ABOUT MY SUPERHERO NOVEL

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Happy Saturday! We only have seventeen days left to panic before NaNoWriMo begins! *yay* Last year I wrote a post about what I was writing for NaNo (it's funny how much of that story has already changed since editing), and that went surprisingly well, so I summoned the courage to do it again. 

I'm linking up with the Beautiful Books Tag hosted by Sky and Cait! Thanks for supplying the questions and the community. :D

I first got the idea at the MYWW workshop! I was in Sabaa Tahir's class and our assignment was to create a world together. One of the suggestions was that when a child turned eighteen they would receive a special dragon-speaking ability. That's been done before, so I wanted to turn the idea on its head. What if kids were born with superpowers, but lost them upon turning eighteen?

That's where my story originated! So I've had it for... four months? It came right in time for NaNo and I'm very thankful. xD

SUPERHEROES! *excitement*

Oh. Wait. You mean an actual fancy-professional-like blurb? I'll try. :P
They receive a superpower upon birth. They lose it once they turn eighteen. 
Ten years ago, Tasia's brother was kidnapped by hero traders -- criminals who use children's powers for their own crooked exploits. Her parents haven't been the same since, now convinced that he's dead. But until evidence proves her wrong. she refuses to believe that it's true. 
Tasia and her superhero partners are stationed in a destroyed underground railway system. Guided by her power of light, they spend their days patrolling for possible threats... until they stumble upon a dead body. Officials order them to let stronger heroes deal with this case, warning of hero traders involved with the murder. Clinging to the hope that it might be connected to her brother, Tasia convinces her team to go undercover and hunt the villain of this victim. 
The dead body is only the beginning. They learn crucial information about a rising villain, and soon their mission isn't just about restoring Tasia's family, but saving hundreds of lives in danger. 
The clock is ticking. Can Tasia and her team put their powers to use before they disappear entirely?
[only a rough blurb because it's SO LONG and needs condensing. but it'll do for now.]
 
YESS. This is my favorite question because I simply adore aesthetics. They create this powerful vibe and mood. It's almost like envisioning your book in movie form? I don't know, man. I'm kind of obsessed.
-- flickering lights, soft echoes, baggy hoodies, crunching boots on loose rock, the sound of cars thundering over a tunnel, radio static, coursing adrenaline as you flee death's arms, power, cuts and scrapes, day old fast food, bold newspaper headlines, missed calls, the indescribable bravery it takes to stand against evil --

ALL THE BRAINSTORMING! Lots and lots of brainstorming. I used to despise plotting, but now that I've experienced how helpful it is, I don't think I can ever go back to my pantser ways. Yeah, some people think it's boring to know exactly how the story is going to end (presumably, ha), but until I actually write it... it hasn't happened. I still get to experience that thrill and excitement. *shrug*

Other ways I prepare: ordering NaNo merch, going to a NaNo event at my library (I'm a little nervous about that because I have NO IDEA what to expect o.o), picking a theme album for my story, eating pizza, upping my caffeine intake (I kid, I kid)...


Before I start introducing the characters, please allow me to take a moment to ramble on the struggles of characterization. For instance: WHY IS NAMING CHARACTERS SO HARD? I've created temporary names for them (as you will see below), but... ugh. I despise naming like I despise spiders and vegetable pizza. >.< I'm assigning them a title that they will go by for the rest of their life! And that I will have to type hundreds of times! That's too much pressure for my little heart.

I could go in detail and describe all of my characters... but I have a lot and this blog post doesn't need to be the length of a novel. :P Instead, here are their powers and my pathetic naming abilities.

Tasia - can summon little, burning orbs of light out of her palms. (her name is the only name I have so far. #fail)
Mindy - mind reader. (MIND-y. Get it? :P)
Wallace - can walk through walls. (WALL-ace. Heh.)
Isaac - is able to see through other people's eyes. (EYE-zack.)
Missy [side character] - never misses a shot. (MISS-y. she never misses. :P)




I am so pumped about writing with a cast of characters! My last novel, Where Shadows Lie, had only one main character and one side character. There's little dialogue/interactions in that book, and now I'm transitioning into a Superhero story with four main characters. It'll be very different, but I'm ready for the change.

