Friday, October 30, 2009

NANOWRIMO and the Usual Nonsense

On a personal note…I’m participating in the NANOWRIMO starting on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with that it is the National Novel Writing Month. Anyone who wants to follow me there, I’m registered under my actual name, Ed Welter. Seeing as how I’ve already written a novel in a month (I did my first one in August) I know I can do this, but it’ll be interesting taking a fresh idea and making a novel out of it for a second time.

Here’s my initial paragraph (although technically you're not supposed to pre-write so I'll sort of start from scratch when the time is official)…

Ray Flynn discovered the location first. Until that moment we’d been living under the false assumption that our street, our teenage kingdom, the one place we knew inside out, was a dead end. Nobody before Ray had ever thought of stepping through the thickets at the end of the road. Then one day before our very eyes, Ray stepped through and disappeared forever.

Here’s the basic premise of the novel:

A group of teenage kids living on the same dead end street where nothing much ever happens discover a way to hack into alternate reality versions of their life. Every decision point in their life has one of these alternate realities that play out simultaneously. They discover a portal to experience these and still come back again with no time having elapsed in the current reality. Here’s the catch though: They don’t remember anything of the journey and should something happen there (lost, injury, death), they can never come back. Would you risk experiencing other what-ifs in your life at the cost of the choices you do make?

Let me know if you think that sounds like an interesting premise. And if you’re also a NANOWRIMO participant, let me know.

Meanwhile…I don’t want to cheat you of some funny so here ya go…

Back when I used to have to make Powerpoint presentations, I made this up as a joke just to see how many people pay attention in a meeting and whether those people were so stupid as to think it really meant something. You’d be astounded how anything presented to a corporation in Powerpoint seems to garner legitimacy…

And if that’s too high-brow corporate humor for you…there’s always this

Always fear the bunny stalker…

34 comments:

monica said...

I MUST be allowed to use that power point circle of nonsense - please say yes!

Mrsupole said...

Second again, and there I was writing a comment to Ronda and I get beat again. I think I am now going to move to second or third or last. Last is good.

Although with Ray disappearing, any place that is still here is good.

God bless.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

BLAST! I thought I'd be first!

Moooooog35 said...

What's really creepy is that bunny is closer than he really appears.

Meatloaf taught me that.

VE said...

monica - It's all yours! Have fun with it...

mrsupole - That's right...if you're here anywhere...it's all good.

perpetual chocoholic - Third is good. It's like first without the fame and money...

moooooog35 - Meatloaf taught me to appreciate ketchup...

Quirkyloon said...

I like your premise. It has great VE potential.

In fact, where can I find this thicket?

I'm in desperate need of a new reality! Yes, I would take the risk!

Please? Purdy please with a gnome on top?

The Incredible Woody said...

Ack!! The bunny stalker!!

Elizabeth said...

So you have only one month to write a novel? Does it have to be a certain length? I'll have to check out the website.
And I like the idea of the story, I would definately want to read more!
:)

GC (God's Child) said...

aweseome power point
I'm going to print that out and post it up in our department--we like office humor--especially the painfully realistic

and Nanowrimo--me too

AngelMay said...

Your potential story sounds like it has quite a bit of promise. One thing though.... I don't think that it will fly that no child ever ventured through the thicket before. Children are notoriously curious. Maybe you could back the thicket with a brick wall or something...and over the years one small portion of the bricks lost its mortar and fell away -making a hole...
Dang! That idea sounds good enough to use myownself. ;o)
Don't see how on earth you can write a novel in 30 days, though. It took me a good two weeks to write and polish my 2000-word short story currently posted on my own blog. Maybe I'm just slow these days. Best of luck to you with your story. I know it will be a good one!

Gladys said...

I love the premise of the novel...

Ah, powderpoint...I one time sat in a 4 hour meeting explaining how to explain powderpoint presentations. Sadly I will NEVER get those four hours back.

Megan said...

Yeah, that's going up next to the Working Person's Calendar.

Today.

And if your novel is set in the suburbs, there's no such thing as a dead-end street. Please find-replace with the required nomenclature - "cul-de-sac."

Hm, there's a future V.E. idea. The Suburban Dictionary...

lime said...

lol @ the corporate circle of nothingness. i can totally see people going wild over the "wsidom" contained therein.

ryan field said...

I never did NaNoWriMo, but I've been watching it for a few years. Good luck. It's a great exercise and you never know. The premise of your book sounds interesting.

