Time: Modern day.
Setting: Anycity, Anystate, USA
This is for an RP, not a story, but this is an awesome community and I was hoping someone could help me with this character. He is, tentatively, a 17-year-old male who lives with his grandfather and a year or two ago had the bad luck of contracting an arbovirus, which led to encephalitis, which led to some brain damage.
I want him to have a hard time forming new memories without getting rid of that completely -- like a mild sort of anterograde amnesia -- but I'm not sure if what I have in mind is reasonable.
Could his ability to form long-term memories be hit or miss? That is, he might meet persons B and C under the same circumstances, and remember B after talking to them once but not remember C until talking to them for, say, the second or third time when that particular memory happened to 'stick'?
I've read different things about short-term memory, but most sources have it as lasting in seconds, not usually even minutes. While I want to damage his long-term memory, I'd prefer it if he didn't have to rely on short-term memory entirely. Is it possible for long-term memories to be formed but lost relatively quickly? Could he remember something for a few hours, giving him plenty of time to write things down, before forgetting?
Alternatively, could he have little trouble forming long-term memories, but be unable to retrieve most of them?
Would this absolutely, no-buts-about-it, keep someone from being a journalist? What sort of jobs could this sort of person do?
Would it be possible for him to go to school, or should he be homeschooled?
If this doesn't work at all, it's not a huge deal, but I'm hopeful... Sorry for so many questions!