Friday, September 15, 2006
Guess the Plot
1. Cosmetics magnate Henrietta Plugwell invents permanent eyeliner in 1960. But the following decades throw her into turmoil as fashions change, until a weeping Tammy Faye gives her the key to dissolving her invention - tears.
2. Terminally ill Sophie Pucker finds romance and danger aboard the state-of-the-art cruise liner/hospital ship/floating organ bank, Lifeliner.
3. Judy is the world's first "lifeliner," a person who can never eat. She helps organize other lifeliners, and throws barbecues for them.
4. Tracey gets a job at the local Goodwill, where she's slowly going out of her mind selling used up clothes to even more used up people--until she meets Jason, a destitute junkie who sets her heart on fire.
5. Make-up artist Fanny Rogers goes on a road trip to find her long-lost father, trailed by an ex-boyfriend and a midget vampire. Along the way she meets kooky characters, and learns to appreciate what she has, instead of pining for what she can't have.
6. Cordelia Brumpt has made a killing on Jeopardy - but will she know how to get all the way through Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
No guts. The surgeons had cut out the gangrenous intestines, exposing the young mother to starvation. With her husband devastated at the news, her children bewildered, Judy Ellis Taylor drew on her courage and determined to live. Her new physician, a brash young immigrant, agreed to champion her cause. Dr. Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy (Jeej) dared to keep her alive by using an untried technique of artificial feeding, called "Total Parenteral Nutrition" or TPN. And then he taught her how to use it herself. With these new skills, Judy embarked on a new and active life. [As a brash young immigrant physician.]
Judy was the first person in the world to live without ever eating one morsel of food. [Ever?] And Jeej was the Canadian physician who made it happen. Like Banting and Best before them, this pioneering duo made medical history. As time went on, Judy and Jeej continued to make firsts: her willingness to be a guinea pig helped him discover the role various nutrients, like chromium and zinc, play in the human body. One Christmas she gave him JJ, a substitute guinea pig to work on while she took a break. [Not clear what that means. Who is JJ, and how can she give JJ to Jeej?] [It sounds like JJ's their child, but their child wouldn't be a guinea pig. Maybe JJ's an actual guinea pig.] [Here's another first: two characters with six letters total in their names, and four of them are "J"s.] Her warm spirit helped others accept TPN into their lives. Called "Lifeliners," they relied on Judy to help them through severe infections or to organize them to fight for their health rights. In Bobcaygeon, [Ontario, (for those few of your readers who never heard of it, and wonder if Bobcaygeon is a spiritual state you enter when you haven't eaten in six years, and the neighbors have chicken on the outdoor grill.] she helped bereaved neighbours work through their grief and led the town's children in 4-H. She held barbecues for her doctors, nurses, and fellow Lifeliners every year. [Did she have no compassion? Did she truly believe her fellow lifeliners wanted to sit around watching other people eat ribs?] And every evening, she cooked dinner for her entire family, even though she could not touch a morsel. The Oley Foundation in the US recognized Judy's courage many years later by awarding her the first LifelineLetter Award, named after all those who live on TPN, their lifeline.
"Lifeliner" will comfort those experiencing TPN for the first time, whether they have cancer, AIDS, or bowel disease, and inspire the rest of us around the globe, as we face our own challenges.
I would be happy to send sample chapters or the full manuscript for your consideration. Thank you for your time.
The main problem here is that the reader isn't sure whether this is a biography or a novel or a nonfiction book about TPN. The first paragraph sounds like fiction, then it could be fiction or nonfiction, then you get to the Oley Foundation, and it becomes nonfiction. If it's all true, I'd mention that up front. Or at least somewhere.