There would be a number of characters I'd follow in this novel. Curtis Stanford is my main character. Curtis's neighbor, the pixie-faced twelve-year-old wise-ass Everett Knapp, would be an important character. Then there's David Cooper, his wife Jessica, and their baby Liam. And I think I'd bring Curtis's mother Linda and sister Crystal into it. I'd delve a bit into Curtis's childhood, but most of the story would take place in the present when Curtis is in his late twenties. I'm getting more and more interested in taking on this project.
On a different note, I'm currently reading and loving Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. I'm also reading Touched by Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison. I'm enjoying this one, too, and relate to it quite easily. Reading pieces of work that other artistic people with bipolar disorder have written makes me feel less alone and more understood. It's also a little scary... the way the feelings among those of us with bipolar disorder are so similar, and often so horrible.