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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 03:37 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).
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