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Honorable Mention: Retold Tales-Animated Movies

Well, I threatened and now I’ve done it. Here are three more books or fairy tales retold as animated movies that I just couldn’t leave out.

Lion King1.  The Lion King (Disney, 1994

Amazingly enough, The Lion King is Disney’s retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  I remember hearing that when The Lion King first came out in theaters and thinking, “Incest, madness and everyone dies.  This will be a delightful Disney animated movie.”

For those of you who do not know anything about the Shakespearean play, or refuse to watch anything with Mel Gibson in it (not a problem for me, btw. A cute guy is a cute guy), Hamlet is the tragic story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, whose father dies and almost immediately afterwards his mother marries his uncle who has become king. Visited my the ghost of his father, Hamlet is charged to bring his father’s murder to light, and becomes obsessed with doing so. The king, his uncle thinks he has gone insane and sends him away, plotting to kill him.  Hamlet gets away and kills the father of his lover. His lover goes insane because of his erratic behavior towards her and kills herself. His lover’s brother conspires with the king to get revenge and challenges Hamlet to a public duel, while poisoning his blade. The king slips poison in the drink which will be given to Hamlet during the duel should the brother fail. The bother cuts Hamlet. Hamlet runs the brother through. The queen drinks the poison, and Hamlet kills the king before dying himself from the poisoned blade.  Yes, fun for the whole family.

Fortunately, Disney did not stick to the original story, and brought in many funny characters to lessen the blow caused by the death of Simba’s (Hamlet’s) father. One of the best changes is that Simba’s love interest does not kill herself, and as her father is never introduced, he also doesn’t die, which allows a happy ending to be produced, after the hero defeats his uncle of course.  And then there is my favorite scene from the movie, where Timon and Pumba dress in drag and do the hula.

Aladdin2. Aladdin (Disney, 1992)–Now, the original tale of Aladdin is a Middle Eastern tale that was incorporated into Antoone Gallard’s translation of  One Thousand and One Nights, but the story is set in China (unlike the Disney’s version of the tale which is set in Aqraba wich is in Palestine). However, most of the people in the story are Muslim, not Chinese, leading some to believe that the story might be set in Turkestan with encompasses Central Asia and the Chinese province of Xinjiang).  Of course, the setting is not quite as important as the story.  You see, though Aladdin does indeed get recruited by a sorcerer to extract the magic lamp from the magic cave of wonder in which Aladdin gets trapped, in the original story, Aladdin has been given a magic ring from which a jinni (genie) appears to help him escape the cave and it is not until his mother tries to polish the oil lamp that they discover the more powerful genie of the lamp.  Aladdin does have the genie make him rich and powerful, and he marries the emperor’s daughter, in the story, the princess is betrothed to the vizier’s son, not an object of lust and power for the vizier himself. Also the vizier is not the sorcerer.  The sorcerer makes another appearance after hearing about Aladdin’s good fortune, and poses as a merchant trading old lamps for new, which Aladdin’s wife hears about and trade’s in the magic lamp not knowing of its importance. Then their is a battle or magic and wits that Aladdin wins with help from the ring genie.  And of course, the sorcerer had a brother who tries to kill Aladdin later, but Aladdin is warned by the lamp genie and kills him first. Finally, Aladdin becomes emperor after his father-in-law dies.

Now, the movie version is a lot funnier.  Of course, it would be with Robin Williams voicing the genie of the lamp.  And the songs in the animated film are some of my favorite Disney songs.  They made the story simpler by getting rid of some of the characters and adding the animal friends that Disney is known for.  I think each story stands on its own and both have the power to keep Scheherazade alive for a few days longer.

The Secret of NIMH3. The Secret of NIHM (Don Bluth, 1982)–If you have not seen this wonderful Don Bluth film, drop what you’re doing right now and go find it on Netflix. You will laugh listening to Dom DeLuise voice Jeremy, especially when he finally meets Miss Right.

