i'm letting the internet pick my nanowrimo project! (that means YOU.)

by - 10/10/2017




Some facts to start us out: 

1. NaNoWriMo is next month. 

2. there are a lot of things I want to write. 

3. i am a queen of Bad Decisions.

Combine all of that together and you get...well, you get me letting the internet pick which novel I'm going to write this November. This is pretty self-explanatory -- I'm going to rant and ramble about the projects I'm in love with at the moment, and you're going to VOTE ON THE ONE YOU THINK I SHOULD WRITE. I don't know how this benefits you, but every week during NaNo I'll post with snippets and aesthetics and updates and such, so if there's a particular novel you for some reason want snippets from...well, go for it. Give me all your input. it is entirely possible i'll just end up picking the one I want anyway, but here we are.

With that out of the way, let's commence with the game I call "Aimee is indecisive and has been too busy to think about this so we're going to help her figure out what she's going to write." 

always a good day for hype chris pratt.

Your options/my options are as follows:


#1. Crimson Gods


This one is technically ~breaking the NaNo rules~, as it would be a second draft rather than a first, but honestly it's been so long since I did it the first time it's a whole new story. It's one of maybe two fantasy ideas I've ever had or written in my life, which is chill. (PINTEREST BOARD)

Premise: 

Long considered one of the fiercest young warriors in his arena, Ryll's bloody career comes to a halt when his match ends in disaster and his opponent's sword is drawn across his throat. The bigger surprise comes when he awakes a week later, scarred and speechless but very much alive, convinced that his miraculous resurrection is the work of the gods preparing him for some greater purpose. That purpose drives him to re-enter the upcoming tournament with the aim of revenge and victory, with the reluctant help of some of his fellow warriors and his pre-death lover, Jalila, who remains unconvinced that he is fulfilling a gods-given mission. 


(It's a wild ride and I love it.)


2. Finch



Oh look an actual first draft! This one has been in my head for a loooong time. Maybe it's time to finally make it happen. (PINTEREST BOARD)

Premise: 

Finch Tolliday has everything he could ever want: rich parents, his own spacecraft, a budding career in ballet with a dance partner who happens to be his best friend, and a knack for conning his family's rich friends out of their fortunes on the side. With the universe's biggest dance competition fast-approaching and his future success resting on it, Finch hardly has time to think about his more illegal hobbies. However, when a mysterious party approaches him with the opportunity to pull off one of the biggest heists interstellar high-society has ever seen, the challenge is too much for him to resist. 

The fact that he's stealing his own father's luxury spaceship is just a sidenote.



Combining my love of all things space and my love of all things heists, this is basically Ocean's Eleven meets Star Trek and I'm never going to be over how happy the vibe makes me.

3. The Stars are Fire


(a temporary title.) This one delights me purely by being a sci-fi retelling of Hamlet, because come on, guys. We're retelling everything, there's no reason not to do some sci-fi Shakespeare. the plus side to this one is that it requires me to read Hamlet again, and I'll take that excuse always.

Premise: (the summary for this one is roooough. oh well.)

There is a ghost in Station XXI.

At least, that's what the space station's inhabitants, a notorious smuggling gang, believes. Rumors of their recently-murdered leader's spirit haunting the south wing of the derelict station attract the attention of Ash, up-and-coming pilot and a favorite of the recently deceased, who soon discovers that the 'ghost' is nothing more than a corrupted holo-file seemingly showing a message from just before the man's murder. 

Convinced that the murderer is the gang's newest ringleader, the quick-fingered Slade, Ash decides that revenge is in order. Plagued by the recurring holo-image he can't seem to get out of his mind, the looming threat of the gang's discovery and takedown, and a curious girl he just can't get rid of, he sets off to have his revenge and take back the gang before someone makes a fatal mistake.


Because Hamlet. 


