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「戌年」連載小説 第8章

キャミー・タング著「戌年」連載小説 プロのドッグトレーナーであるマリ・ムトウは、厄年を迎えている。 犬小屋と訓練所の改築をしながら、いつも不服そうにしている家族と同居することになった。母と姉に言わせれば、犬の毛とよだれかけにまみれる仕事は、家族にとって恥ずべきものだという。彼女は元カレを説得し、数ヶ月間犬を預かってもらうことにした。しかし、彼の兄は、数週間前に彼女が誤って車に追突した、怒り狂ったセキュリティ専門家であることが判明する。 アシュウィン・ケイトウは十分な問題を抱えている。叔母が玄関先に現れ、同居を希望している。彼は彼女にすべてを借りているので、断ることができません。母親が家を出て行った後、ネルおばさんはアシュウィンと弟を引き取り、愛のあるキリスト教の家庭で育てた。しかも、弟のダスティもアパートを追い出され、居場所を求めている。しかし、彼は犬を飼っている。そして、その犬の飼い主は誰だと思いますか? しかし、旧友でオアフ島のノースショアでデイスパを経営する私立探偵のエディサ・ゲレロから依頼を受ける。マリの施設で奇妙な破壊行為があり、3年前に失踪したエディサの妹の財布を発見する。エディサはマリが危険な目に遭っているのではと心配する。警備の専門家であるアシュウィンがすでにマリを知っていることを知ったエディサは、忙しい若い女性を密かに監視することを彼に依頼する。 アシュウィンは、活発でのんびりとしたドッグトレーナーに不本意ながら惹かれていく。彼女は、幸せそうな母親を思い出させる。その母親の裏切りによって、彼は人と距離を置くようになったのだ。マリは、アシュウィンの冷たい外見を見抜き、彼が家族に忠実な男であることを認める。彼は、彼女のキャリア選択を批判するだけの母親や姉とは違う。 マリのバラバラな家庭とアシュウィンのバラバラな家庭の中で、過去を隠そうとする人たちから、彼らの周りに危険が迫ってくるようになる。彼らは、影で動く秘密に光を当てることができるのか? 過去に発表されたパートへのリンクはこちら。 *** 第8章 - 恐ろしくも真っ白な不動産書類 『みんな仲良くできないのかな?』 マリは無用に力を込めて箱に本を投げ入れた。最近、なぜ彼女は人生の中で全員と言い争いをしているのだろう?もしかすると、これは本当に悪いアイデア

NaNoWriMo

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Look out November . . . I registered for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for several years, but this is the first year I’ve actually registered for it.

To be honest, this is also the first year my novel-writing-schedule has happened to be timed right so that I can participate. In other years, I was either at the end of a manuscript, or I wasn’t even in the preliminary stages of plotting out the manuscript when NaNoWriMo rolled around.

This year, I am setting the goal of getting this next manuscript plotted out so that I can start working on it November 1st. I’d really rather not spend the entire month of November writing complete crap. I don’t have time—this manuscript is due January 1st. Therefore, I intend to plot my little heart out. I will even break out the Excel spreadsheets!

Technically, I can’t bring any previously written stuff to the table. Technically, I won’t—I’ll be writing all new words during the month of November. However, I already wrote the first chapter of this manuscript for my Marketing Info Sheet, and I’m not about to scrap it.

One of the founders is Chris Baty, and he wrote an amusing and encouraging book called No Plot? No Problem! especially for NaNoWriMo participants.

NaNoWriMo is NOT just for serious writers. It’s for absolutely ANYONE who has always wanted to write a novel but never got around to doing it.

So I hope some of you guys will join me in this! Why not, right?

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Writing: I posted a few links on podcasting for writers at the CAN Marketing blog.

Comments

Just Nancy said…
I signed up for NaNoWriMo, too. This is my second year. I love No Plot, No Problem. I'm trying to get my entire local RWA chapter to do this; we have a bunch of women who want to HAVE written but don't really do any writing. I'm president next year (provided no one else wants the job - yeah, like that'll happen) and it's my mission to get this chapter writing. Last year I literally signed up on 31 Oct and had no real plot in mind. Just an idea, and I haven't had a chance to go back and edit it. Now I have two other books that need polishing and here's November again. At least I'm producing, even if it's not sell-able yet!
PatriciaW said…
Me too! I'll be working on a manuscript that will be a contest submission at the end of the year. I've written and sold short stories before but this will be my first complete novel manuscript. I'm plotting now so I too will have something reasonable to work with at the end. Then, I'll polish the first three chapters, send them off, and keep working on the rest.
Anonymous said…
I signed up for it too and boy oh boy am I going to end up getting nervous!! I heard about it through a blogger who participated last year and she loved doing it. She also made it sound like a great idea. Then I'd kind of let it slip my mind. Thanks for reminding me! lol.

Now I just gotta plot out a novel before NOV 1st! Ha, yeah. I can see that happening!
Anonymous said…
I hope everyone does well. We will be gone some in November plus i don't want to start a new wip, so i won't be joining in. :) Have fun though and don't stress. Even if you don't hit the total word count, anything you do will get you further than now. :)

That's as deep as I can manage with a migraine hitting.
Tyora Moody said…
This is my first year signing up. I have written a partial outline for my second novel, so I going to use this opportunity to get it started.
Anonymous said…
I'm signed up but will have to see how my schedule looks at the time. My first year trying I made it to 50,000 words just under the deadline. What an amazing feeling to have produced so much material in such a short amount of time. It really expanded my idea of what was possible.

Good luck to you! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Mary DeMuth said…
I'm still on the fence about nanowrimo. I have a book to write, but I'm 7000 words in already. I'm just not sure.
Anonymous said…
I am in because I need motivation to actually get it written.
Anonymous said…
Well, I'm signed up! Have no clue how my manuscript will turn out, but at least I'll write my heart out all of November.

Writers, start your engines!:-)

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