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4/4/14 11:55 A

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I'm glad you like the idea, Joanna. Thinking up ways that the team can be helpful and/or fun is a challenge and there's no way of knowing what will work and what won't.

I can totally see how having some folks that are casually invested in seeing the project succeed could be helpful. I'm envisioning situations where an author could come and say, "Hey I need about four questions answered by a cop in a small town, does anyone have a friend or relative who would be willing to exchange an email or two?"

Stuff like that.

Edited by: RENAEPARANORMAL at: 4/4/2014 (11:55)
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4/4/14 12:14 A

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You gave a great example however I would like to see more before I actually took the chance in putting one together myself. Thanks for the suggestion I hope it takes off.

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4/3/14 7:11 P

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Thanks, Guys. BTW, I'm sorry the same basic text is in this thread AND the April NaNoWriMo thread. It was posting about it there that reminded me I wanted to try out this introduce your project idea.

Got anything you're working on that you want to introduce?

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4/3/14 6:45 P

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I enjoyed reading it!
Keep on writing!!

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This looks like fun! I hope it comes together like you want:)

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In the thread "About Our Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" I mentioned the idea of using this forum to introduce our writing projects. I figure it's about time I show you what I mean and how to do it.

1) Click on the linked heading, "Introduce Yourself to Team Forum"

2) I Click the "Create A New Topic" button

3) Name the topic like this:
Meet my (type of writing) : (title of piece) (genre)
Another example might look like
Meet my non-fiction book: How to Eat More Vegetables (self help / diet)

4) Share an excerpt, a description, a link, and/or any requests you might have concerning the project.

5) Over time, come back to update us on where the project is, and how we might be able to help the project grow. Leave a comment to the thread if you have a need for more specific information or feedback. (That way, anyone who checks the box labelled "I want an email to be sent to me when anyone replies to this topic" will know something has changed.)

This is an experiment, so we'll see if it works and how it goes. Obviously the introduction to YOUR project doesn't need to contain everything I've written up to this point.

(I'll be adding the above set of instructions to the About thread.)

SO HERE GOES - THIS IS THE SORT OF CONTENT I'M SUGGESTING:

I'm currently working on a novel tentatively called Bugaboo Road. I've been waiting for the April 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo to get started. I don't intend to finish a full draft in one month, but I'd like to get an outline down and generate about 20,000 - 40,000 words in the month.

Here's what I know so far:

Ollie (short for Olivia) Dawson is a 21 year old bartender in a small town in north-central Minnesota -- not up in the old-growth pine forest area, but rather south of there, where the land is mostly flat and farmed or regrown. Of course there are nearby lakes, but nothing spectacular. The point is, this is not a tourist village. It's a quiet, boring town which is just barely hanging on, and it's always been that way.

Ollie has a toddler, and a restraining order against her ex-husband who is prone to showing up, causing chaos, then leaving again ... for a while. She wasn't a great student, even though she's smart and well-read. She drinks and smokes (hand-rolled cigarettes and a little weed) but disdains anything harder. Her look and her lifestyle lean toward retro/rockabilly.

One slow afternoon, while Ollie is working, a stranger (Jeremiah Beed) comes into the bar and waits long hours for someone who never shows up. Beed is an older guy (in his mid to late 40s) whose face, build and hands all look like they could belong to a local, but whose clothes and accessories indicate a more urban, affluent lifestyle. Eventually Ollie learns that he was supposed to meet a guy who was going to do some work for him on a local piece of property Beed just bought.

It turns out that Ollie knows exactly which property he means. It fronts the highway, but it's eastern boundary is a smaller road that the locals call Bugaboo Road. (It's really named something similar - maybe Burgereau.) The road, and the land it borders, has a spooky reputation because people, animals and things sometimes seem to just appear and disappear from the area. This is very subtle, and the occurrences are always discounted by a logical explanation. Most folks think it's just a story meant to scare kids away from the highway and the small, muddy lake that Bugaboo road leads to.

A set of circumstances lead to Ollie taking a strange kind of job from Beed. He hires her to live in a brand new double-wide trailer on the land for several months, to sort of supervise a construction crew that will be building on the property and to watch over the construction itself when no one is there.

As the story unfolds Ollie will learn that Beed has a special interest in the property because his father was one of the people who disappeared from Bugaboo Road -- probably the most famous of them all, in fact.

And it goes somewhere from there, but I'm not sure where yet.

WHAT I'D LIKE FROM FELLOW WRITERS AT THIS STAGE:

Mostly just encouragement. At this stage I can only ask for feedback on the idea. Does the little bit I've shared here sound intriguing?

Once I know more about the story, I'll come back and replace this rambling description with a tighter plot synopsis.

Edited by: RENAEPARANORMAL at: 4/4/2014 (02:00)
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