I'm also excited about finishing the novel! Because... if you weren't aware (you should be), Marissa Meyer comes out with a superhero book, Renegades, on November 7th. I have it preordered, but since I'm also writing a superhero book, I'm forcing myself to wait to read it until I've finished my own novel. Even though my project will be plotted out by that point, I don't want to accidentally sneak in any threads of inspiration from her. It'll be agony to wait, but then my conscious can remain clear in case I spot any similarities. :P

I also can't wait to find a title. Eventually. Hopefully. *grumble* Titles are usually one of my favorite parts of creating a new story... but it's giving me a headache this time. Oh well. xD


one: the majority of the story takes place in the underground railways. They've been abandoned for a looong time. Decades ago a supervillain destroyed them by exploded the railway transports, taking hundreds of innocent lives. It might be fun to write a short story about it someday... but I'm getting ahead of myself. I haven't even finished plotting the novel. xD

two: the world is an alternate US reality/timeline. I like the idea of placing the unfamiliar in the familiar. Then the core of the world itself remains the same -- but the culture, organizations, and how the cities run is obviously very different because there are young superheroes everywhere.

three: tying into the point above, it's been really fun exploring how having superheroes would impact the culture! I've created schools specifically for superheroes -- tests detecting their powers upon birth, how to use and maximize their powers, and short-term institutes specifically designed to help them adjust to life after losing their powers and to help settle them in the "real" world. (PHEW that was a long sentence. Oops.) Once they graduate from the school, the heroes will be assigned a mission or a station and use their powers for the good of their city until they turn eighteen. 

[those were more culture/world-building stuff than setting... but oh well. :P]

Well, I already mentioned this in the blurb, but if you skipped past that... my MC's (Tasia) goal is to find her brother who was kidnapped ten years ago. She was only seven when he first disappeared -- just a bit too young to go adventuring into a crime-infested city. :P

Now that she's older, with an opportunity at her fingertips. a group of friends that have her back, and limited time before her powers disappear... It's either now or never.


There you have it -- all the juicy little details of my NaNo novel. I hope you're intrigued! I don't think I've ever been this excited about writing a specific story. Beside the title, the ideas have come fairly easily, and so far there's not a sign of a sequel (I could cry I'm so happy about that).

Here's my NaNo profile so we can become buddies and scream about words, and then here's my Pinterest board for this novel (because #aesthetic).

<3,
katie grace

what are you writing for nanowrimo?

101 comments :

  1. KATIEEEEE I LOVE THISSSS!!! They lose their powers when they turn 18. That is just brilliant!! *applauds* Oh my goodness, the temporary names of your characters are the greatest. I was laughing and had to read them to my mom. You are so funny and honestly creative to think of naming them that way! XD
    And oh my word - the part about naming characters and how it is too much for your little heart - I laughed at that, too. It's worded so cutely and is completely relatable. XD
    Seriously, though, I am so excited about your book! It is SUPER (ha, get it? XD) intriguing! :D
    I can not wait for NaNo to begin!! *screams and dies a little*
    ~Jaclynn~

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    1. EEE JACLYNN YOU MAKE MY HEART SO HAPPY. I'm grinning so big -- I'm glad my silly naming ways could make you laugh. XD

      Ehehe, I'm glad you think it's "super" intriguing. (I'm going to be making that pun WAYY too much with writing this book) I hope it turns out how I like it!

      YESS WE WILL ANTICIPATE THE BEGINNING OF NANO TOGETHER AHH.

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  2. This is so cool. I can't wait to hear updates about how it's coming once NaNo starts. I've told you about a million times what I'm doing for NaNo so I won't tell you again. Instead, I'll just say that I'm really excited to do NaNo for the first time! I've been rereading Aimee's old NaNoWriMo survival posts to prep lol. She's chalked full of writing wisdom.

    Btw I laughed so hard when you mentioned the reasoning behind your characters' names. ;D

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    1. Haha well I'm still excited for your NaNo project. I probably should've picked a different ending questions just since I naturally ask it so often! BUT I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ALLLL THE STORIES.