Power Points...argh...did you have one of those pointers, too? I always lost mine and had to buy new ones ....lol

VE said...

quirkyloon - Now you have no idea what kind of terrifying tricks I might add to this storyline...it might not be the picnic you were looking for!

incredible woody - Yep, it's him. Almost as feared as the Burger King guy...

elizabeth - I'm ready to start, but I can't start until Sunday. We have to write 50,000 words to "win" the event. Only about a fourth of those that enter finish. That's 1,667 words per day (or about 7 pages per day).

gc - You're in it too? Send me a NANOWRIMO email so I can follow you. I'm under Ed Welter.

angelmay - I know I can do it because that's about how long it took me to do my first one. They do need several revisions after that obviously. As to the thicket, it's a tangle of blackberries and thistles leading into a small swamp. Nothing enticing at all...

gladys - I have DAYS...DAYS of stuff like that which I'll never get back either. It's on my list to speak about when I get to the pearly gates...

megan - Nope, not the suburbs for this one. It's a blue collar, gravel road dead end street in the unincorporated part of the city. It's in the city but technically outside the city so they don't bother to pave roads or put in sidewalks... (I like the dictionary idea though)

lime - They never seem to get it...

ryan - Yeah, with your writing accolades, I don't think you need the inspiration of an event like that to finish a novel. I probably don't either, but it's just nice to get out amongst other writers. It's a whole new world for me and I'm learning a lot...

AngelMay said...

Go for it! -big smile-

Angie Ledbetter said...

Good luck with NaNo. Premise sounds interesting.

Baino said...

Good luck I know a lot who participate but I've never had the time to read them. Shame, great shame. As for the corporate power point . . I get it every bloody day. Wankers ..there's so much 'reporting' done at my place of work, there's no time to actually to work.

warmchocmilk said...

I heard about this for the first time over at Steph in the City's blog. You all are much more "in the know" than I. I'd love to be a writer :)

Janna said...

Silly rabbit.
Trix are for kids.

Janna said...

Hey, I was hoping you were going to do the Friday Flash 55 again.
I posted my very first one today. :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Knowledge brings power? Reminds of the old Saturday morning cartoon School House Rock song.

Will ck you out at your novel link. It is a good plot line. Will email you re: Mirror.

lettuce said...

aaaarrgh
no not the bunny stalker!

Nessa said...

I like your story idea.

I will be doing my 5th NaNo this year.

Ghost, Goblins, Ghouls, Oh, My

VE said...

angelmay - I don't know much about gophers but I'll try my best...

angie - Thanks. I promise to expand my premise...

baino - I've lived that reporting nightmare. We used to have 50 people wait 30 minutes just to say "No impact" to some useless manager...

warmchocolatemilk - This is my first year. I did hear about it last year but too late and back then I didn't even know if I could write...

janna - He's determined to get them though...

janna - Oh...I thought I'd come and go on that. I've already got Thursday tied down with Theme Thursday and I don't want everyday to be a theme. I just have too much other nonsense for such things. I'll do one of those occasionally...when you least expect it. I liked yours. I tried to comment but the window just sat there blankly...I hate that...

ronda - Oh yeah...lucky you to get to read my First Draft of my first book. Uggh...embarrising. It'll get better though...I promise.

lettuce - Be careful too...they multiply quickly.

nessa - Wow, impressive. I'll definitely follow you there.

Chris C said...

I've been thinking about doing this but this year you've inspired me and I'm going to give it a try. :)

No idea what I'll write but I keep a list of plot ideas so something from there should work.

Waiting for the official site to come back from it's downtime to register but I'll send you a email once I do.

Jaime said...

i don't think i'd like to see that in my rear view mirror!

Uncivil said...

The bunny stalker? I've been needing a good rabbit's foot!!!!!

VE said...

chris - Cool! Let me know what your user name is and I'll follow you.

jaime - This is why you should never look back

uncivil - Good luck...bunnies are tricky...

bus said...

Good luck to all of you........

VE said...

bus - You too!

Maureen said...

Objects in the mirror are fuzzier than they appear.

Love the ppt. Have to try that sometime to see whose still awake.

VE said...

maureen - Rumor has it the bunny goes North too...so watch out...

subby said...

This is pretty good. Reminds me of those "Choose your own" adventure books...albiet with a slight twist, wot? I've just started to play catch-up here...hilarious on the PPP!