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quote 2015-11-08 08:21
Dead. He was dead.

I gasped, but Marta covered my mouth before I could scream. I recognized the dead man as one of the men who worked with my father in the forests.

But I was not prepared for the face of his attacker, as it settled outside the window it’d just thrown the body through.

I recognized the face of the creature. I knew it all too well, but it didn’t match the harsh look of the body of the thing the face belonged to. A winged creature, a hard shell of skin the color of a cloudy sky. Its eyes were completely dark so that no whites would show. Slim and sharp teeth protruded from its mouth, as it hissed and revealed a long tongue that just barely dipped past its jaw. Long talons on its hands and feet, hard palms set against what was otherwise sagging and wrinkled skin.

So how was it that I recognized this creature when I'd never set eyes on anything like it before?

Because it had the face of my mother.

I'm just a bit over 11,000 words on my NaNo project.


Yeah, this scene's setting up for some problematic things to occur, understatement. Not really a spoiler since it's the set up to where my protagonist will begin her journey.  I'm putting her through the emotional gauntlet in just the first chapter.  


But I'm on a writing roll. I'm actually backtracking a couple of chapters in to add details to the start of the story.


Getting out my pom-poms and cheering everyone else on their writing journeys for NaNo. See you guys in a little while.

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quote 2014-11-28 20:51
Nessie Jacob's Guide to Writing New Adult Tip #7: Bad boys sing and play guitars or drums. They don’t play harpiscords, lutes, tamborines or accordions.

Tip #10: No one goes to classes. And if they do, it's usually to meet the cute guy who works on a project with you or is staring at you with deer eyes from the back corner of the class. You might want to look back at him if the latter happens. Otherwise it would just be creepy to leave him doing that all by himself. People will wonder.

40,759 words on this project so far.  Whew.


And this is officially the weirdest story I've ever written, man.  Parody or not.  I think I've hit a lot of themes in New Adult in this book and done a fair share of parodying certain book series and characters (Jamie McGuire's probably going to wish bad karma on me, but I regret nothing.)


Probably a good sign from a writing desk if you're laughing while penning a narrative, but I think I'll want to go through this anyway a second time to make sure the humor works for what it's showing.  My MC, Nessie, has these bit anecdotes in certain places in the narrative and these just happened to jump out at me randomly.  Some of them I may use, others I may not.

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quote 2014-11-09 03:41
Ahead, I saw a big brick building, just past an active water fountain in the middle of a driving circle. I'd purposefully put driving circles everwhere on this campus in my narrative. Clever way of having a bunch of adrenaline high freshmen (or seniors) getting in their cars, looping around on the empty campus saying “YEAH, FUCKING DRIVING CIRCLE!" when it was at night and barely anyone was on campus. I wasn't thinking “Yeah, bad, bad idea." Driving circles that seem fun to drive around on an empty campus aren't nearly as fun if you’re waiting during the day to get to class. “YEAH, FUCKING DRIVING CIRCLE!” could turn into “DRIVING CIRCLE! FUUUCK!”

But hey, that’s conflict right there.

From my NaNo project, the NA parody I'm working on.  My heroine's kind of a trip.  Now I'm going to be thinking about driving circles for the rest of the night.  I'm about 12K into this project now.


The funny thing about this also is that most NA writers I've read works from don't even think about environmental details on the campuses which they set their works on. Something to think about.

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