      *snickers* Hehe. XD

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  3. I love this idea so much! Just the kids only having powers is a really interesting concept (and the puns in the character names are incredible).
    I'm actually not participating in NaNo this year - although I would like to in future, I just ran out of time to even consider writing that much!

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    1. Ahh, that's always tough! I hope you'll be able to participate next year. Start planning now so it doesn't sneak upon you again. xD

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  4. *screams and screams and screams with excitement*

    Sorry, I'm just so excited by your fabulous idea that I don't even know what else to say! ACK I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO WRITE IT AND PUBLISH IT SO I CAN READ IT. :D

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    1. AHHH LILA. *screams with you* I wish the process of writing a book was easy as that sounds. All I need to do is write and edit and publish it! But... that takes so much timeee. *sniff*

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  5. KATIE I love this idea! I need it. :D

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    1. ALEA! You shall get it eventually. Someday. :P

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  6. Your superhero novel sounds super awesome! I never would've thought of that twist on the gains-powers-at-18 thing!

    Also, your character names amuse me. Please keep them. xD And I think that culture is sometimes the best part of worldbuilding, SO. Yeah.

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    1. I'm very tempted to keep them just since because I'm lazy and I don't have any other ideas. We'll see. Maybe I'll end up changing them somewhere in the fourth draft of edits. :P

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  7. I think Isaac works for your "seeing character". Have you tried finding names that mean "good shot" or "mind reader"? It's a long shot, but it may work...

    I like the superhero story so far!!

    Catherine
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    1. Yeah, rarely name meanings are that specific. But I'll keep looking. xD

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  8. Oooh! It sounds really interesting! I love superheroes....maybe one day I'll write a superhero story.
    I'm considering whether or not to do NaNo...This would be my first time, but I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to do it. :)

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    1. DO IT. And hey, you don't have to commit to the full 50k! Maybe you just do half! Even if you only get a certain amount of words, they're still words you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. NaNo is all about pushing yourself past what you're comfortable with, so do what's right for your life currently. :D

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  9. EEEP THIS SOUNDS AMAZING. Wow, I had no idea how much you had this fleshed out already! (welcome; you have conformed to the plotter's way ;) Your culture/setting section is so intriguing, and your AESTHETICS. o.O I think it's safe to say that I'm a little obsessed.

    Heh, your substitute character names made me giggle. :P But seriously, I think you should keep the name Isaac! Maybe not with that character since it might get a little tongue-twisty with his ability, but still. :P I like that name.

    I love the premise, too - that they lose their powers upon turning eighteen. I'm so curious as to why that is. o.o

    Ack, I'm so excited for you. :D This is going to be EPIC.

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    1. (I totally have. I'm seriously amazed by how I used to be a pantser? Because it makes NO SENSE TO ME. How could I possibly write a book without the end in mind?? Never again. xD) YAY I'm glad you like the aesthetics. I spent way too much time on them when I should've been plotting. :P

      Ooh, I might! But I know someone named Isaac, so whenever I type that name I automatically think of him. Ugh. Thankfully I don't know him too well so maybe I'll just try to ignore that fact. :P

      EE THANK YOU. Your excitement encourages me so much, Emily! <3

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  10. BRILLIANT BRILLIANT I love this idea...GAH KATIE you have the best ideas.

    Your aesthetic *dies*
    Your names *dies with laughter* If you need recommendations I'm always overflowing with name ideas.

    I need to hear more about this, keep updating us!
    And I hope your nano goes great Katie! xxx

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    1. AH ANNA THANK YOU. But don't die because that is not recommended. xD

      You're amazing. <3

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  11. Your NaNo novel sounds delightful! I also ADORE the names. XD I couldn't stop laughing at all the puns.

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    1. Hehe, thanks, Evangeline! I'm glad people appreciate my stupid humor. :P

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  12. HAPPY SATURDAY?!? HAPPY SATURDAY???!!!! I'M LIKE ECSTATIC OVER HEARING ABOUT YOUR NOVEL!!! SEE?? I'M YELING IN ALL CAPS. ALSO I THINK I MAY BE IN LOVE <333 YOUR AESTHETIC. BLURB. NAMES. everything xD IT'S FREAKIN COOL!! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS ONE YAY!

