gridlore: Old manual typewriter with a blank sheet of paper inserted. (Writing)
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The novel I failed at last year is returning, only this time I'm actually planning things in advance.

For each character I'm writing a short description and synopsis of what their motivation is. I'm also going to be creating an "action grid" of sorts; so I can place each character and the two MacGuffins in each chapter. I'll be color-coding for main plot, background action, and things that happen off-stage but are important. This is going to be sort of a SF Noir thriller, so I'm going to be juggling several threads. I'll probably flowchart the plot as well.

No, here's a question. The plot concerns a plot by a corrupt corporation to turn over several dozen genetic samples to a rather nasty culture that has done bad things with genetic engineering. The bad guys want these samples to gain an edge in the constant internal feuding over who is the best. One faction gaining control and building better monsters means an eventual war. So our heroes need to infiltrate the site of the meeting, play a con game to become part of the bidding, and replace the actual samples with flawed ones. Stealing the payoff is a bonus.

So how big would a container holding say sixty isolated DNA samples be? Assume the need to keep them stable outside a lab for at least four days. Gym bag? Large dufflebag?

Date: 14 Oct 2016 08:05 (UTC)
nodrog: the Comedian (Comedian)
From: [personal profile] nodrog


More like an old-fashioned school lunchbox.  As [livejournal.com profile] bkwrrm_tx said, test tubes - but sized and shaped more like halogen desk-lamp bulbs.

[Plot twist - what if the case IS, say, a vintage Bonanza or Six Million Dollar Man lunchbox?  It's an animé touch.]

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