October 30, 2007

NaNo Troubles

I’m glad that the last sociology paper is over. I’m not glad that I didn’t get to present yet, as I’m raring to get the presentation out of my system. I was so into it last week, but I guess – well, never mind. Let’s hope a few things that shouldn’t kick in won’t kick in at all.

Also having troubles with Nano. There are now three novels up for grabs. Almost is all about a man who loses his fiancee in a car accident and who tries to forget her after. He spends the next few years of his life trying to rebuild his existence: he marries another woman, has children, and has a good job. He also carries a secret: the fiancee he lost also mailed him a packet before she died, and the packet, though it reached him, is still in a drawer on his shelf.

One day, in his old age, he opens it, and finds a map enclosed. It is a special map, the old and tattered letter says: it will lead him to find some treasure that she has buried, but she will not say what it is.

What follows is a journey, from Rome to Germany, the US Midwest to the Philippines, from country to country, in search of treasure buried long, long ago. But what truly transpires is a journey, where a man who once lost a part of his heart will find it again, and rebuild the life he did not know he never had.

I call Almost my tearjerker novel, but I quit after a few thousand words. It’s too heavy to take right now, and it’s making me cry.

The Doors in the Mist is an apocalyptic novel. Humanity has long thought and pondered, but it does not know the power of the inner workings of its mind. Unknowingly, humanity has created ghosts, and these ghosts, long constrained in the nether regions, are ready to rise to the surface. When the earth undergoes a major earthquake, all these thoughts come to the fore, these former ponderings and dreams – they appear as ghosts, and they threaten to slay humanity and wipe it off the face of the earth.

A hero and heroine, separated by oceans, strive to find each other through the turmoil of this dying earth – and their individual journeys show them ways how the ghosts can be returned to their hiding places – and how the world can be saved. By pushing the ghosts back into the doors in the mist, they hope to end a war that has souls battling each other for power, and humans trying to forget their pasts in the hope of securing a better future.

The Fragments of the Last Letter is probably the most fun to write. It tells the tale of a young woman who receives a cryptic break-up note from her boyfriend. It shows no sign of a goodbye or a sorry, and strangely, it keeps her from going out on the town and getting herself a new man.

And, strangely, her family doesn’t seem to mind the letter. In this homage to a fun and irreverent brood, the novel tells tales of how a family’s members have survived through decades of dearth and disorder – all with happiness and optimism that the heroine has long since ignored, but must now emulate. It is only through the tragedy, and through the fragments of her letter, that she can learn to find her own strength – and prepare herself for the happiness ahead.

So, three novels – and I’m writing them and using them to cope with stress. So fun! So strange! So – well, I don’t know, so crazy?


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