Stepdaddy’s Blood: Looking For Betas!

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 Her stepdad died the year she was born. Her mum doesn’t make sense as she tells the story, and Allan begins to suspect that she’s not the White Ass’ bastard child. She recruits her spanish teacher, Pireto and her best friend Johanna to find D.N.A. to test. But they find a suicide that might have been a murder.  

 I’m at a standstill with Stepdaddy’s Blood. My regular beta readers don’t know that I’m queer and I’m afraid some recent changes will give it away.

I feel a little guilty because I offered to beta read before and didn’t read all the way through. But if you’re reading this, you’re here, so here’s the opening:

 She reckoned the trunk was the natural place for roaches to die. Emma Allan Packyard has to convince the landlord that the bugs all died, but they weren’t just dead; they were gone. She opens the old trunk.

For obvious reasons, I don’t want to post it all here. I’ve posted about it:

 Stepdaddy’s Blood: A WIP

Stepdaddy’s Blood/ WIP Update #2

Stepdaddy’s Blood/ WIP #3, In Tweets

 My ideal beta reader is 16-24 years old (Allan is an 18 year old senior in high school.) Knows some spanish and can give specifics about why or why not things work. Allan is exploring her biromantic asexuality, but you don’t have to be queer, just open to reading about queer people.

 If you’re really interested, you don’t have to fit any of these! As long as I’ve seen you online and I know you can be serious, please email me at brittainagof@gmail.com. Please include a link to your blog and/or twitter and goodreads.

 My idea is to send 1 chapter of around 1,000 words per week in a google doc you can comment on. In return, I can feature your underrated blog posts in a monthly wrap-up. If you have a better idea, please let me know. I have no money, but I have brains and time.

 Let me know if you’d like to see monthly updates on Stepdaddy’s Blood here. And I promise next week will have real book discussions. 

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MaSoNaNoWrMo/ Moving On!

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I’m maybe, sorta doing Nano this month. It’s a month dedicated to writing 50,000 words, or one novel, in a month. I’ll be working on Stepdaddy’s Blood and experimenting with memoir. Due to homelessness, I haven’t been writing anything outside of my diary. I can’t link my Nano right now, but I’m BritDMurder6 if you can find me. How do I link my Nano? I’ve seen it done on twitter.

I always thought that I’d just diary write until I die, and then whoever I outlive would go through them an publish what’s consumable. But I’ve been reading a few memoirs lately, and while most of them are by celebrities, it’s a fascinating genre.  

I’m still committed to Sepdaddy’s Blood, but it’s been hard. By switching between the two, I think it’ll be easier to keep writing when one runs dry or  inaccessible. 

Stepdaddy’s Blood/ WIP #3, In Tweets

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 How do you guys want my future WIP updates? More tweets? Snippets? Overview of the pain this is causing me? 

Handmaid’s NaNoWrMo Count

I wrote 909 words today. A good day, for me.

Cause usually I write nothing.

I only wrote cause of a deadline.

My total word count is 2,910 which is ok because it’s a play, which should have a shorter wordcount cause all the description is left to the director.

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Reading-wise, I finished The Handmaid’s Tale over a week ago but wasn’t able to post about it cause there’s no internet at home. 

Long book short, women are sex slaves. Awful, terrifying premise that based its terror on the truth of our oppression. I recommend it to every one of mature age on this planet, and other planets that have a history of oppression. I would not recommend it to those aliens just starting to learn about Earth, or Terra, or the third planet from Sol. You would get the wrong impression.

Good night.

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Demon Writers

 

 

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4TheWords is overrated. It’s basically a writing tool that lets you write and battle wooden demons simultaneously. I have this word document open right now, with a still photo of the marionette Tamarix challenging me to write 1200 words in the next 1 hour, 51 minutes and 40 seconds.

It’s not even writhing. There’s no flames or a jug of holy water or Sam & Dean in fake official uniforms that they can take off.

Don’t spoil it for me! I just finished season one.

I heard about it via my writer’s group. 4TheWords, not Supernatural. That was Pinterest. They made it sound so much fun, like the demons clouded your pinterest and you had to write to clear them. It’s not like that, it pauses when you’re on Pinterest. You’re lousy.

 

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I’m finally reading The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s so fracking terrifying. Terror is most terrifying when it’s truthful, and though it’s not exact, it does mirror some old practices, such as taking a concubine, and the general ancient idea of a patriarchy. It reads like a diary, and even mentions the diary form in Margaret’s intro. (Yes, I read those. Does anyone else?) I’m only on the fourth chapter, but to be fair, I started it at eight pm. It’s ten. I had to eat and pretend to do homework, OK?

I tried starting Imagine That, but it didn’t speak to me. Too much flubber.

I’m tiers. Don’t catfish. Be like Sherlock. ‘night.

 

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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,

Right.

SHERLOCKSHERLOS……………i’M OK.

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!

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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.

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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?

I WANT MY READERS TO FEEL MISERABLE LIKE THE END OF SHERLOCK SEASON 2.

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

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

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