I also promised to reveal details of my recently commenced WIP before week's end. My week starts on Monday.
So this is me letting the fizz out of the bottle. I'm not sure why this makes me so nervous; maybe it's my suspicious nature; maybe I possess a heightened fear of oversharing. Maybe my brain is mis-firing (wouldn't be the first time!).
Regardless, I think getting a few of these preliminary thoughts out is a good idea, even if it does feel like it goes against the grain.
My WIP is called "First Man (working title)" and takes place in a fictional district of Baghdad in 2005. Here's my elevator pitch:
It's 2005. Staff Sergeant James Carlson and his men are losing a vicious war in the streets of Baghdad. As summer wears on, Carlson begins to wonder how to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. Then Michael Sedo, a young Private with the ability to ___________________, joins the fighting. With Sedo onboard, can Carlson turn the tide of battle, or will Sedo's strange ability tear Carlson's unit apart?On advice of counsel, I am not at this moment going to reveal Sedo's ability. It's sort of the special sauce, and revealing that truly does feel like giving away the keys to the kingdom.
In the interest of full disclosure, here's the beginning of the text--still rough, mind you:
First Man (working title)
(c) 2010 Jon Paul
RULE NUMBER ONE: If you're the first man through the door and you spot a chucklehead with a weapon: take 'em out. Shoot first, ask questions later. Literally. You may not like it, but that's the rule.
Say you bust through that door and you find some Hajji standing there gawking at you, but there’s an assault rifle or nine-mil within reach: pull the trigger. It doesn't matter who they are--Grandma, Goldilocks, Mama Bear, or Papa Bear. The quicker you pull the trigger, the less chance they have to get a shot off and the less chance they have to take out you or your squadmate. Shoot first, ask questions later. Anything else and you're not doing your job.
Any thoughts on the pitch or the prologue? Let's have some fun with this while we're at it: any guesses on what Sedo's ability is?