At about age 11 I wanted to be called J. J. Flynn. But sadly that wasn’t going to happen. Yeah my real first name is Jennifer but I have no middle name. There was this alleged fight between my parents over it being either Dorothy or Joy. You can guess by the initials I chose which I would’ve preferred but because they couldn’t agree I got a whole lotta’ nothin’.
Then this novella I’m working on started taking shape and so did my main male character (MMC). His name is JJ Anderson and no matter how much I’ve tried to convince myself I could take J. J. Flynn as my penname and change the first name of my character there’s just no chance that’s going to happen. He is a JJ. Not that I know any…well other than him.
And I guess he only partially counts since I brought him to life.
Anyway, I’m sticking with Jenn Flynn-Shon for this one. And probably the rest because I’m intending to turn not only JJ but also my MFC, Shaw McLeary, into a series-worthy couple of characters. Who knows how many I’ll write. I guess I’ll find out if I can be a “pantser” and come up with at least one full novel next month.
Because I’m planning to do NaNo. Yup that’s right. With little regard for my own mental health or the apparent safety of others (read: Matt) I’ve decided to live inside the mind of this character for another month straight. And write 50,000 more words of her story in 30 days. Of course in the end I’ll be with all these characters for a lot longer than a month. And longer than just one novel.
And that’s fine. Shaw is a pretty cool chick and I think her Nancy Drew-esque curiosity for solving mysteries or puzzles is directly tied to her being a YA fiction novelist. Write what you know right? So yeah we’re both Writers and we both live in Phoenix. Of course Shaw and I have plenty of stuff in common but there are also WIDE differences in the overall make up of who we are.
Which is good because, you know, this is fiction and writing myself exactly who I really am into a fiction story is just kind of creepy.
So without further ado, because I’m looking at the clock and realizing I need to get my ass in gear here and start editing today, the title!
I’ve registered the domain at http://reckless-abandon.com but there’s nothing over there right now. Once I have cover art and all that hooptie-ha I’ll get something simple up over there.
What do you think? Based on the synopsis and everything else do you like the title? I’m really enjoying it and think it’s pretty fitting for many plot/sub-plot lines in the novella. So far it’s shaping up to be around 32,000 words. But that means I have to finish and release it. Something I hope to accomplish by the end of the month. And then NaNo.
Someone take my temperature, something tells me I’ve gone crazy.