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NaNoWriMo 2016

Am I crazy? No, I’m just a guy trying to write a book. I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year!

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, where you have 30 days to write a 50,000 novel or at least 50,000 words toward a novel. It takes place from November 1st to 30th.

I’ve figured now that I live in a house where I can go somewhere quiet in the morning or late evening, I can do some writing. All I need to do is write at least 1,667 words per day, which is achievable. I’ve done it before, but not for 30 straight days.

I’ll be working on completing Journey to Ariadne, which may or may not be 50,000 words. If it’s less, I’ll start on the first Ariadne novel, or portions of it. It’s a natural continuation of Journey to Ariadne, as this web serial is a prequel to the main story.

I talked about this on my YouTube channel, as well. So, check that out below:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below with your profile. You can go here to see my profile. Let’s be buddies!

What Will You Write? #7 – The Winner!

What Will You Write? #7 came to a close a few days ago, but because of a couple typhoons, live-blogging, embassy visit, and general pre-schooler naughtiness, I didn’t have much time to get this post done. Well, it’s finally here!

There was only one entry, but it was a good one.  Our guest judge, Peggy, explains why she thinks it’s worthy of a win, even though it is the only entry.  Before that, though, you can check the original post and remind yourselves of the theme.

So, here is what Peggy had to say about the winner:

The winner of  What Will You Write Challenge #7 is D.T. Nova with “Breanna.”

While this was the only entry, it’s my opinion it would have been a difficult one to beat and deserves the win!

D.T. Nova’s piece has nice paced dialog that reveals the conflict between the main character Breanna and the protagonist Alexander, who share the inheritance of Prometheus Corporation.  Multiple levels of conflict within and between the characters, amplified by the youth of the heir, is presented very well, and there is a captivating twist to the challenge prompt. I won’t go into more detail lest I give out a spoiler, and suggest if you haven’t already read this story, please give it a read!

You can go to the original post, or read the entry below:

Breanna

              Breanna didn’t think she should care that her father was dead, so she pretended she didn’t. “We see him maybe once a year. Not a lot to miss, is there?”

              Breanna’s mother said “But he was still your father. Anyone would care.”

              Breanna took her mother’s word for it. She hated it when her lack of understanding of how other people felt was mistaken for not caring how they felt, and even her mother sometimes made that accusation. “But I really had already lost him before this. We used to all live together, and don’t pretend I’m not the reason it changed. Dad hasn’t cared about me since…since I told him I was a girl.”

              “He just…had trouble getting used to the idea, Alex.”

              “You know I don’t like it when you call me that.”

              “It’s your name.”

              “I’ll change my legal name, along with everything else. No matter how hard it is, I’ll make it without everyone who’s turned against me.”

              “Alex…Breanna. Your father didn’t turn against you. Look at this. His share in the corporation…his controlling interest, and his fortune; he left everything to you.”

              Breanna snatched the piece of paper from her mother’s hand. “’I leave my fortune to my son, Alexander Prometheus.’ He didn’t leave it to me, he left it to the son he wished I was. This was updated the week after he refused to pay for hormone therapy for me. This is such a backhanded gift.” Breanna really wasn’t sure how normal her own feelings were now; how many people were jealous of themselves?

              “But even if he’s not who you’d rather be, Alexander is still you.”

              “Mom. the last time I tried to pretend I wasn’t a girl, I almost-” Breanna shuddered, and in the pause remembered that this was something she’d never told her mother about. She was never comfortable talking about sex, and didn’t think it really mattered as long as she didn’t intend to be having it any time soon. “No, you’re right. My ‘rival’ is only a fake me. I can use ‘his’ money for what I couldn’t afford before, and that includes fully becoming myself and overcoming ‘him’.”

              “You’d be foolish not to. But until you change your legal name and gender, you can’t avoid being ‘Alexander’ in all circumstances.”

              “Maybe that’s one more thing that I need to change.”

***

              Despite her protests, Breanna wore a men’s suit to the first meeting and allowed the young upstart trying to get named as CEO of ‘his’ father’s business to be publicly known as Alexander. But the pressure of ‘him’ being the one in charge made her question her sanity more than once, particularly when things were unusual to begin with.

              One day, Breanna just couldn’t believe what came across her desk. “Ms. Lucas, if I might ask…what is this?”

              Veronica looked at the proposal only briefly before answering. “Oh, that again. I suppose Leonard thinks he has another chance now that someone else is in charge. It’s a transforming mecha.”

              “It says ‘Prototype 70% complete; project on hold’. Did it work?”

              “No.”

              “Then I think Mr. Smith is another person underestimating me because of my youth. This is the kind of thing I want there to be less of than there was under my father, not more.” Breanna sighed. “A weapon that doesn’t even work gets physically built, while when it comes to things that would actually help people, like sustainable energy, we have trouble convincing anyone to even start designing them.”

              “Unfortunately, that’s all too true, Mr. Prometheus.”