    (i can tell you that whenever i start working on mine i'll be running here plus looking at jane's idea to draw inspiration)

    Lisa

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    1. ASDJFKL; LISAAA I'M SCREAMING YOU'RE THE BEST. EEE NOW I'M EVEN MORE EXCITED TO WRITE THIS THING. *flails*

      (AHH YES. but... wait, where did Jane post about hers? o.o I stalked her site but didn't see anything. unless she maybe mentioned it to you separately?)

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    2. RANDOM NOTE: PLEASE KEEP YOUR TEMPORARY NAMES PERMANENT

      (ahh it was her author newsletter which you have to subscribe to. I can forward you the last in which she introduced her novel)

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    3. Well she's not exactly 'author'yet :P

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    4. AHH COULD YOU PLEASE?? I didn't know she had one so I'll go sign up for it asap :P

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  13. This sounds really good, Katie! Best of luck with it.

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  14. Oh my goodness, you have such a wonderful creative mind!! I LOVE the idea of turning the superhero power idea on its head with the kids losing their powers at 18. That's genius! I also ADORE your aesthetic board and the short description after it - great details. You've got to post little blurbs of the text in November because I am hooked. Super cool concept! <3 :-)

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    1. Eeep thank you! *excitement* I can't wait for November to come it's going to be awesome. (and exhausting, but... ehhh. details. xD)

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  15. Underground superheroes, murder mystery, this whole thing screams awesomeness!! I love the idea of kids losing their powers upon adulthood, it's such a refreshing take on the superhero genre!! Anyways it all just sounds SUPER cool! I'm already hooked :D

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    1. YAY! That is always good to hear. I can't wait to start writing. :D

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  16. Your novel sounds so good! Isaac's power, seeing through other's eyes, is so creative! WHEN CAN WE READS IT!?!?!?! Good luck on Nano! =)

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    1. HAHA IT'LL BE A LONG WHILE BUT I'LL MAKE SURE TO SHARE IF IT'S EVER READABLE. xD

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  17. Your novel sounds amazing :) Something that I'd love to read :) Good luck on Nano!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Jolly! I hope that someday you can read it. :)

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  18. Your novel sounds so cool!! I never would have thought up the clever superhero power twist. AHHH and I'm excited for Renegades too!! :D
    Your blog is so lovely! :)

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    1. YESS I CANNOT WAIT FOR RENEGADES TO COME! Let's be honest, I'm probably going to read it in one day. *cannot wait*

      Thanks, Nicole! Good to have you around. :D

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  19. UM EXCUSE ME BUT THIS SOUNDS AH-MAY-ZING!!! People that LOSE their powers when they turn 18???? Way to turn a stereotype COMPLETELY upside down! THIS IS THE BEST. The whole world and culture and everything is so appealing. I AM IN LOVE.

    Also, I laughed out loud at your characters' pun names. I think you should keep them! XDDD WALLace especially got me. Hahaha! PERFECTION.

    I JUST LOVE ALL OF THIS OKAY. I can't wait for you to write it! :D

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    1. OMG CHRISTINE YOU ARE TOO KIND. *blushes* Eeek. I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE IT. I can't wait to start writing! (and am also kind of nervous... but eh. details.)

      Eheh! I couldn't stop giggling once I thought of that name. XD

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    1. MAN I WANT IT TO BE FINISHED SO EVERYONE CAN READ IT.

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  21. WHOA WHOA THIS IS SO COOL. There's so much potential for cool worldbuilding and awesome character studies, especially since the main characters are all so young. The premise is super unique! Dude, I'm already invested in this.

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    1. RIGHT?! The potential is what makes me really excited about this story... but yet I'm worried my mind won't be able to expand it into the story this idea deserves. We'll see. :P

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I would so read this book! Getting me soooo hyped for my first NaNoWriMo, but also super nervous.

