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 Post subject: Seven assignments
PostPosted: 17 Mar 2015, 20:26 

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Story Statement
A small Colorado town is doomed to be flooded unless Vivian Hartley, with the help of a ghost, can rebuild her bungalow. When their efforts are sabotaged, she discovers a link to her own shrouded past.

The Antagonist Force
The governor of Colorado wants to flood the town of Silver Lake to build a reservoir. Vivian, with her building knowledge, and through the proddings of a ghost, must rebuild the bungalow and prove its historical significance before the State of Colorado declares eminent domain.
Jack, Vivian’s son-in-law, is leading his team to move quickly to pass the eminent domain action before Vivian proves historical significance and restores the bungalow.
A fire nearly destroys the bungalow. Vivian and the people of Silver Lake hope they can repair the fire damage in time.

Breakout title: Rebuilding

The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook where sense of place, ancestral influence, and discoveries are similar.
Annie Proulx—her sense of setting as character.
Anne Tyler—her characters are less than perfect.

Primary Conflict
A small Colorado town is doomed to be flooded unless Vivian Hartley, with the help of a ghost, can rebuild her bungalow.

Other Matters of Conflict
Inner Conflict. Vivian, a widow of five years, was first oppressed by an overbearing husband, and now lives with her daughter and son-in-law. The son-in-law’s nature duplicates that of her husband. Tragedies in Vivian’s life have caused her to become submissive and victimized. A love affair when she was 15 caused her grandfather to suffer a stroke. He brother’s heroin addiction resulted in his death when Vivian couldn’t save him. When she discovers the bungalow, she finds an inner strength and power she forgot she possessed.
Secondary conflict. Vivian’s new friends and possible lover in Silver Lake contrast drastically with her daughter and son-in-law, and her bridge club old lady friends in Denver. As Vivian grows, she becomes more comfortable with the Silver Lake people, and less so with her Denver. But can she re-make a relationship with her daughter?

The small town of Silver Lake is set at the base of a major mountain pass in Colorado. Silver Lake in the 1920’s was the end of the track for a major railroad that carried the aristocrats from Denver to weekends of dancing and frivolity. The Silver Lake Lodge was owned and run by the charming Sylvia Thompson, nicknamed “Silver Spurs.”
In its heyday Silver Lake Lodge’s show girls entertained Railroad barons and benefactors of silver mining. The Lodge was far enough away from the big city to get away with serving illegal alcohol, at least for a while.
After the Lodge was burned in 1929 by Women’s Christian Temperance League, the ghost of Silver Spurs was seen walking the grave yard, trying to attend to the victims of the fire. It became a ghost town which Vivian visited when she was a child.
The fine hotels and crisp mountain air began to attract a new generation of folks who settled in and began to restore the town.
The valley where Silver Lake sat came to the attention of the governor in the 90’s. Sport enthusiast he was, he saw great potential in making the valley a reservoir to bring in a recreation area for Coloradoans and tourists, infusing the state with much needed income. The sleepy ghost town of Silver Lake would be a minor casualty in the boom to come.

 Post subject: Re: Seven assignments
PostPosted: 08 Jan 2018, 11:04 

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 Post subject: Re: Seven assignments
PostPosted: 09 Jan 2018, 13:37 

Joined: 09 Jan 2018, 13:35
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