Reverse NaNoWriMo (Redux)

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Last year, I wrote a blog post that detailed reverse NaNoWriMo, a tool I used to win NaNoWriMo 2016 (without using cheat codes or performance-enhancing drugs). I mean, it’s simple, as in, you just do your heaviest writing at the beginning of the month and gradually reduce the amount of words you write until November 30, when you write 1 word.

And trust me, when that happens, it’ll be a glorious day.

So, I’m getting ready for that so when NaNoWriMo 2017 happens, I’ll be able to take off like a rocket ship.


Title: After Class

Summary: Ten years after graduating from high school, a group of adults realize that the lives they planned aren’t exactly the lives they have now, so they seek to change that, not knowing that they weren’t meant to have successful lives at all.

So, what’s this story about? Twenty-something crisis, meaning, these guys don’t know what life is until it hits them.

Why? I’m sure that at least 85% of us don’t know what we’re doing wrong as opposed to what our parents did right.

Where? As of right now, I don’t know.

What? What is life but something half lived?

Outcome: At this point, I don’t know how this story will end.

And anything else? Will relate to anyone wondering if they wasted their life by not being productive.


Title: Redeeming Devon Kirby

Summary: Diana Jones, a longtime fantasy reader, finally gets a chance to read Leslie Harlington’s controversial book “The Spirit Keeper”. After discovering what was wrong with the book, she decides to rewrite it and find a way to redeem the most hated character in the book.

So, what’s this story about? Fantasy fan rewrites controversial novel.

Why? After discovering everything wrong with the novel, Diana decides to remove all homosexual themes when homosexuality is being normalized and accepted.

Where? Florida.

What? Hated character gets redeemed by fantasy author; author gets commended.

Outcome: Most YA novels are scrutinized for offensive content.

And anything else? Well, all I can say is that maybe we should watch what we read and write.


Title: February 30, 2012

Summary: In 2012, the month of February not only gains February 29, but also gains February 30. Something must have happened to make the dates change, but what is it?

So, what’s this story about? February 29 and 30 are added to the calendar, which incites chaos as January, March, July, August, October, and December lose the 31st.

Why? I don’t know if it’s witchcraft or it’s something else. But I’m going to say that it’s probably someone sick and tired of the calendar.

Where? All over the world.

What? How did they take away the 31 from January, March, July, August, October, and December and give 29 and 30 to February.

Outcome: It’s the end of the world as we know it.

And anything else? Well, at least it’s still tomorrow in Australia.


Title: The Silence of the Universe

Summary: What happens when the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars collide? A group of space explorers find themselves in an intergalactic war and must negotiate a treaty or else all is lost!

So, what’s this story about? Space explorers caught in intergalactic war must negotiate treaty.

Why? Well, there’s an intergalactic war and if our heroes don’t negotiate a treaty soon, everything will be lost.

Where? Most of the action takes place in the Eridani Galaxy.

What? The crew of the ISS Excalibur (which is part of the Star Shield Star Forces) runs into a group of rebels on the spaceship The Leviathan during their war against the Empire of Suns.

Outcome: At this point, who knows?

And anything else? It’s a Star Trek/Star Wars  crossover.


Title: The Price of Imagination

Summary: Megan Thompson is a bright girl, but her chronic shyness angers many of her teachers and classmates. After she is sent to live in a home for disabled people, Megan develops a story centering on a post-apocalyptic American society while trying to solve the mystery of why she can’t connect with other people.

So, what’s this story about? It’s about a shy girl with no friends who is forced to move away from her home and family and live in a boarding house for disabled people.

Why? Megan is shy and doesn’t get along with anyone, so she is sent away.

Where? The story takes place in the Oak Knoll Sanitarium in Scottsdale, Arizona.

What? – Megan’s life has gone downhill since an incident happened to her when she was just 10 years old. Not knowing what was wrong with her, she withdraws into her won world, something that angers her teachers and classmates.

Outcome: As Megan tries to figure out what happened to her, she discovers that she was diagnosed with autism and was similarly isolated from the other children. She uses that as an inspiration for a story that takes place in a post-apocalyptical America.

