Well, another NaNo here and gone for some of us on Eight Ladies. Three thousand words is better than nothing, and I take heart in the fact that December has often been a great month for story for all of us.
Want proof? We have our Christmas week stories! The tradition started
in the second year of the blog, when Jilly issued a challenge in December 2013, and kicked off the week on December 21 with a less-than-500-word short story (see it here).
I love a challenge! And promptly broke the rules, LOL. I had such fun, though. Bunny Blavatsky, Spirit Photographer, came to me through a bunch of Google Images during a February story challenge, and I spent the next year doing research and writing the beginning of the adventure for the character I had created. Someday, I’ll get back to that girl! Jilly’s story challenge brought us 2014‘s “How Bunny’s Camera Became Magical (The Return of Mr. Glossop)” and 2015’s “Bunny Blavatsky Arrives in New York” came via Elizabeth’s story generator (special Christmas edition!).
I was sure that I’d written about Jack and Olivia for Christmas 2016, but I guess that was entirely in the comments – a five-part “epic” where my frost god and my hedge witch went to Santa’s workshop. Instead, I chose to write a stand-alone story about a guy on an airplane. You can look it up: Christmas Eve, 2016.
I thought 2017’s Christmas story was also something with Jack and Olivia, but I was wrong. It was a steampunk adventure in a universe I’d like to visit again someday.
It’s funny how memory plays tricks on you: I was sure that most of my December writing was inspired by my works in progress, but it turns out that isn’t true at all. This false memory was worrying me, because I’m currently working in a universe that may not have Christmas at all. Although, on the other hand, why not? Why should we be deprived of Christmas just because we’re on a spaceship where time hasn’t got a strong foothold? They still have calendars, after all!
At any rate, our stories don’t end just because National Novel Writing Month is over. There’s plenty to choose from, and if we can just squeeze a few hours here and there from our festive schedules, we’ll be able to share them with friends and fans around the world!
(Ladies, if you’d like to take time to link in the comments to stories from Christmas past, please do! I had a great time remembering your fantastic tales as I flipped through, trying to find my own. In fact, Readers, if you’d like to link to your own favorite Christmas tales, have at it!)