Of course, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was one of my favorite books as a child.  In fact, I still have my tattered copy on the bookcase in my bedroom.   From what I remember about the original story (it’s been a while since I read it), the story does not vary too much from the animated film.  Though I’m not sure that the move of the Frisby house was as dramatic as the move of the “Brisby” house (as the main character’s name was changed for the film).  The storyline is as follows: Mrs. Frisby’s son Timothy is ill and would not survive a trip in the cold to their summer home, safely away from Farmer Fitzgibbon’s plow.  So, Mrs. Frisby must find a way to move her home.  She saves the life of a crow who was about to be killed by Dragon, the farmer’s cat, and he suggests that she visit the Great Owl, which she does.  The owl upon learning her name, suggests she go to the rats who live in the rosebush near her home.  The rats, unbeknownst to her, had been friends with her late husband, who also had escaped from NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) where they had been experimented on and gained humanlike intelligence and longevity. She seeks help from the rats and her house gets moved.  In the film, an evil rat named Jenner tries to kill the leader of the rats, in order to stop the Plan, which calls for the rats to live independently of humanity and stop stealing their resources (as it seems the rats also gained morals with their intelligence, though not all of them it seems). In the book, Jenner is presumed dead, because he left the rosebush, where the NIMH rats live because he disagreed with the plan.  Definitely, not as dramatic, but still a good read.

Anyway, those are my honorable mentions.  Let me know if I left anything good out.

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Julie’s Top Ten Animated Movies–Retold Tales

Though I’m a book fiend, I’m always excited when they make a movie from a book or story.  Most of the time the book is much better than the movie.  Sometimes the movie and the book can both stand side by side as wonderful compliments to each other. And on rare occasions, the movie is better than the book. I am especially fond of animated movies and have been impressed with how they have retold some of the world’s best stories (old and new).  Here is my list of Top Ten Animated Movies—Retold Tales.

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  1. How to Train Your Dragon—(Dreamworks, 2010) This delightful movie is loosely based on the middle-grade book (and series) of the same name by Cressida Cowell. What I love about this movie is that it completely changed the book’s original story, while keeping a lot of the humor of the book.  In this way, we can enjoy both the book and the movie equally, without constantly saying, “That’s not what happened.”  In the book, all the Vikings in Hiccup’s village have dragons and they are required to train them by “yelling very loud.” Unfortunately, Hiccup’s dragon does not respond to that kind of training. So he must find another way to “train” his dragon.  In the movie, they reversed the premise so that Hiccup is the one introducing his village to keeping dragons, which they have been treating as enemies.  I applaud both the author and the screenwriter for giving us two stories that are fraught with humor and able to capture the imagination of so many.

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  • Beauty & the Beast—(Disney 1991) Along with Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast is one of the most retold tales, resulting in several books, movies and even a television series.  However, no one can deny that the Disney animated version not only tells a beautiful story, but the extraordinary animation made this movie an instant classic.  Of course, in the original story, told in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Belle has two sisters, who are also part of the story, and before going to the sea to check on one of his ships that had returned to port their father asks if they would like him to bring them back something from his journey.  Belle’s sisters ask for jewels and fine dresses thinking their destitute father had regained his riches with this ship, but Belle only asks for a rose as none grew in their part of the country. Of course, he has not regained his riches and returning home empty-handed, he becomes lost in the forest.  Stumbling on a palace, he sees a rose garden and thinks he could at least bring Belle her gift. But with the taking of the rose, his real trouble begins, as the beast who owns the castle demands payment for the rose in the form of the merchant’s daughter.  Now, the Disney version paints the beast in a harsher, more selfish light than the original story, but none can deny the growth of the selfish beast into a handsome prince, even before the transformation, is as good of a story as the original, which deals more with learning to see past what someone looks like in order to discover true love.

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3. Tangled—(Disney, 2010) After Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast, I kept waiting for Disney to tell the story of Rapunzel.  Surely the Disney animators were not going to just leave one Princess hanging.  So, I was excited when I first saw the trailer for Tangled, and the movie did not disappoint.  However, in the original story, Rapunzel becomes a princess after being rescued, instead of being born one as in the movie.  While pregnant, Rapunzel’s mother craves a certain edible plant (rampion or rapunzel plant) and begs her husband to bring her some.  He steals the plant from the garden of an enchantress who catches him and makes him promise to surrender his child to her when it is born.  When the child turns twelve, she locks the child up in a tower, where they use her hair as a ladder for the enchantress to reach her.  The prince finds her. They fall in love. They plan an escape. Rapunzel unwittingly gives them away (by saying her dress is getting too tight. Can we say pregnant, boys and girls?).  The enchantress cuts Rapunzel’s hair and casts her out. She draws up the prince using Rapunzel’s cut hair. He jumps out of the tower to get away from her, and is blinded by the thorns below. The blind prince then wonders through the country and finally comes to the place where Rapunzel (and his twins) live, and her tears restore his sight.  While the enchantress accidentally gets herself trapped in the tower by dropping Rapunzel’s braid.  I have to say I think the Disney version is a bit more action-packed and the plot line more understandable. (I never understood why all the bad guys in fairy tales wanted to steal children, and I know parents who would have given them their kids for free.)  Plus, the heroine is stronger and bolder, and the storyline less prone to the necessity of having a “birds and bees” conversation with your 5-year-old.

