Hi everyone, and welcome to Teviya's awesome progress thread for the first book in what will hopefully become a series: The Nanny Files: OPERATION- Whiteout! (It's a working title-- if anyone has any suggestions for better titles over the course of this thread, please toss 'em out!) I'm currently planning/plotting/researching right now, but I did have maybe a couple hundred or so words written before I decided that I didn't like them and deleted them. I have a basic beginning-to-end outline, but I'm also doing a chapter-by-chapter outline, because I have a lot things happening that require knowing the precise time and date of the event, and it's easier to keep track of individual events if I plan them out beforehand. The basic premise of The Nanny Files is that there is a highly specialized and somewhat covert close protection agency that provides protection for children by pairing them with a young adult "nanny". These nannies are highly trained in all aspects of close protection, as well as in child development, psychology, and education. They protect the children of world leaders, Fortune 500 Company leaders, and diplomats, as well as underage criminal trial witnesses, child actors and recording artists, and children in dangerous circumstances. Every so often, they will assist government agencies in various covert operations by going undercover in situations where their typical agents wouldn't be considered suitable. OPERATION- Whiteout follows one agent as she goes through training and her first assignment, protecting a little boy who is being stalked after witnessing a serial killer in the act. I've been playing with this idea for almost a year now, but have only recently really started getting things down on "paper" (or computer screen!). It's my first original work in years-- previously I'd been writing mostly fan fiction, which is much less work. I want to get my planning/plotting/research done by May 31st, 2015, and a rough draft completed by June 1st, 2016. I'd say sooner, but I'm also working on a degree, and that has to come first. Wish me luck!