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Is there anyone here who participates in National Novel Writing Month?

I've done it since Fall of 2006. Last year I bowed out just after a few days, seeming to have lost my faith in myself in writing, but I think I'm going to try again this year.

Anyone else? I'd love to be writing buddies over there, my name on there is bereccabox.
10/20/2011
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Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
Is there anyone here who participates in National Novel Writing Month?

I've done it since Fall of 2006. Last year I bowed out just after a few days, seeming to have lost my faith in myself in writing, but I think I'm going to try ... More
I am thinking about doing it again. I did it a few years ago (forget exactly when) and wrote a Christian love story about a mystery shopper who falls in love with one of the people she mystery shops. There was comic relief in there which was provided by two rabbits and a puppy.

I have several sequels in mind for it - perhaps I should brush an idea off and work on it.

Hmmmm....
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I am thinking about doing it again. I did it a few years ago (forget exactly when) and wrote a Christian love story about a mystery shopper who falls in love with one of the people she mystery shops. There was comic relief in there which was ... More
Oh really?! That actually sounds pretty fun. Maybe you should! November 1st is coming up pretty quickly!
10/20/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
This is one of the funniest scenes in the book (in my opinion)

Kate woke up at daybreak on Sunday morning. She didn’t want to wake up that early but it is hard to stay asleep when a 14 pound bunny lands on you belly as he leaps on the bed. The leap was only the start of his fun though as he ran laps around the room at a pace that made her dizzy. How could something that large move so fast? By the third leap on the bed, she’d learned to move out of his way. She had observed that with every other lap of the room he took a shortcut across the bed for the other side.
What Kate didn’t understand was what Tiny was doing in her room. She’d made him a bed last night out of a cardboard box and an old towel of her grandmother’s. He was supposed to be sleeping in the kitchen.
She tried to make sense of his presence in her room but she couldn’t help falling back to sleep once he stopped running around. She wasn’t worried about him getting into trouble because he jumped up on the bed and settled down by her feet for a nap. She could live with a pet like this.
When the alarm woke Kate three hours later, Tiny was still by her feet. He appeared to be asleep but as she snuck out of bed, she noticed him sit up and yawn. Man, he was a big rabbit. She still was scared of him but so far he had been very gentle and kept out of trouble.
Kate walked out to the kitchen with a bit of trepidation. Had Tiny destroyed the carpet? Had he used his litter box? What had he done all night?
She learned the answer as she entered the kitchen. Tiny had used the litter box alright. Almost everything was in it although you could see where he must have had his rear end over the corner once when he used it. She made a mental note to buy him a larger litter box when she went to the store next time. The rest of the kitchen seemed fine – except for his box and towel. The stinker had knocked over his box, chewed on the towel enough to put multiple holes in it and then chewed on the box too. It looked like she better add some sort of chew toy to her shopping list.
Kate made herself some tea and grabbed a banana while she thought about what to have for breakfast. As she peeled the banana, she heard the thwump thwump of Tiny running from the living room into the kitchen. She got out of his way in case he needed to use the litter box again. Her eyes opened wide as he headed straight for her instead of the litter box. He was supposed to be gentle but she could see the headlines flash before her eyes, “Mystery shopper killed by giant angry rabbit”. Then Tiny braked to a halt directly in front of her and stood up on his hind legs. He pulled on her right shirt sleeve and tried to lower her arm. She moved the banana to her left hand and he let go of her right shirt sleeve and grabbed the left one. He became frantic to pull her arm down and as she lowered her arm, he knocked the top half of the banana onto the floor and started eating it.
“Thief!” she yelled, without even thinking. At her loud voice, Tiny grabbed the banana and retreated around the corner into the living room. She didn’t mean to scare him but he’d startled her and then stolen her breakfast. It looked like she better add bananas to her shopping list also.
