‘Pink Punch’ Excerpt – Nanowrimo Project

It’s almost a week into Nanowrimo. I’ve been smashing out words whenever I get the chance. And so far I have just over 9000. I thought I’d post an excerpt of one of the scenes I’ve written so far. This is literally straight out of my head and onto the (digital) page. It’s unedited, but should give a decent insight into what this new novel is about. (Short answer: superheroes, armoured super-suits, supercars, superpowers.)

I hope you enjoy. Please keep in mind it’s unedited, and I do plan to give it a proper rewrite and edit before finalising, but any comments are appreciated!


Kris stared up at her bedroom ceiling. At least tomorrow was the weekend. So it didn’t matter if she couldn’t sleep. Dad was really starting to get on her nerves. How was watching a couple of vigilantes fight going to hurt? It wasn’t like she was going to step between them or anything, just watch.

“He just needs to chill out,” she huffed at her ceiling. She understood his job was stressful, but still.

She rolled over and tried to get comfortable. In the darkness, unable to sleep, her mind was mulling over things. Not just her father.

Irritatingly, she’d started to think about Calvin. She hadn’t met him before, so he probably didn’t go to her school. Or he’d just moved, or something.

Kris huffed again. She wasn’t sure why what he’d said bothered her. Maybe it was, because, she’d been just that little bit impressed that he’d stood up to Butch. But only a little. In reality, it was stupid. I mean, Kris was pretty sure she’d stand up to someone if they picked on her. She knew how to look after herself, and her Dad had taught her a few things. But putting yourself in danger for a couple of whiny little kids who couldn’t be bothered to learn to skate properly. “Silly boy,” she muttered.

Her phone let out a little burp. Kris rolled over and picked it up. A message from Butch. They were hanging out at the skate park. Well, it was Friday night, she couldn’t sleep. And one good thing about Dad being on night shift, was that’d she’d be home before he was.

She slipped out of bed, slipped on shoes and her jeans and a shirt. Then crept downstairs and picked up her skateboard. As she slipped out the front door, she peeked over the fence, to the family’s shed in the back yard.

Mum had been spending almost all of her time in there, since she’d lost her job. Dad jokingly called it her ‘office’. Tinkering. Making things like the EMP she’d pulled on Tommy. And, presumably, finding herself a new job. Not that there seemed to be much of that happening.

The light was on inside. Which meant Mum was still out there, nutting out some problem. She wouldn’t be back in the house until she crashed; she’d be too tired to even check on her daughter.

Kris grinned, jumped on her skateboard and skated off down the street. She rounded the corner, and scooted off to the side as the glare of headlights, followed by a beefy rumble, came up from behind her.

Whoa. Someone around here had a decent car. And where had it even come from? They lived in a cul-de-sac. Must’ve been one of the neighbours…

The car rumbled past at low speed, and Kris saw it was a Mustang. A bright pink Mustang. She squinted and frowned faintly. And, then she realised who the Mustang belonged to. Only one superhero had a bright pink Mustang. Pink Punch.

What was Pink Punch doing here? And why was she stopping?

The pink Mustang stopped, and the window rolled down.

Okay, so the costume and the poor Mustang’s paint job were horrible. But, Kris had to admit, Pink Punch’s powers were pretty cool. An armoured suit that not only protected her, but could replicate almost any weapon in her hand. Pink particularly favoured large beefy gauntlets – perfect for punching bad guys.

And she was going to get to talk to her! Where was her phone?

“Kristina Lacey Mahrone! What the hell are you doing out here in the middle of the night?!” The faint mechanical buzz that always overlaid Pink’s voice, disguising it, was still there. But the tone and wording were dead familiar.

Kris dropped her board and felt herself flush, oddly enough in the current circumstance, at the use of her middle name. The board clattered on the asphalt. “I… wha…” How did…? Kris’ heart began to race, her jaw hanging open. “Oh my god… Mum?”


If you are doing Nanowrimo, check out my page on there, and friend me if you’d like. 🙂

 

I’m doing Nanowrimo this November!

Which starts tomorrow! I am currently panicking because I don’t feel ready. But I never do, and it hasn’t stopped me before. So it should all be good.

This year, I’m doing a superhero novel. I still haven’t figured out technically what genre this is, or if it’s its own genre, but I can figure that out later. I’ve just set up the synopsis, and (quite frankly dodgy, but I can tweak this later) cover on the Nanowrimo website. You can check them out here.

I haven’t given up on my Splintered Earth series. Rough (seriously rough!) draft of the second book of this is sitting in Scrivener (and the back of my brain) stewing. 😉

If you are doing Nanowrimo, feel free to friend me on the website.

Writing Prompt #2

She knelt down and reached a hand through the iron bars.
“Go away.”
“It’s okay,” she said. “I’ve found a way to fix you.”

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Another writing prompt! Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Are you interested in seeing free content from me online?

I wanted to run an idea I’ve been toying with past you all.

I’m working on a few different writing ideas, as well as developing the second novel in the Splintered Earth series. What I’m thinking of doing is posting up some of my writing in the earlier stages of drafting, as free content. This would help me by getting feedback on what I’ve written, and also encourage me to write a little quicker and keep my motivation up. I would then be able to post up ideas and shorter stories I’m toying with, as well as work that is more developed towards a proper novel sized piece of work.

Once I get feedback and continue to develop them like this (and decide that something in particular is going to become a novel) I would take the free content down and proceed through re-writing, editing, etc, like I normally do, and release on Amazon (or other avenues if I can get into them… 😉 ) But of course this would mean that the actual content would quite likely change drastically between the first time being posted, and finally being published.

There are a few platforms I can post on. The ones I’m looking at for the moment are:

Inkitt – I’ve already got a profile on here, and a few things posted. This site ends up looking really clean and pretty, but seems to have a fairly small community, so sometimes hard to get feedback. You also can’t post feedback unless you’re a member.