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    1. Yay! *excitement* And I feel the same way. NaNoWriMo is always a mix of "omgosh I cannot wait!" and "omgosh I can totally wait because I am not ready and someone send help."

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  23. Your NaNoWriMo project sounds sooo interesting! I'm usually not a fan of the superhero genre but I would definitely read it if you published it!! Your idea that they lose their superpowers at 18 is a different twist and I love your characters' temporary names. They are really funny.
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!!

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    1. Aww, that make me super happy! Hopefully it'll someday get published and I'll somehow convert you to the wonders of the superhero genre. xD

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  24. This is so intriguing! I just want all the superheroes + yOUR AMAZING TWISTS. And your AESTHETICS. *screams* *stops screaming because I've already done too much screaming*
    Jem Jones

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    1. AHH THANK YOU FOR APPRECIATING MY AESTHETICS THEY TOOK WAY LONG TO MAKE. I figured I should get distracted by them now, though, instead of getting distracting during NaNoWriMo and falling behind on my word count. xD

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  25. This story sounds really amazing!!! I don't usually like the sound of superhero books, but the description of yours really captured me! :) Also, if you ever want to have a title brainstorming session, I'd love to be of help. I find creating titles fun! Best of luck writing this!

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    1. Ooh, I'll definitely keep you in mind! That might be super helpful because I am coming up dry for title ideas. :P

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  26. WHAT EVEN IS THIS EPICNESS <3.

    Your story sounds AH-MAZING, Katie! Honestly, this is one of the best story ideas that I've heard of in a LOOONG time, I'm so excited to see what you do with it! (also can I mention HOW COOL it is that you're writing a superhero story when NaNoWriMo's theme this year is very superhero-y? It's very cool xD)

    I'm so so tempted to drop everything and try writing a superhero story for NaNoWriMo, but ... I has responsibilities to my stories that have DEADLINES. Blah xD.

    BEST OF LUCK with NaNo 2017, Katie! YOU CAN DO IT.

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. PSH YOU'RE TOO KIND. *blushes and hides* I don't know if I agree with that but thank you anyway. I just... eeep. I'm excited and so blessed to have been given this idea.

      (aND I KNOW IT'S SO PERFECT. I ordered myself a shirt and a mug because HOW COULD I NOT WHEN IT FITS SO WELL.)

      Ugh I want to tell you to drop all responsibilities and join the superhero writing group... but... I probably shouldn't. Sigh. :P

      YOU CAN DO THIS TOOOO. <3

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  27. This is so amazing Katie! I'm also doing NaNo this year, so its very inspiring to see others so pumped up for it as well! <3
    Honestly, your novel sounds so cool! (And it's aesthetic is just so beautiful!)
    (P.S. And honestly, I feel the same about the character naming dilemma. It's just so difficult for me to name my characters. Like what if by the end of the story their name doesn't match with personality at all???? *stresses just thinking about it*)
    Ok, I am done with the rant now XD. Good luck with NaNo this year Katie! Your novel is just epic!

    Sarah - { denimandtea.blogspot.com }

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    1. Aww, thanks! GOOD LUCK FOR NANO! What are you writing? I might've asked you that already, so I apologize if I did. XD BUT I'M SO CURIOUS.

      (RIGHT?! I guess it's always comforting to know that you can change it... but then the new name doesn't feel right because you have always called them by their old name... and... ugh. #writerproblems :P)

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  28. Oooooh, this novel sounds AMAZING! The concept is super cool and unique and I love the aspect of losing superpowers instead of gaining them at a certain age. And those collages are so great!

    Best NaNo wishes!

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    1. AHH THANK YOU! I'm getting really excited for NaNo to come. :D Will you be doing NaNo?

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    2. I am! :) I'm planning a fantasy fairy tale retelling for this year, with dashes of historical flair.

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    3. That's so cool because I'm doing a Beauty and The Beast retelling!!

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    4. Ooh, that sounds so awesome, Jameson! Fantasy + historical = awesomeness.

