Here are some ideas for events, characters and themes that we can put in the book. This also needs texts (books to find in the library) from you guys connected to these things.
In Book Two: A woman and her partner comes to school when everything is going really bad and the librarian and the kids have just been robbed of their food. Everything looks hopeless and this couple come in with new books and energy and knowledge about growing food and so on.
Text/book suggestion: Something about growing things, a book on flowers and vegetables. Recipes?
Book Two. A captain and (a soldier?) of some military or merchant navy (Norway? Or British?) has been stranded when is ship was sunk of the coast in a storm. Shipwrecked he makes his way to the school, having heard about it from locals who couldn't take him in because they have a hard time taking care of themselves. He/They will be useful in helping the people in the school defend themselves from gangs and so forth. I think it is also a good way of taking up issues about war and so on. This could also create tensions between the Caretaker who sees himself as the defender of the school.
In the end they will all work together anyway so it will be a positive thing.
Text/book suggestion: A book on war, the third world war or something? Maybe not on wars. One thing that is possible is using Joe's Servants in Thought that could work well with the captain and the young boy as the heroes.
Book Two: A construction worker (Polish?) comes to the school at some point and becomes instrumental in building things. The reason for him being foreign is that it is a wa to discuss prejudices.
Text/book suggestion: A History of Organic Architecture? Or something else, a handbook on sustainable buildings would be cool I think...
Book Two: We need a strong female protagonist and I guess it would be natural to have her be a woman the librarian falls in love with. We have talked about this before and I think we agree that she should be very different from him, a sort of negative soul mate. But not in a negative way obviously. The suggestion I think could work really well is that she is someone to whom things happen and that she has travelled a lot to get to the library as opposed to the librarian who never goes and anywhere and who reads bout things. You get the picture. She should come into to the story halfway through the book I think, when they are trying to build something that can function and so that they can survive.
Text/book suggestion: Georgie is looking at this already but anyone with ideas on this character could, or should, have a go at writing about her. She will be very important to the story.
Book Two or Three: When hospitals and doctors will not be as easy to reach people will need ways to cure themselves so maybe there could be some New Age kind of character who comes in and starts growing all these herbs and stuff. A natural medicine and holistic NHS kind of thing. And it could include foreseeing the future and other witchlike things. I think this could be a really funny chapter.
Text/book suggestion: Becky is writing a story about a witch so that could work well here. Thanks for the idea by the way Becky.
The Pseudo City
In Book Three. As you may know, pseudo is a word that means:
pseudo pref. imitation, simulated; faked, false; fictitious, mock
adj. simulated, pretend, seemingly; false, not genuine, mock
So, maybe because of the name of the publisher of the mysterious books being Pseudocity Press (at the moment anyway) they may start to call their community a pseudo city when it starts to work like a small town. I don't know about this so you tell me if that is a good a idea. I'm hardly objective on this matter as something with Pseudocity is what I've called everything I've done for the last two years.
Ok. That were some ideas. If you guys come up with something please go ahead.