Murder With White Flag

The time has come to declare my surrender — okay, my failure — at my National Novel Writing Month project this year. MURDER WITH WHITE SAUCE is not straining toward the finish line, it’s just straining.

I was SO EXCITED, coming into NaNo this year. Champing at the bit and r’aring to go. I’ve tried to figure out why, but the best excuse reason I can come up with is that it’s time for me to do what I’ve been saying I need to do: go through the books and stories of this series and put together a bible of who lives where and what each one’s general backstory is. Any time I wrote a scene with Mamie interacting with one of the Spadena Street residents, the scene took off like a dead parrot with a million volts going through it.

So NaNo didn’t work for me this year. There’s always next year.

Meanwhile, I’ll be wandering around my fictional neighborhood, Spadena Street, gawking at the Storybook Style houses and getting talked to death.

Worse things could happen.

p.s. I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on the topic of Murder By Cook.

WRITING PROMPT: What is the neighborhood like where your main character lives?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Murder With White Flag

  1. Red Tash

    November 22, 2011 at 8:40am

    Did you write every day? Did you write some of the days? Did you compile some wordage? Maybe it wasn’t the typical “Nano,” but I refuse to see you as anything other than winning.

    The way I see it, every experiment is a success if you are by-God-determined to learn from it. But that’s me. Take my opinion with the requisite grain of salt. I mean, look around me, the massive success I have attained speaks for itself. LOL!

    I’ve “only” racked up 12k words for Nano, but it’s 12k I didn’t have before. So. Obviously I’m biased on this win/lose topic!

    But you are outwinning Charlie Sheen, my friend. I promise you that. <3

    Speaking of Brat Packers, I started skimming Rob Lowe's autobiography last night. Rob. Freaking. Lowe. C'mon. Believe it or not, it was Tim who wanted to read it.

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      Marian Allen

      November 22, 2011 at 8:46am

      LOL! If I’m outwinning Charlie Sheen, I must have UNICORN blood! DRAGON blood! With sparkles!!!

      Point taken on NaNo. Yes, I have a few thousand words I didn’t have before, and I have bits of story that I will, eventually, use in the novel. So I didn’t win the right to sport the WINNER badge, but I didn’t lose.

      Thanks. <3

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  2. Joana

    November 22, 2011 at 12:10pm

    I think, that’s the attitude of being a writer.

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