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NaNOK. - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Oh, alright. I'm doing it. Inspiration struck. Username is TaniaWalker. WHO ELSE IS DOING THIS I MUST HAVE YOUR DETAILS IMMEDIATELY KTHXBAI.

Mine's an urban fantasy. Joe and I developed the idea over the course of a few long walks, after deciding we'd like to see wizards done with a bit of grit. Synopsis:

Through a botched suicide attempt, a walking dead man discovers the fading underworld of magical "pullers" and "pushers". His unique abilities lead him into conflict with a powerful enemy, and his only allies are a group of pompous old Englishmen, a hippie girl who may have breathed a little too much patchouli, and a wrench-wielding biker who doesn't believe any of this is actually happening.

I just wrote that off the top of my head, so apologies for the suck. Writing a synopsis is an ART FORM, one which I do not yet possess. Writing a one-sentence summary? Harder yet. I foresee great struggle when the time comes to write a one-sentence summary of the book I just finished.

The puller/pusher idea is one I've been playing with for years, I just never quite found the right story to build around it. Over the years I've tried, with awkward results, to insert it into stories where it simply didn't work at all.

I'm aiming for a lighthearted tone. Having said that, I'm going to be drawing on my experience of depression for the main character. The thing about depression is that it's SO extreme that, once you've recovered from it, it's... god, I feel awful saying this, but it's something you can laugh about. Like being able to look back and laugh about those extreme high-school crushes that made you miserable at the time... It's just such an extreme thing, and in extremities, there is humor.

I don't know. Perhaps it's just a case of "laugh so you don't cry". That was the only way I could process it.

So I'm a day late (and I'm taking today off as well), but I'll hit this target. You watch me.

PS: JB's birthday part on Saturday night nearly killed me. Epic karaoke! Spent Sunday with hammond and sigmoidal_suseq who has a 'button' t-shirt that made me die of happiness. Sawyer has settled in so completely with his uncles that he is, once again, using human beings as furniture. Go Sawyer! All's well that ends well.
20 have fought ~ fight the power!
skywing From: skywing Date: November 1st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing it! The longest thing I've ever written is 42000 less words than the Nano goal but whoo! I'll get there. I'm not much of a writer but a different sort of challenge every now and then is exciting. I'm there under the username 'Tarradiddle'.
I hear you on the summarising thing though. We used to do them as inspirational sort of things to get the story to its barest form and I was terrible at them.
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Added! I like the social aspect of this. :) And you're right, taking part in challenges outside your comfort zone is how you grow. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm getting flogged at paintball. ;)
gab From: gab Date: November 1st, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too me too! My username is gabfury.
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Added you, add me back! Exciting stuff. :) I never got into the social aspect of this before!
ameliabeare From: ameliabeare Date: November 2nd, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
My NaNo plans just fell through - was going go-authorship - so I'm not so sure anymore. I do have a NaNo account though, from.. whenever it was I last did anything with it. lol I daresay I'm 'amyty' over there too.
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Added you! I hope you figure something out! :)
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, wrong, I searched for two people at the same time and got confused - found the other one but no amyty. Maybe old accounts get purged?
sircrazlot From: sircrazlot Date: November 2nd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
wow.. this looks tough. I have been wanting to write a story forever but never found the time (cough-guts-nerve-cough)

I'll give this a whorl! my username is BToole
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
sircrazlot From: sircrazlot Date: November 3rd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
i added a summery and a sniplet. checkit out and let me know what you think

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tania From: tania Date: November 2nd, 2009 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, for this novel the one-sentence summary isn't tough, but for a more involved / epic story like the Jenolan one it is.

We developed Wands together on a walk, as I recall, and I've been playing with push/pull for years (and assume I'm not the first).

Wasn't sure of my capability to write an ex-con in a convincing manner, so I'm on the fence about that part. Will probably do it but not dwell on it.
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Added chuuuuuuu on the NaNo site. My username's TaniaWalker. When you're awake enough to cope with it, I have a horrible photo to send you. It is a picture of two enormous huntsman spiders fucking. I took it personally last night because they were doing it hanging from the ceiling fan on the verandah right over our heads and horror like that must be shared.

Edited at 2009-11-03 12:14 am (UTC)
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Speaking of spiders

dilph From: dilph Date: November 2nd, 2009 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. Have you read Richard Kadrey? Very similar sort of stuff. Butcher Bird is awesome and a free download :)
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Not yet - I shall get on it! Thanks for the rec. :)
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: November 2nd, 2009 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
After reading that description. I so have to lend you my copy of a novella called Horn by Peter M Ball. When are you in the CBD next?
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Will next be in sometime on Friday, can't be 100% sure of the time yet. When are you available?
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
My work is pretty flexible, so anytime between 10 am and 4 pm really.
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: November 2nd, 2009 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
tania From: tania Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Added! Toot toot, all aboard.
20 have fought ~ fight the power!