Wattpad – This is a lot bigger than Inkitt, and I think it’s easier to post comments and feedback. I haven’t posted anything on this one before, but it looks pretty good.

Fiction press – I think this has been around for ages.

On this blog – Of course, the other option is just to post any bits of writing straight to this blog. But that does limit feedback to people who follow, or stumble upon it. Obviously if I post on the other platforms, I would make sure to include a link to it from the blog.

But what I want to know for the moment is: is anyone interested in seeing my writing before it reaches final stages and is published? Leave me a comment, or click here to fill out the short poll and let me know. Thanks everyone. 🙂

Cairns Writers Festival

I went to the Cairns Writers Festival over the last weekend. I had a great time and learnt a few things, and also came across some good information and contacts for furthering my writing and publishing.

FRIDAY

I arrived in Cairns about 2PM and dropped off my books at the festival book shop. I hadn’t seen anyone buy a copy by the time I left the book store but a teenage boy picked up a copy and looked at it… then his mother made him put it back.

SATURDAY

Started off with an interesting session on writers that have switched from non-fiction to fiction. I bought a book which was part of a series by Craig Cormick, who was one of the writers on the session panel . He has a science background; the book itself is an amalgamation of fantasy and historical characters and folk tales. So that should be an interesting read. I also attended a session on crime writing (both fiction and true crime) and my Mum (yes I went with my Mum) bought the fiction crime book so I’m going to pinch that off her when she’s done. (Note: It is handy to have family members who like similar stuff to you, as paperback books are fairly expensive and you can share!)

I also talked with a guy from an assisted publishing company. I’m going to send him some of my files, and if they’re approved, they’ll offer me a contract to help publish my books. So I’ve got an avenue for getting my books out to more locations (bookstores, online, etc), you know, should it be well written enough. Here’s hoping!

SUNDAY

Today I went to some sessions on publishing. I learnt a few things about how I might be able to access/approach traditional publishers. Apparently approaching them is easier than getting a literary agent at the moment! Which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

In the afternoon I went to a session on creating characters with Anna Campbell. As I want to improve my writing of characters. I seem to be on the right track. Covered information like revealing character through dialogue and secondary characters. So more like revealing your characters through your writing style and techniques.

All in all, had a good time! 😀

Camp Nanowrimo – Week 4

Well… I’ve been really slack keeping my journal up to date. I’ve been writing most days, but haven’t made it anywhere near my target of 70,000 words. My current word count is 47,000 words.

I’ve decided that my optimal for writing in a month is 50,000 words, which I’ve done before. This pace works well as I’m not rushing to get out words, but am able to think a little bit as I type (and between doing actual writing) about what’s happening, and what’s going to happen next.

However, I do now I have 47,000 words that cover most of my plot. I know what’s happening and that I have enough content to write this novel. So, new goal, I will be aiming to finish off my rough/first draft by the 12th of August. At which point I will start rearranging and editing!

Camp Nanowrimo – Week 3

Week 1.
Week 2.

Week 3 of Nanowrimo! This one’s a little patchy. I’ve been getting in as much writing as I can, but have done an absolutely shocking job of this journal. So, here’s what I actually got…

Thursday:
Okay, I’ve seriously been neglecting the daily journal. But… squee! My story is powering along and my characters have started telling me what I’m doing wrong with them and how they should be written. As of this point, I am not 100% sure who my main villain is, but I’m sure they’ll make it known closer to the end (too many of my characters are doing dumb things… makes it hard). And my protagonist has finally started thinking for herself and making decisions and propelling the plot. Guess she got tired of people dragging her around.

Sunday:
It’s lunch time, and I’ve written 2000 words. I’m into the action bits and it’s powering along nicely. I really need to do some more after lunch but I’m taking a break as I need fuel. I’m starting to think 70,000 words in a month is too much for me, it ends up that I’m trying to spew out a ton of words rather than thinking about what happens next. 50,000 I can probably do, so will see what I end up with at the end of the month.

As of week end total word count: 42,307

Camp Nanowrimo – Week 2

Check out week 1.

Week 2 of my Camp Nanowrimo log…

I’ve fallen a bit behind, but my word target was pretty high… hoping I’ll be into the story enough next week to get out more words. But, I’m not having any major sticking points plot wise, and it is still flowing, just not quite at my intended daily word count.

Day 10

Wrote 1000 words and couldn’t figure out what I was writing next. So went and plotted out the next few scenes. Came back at about 830 and worked on it some more. Without putting myself on a timer (like I usually do). Got out my 2400 words and am getting into the writing. I think I write better at night. Going to try doing about half my writing at night and see if I feel more inspired…

Day 11

Wrote 1200 words after lunch. Brain is not working. Did some more after dinner. Ugh… 300 words. Dead.

Day 12

Wrote approx 500 words before work. But plotted very briefly the night before what next scenes would be so I’m not left staring blankly at the screen. Maybe this is the way to go. Wrote ~1000 words when I got home from work, even though I get home later than usual. And more after dinner. Got 2500 words. Whoo! Going to plot what I want for next scenes now to see if this works again for tomorrow…

Day 13

1700 words…

Day 14

Whoops. got stuck! Thought I missed something out that needed to happen before where I’m up to now. Had to go back and plot/brainstorm on my giant blackboard wall. I think I have it figured out now. But… that’s what I’ve been doing this evening. So I only have like 200 words for today. Going to try write a bit more before bed… and 1900 words total.

Day 15

Yeah… I was slack and didn’t write today. Probably just needed a break.

Day 16

Wrote 1500 words this morning. And got distracted. It’s now nearly 9PM. Going to try and write a bit more before bed.

Current total word count: 28,800.