I can see a book working from two perspectives. A Lab tech who has to clean up and take care of patient zero. A detainee/refugee/resident type who is involved with the inner workings of the St. Theresa " civilian" leadership that would grow from the discontent of living in basic squalor that could only happen when too many people crowd a .gov shelter.
One sees the flu and its development even before the lead researchers/doctors. This person sees the interaction with the government agencies who may have started the whole thing. They see the beginnings of a cover up and then are there when things go very badly. It started as a case of the flu. One person with a certain gene set it all in motion when they got sick. Who did this person have contact with? Are they all sick? Some people are real bad. They attacked others. Now they're fenced off from the rest. They just stand around and moan. if anyone goes near them they try to grab them and bite at them. "What have we done?" "I've got to get out of here."
The other sees his friends and family run to the government for help. At first it appears that the camp is clean and sterile. They have chores initially and stay busy. There is food and clean clothing. Then more and more infected begin to show up. People begin to be herded to different areas based on their level of exposure. They are no longer in family groups. They are no longer allowed freedom of movement, no more jobs. Notes are passed back and forth between family and friends. Soon "Malcontents" begin to make noise and complain. They want to leave but they aren't allowed, "For their Own Safety." The government is willing to keep people in place by using force. Alliances are formed. Crimes are committed and go unpunished. The camp that was once a sterile clean place is now seperated by fences and razor wire. Water and food are trucked in and in short supply. If you complain you might just disappear. "Did Jake and his friends make it out last night?" "If not, where are they?"
Maybe these two meet up when the SHTF. They bail and run for safety together. Then they get to tell eachother their stories. Only one of them survives. The other is set upon out of nowhere. Were they able to tell the other all of the information they wanted to get out? Does it even matter?
Would defo want to read this!!
I like the Researcher idea. Starts off as the mastermind but then grows a concience when he realises or forsees how the virus is evolving. He can't really bail out on the experiments/research as it's government and if they catch wind that he's looking to bring it down then he'll likely be killed so he's trying to leak info via letters to perhaps another researcher in London? Perhaps his Ex-wife who he used to work with? (thinking out-break relationship)...
Would love to know more about patient zero... also the (Ex-wife or friend in London) may be a way of leaking the info into Europe and why some agencies were seemingly prepared...
I dunno... but you have my support.
This sounds like a great idea. The patient zero and origins of Camp St. Teresa are great ideas. There are so many ways it could all go. Not seen that Contagion film yet but that looks like it covers some similar territory insofar as it illustrates an epidemic of some sorts. Not got any zombies in it though has it?
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Maybe the publishers will pay for a trip to Blighty?
LOL.. I won't hold my breath!
LZ convention is a must once docu is done! i've said this before and i'll say it again, organise it in New Orleans! Origin of the US zombie lol... The real "city that doesn't sleep" lol....
Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm thinking I'll setup a page or blog of some type that will allow me to document my progress and which will allow you guys to make recommendations along the way. I may post excerpts as I write. I'm using NANWRIMO as an excuse to get started but also because I love the concept of NANWRIMO and it feels DIY in the same way LZ feels DIY. Not sure if that makes any sense at all.... Regardless, I'll be writing the story in 30 days beginning November 1st.
A few other thoughts I'm exploring:
1. The story will be told from the perspective of the main character but may include documents he/she finds. For example medical reports from the testing facility. If you have ideas on documents or found items that should show up in the book, I'd love to hear them.
2. I'm thinking of having the timeline of the story follow the NANWRIMO timeline. Example, for each of the 30 days of writing I will create a single entry that represents a day's time in the story... I need to consider if this will allow me to cover all the plot points I hope to cover. Coincidently, November is the month in the LZ timeline where the outbreak occurs. It seems fitting to write a novel in November which is about the 30 days of November in our timeline.
on point 1 - Defo! HAving 3rd party documents will add depth to the story. I think i sent you a document for the LZ submissions whcih described some experiments on barbary apes... if you want to use it please feel free, you can adapt it and twist it or simply just draw bits or ideas from it... it's yours if it's useful for your purposes... if you'd like me to forward it again to you just say the word.
On point 2... Remember you don't HAVE to cover ALL the plot points.. or all the plot points in perfect detail.. sometimes less is more. The daily entry idea is cool!
Good luck with the story!