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Contest - Name My NaNo!

I think I'm done writing for tonight.

End of Day One Total: 3937

I didn't spend nearly as much time writing as I hoped to do, however I did have a few cool ideas today, which will hopefully evolve into great stuff for this novel. The one that's certain is that this novel will be sort of "themed" around Edgar Allen Poe. I did this same thing in the first novel with these characters (my 2004 NaNovel), which was "themed" around H.P. Lovecraft. By "themed" I don't mean anything like "Bridget Jones' Diary" did with P&P - just that I'm using character names from those author's works, and weaving in references here and there. In both books though, there are references to D&D games that the characters are playing, and it might be fun to base those campaigns on plots from Lovecraft and Poe. Something to investigate, anyway.

The other thing I've done, although I might change my mind about it, is I've included an historical character from the 15th century, who - rather than being executed as history tells us - was allowed (or perhaps compelled is a better word for it) to stay alive as long as there are vampires to be slain. So, she goes around looking for vampires to kill.

Yeah. There are vampires this time. (Actually, there are vampires in the first book, only no one knew it; I didn't identify them as such).

The one biggish problem I'm having right now (other than the missing plot) is the same one I had last year: I can't for the life of me think of a good title. Not even a working title. So, I thought I'd do what I did last year and hold a contest. You - yes YOU - have the chance to win a place in my novel (and perhaps publishing history, someday, ha ha). The person who comes up with the working title that I like best will have a character in this book named for him or her. I promise not to make it an evil character (unless you want to be evil. BTW, the vamps aren't necessarily evil), and I promise not to kill you off. Again, unless you want to die a fictional death. :D

To get you started, here is the background I can provide right now: the book is set in Bakersfield, California. (Which, if you've not had the "pleasure" of visiting, is pretty much a hellhole in the middle of nowhere. I lived there for a few years, and was deeply unimpressed). The main character is a woman named Mary Sue who works as the assistant manager of a fantasy/science fiction bookstore named BookWyrms. She and her friends play D&D together.

In the last book, she had a run-in with some devil worshippers, and also with a guy who thought he was the second coming of Christ. (Believe it or not, a great deal of this material was drawn from people I ACTUALLY KNEW in Bakersfield. Seriously). In this book, she's going to discover that Bakersfield also happens to be home to a thriving community of vampires. (Although I'm thinking they must not be terribly smart vampires; if I were undead and had vampiric powers, I would choose somewhere other than Bakersfield as my home). Of course, where you have vampires, there's bound to be someone who turns up to try and slay them. Plus, dead girls (and maybe a few guys) are turning up around the city. Mary Sue, with the help of her trusty friends and maybe a chick from the 15th century, will have to solve the mystery of who is committing these murders. (When they do solve it, I hope they'll tell me whodunnit, since at this point, I have absolutely no idea who the murderer will turn out to be). :D

SO . . . give me your suggestions for a name. Sometime on Sunday I'll choose the one I like the best, and rename one of my characters after the lucky winner.

Poll #1081441 Name My NaNo

What do you think the working title for my new NaNovel should be?

Good luck! :D :D :D



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Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: You see, I asked Maeve...
I think Maeve gets a character named after her regardless of whether or not I use the name. Do you think she'd like to work in the bookstore, or would she rather be a vampire?
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Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
It's okay if she's Wiccan? If not, that's fine, but if so, I'm going to rename one of my major-ish characters after her, and she'll get to be in all three books. (Assuming I get around to writing the third one someday). :)

LOL! Also, Connor NEVER EVER wanted to wean. Seriously, when he was five years old, he was still trying to sneak up and get some "Keh" (that's what he always called nursing). Fortunately, he's finally stopped doing that (it would be frankly disturbing at age nine), but he really, really liked it and didn't want to stop. :D
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Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
I felt exactly the same - lovely, but so tiring at times. The good news is that even if she doesn't wean soon (Connor was about three and a half when he weaned for good), it gets a lot easier once she's eating reasonable amounts of regular food. (I think this happened for C when he was about two). Then, we were only nursing a couple of times a day, and at his bedtime, and it was sweet rather than annoying. :D

There were times, though, when I just wanted to shout, "THIS IS MY BODY! CAN I PLEASE HAVE IT BACK NOW?" :D
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Nov. 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
LOL! Too true, eh? There is a fine line between lovely, adorable child and clinging parasite!

Also, I think you'll appreciate what I'm doing with one of my new characters (and I will probably ask for your help down the road). He's Scottish (from Tranent, of all places), so I'm having fun trying to remember enough Scottish words to include that will give it color, without sounding hokey. Dialect can be difficult to put into writing, but I'm going to try. Things like "ken" and "Och, aye!" Maybe you'd read through some of it (eventually, when I've actually written the stuff :D), to tell me if it sounds all right?
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Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Oh, Lord. My brain is dead, I'll have to think on it. Somethng about tube tops and Transylvania...

BTW, why are vampires ALWAYS young and sexy or old and dignified? I think there ought to be a wise-cracking, filthy-mouthed old white trash vampire named Betty Jo or something, who works nights at the Waffle House and snaps her gum.

Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha ha! Oh, that's just too perfect. Not the Waffle House, though - she works at Zingo's (a truck stop which serves the BEST biscuits and gravy; I was there at 3 a.m. more times than I should admit in public). Bwahahah! But would someone like this set foot in a fantasy bookstore. Eh, why the hell not, right? Maybe I'll get her to play D&D with the group, too. She would definitely add a lot of color. And the dialogue! Oh, the dialogue! :)

Although you realize I'll have to name her Marti. (And use your "when I'm an old woman" icon as my mental image of her). ;)

J/K about the Marti thing. Bettie Jo sounds pretty good. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
But would someone like this set foot in a fantasy bookstore.

