Saturday, November 01, 2008

National Writing Challenge: Week 1

Looking for my NaNo contest link? GO HERE

11/7 ***WEEK ONE CONTEST WINNER DAY!!!*** Today was one of those days I knew was going to get away from me as soon as I forced open exhausted eyes. Didn't make quota, but my 1 week total is still in the running.

Okay, enough about ME...onto the CONTEST! WOW, I was impressed with the eighty entries I received (here, the NaNo forum, and MySpace), and what a tough job to choose ONE winner! With no further ado...


And somewhere between imitating the president and saying completely blasphemous things about organized religion, Alice fell in love.
Written by ".harmony," submitted on


It was as commonplace as talking about the weather now - sunny skies, and also a slight chance of serial killings, taking an umbrella advised.
Written by "Lynndenial," submitted on

She supposed one could flip a pancake with a flounder, but it would depend heavily on the state of the flounder in question.
Written by "chelonia," submitted here on the blog

The problem with living in Death's waiting room, Tammy always thought, was that no one was ever in a hurry to meet their appointment.
Written by "Johanna Ransom," submitted here on the blog

CONGRATULATIONS to all four of you, and our first place winner .harmony moves into the next round for a chance to win the Starbuck's gift card. Good luck!!

Excellent job to all...but it's not over yet!! There are three whole weeks left to have YOUR chance to shine with a Best Line keep 'em coming!

Today's total: 1096. To date: 13952

Today's Favorite Line Written (by me, heh): Their lips met before David even realized he'd reached for her, and the room around them imploded until the only reality left was the utter perfection of their joining.

11/6 Slept in a bit to make up for last night's late hours, but got right to writing upon waking. Despite time out to clean the house and work on my daughter's new learn-to-read program, I barely managed to squeak out my daily quota in time to post this and head to work. Whew!

Today's total: 1684. To date: 12856

Today's Favorite Line Written: The monstrous bed sat there staring, and couldn't have been more obvious or insistent if she'd trained spotlights on the beckoning mattress.

11/5 Instead of writing on auto pilot upon waking, I delayed until nighttime in order to join fellow NaNoers at a local write-in. While there we had so much fun gabbing, joking, and discussing our stories that I barely managed a scant 500 I had to pick up the slack at home.

Today's total: 2383. To date: 11172

Today's Favorite Line Written: David wasn't supposed to be spending this island excursion rutting like a Wild Kingdom episode...though as plans were made and they disappeared behind their respective doors, he couldn't for the life of him remember why.

11/4 Hitting the polls to vote split my writing time today, and I fell a bit short of my desired word count...but rocking the vote made up for it!

Today's total: 1501. To date: 8789

Today's Favorite Line Written: In all Gina's studies to date, none had fascinated and stymied her as much as the realization that humans needed to know they were not alone in the universe...and at the same time hoped that they were.

11/3 I was dressed and ready to go to the first local NaNo Write-in when my husband announced he had to run errands and hit the gym. That left me on munchkin duty, but I got my word count in, and a fun little sequence to boot!

Today's total: 1914. To date: 7288

Today's Favorite Line Written: Her nonchalance made it clear she was oblivious to the blood-churning effect she was having on him—much to his relief—and that he had no similar effect on her—much to his disappointment.

11/2 Almost two full scenes today, with some interesting hints shaping up as to what troubles are coming the characters' way!

Today's total: 3036. To date: 5374

Today's Favorite Line Written: In entranced wonder Gina watched the ocean sigh back onto itself and bellow forth, shooting sprays of foam skyward as the glittering sea hurled itself against a jetty reaching out like the resort's right hand.

11/1 Up Up and Away! I barely chose a male lead yesterday, and while I wanted to start writing at midnight, Halloween plans meant no time to give any thought to his big entrance. So when the clock struck twelve, all I managed was a two-sentence note on how the lovers meet. This morning, however, I pounded keys until the first scene was done.

Winner of my FIND ME A HUNK contest: Katherine Weber with this short, sweet prompt: "He owns a construction company and has been hired to build something for the resort." There were several people who had variations of this theme (architects, construction guys going on vacation, etc.), but hers fit the bill to perfection. Congratulations...and thank you for introducing me to Mr. Right-for-this-book!

Today's Total: 2338 words

Today's Favorite Line Written: Her eyes slid away from his, back to the swimsuit she was no doubt wondering whether she could will onto her body without having to uncross her arms.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with NaNoWritMo. I can't imagine participating this year with all the craziness in my life. I have no doubt you will do well. You are an amazing writer and I miss talking to you.

Best of luck!

Charlene Engeron

Lisa Logan said...

Char!! So great to hear from you, and I can certainly relate to life craziness. I'm even homeschooling this year. Hopefully you can join in the fun for 2009!

Laura @ Caninedesign said...

Nov 1 entry:

"When they weren’t looking, I took photos of random men, earning me funny looks from their girlfriends and wives."

Laura @ Caninedesign said...

Nov 2 entry:

"I’d have to tell her sooner or later before the wad of guilt pops out of my stomach like that creature in Alien."

Laura @ Caninedesign said...

Nov 3:

"The how doesn’t really matter much in the end; you’re still just as married whether you did it in a ballroom or next to your old swing set."

Lisa Logan said...

Great! Some alien-popping entries over here on my Week 1 blog, too! Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Nov 3 entry:

"If Jules ever wrote the great next American novel then this was likely to be the room in which it would be written."