My idea is to use the story about my uncle that I shared with everyone a couple weeks ago as a base for my story, but to incorporate additional details and events that did not actually happen. The story will start in a similar fashion but will then become more interesting and, most likely, less realistic and more fantastic as it progresses.
Chris (change the name) lives in Brussels (possibly change the town too) with his girlfriend, Elana, and Elana's son, Braden. Elana and Chris are very happy together and often do not argue, unless one particularly touchy subject-Elana's desire to get married and Chris' refusal to do so-comes up. However, the comfort of their too-good-to-be-true relationship comes to a sudden halt when Chris suffers a heart attack during what was meant to be a pleasant afternoon walk with Elana. Revived by two men who fortunately happen to be walking by, Chris goes into a coma; doctors say there is no telling how long it will take for him to wake up, or if he even will wake up at all. Elana and Chris' family remain supportive as long as they can.
Three years later, he wakes up. His family and Elana, who have grown tired and lost hope by this point, are overwhelmed with mixed emotions. They have moved on with their lives. Elana is married to Benjamin, a wealthy business man who makes up for the limited amount of time and attention he gives Elana by buying her expensive things and assuring her that he will soon be able to spend more time with her and less time working. His family has, for the most part, lost hope and adjusted to life without Chris. On the other hand, they are thrilled to have Chris back, but do they really have Chris back?
Not only is Chris's life very different than it was when he left it, but also Chris himself is a completely changed man. He cannot remember anything; his own name, where he lives, the book he was writing, who is friends and family are, and all other aspects of his life have completely left him. The only thing he remembers is that he loves and wants to spend the rest of his life with Elana. No one really knows how to deal with the situation, but they can no longer just ignore reality and push aside Chris's current state of being. He is now alive and well, a man with no past.
That's as far as I have gotten at this point. I'm not exactly sure how I want the story to end, but I'm brainstorming and am, of course, open to suggestions.
1. Hypertext: I think I could really add depth and power to this story with the use of links, like in Tom's story, Chip in my Head. I would like to put characters' thoughts and opinions, which they don't feel comfortable expressing openly to others, in the links. They would serve sort of as journal entries, a way inside their head. I am not yet sure who the narrator will be. I'm also debating whether I'd only use the links for one person's thoughts (such as Elana) or if I will include those of all of the characters.
2. Oral History: I think hearing the emotion of a human voice would be beneficial to this story, which inspires me to tell it as an oral history. However, because time elapses and various events take place while Chris is in a coma, and I think it would be tough to verbally explain all of these occurrences, I am not sure about this form. What I am thinking, as I write this and get my ideas out, is that I'd like to include some links in my written story that link to an audio track. Instead of only reading the "journal entries" of the characters, the reader will be able to hear a character's reflections on a particularly significant part. For example, when Chris wakes up, I'd like to include an brief oral history from Elana about what she felt when she first found out.
3. Graphic Novel: I am incredibly hesitant to tackle this form and use it for this project because I do not consider myself very graphically talented. I prefer to utilize text, sounds, and possibly clip art. However, I have a hard time completely setting aside this option as I have really enjoyed ABC and other graphic novels that I have perused recently.