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NaNo starts in thirteen days! So here I am posting the summary of the novel I've been OBSESSIVELY PLANNING. And this summary was a pain to write let me tell you.

Devil's Food
Young Adult

Cindy Chase has two options post-graduation: go to college or take a year off and get a job. Her one hope for employment is The Cupcake Gallery, a small bakery owned and single-handedly run by twenty-one year old Lacey Finch. Cindy lands the job but only barely, and once on board she comes to realize that baking and decorating a few hundred cupcakes everyday isn’t as easy as she anticipated—not to mention the arduous task of dressing up for the theme days Lacey is always brainstorming.

But learning how to properly frost violets is the least of Cindy’s worries.

In the fairytale-obsessed town of Little Cinder, superstition is something taught from birth. Carrying warding charms, hanging horseshoes above doors, trying to pass legislation that will ban the killing of spiders—these are ways of life for the townsfolk. So why aren’t Cindy’s charms working? Why does she still feel something watches her at night even after she purifies her home?

It isn’t long before the watching evolves into something more malevolent and being with Lacey is the only thing that makes her feel safe. But there’s only so much the comfort of one lovely girl can do against the threat of the monster Little Cinder most dreads...


Just the way I like it.
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Since the wipe of the entire NaNoWriMo website is coming in roughly ten days, I thought I'd post my 2010 novel info here. You know, for posterity and such.

Red Words

At eleven years old Ashton Casey learned that he’s not like most other people. Most people don’t see letters in color. They don’t identify voices by their hues and they don’t associate the shrill sound of their mother’s car alarm with even shriller yellow. At seventeen he has a name for it--synesthesia.

His previous life--a small home on the lower class edge of the suburbs, a little sister getting ready for her first year of high school, and a single mother struggling from paycheck to paycheck--is uprooted in only a few months’ time. His senior year finds him cushioned in the unfamiliar luxury of The Queen’s Theatre, the apartment suites located on the upscale side of town, paid for in full by his mother who just earned her fortune launching a chain of highly successful coffee shops. Charlotte, his little sister, died in a bus accident at the beginning of summer and Ash is thrust into grief counseling. Through all this, Ash clutches tightly to his best friend Ethan and the colors that stay mercifully familiar even in this new life.

But his precarious new reality takes a shift with a single envelope found in his pile of mail one morning--an envelope meant for the room above his. He delivers the letter to the enigmatic inhabitant of room C-14, a gentleman of unknown origin and fortune. Days after their encounter, Ash can’t get him off his mind. He’s stuck on this man who speaks in gorgeous red, who’s seen more of the world than Ash knew existed, whose refined taste masks dark ideals, and who will ultimately unravel Ash’s life strand by fragile strand.

Last year was my second year doing NaNo and my first time winning. I reread this beast earlier this year and it was a lot better than I remembered. It still sucked all over the place but after a few rounds of editing, it's actually not half terribad. It's still never going into the world though. It's staying right in my binder for my own amusement.
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Originally posted by [ profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [ profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.


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