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  • Chicken Little—(Disney, 2005) I have to admit, when I heard that Disney’s next animated movie was going to be “Chicken Little,” I was not overly impressed.  Remember, there was still a princess out there they hadn’t animated. After all, Chicken Little (or in other parts of the world Chicken Licken or Henny Penny) is a folk tale about a chicken that believes the sky is falling after an acorn hits him on the head, and then he proceeds to cause hysteria before being eaten by a fox.  Moral of the story: Don’t believe everything you are told.  Of course, in the tradition of folk tales, sometimes the story ends with Chicken Little getting away from the fox.  The moral of that story is: Don’t be a chicken.  While the original is a fun story, the Disney version of this tale is ultimately more entertaining with its aliens, its touching father/son relationship, and Chicken Little’s ultimate redemption for the panic he had caused. Pair that with the voice talents of  Zach Braff, Gary Marshall and Don Knotts and some kicking songs, and it’s no wonder this is my number 4 pick.

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  • Sleeping Beauty—(Disney, 1959) I love the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty for several reasons. One of which is that the animators didn’t use the typical Disney style of animation and instead tried to match medieval art.  Disney wanted Sleeping Beauty to look like a walking illustration, and I believe he succeeded.  Also, the illustrators put more detail in the animals and the background than they had previously, giving the animation richness and depth.  One other point that I would like to make (which is the reason my brother also loves this movie) is that Sleeping Beauty is the first animated Disney fairy tale where the prince has a name, Phillip.  As for the original story, the “wicked fairy” was wicked because she hadn’t been around the kingdom for a while and people thought she was dead so they forgot to invite her to the shindig when the princess was born.  She showed up anyway, but they didn’t have enough parting gifts so when it was her turn to “bless” the child, she cursed her instead. A final fairy does keep the little princess from death by saying that she will “fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awoken by a king’s son.”  Also, instead of going away as she does with the movie, the princess stays with her parents, but spinning on spinning-wheels is forbidden because of the curse.  Of course, the princess finds an old woman who doesn’t know about the king’s decree against spinning wheels and low and behold the princess pricks her finger and falls to sleep. And the good fairy that saved her from death puts everyone in the castle tosleep and causes a ring of brambles and thorns to spring up around the castle to protect the princess and the others sleeping inside.  After 100 years pass, a passing prince braves the brambles and finds the princess.  The princess awakens, sans kissing and then there is something about his step-mother trying to eat her, but then getting eaten herself.  Yeah.  Needless to say, the movie is a bit more appetizing than original tale. Plus, there’s kissing.  Kissing is always good.  And I love the dueling fairies. Pink. Blue. Pink. Blue.  Unfortunately, Sleeping Beauty was a box office flop, and the Disney studio didn’t return to fairy tales until 1989 with the release of The Little Mermaid.

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  • The Little Mermaid—(Disney, 1989) Well that was fortuitous. You probably won’t believe me when I say that wasn’t planned, but c’est la vie.  Now, I love Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales.  I don’t know why. They aren’t very happy, but I had already read The Little Mermaid before I saw the animated version.  I was in Junior High, but I remember thinking, “How are they going to spin this one?”  You see, in the original story, she doesn’t marry the prince.   That’s right! She saves the prince from drowning and falls in love with him, but she never marries him.  Why? Because he thinks this other girl (the one who finds him on the beach) was the one who saved him. (Happy Thought #1). The little mermaid visits the Sea Witch and exchanges her tongue for two legs, though walking will always be like being stabbed by swords (Happy Thought #2) However, she will only obtain a soul if she finds true love’s first kiss. Otherwise, she will die brokenhearted and disintegrate into sea foam at dawn on the day after the prince marries another woman. So, she meets the prince, and though the prince loves her, he does not fall in love with her. He has fallen in love with the girl who saved him (remember the other girl) though he doesn’t know who she is.  Wouldn’t you know, this girl turns out to be the same princess that his father wants him to marry? (Happy Thought #3)  So, guess what, he marries her.  In the meantime, the little mermaid’s sisters have made a deal with the Sea Witch.  All the little mermaid must do to come home is to slay the prince and let his blood drip on her feet.  (Happy Thought #4) But she can’t do it and chooses to throw herself into the sea as the dawn breaks.  She dissolves into sea foam, and turns into a spirit.  The prince and his wife try to find her, but they never do. Needless to say, the Disney version is much happier.

