Synopsis – it’s like doing pilates in a Smartcar


Explaining a novel in a matter of sentences is something I’ve never tried before.  I think the only experience I can compare it to is trying to pee in a wedding dress.  Awkward, frustrating and just not natural.

Brevity has never been a talent of mine.  When I went to “announce” my novel on the NaNoWriMo site, and it expected me to put down a synopsis, I was taken off guard.  Nearly offended.  I signed up because I like making big wordy things, and now they ask for a small wordy thing, and people who write big wordy things shouldn’t also be expected to make small wordy things.  That’s just improper.

Anyway, I suffered through the indignity of it all and created a synopsis.  Any feedback about which part, if any, pulls your attention would be highly welcome!  I’d also be happy to return the favor.  As I make changes, I’ll track them below in case the edit process is helpful to anyone else.

Oh, and there’s a cover now and everything!  Gasp!



Maika’s not exactly equipped for continental life.  Still, when her ship colony stops at port in one of the largest remaining landmasses in the world, she can’t resist getting off to explore the first city she’s seen in years.

Pirthe is a proud kingdom, as old as the rainstones that protect it.  Alive with culture and music, it is controlled by those skilled enough to dominate the fiercely beautiful living weapons known as the Jin.  Maika just has one problem.  She’s kinda, sorta accidentally stolen one.

Stranded and on the run in an unfamiliar world, she’s now stuck with a brooding superweapon for company and a variety of monarchs, rogues, and philosophers out to control her connection with the Jin.  Choosing a side proves to be her one chance to reunite with her people.  But will the world, and her humanity, survive the process?  Choosing a side may be her one chance to reunite with her people, but what… and who… is she willing to sacrifice?




One of my writing guides, of which I own far too many, points out that you can’t write the perfect beginning until you know how the story ends.  It frames your story and the themes it will share in a way you can’t possibly achieve without seeing where the writing process dumps you after it drags you by your ankles through the woods.  I guess that makes the first post of a writing process blog a rather tricky thing to create.  I think that’s what excites me most about this journey I’m starting in a few weeks with National Novel Writing Month.  I truly have no idea how this will end.  No amount of plotting and preparing will show me the exact route I’ll take to that ending, and that’s terrifying and awesome.  Life’s badass like that.

So this blog is one part writer’s process journal, one part self-degrading fun, and one part venue for the ideas and prose that bring me to the final destination at the end of November.  You should read this blog if you like to write, or are thinking about writing and terrified of it, or are participating in NaNoWriMo and aren’t sure what that means to you yet.

You should read this blog if you’d like to share a bit of your own dreamscape with someone else, and see your ideas lend clarity to mine and create something that otherwise couldn’t be born.

You should read this blog if you have a passionate dream you’ve put off for so long that you’re not sure you’re worthy of it anymore.

I suppose you should read this blog if you want to know the beginning I’ll write when I finally get to the end.  The true beginning that future-me will create when I’m able to look back on this project and see myself as a character in my own story.