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  29. OOOH I WANT TO READ IT. xD Seriously, this sounds epic. And hey, I think your characters' names are quite clever. xD

    But Katie!! Why would you despise vegetable pizza?? That's unthinkable. :o

    The story I decided on for NaNo is really different for me. It's kind of a fantasy/thriller, and it's a combination of two story ideas I had come up with but didn't have much to work with on their own. I also have a cast of four characters, and in a way I guess you could say they're superheroes too, because I have a doctor, a cop, a firefighter, and maybe a paramedic. :P

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    1. AWw, thanks. XD

      BECAUSE YOU'RE RUINING PIZZA BY PUTTING DISGUSTING TOPPINGS ON THEM. *shudder* Like, mushrooms and peppers are just not meant to be combined with the glory of cheese pizza. It's basically a crime.

      I love your story idea so much! Especially how they're superheroes in a different sort of sense. IT'S SO TRUE.

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  30. Holy guacamole how have I not found your blog until now? Your pages are so PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL AND AESTHETIC AND ASDFGHJKL!!! I am in love!!!

    And dude!!! Your story sounds absolutely EPIC!!! I am fangirling so hard right now. Superheroes are the best, and YOU MENTIONED MARISSA MEYER'S NEW BOOK AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! Marissa Meyer is my FAVORITE author (that is still alive... :P ) and I can't wait to read Renegades! I don't have it pre-ordered because #broke, but I did enter a contest she's hosting to hopefully win an arc! If all else fails, I'm asking for it for Christmas. XD (although how I shall wait that long is utterly beyond me. XD )

    I can't believe NaNo is coming up already, but I am so excited for it! I'm not writing a brand new novel, though, since the book that I started LAST year is still undergoing its second draft. So this year I am going to be a rebel and hopefully finish the second draft during November... (keyword HOPEFULLY XD )

    Anyway, your book sounds absolutely wonderful and I cannot wait to hear more about it. Like seriously, losing their powers when they turn 18??? That has NEVER been done before. It's so unique!!! I'M JUST GONNA GO PUNCH THAT FOLLOW BUTTON, OKAY? Okay. XD

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    1. WELL HOLY GUACAMOLE I'M SO EXCITED THAT YOU'RE HERE BECAUSE YOUR COMMENT WAS LIKE A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE. xD Now I'll need to go check out your blog as well. :P

      MARISSAAA! Dude, she's honestly my favorite author, too. I met her last year and that was still one of the best experiences ever. *fangirls* I wish she was coming to my city for the Renegades tour, but, alas, she is not. *sniff* Eek, Christmas would be a long ways away BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT FOR THE BEAUTIFUL STORY.

      Gasp, rebel! But the first year I did NaNo I did the same thing -- rewriting a draft I had already written. It's something you got to do eventually xD AND NO "HOPEFULLYs." YOU WILL CONQUER IT.

      Aww thank youu. *warm fuzzies* I'm so excited to write it! :D

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    2. HAHAHAHAHA!! XD Isn't it so much fun to say??? #guacamoleforever Although, I've never actually HAD guacamole. Green stuff doesn't look very appetizing to me...

      OH MY WORD. I met her last year too!!!!!! It was on her Heartless tour, and my family drove 2 hours both ways just so I could meet her!!!! It really was one of the most amazing experiences of ever!!!! But I was so nervous and excited that I sort of rambled like an idiot. Oops. XD Oh no!!! I'm sorry... It doesn't appear as though she's coming anywhere near me, either... :((( (WAIT...did she actually come to your CITY last time??? That is so COOL!!!!!) UGH, I KNOOOW!!! Christmas is FOREVER away, but at least I can focus on NaNo with no temptation....right? Maybe??? *distant sobbing*

      I KNOW, I KNOW. SOMEONE LOCK ME UP IT'S ABOUT TO GET CRAZY IN HERE. XD Oh my word!!! That's like EXACTLY what I'm doing, except some parts are editing, and some parts are complete rewrites. Do you have any tips for survival? I could use all of the help I can get. XD AWWW!!! Thank you so much!!!!

      It's gonna be fantastic!! GO! WRITE ALL OF THE WORDS!!!