She snuck into the living room and stretched out her hand to Tiny. It held the last of the banana and was a peace offering. He looked at her and twitched his nose and then grabbed the banana and headed for her bedroom. Perhaps they would learn to trust each other soon. Until then, she got another banana and started writing out her shopping list.
10/20/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
And just to share one more scene...this is after Abby (who got Kate to adopt Tiny) got Kate to agree to foster Miss Bea, a lionhead rabbit that needed to get out of the shelter environment. Abby has asked Kate how things are going.

~~~

Abby interrupted her thoughts, “So how is my big boy doing? Is he getting used to the idea of sharing you with another rabbit?”
Kate laughed. “You mean am I getting used to sharing him with another rabbit?”
Abby’s eyes opened wide. “You mean the two have bonded already? Do tell. What has been happening?”
The two women cleaned cages and fed the animals while Kate replayed the events of the last few days.

It all started the same night Kate got Miss Bea. After Abby left, Kate got the rabbits fed and settled for the night. As usual, she left Tiny’s kennel door open but kept him locked in her room. She figured that since Miss Bea was shut in her cage, the two would get along just fine and there would be no fights over territory.
A couple of hours after she went to bed, Kate heard thumping. Tiny started jumping on the bed and running around the room. She woke up enough to tell him to settle down or she’d put him in his kennel and lock his door. Then she felt him jump on her…only it wasn’t Tiny…it couldn’t be Tiny. It wasn’t heavy enough. She felt the weight on her again – sitting on her chest. She opened one eye and saw two beady eyes staring at her face. She closed her eye and then opened both eyes. The eyes came closer to her face and she wanted to scream. Then, the eyes backed away as Miss Bea sat on her haunches and started cleaning her face, staring at Kate the whole time.
Miss Bea was out of her cage. Miss Bea was sitting on her chest. Tiny was thumping and having a fit. What was happening? Was this all a bad dream? She wasn’t sure if she wanted to wake up or not.
As suddenly as she was on Kate’s chest, Miss Bea hopped back off and got on the floor. The thumping got louder and even Kate could tell that Tiny was angry. She tried to hush Tiny while she stared at Miss Bea. What was this devil rabbit doing out of her cage? Why was Tiny thumping?
Then she saw him. Tiny was in Miss Bea’s cage. He was locked in Miss Bea’s cage while the little devil ran around the room and then entered his cage and chinned his food bowl, water bottle and litter box. As Tiny watched her, he rattled the cage door with his teeth and continued thumping.
Miss Bea was claiming HIS turf? Kate didn’t think so. She got up out of bed and went to catch Miss Bea. The chase was on.
Miss Bea ran under the bed. After several attempts to get her out, Kate went to her kitchen and got a broom to shoo her out. Miss Bea ran out from under the bed and out the bedroom door that Kate had accidentally left open. Score one for the rabbit. Kate ran after her. Tiny continued thumping.
Miss Bea ran to the kitchen, then the dining room. Kate chased her under the desk where the rabbit promptly nipped her. Another point for the rabbit. As Kate yelled at the rabbit, she took off for the bathroom. As Kate ran into the bathroom, she tripped over the rabbit dashing out the door. The rabbit scored again..
Kate was determined to catch her now. She ran into the bedroom. No Miss Bea. She went back down the hall, and with a honeyed voice called, “Miss Bea, oh come here little darling.” Her mind added the words, “So I can strangle you.”
Kate trapped Miss Bea under the couch but she didn’t have her broom with her. She went and fetched the broom, only to find the rabbit had disappeared again. Score another one for the rabbit. Miss Bea 4, Kate O.
Kate searched the house for the rabbit. Her racing heartbeat matched Tiny’s continual thumping. She finally found Miss Bea trying to hide behind the refrigerator. “I’ve got you now” she exclaimed as she grabbed for Miss Bea’s rump. Miss Bea twisted out of her hand and took off, thumping at her. She was left with a few strands of fur in her hand. Great…now she had two rabbits thumping. Score another point for the rabbit? Would the rabbit give up at 5 points? 7 points?
Kate was not giving up. No rabbit could outsmart her. Ok…maybe this rabbit could. But not for long. Kate had a college degree for crying out loud. Certainly she could catch a rabbit.
She decided to try enticing Miss Bea to come to her for a treat. She went to the frig and got two carrots. One was for Miss Bea and one would be for Tiny. She knew Tiny might calm down once he had something to eat.