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7. Shrek—(Dreamworks, 2001) This movie is loosely based on the picture book of the same name by William Steig about a young ogre who dreams of leaving home and seeing the world.  Like How to Train Your Dragon, the book and the film should be treated as two separate entities.  For though the picture book is cute and a must have for any little boy, it has nothing to do with the storyline of the movie. In fact, the only character they have in common is the character Shrek. (That’s right. No matter how many times you read it, Donkey never appears) Still the movie’s clever fairy tale-esk storyline, and hilarious bro-mance has launched 3 successful sequels (though I wasn’t too fond of Shrek 3 myself).  And with its humorous banter, this fairy tale that is not quite right, and yet oddly perfect resonates with people of all ages, as an misunderstood, antisocial, bully of an ogre shows that he has a heart of gold.

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  •  Anastasia—(20th Century Fox, 1997) This is the only movie in my list that is a retelling based on a real person.  The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia.  She and her family were killed by the Bolshevik secret police on July 17, 1918.  She was 17-years-old.  Rumors of her possible escape have been circulating since her death, especially since her body was not discovered in the mass grave that held her mother, her father and three of her sisters.  Several women claimed to have been Anastasia, but they have all been disproved and in 2008 Russian forensic scientists found and confirmed the remains of Anastasia and her younger brother Alexei.  Still, the 90-year mystery makes a wonderful story, and the Fox Animation Studios did an excellent job turning it into an animated film, with the voice talents of Meg Ryan, John Cusak, Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer, among others. Of course, my favorite character is Bartok the Bat, played by Hank Azaria.  He may be a bad guy, but he’s got some great lines.  In the film, Grigori Rasputin is an evil man who sold his soul to the devil in order to bring down the Romanov family (Anastasia’s family) because they had thrown him out and disgraced him, but in reality the Romanovs always thought of him as a holy man, though others did not.  In fact, when the rumors against Rasputin got scandalous and the Tsar was forced to launch an investigation, it ended with the minister of the interior being removed from his position, not Rasputin. Still, it is believed the scandal and rumors that surrounded Rasputin led to the distrust of the Romanovs and eventually led to their downfall.  So, though the movie is based on real people, it is not based on truth.  Just remember that when the talking bat readjusts the talking corpse’s lips.  That’s not really what happened.

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  • Mulan—(Disney, 1998) This Disney film is a retelling of the Chinese folktale, the poem really, of Hua Mulan, who fought for 12 years in the army and gained high honors, without anyone ever realizing she was a girl, until she leaves the army, goes home and dons her old clothes.  This folktale has been around since the 6th Century and is one of the first poems in Chinese history to promote gender equality. The story was expanded to a novel during the Ming Dynasty and is one of the most popular folktales among the Chinese. When I saw the movie, I had never heard of the poem of Hua Mulan, but I did go to see the movie in the theater twice, which tells you something when you consider I was a poor college student working two jobs at the time.  Like Sleeping Beauty, the animators tried to reflect the time and culture of the story in the animation, but unlike Sleeping Beauty, Mulan did very well in the box office and even spawned a sequel, proving that people can connect with a brave, misfit girl who loves father and desperately longs to bring honor to her family.

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  • The Emperor’s New Groove—(Disney, 2000) Here I have to bow down in homage to David Reynolds, the screenwriter for this movie.  What an awesome idea to retell the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a selfish, arrogant, fashion forward emperor in an Aztec setting, and make the emperor’s “groove” or his selfish, instant-gratification be the thing that tricks him up.  In the original story, the emperor is conned by two conmen who promise to make him some clothes out of a material that is invisible to anyone who is unfit or unintelligent. So, in order to prove that he is not unfit or unintelligent, the emperor pretends he can see the clothes, and so do all the adults around him.  When the “clothes” are finished, the emperor “puts them on” and parades down the street in his birthday suit, until a child asks why the emperor is naked.  Well, of course, the Disney animators couldn’t really build a show around a naked man (prompting more birds-and bees discussions with precocious 5-year-olds), so they build it around a naked llama.  Ah-ha! Brillant!  Throw in a evil witch, a secret lab, a lovable dummy, and a feisty squirrel and you have Disney magic.

