Ok! I will be the first to share this year's NaNo plot.
First, let me give a bit of background info:
This is actually a story I've been working on for almost three years now. In other words, it's very well thought out, since I've had so much time to work on it. I have the entire story plotted out from nearly beginning to end, though I'm still not sure exactly WHERE to begin the thing. Which day, which event, where? Why? Etc.
Anyway. Now for status.
[Working] Title: Eternal Calls the Wind
Word count: As of now, zero
Page count: Same
Plot: Rhysawit Makye was raised motherless and very poor, and without much hope for a bright future, if any. He is frustrated with his difficult life, one in which the coming of every tomorrow is questionable. In desperation, he flees his small world of a shrouded, personal village into a vast new world full of strange cities, beings, and cultures. Having been an odd-duck bookworm type in his hometown, Rhys takes up studying these new cultures and eventually becomes a bard. Along the way, he meets an eccentric half-elf named Josc who both intimidates and fascinates Rhys. They befriend one another and travel together, but durng their time together, Rhys discovers that Josc has many secrets, some centuries old, others as fresh as yesterday.
Josc's secrets pursue him in the form of mercenaries, strange creatures who stalk at the edge of shadow, and other surprises. Rhys becomes caught up in this world, and after discovering there is a political/cultural turmoil between Josc and the elven culture due to his impure blood, he vows to help his strange friend to seek peace in his life, as the continent lies on the edge of war. Though numorous diplomatic attempts are made, war eventually happens, and the war symbolically represents many different struggles for different characters and cultures. Both characters are overtaken by this war, though each has his own way of reacting to it--Josc, with an embittered violence and war-mongering, and Rhys with a pacific, scholarly approach.
YES, so that is my plot, and there is actually a lot more to it, but this is my first attempt at really trying to sit down and sum it up in a couple of paragraphs. While the main theme involves political issues, I have smaller themes of love, finding happiness, struggling with prejudice in several forms, and above all, overcoming what "the chains that bind us," so to speak.
Anyone else care to share a plot idea or two? :D