Tiny. He’d stopped thumping. Was he all right? Had the devil bunny hurt him? She raced down the hallway to the bedroom, hoping to find Tiny ok. She stopped in the doorway and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Tiny was back in his cage. Miss Bea was back in her cage…and her door was shut. When Kate walked near her cage, Miss Bea thumped. Tiny replied with a thump of his own. Kate debated between strangling the rabbit and giving her the carrot she carried. She decided giving Miss Bea the carrot was the best choice. She dropped a carrot in Tiny’s cage and one in Miss Bea’s cage and then went to the bed to sit down. Tiny grabbed his carrot and ate it immediately. Miss Bea sniffed at the carrot and turned her back to Kate and started grooming herself. Score another point for the devil herself.
By the time Kate was done telling the tale, Abby was hunched over holding her sides and crying because she was laughing so hard. She had stopped cleaning cages at “score one for the rabbit” and couldn’t continue until Kate was done. “Oh hon. You should be a comedian. It sounds like the devil rabbit can give you plenty of material. So tell me, how are Tiny and Miss Bea getting along now? And did you figure out how Miss Bea got out of the cage?”
Both women tried to start back to work as Kate continued with the story.
“Oh yes, I figured out how the brat gets out of the cage. She opens the door and lets herself out. What is even worse is that Tiny seems fascinated by her cage and as soon he goes in to check out her food, she shuts the door on him and he is trapped.”
“No. She does? But you said you had to share him with her. I was worried they would fight if they were both out together.”
“Oh, I was worried too. But no, that isn’t what has happened at all. I think I’d be happier if they fought a bit. Instead, Tiny has decided to become her protector. They now sleep together in his cage and if I go to catch her, she runs behind him and he won’t let me catch her. In fact, if I try to grab her, he nudges my hand and he almost nipped me once. You’d think he was her…” Kate struggled for an adequate word. She remembered the classic movie with Marlon Brando. “You’d think he was her GodFather. He was making me a deal I couldn’t refuse. Leave the gal alone or he’ll nip me.”
Abby broke out into peals of laughter again. “The Godfather? Forget that…he’s THE BUNFATHER!”
10/20/2011
Kkay Kkay
Aaaaaaaah don't mention those words to me! /bolts for the bunker

Maybe I should participate this year, though. I have a book I am really meaning to write but never seem to get off the ground, and throwing together 50k in a month would at least give me a basis to work off of. And it'd be an excuse to buy one of those flats of Redbull from Costco!
10/20/2011
Kkay Kkay
Okay. I signed up. Because this book has to get written somehow, and short of a zombie invasion...
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Okay. I signed up. Because this book has to get written somehow, and short of a zombie invasion...
hoooray!!

we should set up some sort of nanoers club on here or something.
10/20/2011
Kkay Kkay
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hoooray!!

we should set up some sort of nanoers club on here or something.
That's a great idea. We could band together and encourage each other!
10/20/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Never managed to finish one because November always seems to get busy. Maybe this year will be my year!
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Never managed to finish one because November always seems to get busy. Maybe this year will be my year!
Maybe! I've failed the last few years because of personal things or issues, but I always try!

Also, I think we should... who do I put forth that idea to?!
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
And just to share one more scene...this is after Abby (who got Kate to adopt Tiny) got Kate to agree to foster Miss Bea, a lionhead rabbit that needed to get out of the shelter environment. Abby has asked Kate how things are ... More
The Bunfather is cracking me up! That's pretty funny. I like it.
10/20/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I've never tried this before, even though I have been writing off and on for years. I even have some ideas floating around in my head that I hadn't bothered to put into writing.
10/20/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Well - maybe you'll like this one then....when Stan (the "hero") first gets to meet Tiny and Miss Bea. By the way, both rabbits were real rabbits and Miss Bea often sat on our fireplace hearth and looked like a statue.

(Belle is Stan's dog and Ben is his best friend).

