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2009 NaNoWriMo Novel Title

Hey everyone! I recently asked for suggestions for the title of my 2009 NaNo Novel. I hate working on a project without a name, so I need a title, even if it is just a working title. I got LOTS of suggestions (thanks to my new writerly friend Adam for many of them) so now, as promised, we are going to vote!  Why? Because I love democracy and I believe in acceding to the will of the people.

And I can't decide on my own.

So, to aid you in making an informed decision, I will do a more in-depth summary than what is on my NaNoWriMo page. I will try to keep spoilers down as much as possible, for those of you who are reading it.

When the novel begins Miranda, a powerful Fire Mage, is three days shy of turning 16, the age when Mages are permitted to use their magic without supervision. This means she can't participate in The Tournament, which is the way modern Mages test their offensive skills since they haven't even seen a demon in over 150 years. Miranda's father died when she was four years old so her mother, a successful Psychic Mage, has raised her alone. A young Paladin (a race of Holy Warriors blessed by the angel Michael with special skills and charged with the protection of the human race) named Gadriel is the charge of a Paladin who accompanies Miranda's mother to the Tournament and is staying at their estate in Atlanta.

During the opening ceremonies of the Tournament the Coliseum is attacked by demons. Many Mages are killed, but most are taken prisoner - including Miranda's mother. Miranda receives a psychic message from her mother telling her to find her Great Aunt Audrey who will be able to help her rescue the Mages. She is joined in this journey by Tammy, a witch - a Mage with no elemental power, and James, a Water Mage and the dead Council Minister's only son.

After several demon attacks, they find Great Aunt Audrey, who is living a lonely magic-less existence in New Mexico. Great Aunt Audrey gives Miranda two books, The Book of Under and The Book of Over, and tells her that she must not read them because the knowledge will make her power crazed. Great Aunt Audrey hints that she knows this from personal experience. She also tells them a Mage would have had to speak the spell that released the demons from their home and agrees that someone must have ordered them to take the Mages hostage, as demons are like animals and don't have the capacity to plan something of that magnitude.

They do a spell to find a lost Mage to find Miranda's mother, but the spell cannot locate her - or Gadriel's Master. They theorize that the Mages are being held in the demon's home dimension, thought it's also just as likely that they are dead. They then discover that the demons are crossing over at 'doorways,' a finite number of locations where the veil between their world and the demon world is weaker.

Now we are getting to the part that is yet unwritten, so this is general and liable to change:

The four teens will set a trap to follow a demon to its home. They will discover the cross-over point, but will be unable to follow a demon. Miranda will finally cave and allow herself to use a spell from the Book of Under to peak into the demon world. There is no spell to cross over to the demon world. They will discover that the Mages are being held hostage and will do SOMETHING SECRET to rescue them. In the meantime, they will find out who the traitor who released the demons was and why s/he did it. The traitor will be someone close to Miranda and she will struggle with this, as well as the draw of the dark power of The Book of Under.

So here are the title suggestions. Many are great but only one can win. Leave your vote in the Comments section (I have to approve comments, so don't worry if yours doesn't appear right away). If there are two or three titles that are super close, we may do a Run-Off!

The Last Mages
Miranda's Fire
Miranda the Mage
American Mageling
Magic Learner's Permit
Path to Power
Quest for the Elders
The Return
Return of the Demons
Fly Across the Skies
The Books of Power
Miranda Dakin, Fire Mage
Secret Inferno
Journey of the Mages
Survival of the Mages
Magic's Survival
The Mage Legacy
Demon Fire
The Tournament of the Mages

NaNoWriMo Wordle

Wordle is a website that creates a visual word cloud of any text you put into it. The words used most frequently in the text will appear the largest.

Check out my NaNoWriMo novel's Wordle (as of today) here.

If you would like to do a Wordle for your Novel (or anything else) you can go here.

I can already see some words that I use too much that will need to be edited in December!

Crazy Week

For those of you who know me well, you have an idea of how crazy this week has been for me.

I was shocked and terrified by the shootings at Fort Hood and Orlando, made personal by knowing people at both locations. (They are all ok) As for the Orlando shooter, I say put him down like the dog he is. I usually don't have very strong political feelings but this pisses me off. His lawyer is already making excuses for him and saying that he is mentally disturbed and has had a rough time. Well no shit. Seriously, man up and take some responsibility for your actions. I've been laid off TWICE this year and you don't see me even considering crap like this. He thinks he had it tough? Tell that to the people who had their father, fiance, and son stolen from them for no freaking reason. The jerk wad had NO right to do this. None. No excuses should be made for him. Period. End of sentence, paragraph and story.

I was laid off recently and even finding open positions to apply for has been nex t to impossible. Luckily, Gaylord Palms has been giving me enough shifts to (barely) cover necessary expenses. Most of the shifts I've been able to get are third or second shifts, so I've adjusted to a related sleep schedule. I go to bed sometime between 6 and 8 in the morning and wake up in early afternoon.  I kinda like it, actually.

Yes, what you heard and hoped for has finally come to be. I am once again single. It was a rough break up and hard to do, but I truly believe it's for the best. Why? I want to be loved, but not too quickly; held, but not too tightly. I want to be important, but not everything; paid attention to, but not watched.

I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year and for the first time ever, I am behind pace! It's terrifying but I hope to catch up tomorrow.

On a brighter note, a lovely young lady I met at the FWA conference is now represented by super agent Colleen Lindsay. I've really only had one full conversation with Lisa Iriarte, but she (along with her husband) was the most memorable and helpful of everyone at the conference. Everyone raves about her writing and she's so down to earth. Look out for this chick because I'm sure she's going to have an awesome writing career!

I've written the bulk of this post on my cell phone while watching a hallway of air blowers, but my thumb started cramping up so I'm finishing it now on my 3am lunch break.  I also wrote about 500 words earlier on my cell phone for NaNoWriMo and plan to write at least that many more later this morning.

So that's my week in a nutshell. What was yours like?