NaNoWriMo & Me, part 1

Before I begin planning for NaNoWriMo 2013, I want to go back and reassess the stories that I have already written for the previous years.

The first story is called Notorious: The Ballad of Candy Cane Brenner and it was written for NaNoWriMo 2008. In this story, pop star Candy Cane Brenner goes to Steinbeck, California to do a charity concert and gets involved in a decade old mystery that will change her life forever.

The beginning has her looking back to a simpler time, when her career was just beginning. There is a story about a little girl named Mimi Johnson, who was kidnapped and murdered during a family vacation. Mimi’s death resulted in scores of children being taken from their homes by Child Protective Services (which resonates throughout other stories that I wrote) and the Johnson family being ostracized by society.

Anyway, Candice Canelva Brenner (or Adrienne Silver) is starting her singing career when she is just 11 years old. After several years of success and starring in a string of successful TV shows and movies, 21-year-old Candy Cane is asked to perform in a small California town, the same town that little Mimi Johnson had once lived in before her untimely death. Everyone in the town is convinced that Candy Cane is really Mimi Johnson, even though there is evidence that refutes that. Candy Cane herself isn’t impressed with these rumors and composes a song expressing her displeasure . The town’s schemes are eventually revealed, but Candy Cane’s career is ultimately destroyed.


  • Last Chapter written: Chapter 16
  • Finished: no
  • words written: 29,436

Why is the story not finished: because the story stopped making sense after chapter 5. Also, the story really needs to be rewritten. When I will do that is up for debate.

And yes, you’re welcome to purchase Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever on


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