~~~~


Stan was really looking forward to seeing Kate’s place. He often learned a lot about people when he visited their home or office. He wasn’t sure yet how he pictured Kate’s house. It was probably done in warm colors that matched her vibrant personality. Judging by the way she enjoyed walking at the park, he figured that she either decorated with greens or blues. He preferred browns but any of the colors of nature were fine with him.
As Stan walked in the house, he remembered to close his mouth in spite of his shock. Decades old wallpaper covered the walls. The couch looked like it came out of the 60’s. It had velvet cushions? Wow, Kate really surprised him with her taste.
Kate told him to look around while she went and got the coffee going. He looked around the room and tried to find a place to start looking. Everything seemed so busy with the patterns and colors. He finally decided to go and look at the painting over the fireplace. He had a feeling that this was one of the ones Kate wanted to show him and he had to admit that for an older painting, it was pretty impressive. The artist had played with shadows and light before some artists made it popular.
Stan stood back from the painting a bit so he could better observe it. As he continued to look around the room, he couldn’t help but feel like he had traveled back in time thirty years. The only thing in the room that even seemed like Kate was the statue that sat beside the fireplace. He moved closer to study it.
Wow. He’d never worked with ceramics but he needed to know the name of this artist. The colors were so lifelike. The hairs looked real. He’d never seen a rabbit like this before. The pose was even interesting, as if the rabbit was trying to watch others without being noticed.
He found himself wanting to reach out and touch the statue. He wanted to pick it up and see where it was made and if it was a limited edition. He glanced back in the direction Kate had gone. Would she be upset if he examined this piece closer? He decided she wouldn’t be upset because she had invited him to examine the artwork and this was certainly high quality art.
He reached out towards the statue. He wanted to touch it first, to see how lifelike the hairs felt in his hand. But as his fingers got close to the statue, it turned and blinked at him. He gasped and stepped back a step. He turned again towards where Kate had gone. He knew she had a sense of humor. Had she set this up with a remote and made it move? When he turned back to see the statue again…it was gone.
Stan rubbed his eyes. He started to step back one more time when he felt something pulling on his pant legs. Was he caught on a piece of antique furniture?. Still looking at the empty spot near the fireplace, he tugged on his pants to free them. They tugged back. He looked down and screamed.

Kate heard Stan’s scream and came running. What happened?

Stan was standing near the fireplace and trying to pull his pant leg away from Tiny. He was backing away and obviously scared of the rabbit. She wasn’t sure whether to laugh at him or feel sorry for him. For crying out loud, compared to his dog, Tiny wasn’t that big.
Stan pleaded with her with his eyes and his voice. “Get him off me. Please. Get him off me now.”

At the look on Stan’s face, Kate couldn’t help herself. She started laughing. She laughed until tears flowed down her cheeks. Stan was afraid of Tiny?

Stan tried to back away from Tiny but the more he backed away, the tighter Tiny held onto his pants. Finally he wound up half falling onto the couch. “I beg you. Get him off me.”
Before he could say another word, Tiny let go of his pants and jumped up on the couch and started nudging him. Stan tried to back away but there was no place else to go.

How could Kate explain to Stan that rabbits weren’t like dogs. You don’t tell them what to do. They were more like a cat, you ask them to do something and hope they comply.

Tiny started to climb into Stan’s lap. He looked at Kate and said, “I’ll get you back for this if you don’t get him off me.” Tiny yawned as he stood up on Stan’s lap. Stan looked at Tiny’s teeth. “Kate, I’m begging you. Get him off.”

He looked back where Kate had been but she was gone. He was alone with this thing. He shrank back into the couch.

To this day, he still remembered the late October night when he and Ben watched “Night of the Lepus” on tv. This thing reminded him of those monster bunnies as they sought to destroy everything in their path. True, they’d had some sort of serum given to them so they were bigger than humans. But the way this rabbit was baring his teeth, Stan knew he wasn’t going to live much longer. As his life flashed before his eyes, he prayed that Ben would adopt Belle.
“Tiny, come get a banana.”
As quickly as he’d cornered Stan, Tiny took off for Kate. Stan watched as the monster ran to her and started pawing at her arms and legs to get to his banana.

“You’re giving a rabbit a banana? I thought they liked carrots. Since when do rabbits like bananas?”
Stan backed back onto the couch as Tiny started towards him again at the mention of the word banana.

“Tiny, come finish your banana. Leave Stan alone.” Tiny turned away from approaching Stan to go back to his mistress. However, every once in a while he lifted his head and stared at Stan. Once he even twitched his ears.

Once Stan was able to breathe normally again he asked, “What are you doing with a monster like that?”
10/20/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Ok - the more I look at what I've written before - the more I'm thinking I wanna do NaNoWriMo again.

