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NaNo-day 1 (well, now day 2)

Here it is, 2 in the morning, but I have finished 1613 words (which somehow comes out as 1601 words when I upload the scrambled doc, but that's okay) of Magestico's Pocket Circus--I started over from scratch, so the little bit that I posted back on LJ some time ago doesn't count as a beginning.

Here is the teeny tiny excerpt I posted there:

“Parents love surprises. They love seeing what their kids can do—it makes them very proud. And you have a rare talent. Think of what they would say if they could see you, not just balancing on a tightrope, but practically dancing on it. And everyone cheering—think how proud they’d be.”
“You think so?”
“I know it.”
“I better go and ask them though. It’s after 7 now.”
“Let them sleep in—parents need their sleep on the weekend. I have a collection of postcards in the van—you can write them a postcard and explain. You can send one every day to let them know your progress, if you want. Then they’ll know you’re fine and won’t worry. Look, here comes Mary. She knows where the postcards are. Mary! When you’ve got Prince Charming settled, come and show Melanie the postcards. She’s joining us, but she wants to write her parents.”

I don't know if I can do this and give LJ as much attention as I usually do, so if I don't comment much this month, you'll know why. I will**definitely** be reading everyone's updates, though.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
As I said, it's inspiring to follow the day-to-day unfolding story of your work! :) So, what is this book about -- parenting?
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! No, this is an adventure story about a girl who joins a very small circus. The circus master has made a deal with some minor demons that gives him great powers of persuasion, so he is able to get what he wants (for example, persuading this girl to come away with him), but every day he has to use those powers to persuade the demons not to collect his soul! He wants to create a wonderful circus that will transport people away from their daily lives--if he can do that, he'll have achieved his aim. Meanwhile, the children in his circus all have their own pasts and their own desires.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
That's amazing ... How did you come to this idea about circus? It is not something that people live in their regular everyday life... so, it must be some particular reason for you to get yourself into this mental adventure? :)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure--partly from a story I read about a circus, partly because I like stories about wanderers and people who aren't really a part of the places they travel through, and who seem mysterious, and partly I guess because of the romanticism of a circus. And I am impressed by acrobtics and things like that! Also, I like Tales of Hoffmann-style fantasy! (You probably know about ETA Hoffmann and his tales, but if not, you can read a little bit about him--and them (there are links to e-texts)--here: http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/hoffmann.html)
Nov. 8th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh yes, Hoffmann of course -- I was thinking of his influence :) Thank you for telling me about this!

(sorry for the late reply: I didn't have Internet access for 5 days)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
If you are writing something as nice as that...we will wait patiently for the times that you can post!
Nov. 2nd, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
(I am such an addict--I will probably post frequently anyway...)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
What nerve you have! I would never start a project like this! Good luck to you! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And like anyone who has been somewhat unwillingly persuaded to embark on something, I have to hasten to PRESSURE YOU! to try it. Think how proud it would make Frank and Sally :-)

C'mon--you could do it stream-of-consiousness-style like You Know Who! I have a friend who might do that. C'mon, try it, you'll liike it!!
Nov. 2nd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
hahaha. No thanks, ma'am. I gave up writing fiction with my last creative writing assignment.

A terrible failure.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I am strongly in favor of new graduates NEVER having to do anything that reminds them of school, so I guess you're off the hook. I'll have to find some other thing to tempt you with....
Nov. 2nd, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
I LOVE the opening line of this:

"Parents love surprises." On my second read I instantly envisioned Pennywise dressed in a somewhat slim suit offerinf the girl baloons. Of course that's just the way my mind works. Not to mention playing on all of my kidnapping (desires) I mean fears...
Nov. 2nd, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
Moldering cakes
That story you just told me about the moldering cakes. You'd better use it in your story. That's priceless.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Moldering cakes
haha! I might. i've been thinking of things to add all morning.

did I ever say that I love that icon? because I do.

Nov. 2nd, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I love this passage!
I love your insights into parents!


Thanks for sharing : )

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