Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NaNoWriMo...once more. :-)

I'm still getting an award post together (it's taking me a bit longer than I'd thought. And my brain has been really *out* since November 1st. Go figure.), so please, bear with me.
Until then, I though I would share a NaNoWriMo calender that I made in my spare time. :-) I kind of went crazy with it-but it was fun and will work great as the desktop picture for the computer. :-)

Here it is:

By the way, I *love* those sunglasses. I must get some, methinks. :-D

Ah yes! And so I thought, that while I'm posting about NaNoWriMo I'll share a small excerpt from my book with y'all. First, the synopsis:

It is the year 1811 when the McKie family decides to visit London for the season and leave their home in the hills of Scotland to find husbands for their daughters. They are utterly unprepared for the adventure, romance, scandal and mystery that await them. The three eldest girls find themselves wrapped up in the intrigues of London far too swiftly...

There is Bella, the eldest at home, with a clear head on her shoulders and a heart that is far away with the man she loves who is working for the King against Napoleon.

Then Ada, who though she dearly loves her sister, Emmy, she is extremely disapproving of her shocking ways. And don't ask her about Mr. Stanbury. For she is determined to reject his love suit.

Emmy McKie, at age fifteen loves a good romance novel and has decided that the man she marries must fight a duel for her. On top of it all she takes far too much delight (according to her sisters) in shocking everyone. And of course, she finds her own love, but he doesn't seem to return her feelings. And does he fight duels?

The season looks disastrous so far. And one wonders if any of the McKie girls will make it home the same?

And the excerpt: (This is the same excerpt from my NaNoWriMo page.)

Emmy wasn't sure of what to say, knowing that she was not his choice partner and he was only asking her as not to appear rude, she felt the slightest bit snubbed. After a moment of silence she stood up gracefully. "Indeed you may, Mr. Scott. I hope I am a descent replacement for my sister." Better to dance with someone who didn't precisely want to dance with you, but would, then to be a wallflower and look dejected by the wall speaking to strange gentleman whom one's sister has instructed one not to speak to ever again. Yes, this was the right choice. She tried to ignore the fact that Mr. Henry Scott was the ideal gentleman. I wonder if he would fight a duel? She shoved her foolish thoughts away.

He looked utterly surprised. "Oh, Miss Emmaline, you are nothing of the sort! I would enjoy dancing with any of the McKie sisters many times. I am profusely apologetic if I have offended you in any way. It truly was not meant." He looked honestly concerned.

She smiled, as if to reassure him, but more so to reassure herself. He offered her his arm and led her to the dance floor. She noticed his eyes dart to glance at her as they walked along. Is something wrong with my appearance? She thought to herself. Why does he keep looking at me? My hair must look dreadful... They swept into a round of Mr. Bevridge's Maggot and Emmy felt herself positively enchanted by the music and steps of the dance and marveled at the perfect footwork and grace of her partner. His eyes stayed on her nearly the entire time, and she felt uncomfortable under his scrutiny. But as she danced her mind wandered and flew back to her novel. Which made her wonder once more, if Mr. Scott would be the type to duel?

Please forgive the fact that it is not edited yet. Thus the *messy* writing. :-)

And lastly I give you this just because (I found this on Michael Thomas' blog and could not stop laughing. The song is "All You Really Need is Love" by Brad Paisley):

Have a marvelously blessed week!



Current Mood: good Good


lcrmum said...

Its all in wingdings. you cant read this particular post. the rest have been okay just this one. :(

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

I'll fix it! Sorry about that!

Elissa said...

hehe, I wish I could read wingding... :D

Ella said...

It's still wingdings....which I can't read =)

Elissa said...

Okay, so I copied it into word and "translated" it ;) I *LOVE* the calender, that is SO cute, but it's kind of depressing to see that I am 10,000 words behind *SOB* but anyway, it's really cute! (Oh, and that video is HILARIOUS!!!!)

Anonymous said...

That video even has Brad Paisley's sense of humor! It's great. Did you make is?

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

LOL! I'm SOOOOO sorry about that y'all! :-D I thought I fixed it, but apparently I hadn't. *blush* Agaain, SO sorry!

Elissa, Thank you! I LOVE it too! I still think you can do it, deary! Try eliminating contractions. That might help a *little* bit. <3


Robert L. said...

Nice post. Three of the members of my family are big Paisley fans, I think I will have to show them this post.

Robert L.

The Editrix said...

LOL! The video was hilarious - thanks so much for posting!

Jessica, I've tagged you for this meme. . . I don't know whether or not you want to particapate. I think this particular meme has been going around for some time, you may already have done it a while ago!

P.S. I love the new blog look. I've started using the Austen mood themes. . . they're a lot of fun! I'm not brave enough (or web-literate enough!) to do a complete blog overhaul yet, but you've inspired me to give it a try one day :)

Maiden Meghan said...

This is so cool, Jessica!
Such progress!
I started one November 7th but....have about 48,000 words to go. Yikes. It's good for me to have a deadline and the whole principle and general idea of NaNoWriMo is great! Will you be posting any chapters of the novel on your blog-it would be a neat weekly/bi-weekly feature. Just an idea. :) I love the Jane Austen-ish theme of the blog and your book, too!

Tara Janelle said...

Your calendar is so cute! Phew! That's a lot of words! Are you keeping up according to your calendar? The song was pretty funny too!

Bailey said...

You're almost there with the novel!! I believe you'll be the second Literary Lass to complete one. ;)

I couldn't help laughing at the "disappearing bride" once it dawned on me. LOL

Jasmine said...

Great progress, Jessica! I hope we get to read the whole book ~it looks lovely. :-)

Hilarious video, by the way! I'm pretty picky when it comes to country music (I'm not a true country fan), but I *love* Brad Paisley.

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Robert, Glad you enjoyed it! I'm a big Brad Paisley fan too! :-)

Editrix, You're welcome! I actually haven't done that one yet and am so pleased to finally be able to! I saw it going around the internet some time back but was never tagged! Thank you so much for tagging me, I will do it as soon as I can!

Meghan, I actually have *other* plans for my novel, but thank you very much for the idea! I'm still cooking up a way that I can share it with select people. I'll probably post about it when I come up with something!

Tara, Thank you! I WAS keeping up with the calender and then I had this night where I wrote more than it said so now I'm a bit ahead. :-D

Bailey, Really? Y'all have probably already told me before, but who is the other LL that completed one?

Jasmine, Thank you! I'm working on ideas of how to share it with y'all...I'll let y'all know when I come up with something!
I know, that video had me laughing SO hard!! I'm not a *big* country fan either, but I do happen to like Brad Paisley...and a few other misc. Country artists. :-D

Thank you very much y'all for your kind comments!

In Christ Alone,


Ella said...

I agree with Jasmine, I hope we get to read all of your novel. I need to be working on mine some more....but since I don't have a deadline, I'm safe.

You know, I was glad to know you like "some" Country. I am in that boat. There are quite a few good songs out there, but you do have to wade through the junk =)

Have a blessed weekend!

Michelle said...

I can't wait to see the whole book when it's done either. I'm sure it'll be great. :)

Funny video!

Ana Smith said...

Great video! I posted it on Facebook. ;-)

Calendar: cute, cute, cute!
I am NOT a masochist!

You might want to think about Cafe Press as a self-publishing option. :-)