              “I wish you wouldn’t call me ‘Mister’.”

              “I didn’t want you to think I’m not respecting you because you’re so young, Alex.”

              “Not what I meant.” On impulse, Breanna decided she could trust Veronica Lucas more than anyone else who worked at Prometheus Corporation. ”‘Alexander’ is who I was born as, but it’s not who I am. I’ve known it for years, even if I couldn’t really start to do anything about it until recently. My friends call me Breanna…or they would if I had any.”

              “You’ve got at least one friend, Breanna. Me.” She reached for Breanna’s hand, but Breanna recoiled.

              Breanna said “Sorry, but I don’t like to be touched.”

              Veronica shrugged. “I’ll remember. Does anyone else here know you’re a girl?”

              “No. I knew you’d understand, but I didn’t expect it to go this smoothly, Ms. Lucas.”

              “Because you don’t know about…well, I shouldn’t tell her story without her permission, but I have had need to understand something a little like this before. And please call me Veronica.”

              “Unfortunately, Veronica, the inheritor was publicly announced as ‘Alexander’, so I’ve been trying to ‘pass’ the wrong way. It’s probably because I’m young, but it’s already hard enough to get people around here to take me seriously enough, and I’m sure there are people with whom this knowledge would just make things even harder. But I have to try, and I’d appreciate your support.”

              “Well of course, Breanna. I’m one of the people that does like your ideas for the direction of the company..”

              “And one more thing. I do want the credit for my part in this to go to ‘Breanna’, not ‘Alex’. Do you think we can manage that?”

              “I’d like to say ‘yes’, but I think I’ll say ‘eventually’. There’s no avoiding the fact that it will take time, and you are young enough to have time. I’m sorry but…I think you’re going to have to put up with ‘Alex’ a while longer.”

              After Veronica left, Breanna sat down and cried. She had more wealth and influence than almost anyone else her age in the world, and she didn’t really understand why she was crying. But even in her confusion, she swore to never let ‘Alex’ regain control of her life.

Thank you very much, D. T. Nova for your great entry.  And since you are the winner this time, you’ll have the opportunity to judge and provide a prompt in the future.

Now, as to the future of What Will You Write?, I have decided not to have another challenge this year.  It’s too close to NaNoWriMo right now, so it’ll be a very busy time for writers from now until the end of November.  Also, December tends to be busy for people going on holiday and visiting family.  #8 will be coming after the new year begins.  So keep an eye out for the announcement for that.  And since Peggy had two wins in a row, it’s up to her to provide a prompt and judge, if she likes.

What Will You Write? #7 Is Closed

The seventh edition of What Will You Write? has come to a close.  I’d like to thank Peggy for the prompt and our lone participant for joining.  I think we all know who the winner is.

I’d like to mention that What Will You Write? is going on hiatus again.  But this time it’s due to NaNoWriMo, which starts in a month.  A lot of people will be preparing for it and won’t have much time for flash fiction challenges like this.  We’ll be back in December, though!  Not only will we be back, but we’ll have some changes in store.  Hopefully, these changes will encourage more participation in the challenge.

The post with the winning entry will be up later this weekend when Peggy has her part written up.  She may only be judging one entry, but she has to say why it’s good.  Look for it soon.

What Will You Write? – The End?

Well, it’s been nearly four weeks and only one entry for the seventh What Will You Write?  It started out strongly, but fizzled out.  So, what should I do?

I have a three options:

1. Continue as always (or change things up a little). Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the way to go.

2. Take a hiatus.  This is a possibility.

3. Just stop altogether.  This is also a possibility.

I’m leaning towards number 3, to be honest.  While I’ve enjoyed doing this, I feel that my time can be better applied to writing.  I also would rather join flash fiction challenges.

What do you think?  I’d like your opinions.

What Will You Write? #7 Second Extension

That’s right.  What Will You Write? #7 is being extended for another week again.  I’m trying to figure out if there’s a pattern.  Maybe some prompts are too difficult?  Just so you know, it doesn’t have to be a long story.  1000 words is the maximum.  You can make it as little as 100 if you like.  This should help anyone who wants to attempt the challenge.

Anyway, the challenge is extended until October 3rd, 3 pm GMT.

What Will You Write? Deadline Extended

I’m extending the deadline for What Will You Write? #7 by a week.  So, the new due date will be September 26th at 3 pm GMT.  Why? Only one submission.

What I’d like you to do is get the word out.  If you know anyone who likes to write and do flash fiction, let them know about this challenge.  If anyone has any ideas about how we can get the word out about this challenge better, let me know in the comments.

What Will You Write? Only a Day to Go

What Will You Write? #7 is only a day away from ending, and we need some more submissions.  Are you looking for something to write?  Do you want to write, but don’t have an idea?  Then this challenge is for you.  There are just over 24 hours to go.

If there are no more submissions, I may have to extend the deadline.  There’s only been 1 submission.  This one looks challenging, but I know you can do it.  So go on over to the post and check out the rules.