Daily Archives: October 27, 2014

Strong Female Characters, Part V

With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I think that I will have to be putting this segment on hold until it’s over. But before I do, I will have to say this: I will be doing an experiment on a very poorly developed female character as opposed to the “strong” female characters that we have seen as of late.

Hopefully, this little experiment will teach us not create characters that are so strong that they will break the story.

But I did learn a lot about while I write my own characters from these series of essays, and I hope that you will have learned a lesson too.  I plan to pick this segment back up the following week. So, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to the blog and you will be surprised.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent can be purchased on Smashwords.com.

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NaNoWriMo 2014: How Harry Potter Ruined My Town

The third story is called Harry Potter Sucks; A Novel for those who have had it with the Harry Potter Phenomenon and the Hype that it caused and it was written for NaNoWriMo 2010. In this story, a young boy describes his town’s obsession with Harry Potter and what happened when that obsession led to murder of a high-profile Harry Potter fanatic.

Daniel Dickens (the story’s main protagonist) is an avid reader of anything fantasy-related, but he isn’t a huge fan of Harry Potter (In fact, he never got past the first books). His family doesn’t like Harry Potter and they try to control how many fantasy books are allowed in their house. The city where the Dickens family lives is obsessed with Harry Potter, even to the point of shutting out other books. It doesn’t help much that there were laws made so that only the Harry Potter books were to be read and all other books were to be shut out and forgotten.

Meanwhile, Daniel’s next-door neighbor, an older boy named Adam Wilkins, is being exploited by his foster family by being forced to star in a homemade movie about Harry Potter. Adam’s disappearance leads to rumors about his death and Daniel’s recruitment into the movie. But Daniel’s resistance leads to the entire town to admit its problems and being forced to clean up its act.

Why is the story not finished: I renamed the story as How Harry Potter Ruined My Town last year; plus, the story needs to be re-edited before I can start chapter 13.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com.

NaNoWriMo 2014: Cosplay! The Novel

The second story is called Cosplay! The Novel and it was written for NaNoWriMo 2009. In this story, Nicholas Blue Prater, a kid who has a problematic home life, is sent to a new school where most of the kids are in social groups. He instead hangs out with a bunch of misfits and discovers the exciting world of Cosplay.

Nicholas is first seen as a shy boy who refuses to even participate in various school activities. That was, until he meets Cheri Li Hampton, a no-nonsense girl who forcibly pulls him from his self-imposed social isolation and introduces him to anime and Cosplay. Nicholas learns many life lessons, from forming friendships, dealing with bullies, and even trying to deal with his messed-up family.

Why is the story not finished: because I’m in the process of editing the story and currently writing chapter 18. Whether or not I will make this into a series is up for debate (which might happen, depending on how I will end the story).

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com.

NaNoWriMo 2014: NOTORIOUS

Before I begin planning for NaNoWriMo 2014, 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 with the town. The town’s schemes are eventually revealed, but Candy Cane’s career is ultimately destroyed.

Why is the story not finished: because the story stopped making sense after chapter 5. I’m rewriting this story as a TV documentary, and I will make sure that this story is ready before December 17, 2014.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com.