So Suddenly Halloween = NaNoWriMo

This is the first November I’ve been serious about writing 50,000 words in a month. Sort of. I’m writing a play, not a novel. I wrote the first and, for some scenes, second or third draft already. I’m a NaNo cheater.


 But I haven’t been writing. I used my characters for a playwrighting class, and while I would have nothing typed if it weren’t for that class, it also made me make up an illogical scene that I can’t use yet can’t get rid of. Should I leave it in and hope that no one is significantly bothered by the illogic of it?

I’m  not Shakespeare. Thank goodness, cause then I didn’t write Romeo and Juliet, but it also means I can’t write Hamlet. Some of my plays are better than good. Some look good on paper but look like a sitcom in action, not to mention the John Watson look I get a lot.

Me vs my audience

I post on a Saturday night because I found Beautiful Books via A Whisper Of Ink. Also because the haunted house here sucks even though they have vegan cupcakes. That good, and that bad. So I’m bored and read the blogs I’ve gotten behind on.

 Beautiful Books is doing a NaNoWrMo blogging linkup with questions concerning your work of art. 

Question No.1 

  1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?sfnkjjvddddjlkvds,jnvds,jnvbdsj,hbhegsjhkgdsliugew
  2. BREAKING NEWS BREAKIN G NESWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherlock: Many Happy Returns was a mini-episode made just before Sherlock: season three. If you knew about this and didn’t tell me, you’re already dead.


I love it, even though there’s no actual mystery and I can’t understand what half of Lestrade and Sherlock are saying cause there are no captions. If you find a captioned version for me, I will bring you back to life.

So, NaNo,



1.What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

Well… It’s a mystery play, inspired partly by my favorite mystery show and my old crush, who also loved my favSherlockSherloff…….I’m OK. It was originally supposed to be a novel, but as I’ve been taking a playwrighting class I realized the play format suited it better. It’s a pretty recent idea, maybe starting last May. So not that recent, but I did the bulk of jotting during the summer. Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. Note: Pumpkin Pie, unless stated otherwise, is not vegan. SAD.

2. Describe what your novel (play) is about

Allan recruits her Spanish teacher, Pireto, on a case: who is her biological father? They are from Oakland but have to travel to Napa to get her ‘sposed fathers’ DNA.

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Photo cred: HuffPo?

Picture that, but with a black background and a necklace string round it.

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

ALLAN- Consulting Investigative journalist-in-training. Wants to be Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes SHERLOCj Ravenclaw.

PIRETO- Allan’s Watson. A high school Spanish teacher that wants to write. Gryffindor, but not entirely sure?

RUSALKA, a fashion photographer. Slytherin.

Others are mentioned, but not enough to have a personality at this stage.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I love chocolate. I eat it everyday. But for the rest, I’m done. I wrote stuff. I mapped out stuff. I took over the kitchen and talked into the air about stuff.

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

The Sherly fandoming, obviously, although I kinda hate it when other mysteries reference Sherlock like we’re all bands emulating The Beatles.


7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

Napa, Pre-fire- Obviously, I thought of it before the fires, when Napa was just rich houses filled with drunk men.

Lake Berryessa, maybe?- Lakes are stageable, but I’m still going to maybe this. Lake Berryessa used to be an inhabited valley before assholes built a dam and flooded it.

Car time- They’re traveling from Oakland to Napa to Berryessa-so lots of time for chitchat about their fundamental life thoughts.

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Allan wants to find out who’s her father, but the man who supposedly is lives in another county, and would not take genetic questioning nicely.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel (play)?

Dude, now? Something about her father, maybe she realizes blood doesn’t matter.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?


Themes: Logic, logic, logic, needs a heart to function.

Happy end of Halloween, peeps. Happy NaNo ,weeps. Happy Deathday, creeps.


Published by TanyX Goffy

I am an author, poet, and playwright. My current WIPs are a doppelganger Dark Academia and sad vampires. I blog about YA LGBTQIAP+ books, with the occasional straight person book for diversity. They/them Wishlist:

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