And anything else? – Megan’s book becomes “The Sunless Palace”, which beats out J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone.”

June 2017

Hello, and welcome to this month’s edition of the Claire Violet Thorpe Express! In this blog post, you can expect to see me blogging about JuNoWriMo, whether you want me to or not.

So, what is JuNoWriMo?

JuNoWriMo is like NaNoWriMo, yet instead of writing a novel in November, you write a novel for the month of June. And I’ll get back to you about JuNoWriMo on a later post.)

You may have noticed that I’m slowing down on his blog, as I’m preparing for the inevitable summer hiatus. which means I’ll only be writing three blog posts for 10 days this month, then take the month of July off.

So I’ll be back soon with another blog post!

The Mayfly

The Mayfly isn’t the type of creature to be intimidated. She flits about, stinging anyone who dares to hurt other people with their own selfishness. No one can stop the Mayfly from exacting justice for the good and righteous people.

Let me tell you what happened when I saw the Mayfly…

I was just an normal boy who hated being in his own skin. For many years, I heard people tell me they would prefer me as a girl. As a result other manipulation, I began thinking that I should have been born a girl, that I was born in the wrong body and born the wrong gender. I was forced to wear dresses instead of pants and was forbidden to ride my bike or play video games with my friends. Instead, I had to play with dolls.

But that wasn’t the worst of it.

Someone in my family used that to take advantage of me, denying me the right to my own body. (When I told my parents what was happening, they grew angry and decided not to bring me over to my relatives anymore. I also had to see a therapist for several months to deal with the fallout from the abuse.)

But that didn’t make my pain go away.

I found myself bullying normal people, those who accepted the gender they had been born with. Yet I played the victim when I was called out on my bullying. The Mayfly saw me and she stung me so hard, I thought I would die.

But I didn’t. Instead, I saw a fairy staring at me, telling me that there was nothing wrong with being a boy and those who told me that I should have been a girl were only telling me lies. I should have known better than to believe their lies.

After that meeting, I had to apologize to everyone I had hurt with my cruel words and deeds. I also had to apologize to my parents for pretending to be something I wasn’t supposed to be. (Plus, I had yet to receive an apology from my relatives, but that’s a given.)

The Mayfly knows who you are, and if you step out of line, she will hunt you down and sting you to submission. She doesn’t play games with your life and neither should you.

StoryADay 2017 (Part 1)

Once again, I’m getting ready to start this crazy little project called StoryADay 2017. The object of this project is to write a short story everyday in the month of May. You might think that someone like me, who wirties everyday for a living would be able to handle a bit of writing.

Guess again.

Sometimes I come down with writer’s block and I can’t seem to move forward. But luckily for me, StoryADay gives you a prompt and you have to create a short story using that prompt.

So far, I have written for StoryADay for the years 2013-2016. This year will be no exception, as I’m going to write some intense short stories that will hit you where it hurts the most.

So what are some of my favorite short stories from StoryADay?

Well, I have a few short stories listed, and they are as follows:

  1. The Necessary Reboot (which describes a TV show like My Little Pony)
  2. Catching a Criminal (and its prequel “The Case of the Perplexing Story“)
  3. We Worship Hobbits (a tribute to the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien)
  4. The disappearance of a non-existent boy (genderflipped version of a previous story)
  5. Whatever Happened to Anastasia Elan and Treasure Dara? (a fake magazine article on two famous girls)
  6. “Promise Me” (a historical fiction version of the famous scene in “Game of Thrones”)
  7. Love is Sweet, My Friend, But It Cannot Change This Story (and its prequel, “The Runaway“)
  8. In 30 Minutes, Three Cousins Get a Reality Check (in which the “9/11 Averted” story is flipped on its head)
  9. There’s a Woman in the Men’s Bathroom (my response to the transgender bathroom controversy)
  10. In the end is the beginning (how one of my stories is going to end)

OK, I’m going to stop right there, but the stories I have listed are available for reading on the blog Stories in 5 Minutes. Thank you for reading this blog post and I’ll see you on Wednesday.