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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



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...
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