I’m a Kansas native and graduate of Yale University. A story of mine, Motown Mojo, appeared as a prizewinner in the 2009 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology. I am the father of 7- and 5-year-old daughters, and walk our 120-pound Newfoundland for an hour each morning.
Descripción del libro
Blackquest 40 is a the story of a San Francisco office turned upside-down by armed gateposts, phone seizures, and a mandate to build a staggeringly complex piece of software in 40 uninterrupted hours. The CFO describes the training exercise as, “the pinnacle of corporate readiness.”
DEB BOLLINGER has another word for it: lame. An ex-Google hotshot, Deb has zero interest in sleepovers with her intolerably straight/male/white coworkers, and is annoyed when a data block upends her beloved side-project carebnb, an app matching homeless people with spare beds. When she bolts to troubleshoot with a beta user, a guard physically restrains her.
Deb is dragged back inside. Nobody, for any reason, leaves the office before the 40-hour window expires. Before the software is built.
Livid, and convinced now the project is no exercise, Deb investigates. She breaks into a van marked ELITE DEVELOPMENT and finds documents tying the training firm to Russia. An Elite thug discovers her. When he dies in the ensuing struggle, Deb stuffs the body in a dumpster and returns to her cube as though nothing is amiss.
With Elite brandishing “extreme motivational techniques”—revoked options, forced amphetamine injections—Deb must keep the mysterious project on track while pursuing the truth. As menacing details emerge, she and quadcopter-drone RAVEN flee to the HVAC ducts: the employees’ best hope to reach the outside world and avert catastrophe.
Público al que se apunta
Fans of thrillers like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Circle, movies like Die Hard.
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Diseño de inspiración
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Atributos de estilo
Necesidades de diseño
I am open to be blown away by any design at all. That said, my initial thought (disclaimer: I am no artist) was to have a dark, 7 or 8-story office building--very black--with a single lighted window, and the simple yellow silhouette of my blonde-spiky haired protagonist Deb. Possibly with the San Francisco skyline in background. Possibly with her drone flying close by. (The book is Die Hard at a software company; in one scene, Deb busts her drone out an upper window in order to broadcast an SOS.) That is merely a jumping-off point, though.
For those trying to include an image of the protagonist, I have added a few stock photos that approximate Deb's look.
Please note that in the final design, the building will need to be somewhere between 6 and 9 or 10 stories high. (The bad guys need to seal off the entire building, which wouldn't be possible with a skyscraper.) I am fine choosing designs with skyscrapers in the first part of the contest and reworking them with the same basic feel to fit this requirement in the final round.
Lo que debe evitarse
Again, I'm open to anything. Please feel free to message me with any questions, clarifications, or brainstormed ideas if you'd like feedback before diving down a particular avenue.