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  31. *flails* KATIE THIS SOUNDS AMAZING.

    I've always, always, always LOVED superheroes. If ever there are superheroes involved I DEVOUR IT. *ahem* Hence my Marvel obsession. XD Also, I love your makeshift character names, haha! :D

    *scuttles off to friend you on NaNo site*

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    1. EEEEP! *flails with you* And I'm the same way. It's only fitting that I finally write a book about superheroes since I'm so superero-obsessed. :P

      I friended you back! ^.^

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  32. THIS SOUNDS SO BRILLIANT WOW I WANNA READ IT.

    Hailey
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  33. ACK. *screams* THIS SOUNDS SO COOL, KATIE. *flails* That is such an epic concept and eeeep I can waaaaiit to hear moooore.

    I still can't get over the epicness that somehow we both decided to do Superhero novels for NaNo this year. It's kind of crazy but also really cool.

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    1. *flails* eeee I'M SO EXCITED. To write mine and also for you to write yours because WOW IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING. You'll have to message me if you come up with any other plot ideas. :D

      I KNOW. IT'S GOING TO BE SO EPIC. o.o

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  34. YeS KATIE This is such a cool, quirky idea. I'm excited to see where it goes!! And also: Your pinterest has inspired me. I've never really done aesthetic-y pinterest boards but this year is different. I'm trying your method of storyboarding stuff instead of my "use anything that looks remotely similar no matter the quality" method.

    I forgot about the beautiful books tag. I... may come out of my hiatus for it. *coughs* for novel planning nano prepping purposes, of course... ;)

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    1. OOOH I stalked you on Pinterest and YOUR BOARD IS GOING TO BE SO NICE. I used to be that way -- if it even remotely had anything to do with my story I'd pin it on the board... but now I'm rather picky with color schemes and only pins that are perfect. :P

      DO IT. PLEASE.

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  35. You are a brilliant human being - having powers only to lose them? Awesome. I love the tension even the idea of that creates! Must. Beta. Read.
    I'm not writing a whole novel for NaNo, just finishing the first half of the second novel in my fantasy series, The Wandering. Cause I should probably do that at some point and it makes me feel like I'm doing something for NaNo even though I have literally no time. *cries*
    Super looking forward to this story of yours! :DD

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    1. EEK. A beta reading stage is VERY far away... but I shall keep you in mind if I ever reach a point where I need some. xD

      Ooh, that's fun! How many books are going to be in the series?

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    2. Pretty please do!

      A great number too many, lol. Something like ten-ish. It's my own personal LotR-esque epic which I expect to take many decades of my life, it's already snatched away one. XD

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    3. O.O WHAAAT. Ten? I'm... I'm shocked. HOW DOES ONE PLOT THAT MUCH PLOT? o.o

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    4. They let it suck up ten years of their life, lol. AnDefinitely it probably helps that I'm kind of addicted to that stuff!

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  36. DON'T SCARE ME WITH STATS ABOUT HOW SOON NANO IS *runs and cries*

    Also, oh my gosh, this is the coolest idea!! I love it. I can't wait to hear even more! And I totally feel you- names are THE WORST. They kill me.

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    1. AH SORRY WHOOPS. xD

      asdjklf; YAY. You're "super" awesome, ha. xD

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  37. Hi I'm Lizzy and I don't comment very much on this blog but AAAAAAA!!! I am SO crazy excited about this story!!! *tries to calm down* If you're ever short on beta readers (yeah, I'm probably getting ahead of myself here) then let me know. I'd love to read it. ;)

    ~Lizzy

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    1. Hi, Lizzy! *welcomes you to the comment section with pizza and cookies* EEEP THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCITEMENT! Beta readers will be a looong ways away, but I appreciate you jumping to it. XD

      What are some of your favorite books? Just a random question because I've never talked to you before and it's fun to get to know new friends. xD

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  38. AHHHKFJLDFHKDJSFHDS IT'S SO BEAUTIFULLLL *weeps tears of FEELING* I cannot wait for this story!! EEEEEEE! *flails for the rest of eternity*

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    1. AJSDKFLL;JA HANNAHHH I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO READ IT SOONNN. <3 (I say "soon" but who knows how soon it'll actually be, haha. :P)

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  39. Great posts! This is my first NaNo... And your first paragraph NEARLY made me panic. ;D I'm freaking out!! But as long as I remember I'm doing this because I love to write, I have a story in my head, I would love to one day have it published, and that this WILL BE fun; THEN I'm good. :] So excited!