Now there are many more wonderful animated retold tales out there, and to tell you the truth I had trouble picking ten.  I may have to follow up with an Honorable Mention list, but I still believe these 10 movies reflect the best animated retold tales.  Don’t be shy in letting me know what you think.

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Fahrenheit 451

ImageThis year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.  So, to celebrate Half Price Books is reading and discussing the book this month.

I had never read Fahrenheit 451, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The story is set in the future, where people turn their walls into interactive television screens, overdose on sleeping pills and get their blood “cleaned” so that they wake up with no knowledge of trying to kill themselves.  And the job of a fireman has switched from putting out fires to starting them.  How did this switch happen?  People stopped reading, and so the need for books was eliminated.  In this world (the world of Fahrenheit 451) a person can be jailed or even killed for owning a book (which I believe is bit overkill, but then power is corrupting and knowledge can be a dangerous thing).

The main character, Montag is a fireman.  He is paid to set fire to books found in people’s homes.  However, his curiosity gets the better of him and he starts taking books home, little by little. His newfound curiosity and his resulting discontent with his life forces him to seek out others who question things and cling to the knowledge found in books.

Fahrenheit 451 is a warning to not become complacent in your life, to keep on questioning things, to keep on searching for knowledge and understanding, to take time to listen and wonder, to create and imagine…to read.

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Happy reading!

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Writing Contest

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Okay, all my NaNoWriMo friends.  You have finished your novel. Now you are wondering, what’s next.  Well, I found a contest on Twitter called “Dear Lucky Agent.” This contest is for Sci-Fi and YA novels.  You just mention the contest twice through social media, and then submit the first 150-200 words of your unpublished book-length work, including your email, links to the social media you used, your name (real name, not nom de plume, please), the title and a one-sentence description of your book (aka logline or pitch).

You could win a critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work by an agent!

This contest ends January 31,start entering!

To find out more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/a8msdw2.

Good luck!

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A Busy Couple of Weeks

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Okay, here is an update.  I finished NaNoWriMo! 50,000 words written in November. My novel isn’t finished but I’m going to try to finish it before January.  I have the “You’ve Won” graphic, but it’s on my laptop and I’m not on my laptop right now.

I did get sick by the end of November and had to force myself through the last 4,000 words.  My mom thinks it’s because I was running myself ragged and then trying to stay up half the night writing.  You see I have a full-time job and I also petsit. This year I have been at other people’s homes more than mine.  This requires a lot of driving and I never sleep well at other people’s houses.  I was at someone else’s house over Thanksgiving and that’s were I got sick. Plus I have a cat of my own (which is why there is a lot of driving).

My cat hadn’t been feeling well, so I took her to  the vet and she was diagnosed with diabetes.  By the time the tests had been run I was at someone else’s house again (Dec. 1-9). I went back to check on her on Tuesday, and noticed blood in her urine.  I had Bible study that night, so I had several groups praying for my cat, while I freaked out for the rest of the week, not knowing what to do since I was at someone else’s house.

On Friday, I took her back to the vet and he confirmed that she had an infection, though there was no blood in her urine.  I give God the credit for that.  The vet pumped her full of penicillin and gave her antibiotics.  I also got the prescription for insulin and syringes, which I will be filling today or Wednesday and making another appointment with the vet to learn how to jab my cat with needles.

Also, I have stopped petsitting. I’ve contacted all my clients and even canceled the job I had over Christmas.  She understood that I need to take care of Little Bit.

Anyway, it’s been a busy, emotionally draining two weeks.  The most fun I had was when my niece and I went to two movies.  I was sick and overdid it, which made me worse, but I did have fun. Right now, I’m just happy to be home.  Little Bit is happy too.  She didn’t stop purring all evening, and even took her pill well.

Thank you Lord for taking care of her when I could not. Please help me to learn how to take care of her now that she has this disease.

Please keep Little Bit in your prayers.

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40,000 Words and Counting

For the sake of National Novel Writing Month I have successfully switched off my inner editor and have been able to write 40,000 words so far this month. (I am tired. I am also starting to speak in a West Texas accent whenever anyone asks me about the book.

I have also realized the old adage “Write what you know” must be correct, because it doesn’t matter what I start writing about, my characters turn out to resemble someone I know, or have habits that I myself have. I have also realized that God tends to pop up in my writing as well.  It’s natural for my characters to pray and go to church because that is what I do.

