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  1. Working Title: Bitcoin Trust Author: Elizabeth A. Nichols Pre-Workshop Assignments: (Also provided as MS word attachment) Assignment 1. Write your story statement Following the discovery that her brother Tripp stole $3 million of her 85-year old mom’s money, leaving her destitute, previously disconnected daughter Cary is consumed with fear for her mom and guilt for her neglect. She vows to save her mother, recover the family fortune, and bring Tripp down. First, Cary, a Ph.D. mathematician and successful Internet entrepreneur, plays it straight. That fails. Then she discovers that Tripp is sitting on a secret stash of bitcoin worth over ten million dollars. She recruits an off-beat group of geniuses including two teenage crypto whiz kids, a bounty hunter, former IRS and FBI agents, a private detective, and a few Chicago-style magicians. Together they engineer an elaborate sting. But things don’t run smoothly, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted Cary and her team. (133 words) Assignment 2. In 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, and the ways they react to the world about them. Primary antagonist: Cary’s psychopathic younger brother Tripp Secondary antagonists: Tripp’s hideous wife Bea and incompetent son Chase. Cook County Courts Illinois States Attorney Primary antagonistic force: Greed. Secondary antagonistic forces: Flawed US justice system Politics Tripp’s goal: To acquire material assets and appear to be as successful as the other men in his family Tripp is his father’s only son and bears his name – Henry Stewart Cromarty III. From early childhood, Tripp has been a constant disappointment – from setting a neighbor’s house on fire when he was three years old, to shop lifting, to failures at school, to personal bankruptcy, and ultimately to financially and physically abusing his vulnerable mother. Tripp has never stopped depending upon his parents to bail him out of trouble. Notwithstanding these flaws, he remains his mother’s favorite child. Tripp lives minutes away from his mother. Cary lives in Virginia, preoccupied with her life there. After his father’s death, Tripp has unfettered access to his mother’s money which he steals. None of Tripp’s failings are his fault. In his mind, he is the victim. He has no conscience about the damage he has inflicted, nor does he feel any desire or responsibility to make amends. Tripp proves to be a worthy adversary, when Cary fights him for restitution and revenge. (200 words) Assignment 3. Create a breakout title (list several options, not more than three, and revisit to edit as needed). Bitcoin Trust Get Tripp Tripped Assignment 4. Develop two smart comparables for your novel. This is a good opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen genre. Who compares to you? And why? Genre/SubGenre: Suspense/Techno 1. Bitcoin and baby boomers: Like big con movies, “Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, 8” and “Sting” but with intra-family dynamics and bitcoin (instead of old crime buddies and gold bullion) Like Janet Evanovich/Lee Goldberg Fox and O’Hare Series books – big cons and stings plus father-daughter family dynamics but no bitcoin. “Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich – involves bitcoin, family dynamics, betrayal and redemption, but no big con or sting “Bitcoin Clowns: A Novel” by Vann Chow (Appears to have been self-published, 2019) – cryptocurrency crime fiction inspired by true stories 2. Intra-Family struggles + Sandwich generation challenges “Heaven’s a Lie” by Wallace Stroby, Mulholland Books (April 2021) – Lacking baby boomers and bitcoin, but shares family, financial pressures, and illegal temptations Assignment 5. Write your own hook line (logline) with conflict and core wound following the format above. Though you may not have one now, keep in mind this is a great developmental tool. In other words, you best begin focusing on this if you're serious about commercial publication. Devoted daughter leads a gang of baby boomers in a sting to capture bitcoin, save her mom, and bring down her despicable brother. (23 words) Baby boomers conduct a bitcoin sting to avenge wronged mother. (10 words) Assignment 6. Sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have. Why will they feel in turmoil? Conflicted? Anxious? Sketch out one hypothetical scenario in the story wherein this would be the case--consider the trigger and the reaction. Inner conflict: The protagonist Cary feels guilty because she could have prevented her brother from looting her mother’s trusts, if only she had paid more attention. Also, she is terrified that she will go broke supporting her destitute mother, and thirsty for revenge against her unrepentant brother Secondary conflicts: Cary turns to the US justice system for help and fails. Out of disappointment and desperation, she resorts to an illegal option – namely a sting operation that can exact both restoration and revenge. Unfortunately, the scheme also risks exposing her