    And this story sounds AMAZING!! Will we get to read any snippets??

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    1. OOPS. Sorry. (kind of. It's good to induce a little bit of panic every once in awhile because then it usually motivates people to get to work. xD)

      I can't wait to hear how your first NaNo experience goes! You're going to rock it. :D

      EEP we'll see! My first draft writing isn't usually that shareable... but I'll make sure to post snippet-worthy sections if there are any. :P

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  40. I have fifteen days. I... Don't think I'm doing NaNo this year.
    I saw your idea and immediately thought "babies that sometimes disappear." Are superpowers a problem with little kids who don't know how to use them, or do they have to be trained before they can use them at all?

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    1. Awww. Well, there's always next year or one of the Camp NaNoWriMos. :D

      Hehe. They're totally a problem! But upon birth they're closely monitored with many safety precautions in place. Even then, there are still baby disappearances or accidents. :P

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  41. I KNEW IT. I KNEW THAT THE WEEKEND WE WENT CAMPING YOU'D POS ABOUT YOUR NOVEL. BUT NOW I HAVE READ IT AND OMW IT SOUND AMAZING!
    I'm writing a speculative Harry Potter fanfic about two Slytherins! Basically magic got banned and it has to do with illegal magic userrrs and I'm excited!
    Also your title could be something to do with flickering liiiiights that sounds like it'd fit.

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    1. MWAHAHA YAY I'M GLAD YOU LIKE IT. And how was camping?? Hopefully not too cold?

      OOH, yay fanfiction! Especially Harry Potter fanfic. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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    2. It wasn't cold, but it rained the last day and all the tents leaked. BUT WE GOT WAFFLES SO.

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  42. Oooh, this looks so cool, Katie!! I love superhero novels and there aren't enough of them in the world. I also like the twist on getting your powers at eighteen. Very clever. Good luck, I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

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    1. Yay, this is good to hear! I can't wait to write it and get it out in the world eventually. :D

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  43. o.o Yesssssss. I shall be trying to continue my draft of my actress story thing. I've hit about the halfway point. So I could potentially finish it in November if I hit 50k!! But we'll see ... my goal is to have the draft finished before year's end ;)

    Those character names xD I like Tasia, though! xP I'll message you a few articles I read recently with some cool names.

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    1. YESSS. Oh my goodness, I want this book so badly. And I can't wait to hear more about it! *flailing*

      Huzzah! I'll be looking out for that message. :P

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  44. Katie. This. Sounds. So. Cool.

    By the way, this is Pip from Pip and Lolly. I just sent you an email;)

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    1. YAYY. *happiness*

      Ooh, okay. I'll make sure to check it out!

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  45. This book sounds soo cool, Katie! =D Rock on, girl! And the names are great - puntastic. (also my novel has an Isaac so AYY) I hope you have an awesome NaNo and that this book goes far! =D
    This is my first NaNo (ahh) and I'm rewriting my novel, Jump. Which is basically about a small town that takes a turn for the worse as 'odd sightings' occur and crimes happen... but get tossed under the rug. And it's up to a handful of teens to try and figure things out when a boy vanishes entirely... so yes. I'm pretty excited ha!
    God bless you!!
    -Ang | thepeculiarmessenger.worpress.com

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  46. OMG this sounds so good! If you need beta readers I'm sitting over here with my hand waving in the air soooo...

    For NaNo I'm writing a horror with a contemporary vibe. The MC is actually a ghost and she's stuck in purgatory, trying to find her way out before it's too late and she's stuck there for good. The idea of after life and reincarnation has always fascinated me so as soon as the seed of this idea came to me, I knew I had to write it for NaNo! :)

    Astrid
    www.astridkaniele.com

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