You've probably got me hooked.
10/20/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
Is there anyone here who participates in National Novel Writing Month?

I've done it since Fall of 2006. Last year I bowed out just after a few days, seeming to have lost my faith in myself in writing, but I think I'm going to try ... More
I want to participate, but I always forget about it. Plus, I have awful writer's block.
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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I've never tried this before, even though I have been writing off and on for years. I even have some ideas floating around in my head that I hadn't bothered to put into writing.
Maybe you should give it a go this year! nanowrimo.org check it out and see if you might find it fun!
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Ok - the more I look at what I've written before - the more I'm thinking I wanna do NaNoWriMo again.

You've probably got me hooked.
do it do it do it!!
10/20/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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I want to participate, but I always forget about it. Plus, I have awful writer's block.
Well, mark it down now! I have had some bad writer's block lately too but nano offers a wealth of resources to help combat that. Dares, adoptables (like adopt a plot, adopt a line, adopt a character, adopt a title), word wars.

NaNoWriMo is all about having FUN with the writing. Not necessarily writing WELL but having FUN with it.
10/20/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
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do it do it do it!!
I think you twisted my arm enough....but I may see if I can send you my daily writing so I can have someone else read it (or go to the site and log on again - I forget my log in information).

Should be fun - but so scary -what if I don't make it this year?

Oh well - to try and fail is better than to not have tried....right?
10/20/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
I've done it the past six or seven years, but I've only won the past two.
10/21/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I wrote HALF a novel last year, but this year I was considering finishing it! I ended up getting t attached to my female character and didn't want to kill her last year (But I have to in order to end the story!)
10/21/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I think you twisted my arm enough....but I may see if I can send you my daily writing so I can have someone else read it (or go to the site and log on again - I forget my log in information).

Should be fun - but so scary -what if I don't ... More
If you don't make it then oh well, it happens, but if you do hooray for getting there!
10/21/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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I wrote HALF a novel last year, but this year I was considering finishing it! I ended up getting t attached to my female character and didn't want to kill her last year (But I have to in order to end the story!)
Half a novel? half of the NaNo goal or half of a larger novel?

I've gotten attached to my characters before... and there were a few times when I just suddenly killed someone off that I didn't intend to. They just took a life of their own and then I was done! Ah!

I am happy to report that after being SO SCARED of not having an idea at all I came up with one last night from a photo on tumblr. Yay!
10/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
I just signed up. It'll be my first year. I figured it would be a really helpful resource to get my ass in gear on this writing thing.
10/21/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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I just signed up. It'll be my first year. I figured it would be a really helpful resource to get my ass in gear on this writing thing.
Hoooray! this is exciting! A whole community within a community!
10/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Hoooray! this is exciting! A whole community within a community!
I kind of don't understand how it works, but I guess I'll learn more when this year's stuff goes up? I've got a pretty solid idea for a novel, so I'm excited.
10/21/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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I kind of don't understand how it works, but I guess I'll learn more when this year's stuff goes up? I've got a pretty solid idea for a novel, so I'm excited.
Pretty much, it's something to do just for fun. You challenge yourself to write a novel that is 50,000 words long (and if you want to write more go for it!). You just have fun with it and the community at nanowrimo is there for support, ideas, help, word wars, etc. You don't win anything except self-satisfaction.

I'm so excited that you have a pretty solid idea! Want to share it with us?
10/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
Pretty much, it's something to do just for fun. You challenge yourself to write a novel that is 50,000 words long (and if you want to write more go for it!). You just have fun with it and the community at nanowrimo is there for support, ideas, ... More
It's a tale of a pretty possessive and jealous couple opening their world to bisexual play. That's about as far as I have gotten with it---I've only been thinking about it for the last couple of hours since I created my account.
10/21/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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It's a tale of a pretty possessive and jealous couple opening their world to bisexual play. That's about as far as I have gotten with it---I've only been thinking about it for the last couple of hours since I created my account.
Oh cool!

My idea came to be yesterday after I made this post. mid-20s woman squatting in an apartment, working two jobs, barely sleeping, loner, keeps people far away. co-worker at one of her jobs starts to take interest in her. one of the jobs is bartending at an upscale gentlemen's club.
10/21/2011
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