Monday, June 4, 2007

About this blog

This blog has been created to serialize my novel (and perhaps the novels of fellow writers) written in as part of a novel writing challenge I have been silly enough to undertake.

In case any of you arm-chair enthusists wants to participate along with us, here are the categories and ideas we drew our topics from. Feel free, also, to suggest ideas! We would love that. And we are going to continue drawing complications as we write, so your ideas may get used in one of our later chapters.

GENRE
Arabian Nights
Thriller/MurderMystery
Treasure hunting adventure
Western
Sci fi/Fantasy
Gothic
Stolen artwork
(jewelry, sports memorabilia, ...)
Time-travel
Travelogue/diary
Film Noir

SETTINGS
A cruise ship/ocean liner
New York in a blackout
Deserted island
Pillsbury Bake-Off
International Cat Show
A Train
Miss Teen Arkansas Pageant
Desert oasis
Space station
Bizarre candy factory

COMPLICATION FOR THE HERO
Disfigured
Circus performer
Running from the law
A hidden identity
Is an Egyptian mummy
Mutant powers
One armed
Addicted to Internet porn and American Idol reruns
A famous literary figure (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Darcy. Etc)
Painful history as an evil sultana’s harem boy

COMPLICATION FOR THE HEROINE
Cursed by an evil dwarf
Must avenge her father’s death
Owns a failing cherry orchard
Numerous bastard children
Has created a deadly invention
Linked to organized crime
Speaks to animals
“No holds barred” extreme cage fighter
Cyborg chip implanted in her brain
Princess in disguise

RANDOM COMPLICATION
Hurricane
War
Plague
Thieving in-laws
A lost colony/civilization is discovered
Herod’s slaughter of the innocents
Forest fire
Heavy taxation without representation
Someone is plotting to take over the world and must be defeated
A long journey on horseback

FORMATTING COMPLICATIONS
Includes extensive footnotes
Quotes fictional news articles
One character speaks in rhyming couplets
Liberal use of foreign accents
Chapters must be prefaced with appropriate biblical quotations
Chapters must be prefaced with relevant recipes and/or quotes from Julia Child
Quotes throughout from the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on “Grenada”
Includes transcripts of famous or fictional courtroom trials
Novel purports to be “factual” and contains appropriate notes on the manuscript’s discovery and origins
Hero or heroine’s original poetry is quoted in every chapter

NOVEL MAKES LIBERAL USE OF THIS ITEM/PROP
Machine gun
Dinosaur bones
Frozen mammoth
Suit of armor
Meat cleaver
Magician’s cabinet
Magic wardrobe that is gateway to another realm
English to Pakistani dictionary
Spray starch
Flamethrower

The challenge 'rules' allow you to abandon an idea after the first chapter if it is not working out.

This is the random prompt I got for my novel:

GENRE: Gothic
SETTING: New York in a blackout
COMPLICATION FOR THE HERO: A famous literary figure
COMPLICATION FOR THE HEROINE: Speaks to animals
RANDOM COMPLICATION: A lost colony/civilization is discovered
FORMATTING COMPLICATIONS: Novel purports to be "factual" and contains appropriate notes on the manuscript's discovery and origins
NOVEL MAKES LIBERAL USE OF THIS ITEM/PROP: Magic wardrobe that is gateway to another realm

The novel begins with the next post!

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