teammates to criminal liability. Cary’s extended family: Her mother is distraught that her two children Cary and Tripp are fighting. Other family members take sides creating permanent rifts between spouses, cousins, aunts and uncles. Assignment 7. Sketch out your setting in detail. What makes it interesting enough, scene by scene, to allow for uniqueness and cinema in your narrative and story? Please don't simply repeat what you already have which may well be too quiet. You can change it. That's why you're here! Start now. Imagination is your best friend, and be aggressive with it. Primary settings: Lake Forest, Illinois: A very wealthy bedroom community north of Chicago, Illinois, unfortunately located within the jurisdiction of the infamous Cook County courts. Tripp’s McMansion: Ridiculous, over-the-top features built with no consideration of cost, time, or egregious budget busting overruns. Note: The definition of McMansion = a large ostentatious house lacking in architectural integrity Kensington Place: An upscale lifecare community with all the amenities needed to grow old with grace – except protection against greedy family members The Chicago Magic Lounge: An award-winning speakeasy Chicago-style magic bar, theater, and lounge located in the Andersonville section of Chicago, Illinois, offering exotic craft cocktails (e.g. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, ‘How Houdini Died’, ‘Sleight of Hand’ and more) plus small plates along with up-close, table side performances of some of the best working magicians of the day. Additionally, CML is equipped with a comprehensive, high-tech security system, making it perfect as the site of the bitcoin trust sting. Secondary Settings: Various Chicago Landmark Buildings: Law offices and court rooms where settlement conferences, depositions, and a trial take place Various parks and beaches on Lake Michigan: Where Cary goes to find peace, reminisce, and think Lake Forest Police Station: Where Cary works with police on criminal investigations Hospital Emergency Room: Where Cary’s mother is treated for suspected physical abuse at the hands of Tripp and other medical problems Onwentsia Country Club: Exclusive country club founded by past scions of the booming Chicago business scene, and site of a charity ball and chase scene that contributes to the success of the sting EA_Nichols_PreWorkshopAssignment.docx
  2. Greetings -- Below is my submission for Assignments 1-7 for the upcoming workshop in St. Augustine. All comments most welcome. I also attached the same as a Word document (docx). Looking forward to meeting fellow writers and learning a lot soon. Cheers, Elizabeth Elizabeth Nichols Pre-Workshop Assignments Assignment 1. Write your story statement Cary Michael is a successful Internet entrepreneur and mathematician. When Cary’s father dies, she is delighted when her historically unreliable younger brother Tripp, who lives near their parents, eagerly volunteers to care for her 85-year-old helpless widowed mother. Seven years later, Cary discovers that Tripp has stolen all of her mom’s money — over three million dollars. Cary is consumed with fear for her beloved mom’s welfare and with guilt for letting this happen. She vows to save her mom, recover the family fortune, and bring Tripp down. First, Cary plays it straight. But Tripp is defiant. The police and FBI won't prosecute. The civil courts yield fake justice. And appeals to charity help but fall short. Then Cary learns that Tripp is sitting on a secret stash of bitcoin worth over ten million dollars. She puts together an off-beat group of geniuses including two teenage cryptocurrency whiz kids, former FBI and IRS agents, and a few Chicago-style magicians. Together they set up an elaborate sting. But things don’t run smoothly. Bitcoin exchanges are flaky. People lie. And their entire plan is probably illegal. Assignment 2. In 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, and the ways they react to the world about them. Primary antagonist: Cary’s psychopathic younger brother Tripp Secondary antagonists: Tripp’s hideous wife Bea and incompetent son Chase. Cook County Courts Illinois States Attorney Primary antagonistic force: Greed. Secondary antagonistic forces: Flawed US justice system Politics Tripp’s goal: To acquire material assets and appear to be as successful as the other men in his family Tripp is his father’s only son and bears his name – Henry Stewart Cromarty III. From early childhood, Tripp has been a constant disappointment – from setting a neighbor’s house on fire when he was three years old, to shop lifting, to failures at school, to personal bankruptcy, and ultimately to financially and physically abusing his vulnerable mother. Tripp has never stopped depending upon his parents to bail him out of trouble. Notwithstanding these flaws, he remains his mother’s favorite child. Tripp lives minutes away from his mother. Cary lives in Virginia, preoccupied with her life there. After his father’s death, Tripp has unfettered access to his mother’s money which he