Well, for the past two weeks I have been living in an imaginary town, dealing with imaginary problems, proving once again that the life inside my head is so much more interesting than the life I actually lead.  Move over Walter Mitty.

Let’s just hope that I’m not deceiving myself in my writing ability, because I would love to someday put this imaginary world of mine to good use.

Question: What can a game warden do if he believes the sheriff and one of his deputies murdered a man, but he has no proof, because the sheriff and his deputy are the ones gathering the evidence?

Pages: 150

Word Count: 41,151

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Desperately Want to Go Back

Okay, so I’m writing.  And I hit a snag.  So I sit there and stare at my computer screen. The blank space that follows my last word mocking me. And I keep thinking. I want to go back and read what I’ve already written in order to see where the next logical step is.  But I know that if I do that, I will end up editing, and that’s not the point of NaNoWriMo. The point of NaNoWriMo is to move forward. Constantly move forward. I will not go back and check my work.  that can wait until December. I must move forward.  I will not go back.

Pages: 52

Word Count: 14,423

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Curse You Paying Job

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cramped fingers

Sore back

Apartment littered with empty boxes of Chinese takeout.

Mind that cannot stop thinking about the next word that goes down on the page.

Like most of it so far, but can’t go back and change anything, yet. Not during NaNoWriMo.

I forgot how wonderful it felt to just sit down and write all day.  Oh, I got up every now and then to stretch and walk around the apartment when I was unsure of what to write next.

I am writing my novel in an accent.  A West Texas accent so I have a lot of practice. But by Sunday when I called some of the ladies in my Bible Study, I realized that accent was coming out of my mouth on the phone.

The first thing I thought this morning, after “how long can I stay in bed until I really have to pee, and why did I have a dream about working in a convenience store like I did when I was in college” was I left Joanie confused, Max angry, Eddye cooking dinner, and Will was about to come over.  Should I end the chapter now or have the meal and the nighttime confession before I start the next chapter. Dilemma.  And one I can’t solve until tonight.

Maybe I should have asked for November off.

Pages: 37

Word Count: 10,024

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NaNoWriMo–Day 1

Okay, here it is!  The first day of NaNoWriMo, and my first year to try to write a 50,000 page book in one month.  I have warned my friends (not that they’ll remember) and my family (my parents will remember) that November is off limits because I’m going to be writing.  I’ve finished most of my character profiles, my synopsis and a rough outline, jotted down some good notes as far as the duties of a game warden (one of my characters is one of these) and hunting seasons. And if I get stuck on something I’ll just call my dad who used to be friends with a game warden and has lots of stories.  I’ve even worked ahead on my Bible Study.

Goals for today:

  • post synopsis on NaNoWriMo site
  • write roughly 2,000 words

Things to expect in the future:

  • strange questions posed on Facebook and Twitter about hunting, cotton farming, cattle raising and word options
  • strange phone calls to family and technical support
  • practical famine, followed by binging on junk food and gaining weight
  • weekends that don’t see me out of my pajamas

Thanksgiving is going to be tough. I may have to take some days off at the end of the month to finish.  However, right now, I’m just going to concentrate on starting.

Wish me luck.  And if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, best of luck to you.

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Virtually Uneventful

ImageTuesday, October 3

Heard scratching above office ceiling

Curious

Put chair on desk and climbed up

Raccoon

Scared him more than me

Never knew raccoons hissed

Fell off chair

Fell off desk

Rode in ambulance

Sixteen stitches

Facebook status: My office has 36 ceiling tiles

 

ImageFriday, November 10

Walking into store to get groceries

Gunshots

Everyone hit the pavement

Bullet hole

Too close for comfort

Questioned by police

Interviewed by reporter

Two dead

One injured

Will need to replace fender

Before Dad sees

Facebook status: I forgot to get grapes at store

 

ImageSunday, December 24

Driving home for Christmas

Construction

Decide to take alternate route

Flat tire

Swerving in and out of my lane

Finally get pulled over

Broken jack

No spare

Dead phone

Present transfer

Friendly tow truck driver

Facebook status: Merry Christmas!

 

ImageSunday, December 31

Reviewing Facebook page

Discouraged

 To think nothing ever happens

Resolved

To live more exciting life next year

Run marathons

Try extreme sports

Distracted by cat

Nope, opossum

In house through cat door

Exterminator closed

Call police

Call animal control

Call Dad

Pack up cat

Head to parents

Facebook status: My life is virtually uneventful.

 

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