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Dropping by and NaNoWriMo


Hey guys! I know I haven’t been around in a very long time, but I wanted to stop by and give a quick update in regards to National Novel Writing Month.

I missed last year, on purprose, but have decided to take part. After about two hours thought and a quick calculation in the back seat during a car ride, I’ve figured I’ll be able to do it. At least I’ll attempt it.

I’m still working on my dystopian piece, 8254, but I think I need to deviate for a small period of time. I’ve had a few other ideas brewing in my brain of late, but one has been pushing to come out and that’s what I’m going to work on during NaNo.

My NaNo Novel for 2012

I have nicknamed it Bully Me. I’m not sure if it’s the title I will stick with, but for now I want to have a nickname for it. Something other than NaNo Novel 2012. That’s lame and a mouthful. Bully Me gives you a sense of what’s going on, kind of, doesn’t it?

The Synopsis

Tormented and abused by her fellow students, Lulu is about to hit rock bottom, but who will be there to help her out of her despair?

Inspired by real events, Bully Me shows the extremes of bullying and what can happen when an abused child finds the means of escape through a master of evil masquarading as a friend.

Note: This is not a young adult story. It is dark; it is depressing, and gratuitously violent.

Back Story

I’m one of those people who liked the academics of school, but didn’t like school. Why? Everyone was an arsehole. Every now and then I pipe up with an anacdote from my early school days. Recently I was in the car with my partner, driving somewhere, and I came up with another anacdote. She told me not to tell her any more stories from my school days as they were depressing.

This was not long after my Mum gave me some of my old school things she had in her possession. One of them was this picture;

My partner pointed it out to me and I said, “Karen is probably happy because Anita is bullying me.” Hence why I’m sad in the picture and Anita is angry. I don’t say these things to be depressing or maudlin. Maybe they come across that way.

These two incidents made me realise I feel as though I always have a story that creates a reaction. I also believe writing can be a cathartic experience. With these two thoughts in mind, I decided to start writing down my school related stories. They’re not exactly pleasant experiences so I’ve decided to skew them to better suit a fictional piece with a supernatural theme. I’d say by the time I’m done with it, it will be mostly fictional. I won’t ever say how much of it is the truth, but I believe I can actually make readable stories out of all sorts of things in my life. Why not try?


So, there you go. I’ve listed the story as horror/supernatural on NaNo and plan on making it nice and dark. I think it would have veered that way anyway seeing as sometimes when I think about past events I can get angry. It will be interesting working through it and reliving these experiences to get them down on paper. I believe I can handle it though. It was quite some time ago.

I’m not sure how often I will be updating. I plan to update to Twitter mostly seeing as I can do so from my phone (my personal NaNo hashtag will be #sparxNaNo12 and I’ll place NaNo goodness in the side bar), with major and extended updates here. I may have references to NaNo with pictures via Instagram (@bsparx). However I do it, you should be able to follow all updates via Twitter or Facebook. This is my NaNo handle. Feel free to drop me a line, connect, and/or tell me about your NaNo. I would like to hear from you.


Author: Bonnie

Between a blogging addiction, hosting reading challenges, reviewing, writing novels, and overcoming a neuro-immune disease, Bonnie attempts to do as many awesome things as she can and has a good dose of daily bunny cuddles. She resides in Western Sydney with her rabbit, Winston.

5 thoughts on “Dropping by and NaNoWriMo

  1. Sounds great! Good luck for NaNo this year! 🙂

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