steals. None of Tripp’s failings are his fault. In his mind, he is the victim. He has no conscience about the damage he has inflicted, nor does he feel any desire or responsibility to make amends. Tripp proves to be a worthy adversary, when Cary fights him for restitution and revenge. (200 words) Assignment 3. Create a breakout title (list several options, not more than three, and revisit to edit as needed). • Bitcoin Trust • Get Tripp • Tripped Assignment 4. Develop two smart comparables for your novel. This is a good opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen genre. Who compares to you? And why? Genre/SubGenre: Suspense/Techno Bitcoin and baby boomers: Like big con movies, “Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, 8” and “Sting” but with intra-family dynamics and bitcoin (instead of old crime buddies and gold bullion) Like Janet Evanovich/Lee Goldberg Fox and O’Hare Series books – big cons and stings plus father-daughter family dynamics but no bitcoin. “Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich – involves bitcoin, family dynamics, betrayal and redemption, but no big con or sting “Bitcoin Clowns: A Novel” by Vann Chow (Appears to have been self-published, 2019) – cryptocurrency crime fiction inspired by true stories • Intra-Family struggles + Sandwich generation challenges “Heaven’s a Lie” by Wallace Stroby, Mulholland Books (April 2021) – Lacking baby boomers and bitcoin, but shares family, financial pressures, and illegal temptations Assignment 5. Write your own hook line (logline) with conflict and core wound following the format above. Though you may not have one now, keep in mind this is a great developmental tool. In other words, you best begin focusing on this if you're serious about commercial publication. Devoted daughter leads a gang of baby boomers in a sting to capture bitcoin, save her mom, and bring down her despicable brother. (23 words) Baby boomers conduct a bitcoin sting to avenge wronged mother. (10 words) Assignment 6. Sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have. Why will they feel in turmoil? Conflicted? Anxious? Sketch out one hypothetical scenario in the story wherein this would be the case--consider the trigger and the reaction. Inner conflict: The protagonist Cary feels guilty because she could have prevented her brother from looting her mother’s trusts, if only she had paid more attention. Also, she is terrified that she will go broke supporting her destitute mother, and thirsty for revenge against her unrepentant brother Secondary conflicts: Cary turns to the US justice system for help and fails. Out of disappointment and desperation, she resorts to an illegal option – namely a sting operation that can exact both restoration and revenge. Unfortunately, the scheme also risks exposing her teammates to criminal liability. Cary’s extended family: Her mother is distraught that her two children Cary and Tripp are fighting. Other family members take sides creating permanent rifts between spouses, cousins, aunts and uncles. Assignment 7. Sketch out your setting in detail. What makes it interesting enough, scene by scene, to allow for uniqueness and cinema in your narrative and story? Primary settings: Lake Forest, Illinois: A very wealthy bedroom community north of Chicago, Illinois, unfortunately located within the jurisdiction of the infamous Cook County courts. Tripp’s McMansion – Ridiculous, over-the-top features built with no consideration of cost, time, or egregious budget busting overruns. Note: The definition of McMansion = a large ostentatious house lacking in architectural integrity Kensington Place – An upscale lifecare community with all the amenities needed to grow old with grace – except protection against greedy family members The Chicago Magic Lounge: An award-winning speakeasy Chicago-style magic bar, theater, and lounge located in the Andersonville section of Chicago, Illinois, offering exotic craft cocktails (e.g. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, ‘How Houdini Died’, ‘Sleight of Hand’ and more) plus small plates along with up-close, table side performances of some of the best working magicians of the day. Additionally, CML is equipped with a comprehensive, high-tech security system, making it perfect as the site of the bitcoin trust sting. Secondary Settings: Various Chicago Landmark Buildings: Law offices and court rooms where settlement conferences, depositions, and a trial take place Various parks and beaches on Lake Michigan: Where Cary goes to find peace, reminisce, and think Lake Forest Police Station: Where Cary works with police on criminal investigations Hospital Emergency Room: Where Cary’s mother is treated for suspected physical abuse at the hands of Tripp and other medical problems Onwentsia Country Club: Exclusive country club founded by past scions of the booming Chicago business scene and site of a charity ball and chase scene that contributes to the success of the sting EA_Nichols_PreWorkshopAssignment.docx
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