell a story and hound his and Casey’s every move; troubles just keep piling up. Plus someone is watching and waiting till the book shows up in the right hands…so it can be stolen away. It doesn’t take long for Adam to wonder if he’s fallen down his own rabbit hole into the madness that is Hollywood, and fear that he may not make it out with his sanity…or the book…intact.

It's turning into more of a romantic-comedy, I think, even though I still can't see Adam and Casey winding up together at the end. Just two ships colliding in the night and trying not to sink.

But then...that's how most relationships work out, isn't it?

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