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Jacoby Figurine (First Draft: August 2010)

Currently being re-written, this is a story I wrote as preparation for my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. As of late 2015, I did set the story down to give it some more time to find a direction. I have done most of the re-writing I intended on, but I’m not happy with it yet, so it is definitely not done.

Synopsis: James, a detective-of-sorts, is employed to investigate and prevent a robbery from happening. He is special and able to read the minds of others and has some ability to implant suggestions in others as well. His initial encounter with the mastermind Jack leaves him with a bitter taste as Jack is quick to kill off anyone who might know the details of his plans. The object James is protecting turns out to be the legendary Jacoby Figurine, which supposedly has the power to change the fortune of those who possess it. When James’s employer and mentor is murdered, the search for Jack intensifies and leads him among the pretentious nobles of the city where he must dance with his wits and tread carefully to stay out of the guards’ grasp. Then the object he was supposed to be protecting disappears and he is torn between the woman he has loved from afar and being true to himself.

Slivers (First Draft: November 2010)

I’ve started the process of editing Slivers as of late 2015. I like how the story opens, but as I mention below, it will need some serious work in the end. In terms of characters and story, I think this is one of my stronger attempts, so I’m hoping I get some inspiration to find a finish to it.

This was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo and a success. Although in rewriting, I probably will end up killing the last half of the novel, I think the story starts off in the right place. I just need to find out where it can go.

Synopsis: Anthony is a teenager in a small town. Small and unassuming, he is not popular in school and finds himself wishing he could be a part of a crowd that does not want him. When he starts to see things that he can’t reasonably explain, he finds out the world is far more complex than he had ever imagined. Armed with nothing but curiosity, he discovers that the world has a dual nature to it and that the other side, the side of the fae, is planning to do war with his own side. When his lineage is discovered to be part fae himself, he has to do battle with himself to determine which side to fight for: the world he grew up within or the world that suddenly accepted him with open arms.

The Dreamers (First Draft: November 2011)

On the shelf, percolating. NaNoWriMo 2011 came to me and I had a story idea, a fairly good outline and a cast of characters that had much more depth than I had ever worked with before. The original story idea was an adventure I had written for Dungeons and Dragons and some of the characters were taken from one instance of it that I had run on the Real Adventures forum group on the Wizards Community. This story, like Slivers, will end up having the last portion of it cut out wholesale and rewritten, but I better than half of it is salvageable.

Synopsis: A dream has started to manifest itself in several people who come from all walks of life and circumstances. When they all end up meeting at the same place at the same time and the specifics of the dream start to come true, not only do they discover that it seems like the world is about to end, but that they are linked to an event some several hundred years earlier, when their own ancestors worked together to stop a similar event. However, will their involvement stop it from happening, or ensure it’s success?

Story of His Life (First Draft: November 2012)

Not even on the shelf. I wasn’t at all prepared for NaNoWriMo 2012 and decided to “pants” it. This means to approach the project without any sort of plan, no outline. Nothing. I ended up starting to write what I would call a personal fiction; a story that has roots in reality, but where the events are either distinctly different, meshed from several different events or even created in order to produce conflict. However, as I was working through it, I discovered a thread into a time-traveling mystery. While I had a good time writing it, I don’t know if there’s anything much to salvage out of it.

Jack and James and a Whip (First Draft: November 2013)

My project for NaNoWriMo 2013, I was originally planning on writing a story using the characters from Jacoby Figurine (above), and named them accordingly. However, the story took a definite turn and while the characters had similar features to James and Agatha, the reality is that they are very different people. As such, when I go back to rewrite this, it will probably end up diverging completely. Ultimately, I’m pretty happy with how the first 45,000 words went, so I am looking forward to rewriting this piece.

Of All Creation (First Draft: November 2014)

My project for NaNoWriMo 2014, my daughter struck me with an idea the other day about fossils, so I’m picking it up and running with it. Basically, she asked, innocently enough, if fossils weren’t really fossils at all. The story was going to be set in modern times, about a couple of archaeologists who make a discovery about fossils proving once and for all that dinosaurs never existed. The first segment of it turned the story into a bit of a zombie apocalypse, so I stopped, started over and ended up switching gears to the discovery of a protoceratops that had wings (linking the protoceratops to the griffon of myth). I’d like to go back to it at some point, but most of it will need to be tossed.

(Untitled) (First Draft: November 2015)

I never did come up with a title for NaNoWriMo 2015. Officially (as in on the NaNo website), I used The Farmer, the Woodsman, and the Dragon, but I’m sure I’d rename if it I worked on it further. The project was to write a high fantasy book where the protagonists did not resort to violence. The rest of the world still resolved things like a typical fantasy novel, but the protagonist was against the idea. All in all, it was an interesting experience, but I think I’d need to focus on something else to make it work. We’ll see if and when I get to it.

8 comments on “Projects

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  2. thecultofanne
    December 15, 2012

    I find participating in NaNoWriMo difficult. November is my most busy month of the at my work, so I can rarely find time to come up with more than a thousand words or so. I’m also a constant reviser, so that slows me down. I’ve got four novels in varying states of decay, but something like NaNoWriMo might get me through them, if they were in (say) May or August.

    Anyway, well done for giving it a go, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • starstealer363
      December 15, 2012

      For what its worth – November is always a busy month for me as well. That said – I just don’t have a hard time getting through it. It takes dedication – don’t get me wrong – but I think it is just enough of a challenge to make it difficult but still possible.

      Thanks for visiting mine as well.

  3. thecultofanne
    December 16, 2012

    I can do 50,000 words in a month, but not November. I also usually have several active projects at once – maintaining 3 blogs, as well as another under a different pseudonym. I serialize, and that keeps it fresh as well as getting me through three completed novella and about 100 short stories and poems. Eirica Johnstone’s Obsession took about a month to write (38,000 words), even while I was spending most of my time on something else (the original Ezzie Dryar story, 45,000 words, 80 chapters in 80 days).

    • starstealer363
      December 16, 2012

      Well then – you are doing a few spots better than I am! I really started doing NaNo to jump start my writing again. Before 2010 – I hadn’t written for the better part of 8 years. It hadn’t worked in previous years (other than to produce 50k in each of those years), but this year is looking a little more promising.

  4. thecultofanne
    December 16, 2012

    I’m glad to hear it. I’m sorry. After I posted, I realized that it sounded like bragging. I do write a lot, obsessively perhaps, so it just seems normal to me. NaNo now does something in February, so maybe I should try then. I should probably finish something I’ve already started instead, though, rather than start something new.

    Anyway, good luck!

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