A sort-of summary

October 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m just so happy to have come up with a summary I just have to share. It’s still rough but it’s something.

The scattered communities of people living in the former Americas are living on borrowed time; a combination of commercial farming and biological warfare has rendered the soil infertile. The only food left is the kind that comes in a can.

Aran and Isac, two brothers who have lived their entire lives in this hostile environment, are scavengers for their community who are willing to find this food. The risk is great; they must face dangerously unstable architecture, unforgiving weather systems, and the ever present threat of attack by other scavengers and survivors. All the while they know that as soon as the last of the food is gone, their time is up.

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First thoughts on Nanowrimo 2008

May 23, 2008 § 7 Comments

I’m going to try and do it again this year. I started re-reading my 2007 novel (which I still haven’t finished, although I know the ending). I really liked my earlier stuff, but I can definitely tell when I started to panic and put in stuff just to fill the empty spaces.

I also learned halfway through the month that vampires are some of the lamest monsters out there. I was annoyed with them even as I wrote them. Plus it’s embarassing when I’m asked what kind of novel I wrote, to have to say “It’s a vampire novel”, and then get those looks. You know the ones.

My 2008 novel will be entirely devoid of vampires, I’m happy to say. What will be in it? That’s a little hazier. My stories are built around the characters that are in them, and hopefully some kind of plot forms around that. I’ve had a couple of ideas bopping around in my head.

The strongest idea so far involves this tagline (it sounds like it came straight from Ellery Queen, but this is my rough beginning sketch).

Emelina/Emalina/Imolina/Imalina (haven’t figured out the spelling of the name yet) as an aging private detective looking to get out of the business with all her limbs intact, although the last case she takes before retirement proves to be anything but simple.

I’ve always been a fan of feisty old ladies, and so why not write one for myself? I can’t bring myself to leave the fantasy/alternate reality/scifi genre yet, so there will be some kind of magic or futuristic stuff involved. Because as a friend said: everything’s better in space!

New Plan

October 15, 2007 § Leave a comment

I’m having a thought. Not sure if I’ll actually run with it yet.

I’m thinking of changing my story. I’m considering this move because I’m not sure I can run with my current one for 50,000 words. I have rounded out my side characters, but my MC is baffling me. He’s completely blank, and I can’t seem to give him a personality no matter how hard I try. I think that is what tripped me up last year (besides the fact that I only had a rudimentary idea of what my story would be). My main character had no distinct personality.

My friends and I had this story-based RPG going for a few years, and during that time I developed a pretty complex character, although much of that was not involved directly in the plotline of the game. And then I made another one. So now there’s a new story brewing in my head, one that gets me very excited.

I have never been a fan of vampire novels, although when I think about it, I’ve read quite a few of them. I almost always walk away thinking: I could do so much better. Well, here’s a chance to put my money where my mouth is and try to write this ‘better novel’ for Nano.

A detective who specializes in profiling vampires tries to track down the one who murdered her sister 20 years ago.

or

A young atypical vampire tries to make a niche for herself in a city of hostile peers while trying to come to terms with a life she thought she left behind.

God, it sounds so lame when I write it, but it has possibilities. I’m debating whether I want to have it be just from the POV of the detective or also her sister, who is a vampire (oh no, I just ruined the surprise twist!). Or maybe entirely from the sister’s point of view, since the vampire was my original RP character. This requires more coffee and thought…

Snowflake: Step 1

October 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

The first step of the snowflake method is to summarize the story in about 15 words. I managed to get it down to exactly that.

“A young man hears voices drawing him into a world which may not be real.”

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