This is a more expanded outline - the second version - of my NaNo novel for 2016
|I. Phin realizes Moseley’s condition will continue to get worse. He has fashioned mechanical leg wraps for him that will help him walk for now, but they are not superior and Moseley will need more.
There is a fairly good sized gap here. Phin will not turn from a “good guy” to a “bad guy” overnight. It will be a struggle for him. He will still be making toys for Moseley at this point. Of course, he has dabbled in other, more important things. He wants Moseley to see the sun. He wants that more than anything. Phin was a ward of the state from an early age, but he remembered his father talking about the sun. His father was usually drunk, so he took this with a grain of salt. He did not think it was true, but he dreamed about it as a boy, as he laid in a room full of other kids who, like himself, had been abandoned.
When Phin starts to see the power of the things he is now inventing, he starts to feel more powerful and believes that he can affect change in Capercairn.
II. Zenith talks Phin into joining The Alliance. Phin agrees to at least check it out and see how it can help him.
III. Phin decides to help The Alliance by making clockwork minions that can help to infiltrate The State headquarters.
IV. Phin winds up in prison when the minions are tracked back to him. He says they were a child’s toy that ran amuck and pleads uneducated in such matters. Phin will be released as quickly as he was apprehended. He does not understand why, but when he gets out, he realizes he is being followed. He brushes it off as being paranoid. In reality, someone from the State has been charged with following him and finding out what he is up to.
V. Phin decides he must leave his family and help the Alliance. This is his big internal conflict - but he is now under tight scrutiny.
When he leaves is when Moseley’s expertise as a tinker really comes through. He starts to work on another part of his father’s invention - but Phin does not know this until he shows up at The Alliance hide-out/tavern near the edge of town by the mountains.
VI. Phin continues to work on his weather controller, but eventually, before he thinks it’s ready, he is imprisoned again for treason. This will be the turning point of the novel. This is when it starts to get “real”, as they say.
VII. The Alliance, including Phin’s brother Zenith, and Moseley and some of his friends, come to break Phin out of prison in the midst of a riot. They actually break out several Alliance members. It is time to put their plan into action. They plan to rise up against the State. This is the first time the Phin will see Moseley and his friends dressed in Alliance attire. He can’t help but feel pride in seeing his son like this.
VIII. Tensions between The Alliance and The State are at an all-time high. Moseley refuses to go home and intends to help, with his friends - Zenith puts them to work. This is wrong with the new storyline. When Phin gets out of prison, it is full-blown war. Moseley and his friends are already entrenched. Although Phin wants him to do, he knows his son will stand right by his side.
IX. Ana, Phin’s wife is left alone. He worries greatly for her and tries to get home to see her. He is again apprehended.I’m not sure if he will get apprehended again or not. It will depend on how many “impossible” situations he has already gotten himself out of at this point. If he has been in too many already, I will skip this one. But, nonetheless, he will have to go fairly deep into State property to retrieve Ana. He will risk great danger to do this. But he needs Ana by his side.
X. Phin is saved again by The Alliance. He must now put his weather controller to the ultimate test. Whether he gets in trouble and detained again by the State, his weather controller will be undergoing the ultimate test. The Alliance forces have been attacking the state, but they will soon be overtaken without help. This is where the weather controller will come in. Phin does not know how much his machine can take - but he also does not know how much Moseley has done to the machine while he has been away. Somehow Mose has enhanced the power to get the controller to where it needs to be to be effective.
XI. Ultimately, his weather controller will quash The State to a point where The Alliance can take over and the people will be free of the empirical rule.