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Taxi Adventure

Find the briefcase. Save the company. Win the girl. Before sunrise.

Fasten your seatbelts!

Horacio “Race” Rivera doesn’t want much. He drives a taxi for a quirky company in Phoenix, Arizona, and he likes his job. He’d like to keep driving his taxi, keep studying history, and, oh, yes, marry the owner’s daughter, Tiara Banks. Is that so hard? Of course it is. On the day Race decides to proclaim his love for Tiara to her father, Lucius, someone leaves a briefcase in Race’s taxi. When he goes to return it, however, Race finds it has been lifted from the company lost-and-found. What’s more, Lucius is on thin ice with the company’s new corporate partners, and the last thing he needs is bad publicity. Now, Race has to battle the company’s quirky drivers to find the missing briefcase and get it back to its owner. And even worse, whatever is in the briefcase is driving the owner to become increasingly hostile to get it back. What starts out as a sweet day of love and potential turns into the worst day of Race’s career. He’s got mere hours to straighten out the whole mess. And the clock is ticking…

On deck…

Taxi Adventure began as my 2007 attempt at the 3-Day Novel competition, but it grew larger and more complex than I could complete in that time. Then, life happened, and three days turned into years of development. With my new now After years of development, Taxi Adventure is closing in on publication. has become a good story, but like most other writing projects, it has evolved to be much more elaborate, textured, complicated and nuanced than my original vision. And like practically everything else I have ever done, it has taken much longer to finish than I hoped. Be that as it may, the work is drawing to a close, and I expect to have this released mid-July 2014.

Cover Notes

Maybe the default cover could be selected in the file properties, like #+COVER:

Color schemes

The primary color should be the yellow of Phoenix sunshine, balanced by hues representing morning and evening in a city of adventure.

Maybe this scheme: http://colorschemedesigner.com/#1P31Tw0w0w0w0

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Icon Choices

Roundabout signs

From here: http://www.openclipart.org/search/?query=roundabout

Another: Anonymous_Roadsign_roundabout.png

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Back cover icon ideas for Provocative Press edition

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Synopsis For Writing Group (334 words)

As the sun rises over downtown Phoenix, Horatio “Race” Rivera begins his shift for Taxi Adventure, a new type of taxicab company that specializes in providing customized cars and “taxi tourism”. Race drives a replica of the first taxicab to work the streets of Phoenix, a green cab called the “Magical History Tour Taxi”, and provides guests with special tours and insight into the historical sights of Phoenix. Normally, it is intellectual and upscale. On this morning, however, his first two fares seem homeless and intoxicated. Unfortunately, one of them also leaves a briefcase in the back of his cab, and therein begins the misadventure.

The owner of the briefcase calls Taxi Adventure wanting the briefcase back. Race, a generally honest and hardworking guy, leaves the briefcase at headquarters to be returned, but it disappears before it can be picked up. In the beginning, Race sees this as Somebody Else’s Problem, and he devotes his attention to his clandestine pursuit (and capture) of Tiara Banks, who happens to be the daughter of the the owner of Taxi Adventure. As the day progresses, however, the missing briefcase increasingly becomes Race’s problem, as its owner believes Race is keeping it for himself.

Ultimately, Taxi Adventure follows Race over the course of the longest day of his life. His pursuit of Tiara Banks and the missing briefcase takes him on a crazy joyride around the city, as he tries to figure out which of the oddball drivers at Taxi Adventure has made off with the briefcase. His quest is punctuated with humorous fares, brutal thugs, and a never-ending stream of Creative Commons-licensed music, until at last the light of a new day shines on the broken remains of a twisted real-estate scandal and hundreds of forged signatures. From the start, it is apparent that Race will find the briefcase and resolve the difficulties. The real question all along is whether he can avoid detection in his escapade with the boss’s daughter.