Hmmm. That's a snag. Maybe she could be sorta related to one of the young bookstore employees. He could be terribly embarrassed that his Aunt Jo is so weird and brash in front of his cool geekish goth friends....

Sometimes an outrageous, flamboyant character is a good foil for the serious sexy ones. ;-) Plus they get to do irreverent snappy running commentary on what the protagonists are up to. Bob in the Dresden books is just a little like that.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! This could work. She can be the aunt of the tattooed punk sorta kid who works at the bookstore. He lives with her, because . . . well . . . he'll tell people that it's because his parents are dead. Which is true, only the reason they're dead is because they got old and died naturally, which didn't happen to him because he's a vampire! :D Maybe they'll convince her to play D&D. She could be a total hoot. Or amazingly obnoxious. Probably both.

She totally has dyed red hair, though. Bwah!

(There aren't really any serious sexy characters in this book, though. Everything is pretty much tongue-in-cheek. Mary is kind of like Stephanie Plum, if that gives you an idea. Although I wrote Mary this way long before I'd read anything by Evanovitch).
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
wise-cracking vamps
What about that vampire played by Paul Ruebens (aka Pee Wee Herman)? He was more like what you're describing. But I can't remember the movie. Those vampires were hysterical, though, if memory serves me, which is doesn't seem to be doing these days. It's hard to find good service anyway. Crikey.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: wise-cracking vamps
Ah ha ha ha! Reubens was in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," (the original film, not the TV show). And you're right -he was hysterical! His death scene still cracks me up to think of it now. :D
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: wise-cracking vamps
Also . . . PAM! YAY! I've just friended you, so let me know if you have any questions about getting started with LJ! :)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: wise-cracking vamps
Oh no! I can't believe you two brought up Reubens as a vampire! rotfl Truly, camp!
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
(Actually, there are vampires in the first book, only no one knew it; I didn't identify them as such).

Oh, you mean like Snape!

(Hope you don't mind my using your LJ to leave a little gift for Joy after her sad day.)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
YES! Exactly like Snape.


(Ignore the WTF in the icon; it's the only Snape one I have these days). :D
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Another suggestion
I wanted to put in another suggestion, but of course I can only make one entry in the poll.

Anyway, here's my other suggestion: Windigo's Oblivion

The thesaurus is a wonderful thing. heh
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Another suggestion
Ooh! Is a Windigo a type of vampire? I've always thought of them as weird shape-shifting sort of creatures. Then again, in a way, that does describe vampires, too. Cool. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Another suggestion
Well I would say it could be a Native American's word for a vampire going by the definition I was looking at:

1. (in the folklore of the Ojibwa and other Indians) a cannibalistic giant, the transformation of a person who has eaten human flesh.

Vampires don't eat flesh per se, but I could think they would look like they were if someone came along and saw them chomping down on someone.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Is this entry locked? Cuz catinthesun, one of our favorite Tucson ex-patriate wrimos, lives in Bakersfield and I'm sure she'd have some fabby insights :)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I'll unlock it now. Will you be so kind as to direct her to this post?


(I just hope she doesn't really love Bakersfield, as I'm not always complimentary about it. :D It has been more than a decade since I lived there, though, so it would be good to hear some more recent info. I drove through about three years ago, so I've at least *seen* it more recently, but I haven't really spent any time there since I left in 1991). :D

BTW, my fictional bookstore is housed in a real building - there's a big mortuary on Truxton Avenue which I've "stolen" for the sake of my book. My friend used to live in the upstairs, because her grandparents ran the place. In fact, AFAIK, they still run it, and she still lives there. I'm going to change the address a bit, though, otherwise it will be too easy for people to guess. Not sure if that's a problem or not. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
She said Bakersfield is "Oklahoma in California", so no...no love lost there ;) We're all having lunch today, so I'll make sure she finds her way here.
That's all the help I'm giving you, though, Ms. Word Count Champion :P
*sitting on her 1,101 words like a dragon on a hoard*
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, you know me. I type fast, and I just spew out whatever comes into my mind as fast as possible. :D It's all rubbish. Seriously, the stuff I wrote yesterday is bad, bad, bad.

I did have some cool ideas, though, while I was trying to get to sleep last night. I think I turned on the light to scribble in my notebook at least six times. So, maybe I'll be onto something useful soon. I'm starting to think I might actually have something resembling a plot. O_o

Also . . . Oklahoma in California is EXACTLY the way to describe Bfield. LOL!

*loves image of dragon K guarding her treasure*

That's a good line, btw. I suggest you use it in your novel. Plus, it's increasing the old word count, eh? ;)

OH! And Connor adores your icon. He stood next to me for about five minutes, and it took a minute for me to figure out why (because he was behind me, mostly, so I was just aware of sporadic movements at first). Then I figured it out: he would stand perfectly still until the icon sticks it's tongue out - and then he would wave his arms and stick his tongue out at the computer in a perfect imitation. It was quite funny, actually. :D
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Here's some more icon fun, then ;)

(This one kills me. Every. Time.)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! Connor LOVES it! He's recently discovered LOLCats, so this is perfect for him. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Well, if you really wanna have fun, get him running around saying "I am the captain of the carpet ship!". It works for me ;)
Actually, I'm rather fond of the weeda weeda woo part, too. It's a good cue to anyone around me that I've snapped and will proceed to be completely loopy for the following duration of time...
Nov. 4th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Hey! I see your an ex-Bako, how totally lucky for you! :) Our mutual friend sent this to me but I've been a little busy so this is the first time I've been able to say hi.

I've lived there for about a year and I'm definitely not a fan. But I moved there for work. (I was a reference librarian at the Beale library on Truxtun. Now I run the Northeast branch.) I can't wait to move away!

Let me know if I can help you out at all. Good luck with Nano!
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