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Hey everyone! I thought it'd be nice to have an official-ish forum to share our collective NaNoWriMo struggles, excerpts of novels, etc. (I know forums of this type exist on the NaNoWriMo site, but the Slam community is different.) To start off: What are you writing? Has your novel devoured your life yet?

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Ainm 


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oh jesus i only have like almost 6k words so far and im hitting MAJOR writer's block because this is the biggest undertaking ive ever done lmao skdjgsdfs and yeah it kinda turned into a voltron fanfic by accident after my qpp requested that one of the characters be named shiro and it kind of went downhill from there......... uhh the working title is 'any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is incredibly not coincidental but you can't sue me anyways' and the plot is more or less an autobio shitpost

 

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2 hours ago, woundedBirds said:

the plot is more or less an autobio shitpost

That's fantastic, honestly. :P 

I'm not exactly doing NaNoWriMo: I'm giving myself two months instead of one to allow myself occasionally prioritize schoolwork/other life things. Also, I'm not expecting to finish the novel in 50,000 words, so it may take longer than said two months to complete. Does that still count?

At any rate, I'm writing a Sherlock-based fanfiction. Currently, I've got the intricacies of the foreseeable plot pretty much worked out; I just need time to write. (8,000 words and counting!) Will gladly post excerpts if there's any interest.

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47 minutes ago, Ainm said:

I've got the intricacies of the foreseeable plot pretty much worked out

skdgjsdkjfs i wish i was that organized 

 

(also yes please omfg id love to read excerpts......and 8k is really good so far im proud of u :0000


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ooh good i'm not alone in doing this!

i was ahead in my word count but now i'm sick and homework exists so who knows what's happening from here

my story is a spin-off of the one i wrote last year... so it's got the same setting but different characters. well, it's supposed to have different characters but i keep adding cameos because NO SELF CONTROL. 

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On 11/13/2017 at 12:53 AM, woundedBirds said:

also yes please omfg id love to read excerpts

Yay! I give you a choice of (a) the intro, because this story makes very little sense without context; (b) an original character interacting with canonical characters; or (c) two amusing original characters. (I honestly don't know which is best.) :)


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1 hour ago, Ainm said:

Yay! I give you a choice of (a) the intro, because this story makes very little sense without context; (b) an original character interacting with canonical characters; or (c) two amusing original characters. (I honestly don't know which is best.) :)

.........can i mash all three buttons at once or is that illegal skdfjskjfs


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1 minute ago, woundedBirds said:

can i mash all three buttons at once or is that illegal skdfjskjfs

:P I'll give you the intro, and then we can go from there.

//

An eventual darkness had fallen over London, grey and heavy with rain. Oblivious to the change, the professor hunched further over a stack of scribbled exams, struggling to decipher a particularly convoluted proof. The office was, at this point, lit only by the bluish glow of the computer screen, and he squinted at the paper before marking the errors in red ink. 

The sound of his door creaking open and of a set of footsteps inviting themselves inside was entirely surprising. 

“This is a bit outside of office hours,” he said, still pondering the exam question and contemplating whether he ought to be a smidge more lenient in his grading.

“Then it’s a good thing I’m not here for academics.”

The voice was deep, rough, traced with an almost familiar accent - English, certainly, and perhaps as northern as Lancashire. Blinking hard, trying to clear hours of electronic blur from his eyes, the professor raised his head to look at the stranger, the source of the voice.

The barrel of a handgun stared back.

A breathless choking sound caught in his throat, and he shifted involuntarily in his chair, away from the weapon pointing steadily at his head. Then, stupidly: “I don’t have any money.”

“Oh, but you do,” the other man half-laughed. “There’s a ₤100 note in your bottom desk drawer hidden in the filing folders, and in your wallet - left back pocket, by the way - you’ll have at least another ₤50, along with two credit cards and a few Euros from the mathematics conference you attended in Belgium last month.”

The professor’s jaw swung open into a stunned silence.

“In other words, you’re lucky I’m not here for your money.”

Finally, after a few stuttering starts, he managed to croak out, “I - you - what do you want?”

“I’m here for information, Professor Roth. Are you listening?”

He was too shocked to respond, and after a few seconds of anticipatory silence, the man ploughed on. 

“Several years ago - June of 2010, to be precise - you were visited by an agent of the British government, from Defence Intelligence. He introduced himself as a former student of yours gave you an excerpt of an encoded message, and offered you monetary compensation in exchange for a key to the code. You accepted. You couldn’t crack the code by yourself; I’m sure you knew that from the start - you specialise in fluid mechanics, not in anything remotely related to cryptography. And so you unwisely offered up to your students as an extra credit project, applied toward their end of term exam. And one of them broke the code.”

“What do you want?” the professor asked shakily, for a second time. The light of his computer screen seemed as blinding as a bare bulb, as though it had been installed specifically for this interrogation. “What do you want from me?”

“I want a name,” the man said. “A name, and all the details you can remember about the student who broke the code.”

“I -” His mouth was dry. “I don’t remember.”

He heard a light snick as the safety of the gun slid off.

“You’re a smart man, professor. I’m sure you remember. In fact -” The gun barrel moved swiftly to rest against his forehead, a cold and metallic circle against sweating skin. “I’m certain you know that you right now, and that you’re just unwilling to tell me. Maybe you think you’re protecting someone, that there’s someone you can save by staying silence. The only life you should be worrying about is your own, professor. I won’t hesitate to pull this trigger, and your death won’t stop me from finding the student.”

There was silence.

“I’m not a patient man, Professor Roth.”

“Catrin,” he whispered, and a wave of guilt rolled through his stomach. He swallowed hard. “Her name is Catrin. Catrin Jones.”

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5 minutes ago, Ainm said:

“Catrin,” he whispered, and a wave of guilt rolled through his stomach. He swallowed hard. “Her name is Catrin. Catrin Jones.”

LOUD SCREECHES OF APPROVAL


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2 hours ago, woundedBirds said:

LOUD SCREECHES OF APPROVAL

Yay! This could be maybe a serial thing, if people are interested? I mean, it's fanfiction, and I might publish it on a website specific to that someday, but it's not as though I'll ever actually publish it...

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1 hour ago, Ainm said:

Yay! This could be maybe a serial thing, if people are interested? I mean, it's fanfiction, and I might publish it on a website specific to that someday, but it's not as though I'll ever actually publish it...

i have been incredibly tempted to self-publish through amazon (since it's free to publish and offer digital/soft cover) and then order a copy of my own soft cover book..........


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14 hours ago, woundedBirds said:

i have been incredibly tempted to self-publish through amazon (since it's free to publish and offer digital/soft cover) and then order a copy of my own soft cover book..........

i've actually done that!! like, it's not up for sale because i haven't selected any of the channels i want to sell it through, but i still have a copy of it for myself. it's sort of tedious to format, but i would recommended it if you've got the time!

what's really fun is taking it out of the box and seeing your book as book, which kinda makes it all worth it. 

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