4. depressing dystopia that I cannot title for the life of me, someone send help


It's really just time I write this one already. We call this "in which aimee tries to write a dystopia she doesn't find lame. because there is potential in this genre and EVERYONE DOES LOVE TRIANGLES ABOUT IT INSTEAD." there is a love triangle/square/who knows in this particular story BUT SHHHH THAT IS BESIDE THE POINT


Jasper has prepared for this war his whole life. His parents, both respected military leaders and strategists, have finally seen fit to send him to the front lines, and the country is watching -- he is one of the new recruits who will finally bring unity to the states, the generation of heroes to end it all, and there is a lot riding on his performance. All of that comes to a crashing halt when their train stops at a work-camp for refueling, and Jasper is brutally kidnapped by the residents, who seem delusioned by conspiracy theories about the war and determined to wrench this information out of him at whatever cost. 

Meanwhile, the general public has their eyes on 'Jasper' as he navigates the front lines.

Bram is unremarkable, with one exception: after some wardrobe changes and makeshift plastic surgery, he bears a striking resemblance to future hero Jasper Clines. The people of his work-camp and some anonymous inside agents convinced that the war is a farce and citizens are being mistreated have generated a desperate last-ditch scheme to rebel, all resting on Bram swapping places with Jasper Clines and going to war in his stead in order to spy on the inside. Woefully unprepared, homesick, and unsure who to trust, Bram finds himself tangled in the world of military intrigue and another boy's not-so-uncomplicated life, all for results he may never see.



This one is finally ready, I think, after several years of Pondering it, so here we go. It's my attempt at a YA version of a hardcore actual dystopia -- think 1984, etc. (all fun times!)



5. Pretty


I have zero plot for this one. It doesn't stop me. Black Widow meets X-Men! Yay! 

Premise: (not as fancy as the others, since it's something I would have to flesh out more, but when has that ever stopped me)

An all-girls school in near-future Phoenix, AZ has a reputation for turning reckless rich girls into well behaved businesswomen, actresses, and politicians. There are rumors, too -- girls who are a little too convincing, assassinations following in the wake of new female senators, giant corporations climbing through the ranks with lightning speed -- but those tend to be glossed over, left behind in a wake of glitter and sharp smiles. 

Every Saturday night, a line of students slips out of the usually locked-down academy and mingles with the Phoenix nightlife, armed with polished fingernails and high heels. The population follows the exploits of their mysterious wonder-girls with something like awe and a little bit of fear, resorting to another week of speculation once the girls return to their school at sunrise. 

No one talks about the fact that most of the city's high-profile murders are discovered on Sunday mornings.



And now...you must vote.

WHAT SHOULD I WRITE?

Crimson Gods
Finch
The Stars are Fire
dystopia thing
Pretty
quotes 2 know


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19 Comments

  1. I'm in love with Dystopian stuff so that was my obvious choice. Except I love Finch too...and Crimson Gods....and Pretty....

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  2. WOW THESE ALL SOUND SO AMAZING LIKE AHHHHHH CAN I READ THEM ALL PLEASE AND THANK YOU. xD Seriously though, if you ever want beta-readers, I volunteer! *waves wildly* <3

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  3. Earlier this year I wrote a Hamlet retelling. Great minds, am I right? I love the title for it. "The Stars are Fire" is so poetic. :). Yay for obscure retellings!

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  4. Aimee....how do you find your aesthetics??? I can never seem to put in the correct words to get what I want! Gah! Tell me your secret! And Crimson Gods all the way

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  5. YOUR IDEAS ARE SO GENIUS AND YOUR AESTHETICS ARE SO GORGEOUS I CAN'T EVEN ... <333 Now which will it be Hamlet or Finch? This is sooo hard ...

    Lisa
    thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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  6. They all seem seriously ePIC but Finch is the one that I'm all: 😍😍😍 heart EYES over. Heists! And I also love the name Finch haha. But I love your aesthetics for them all!!

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  7. Uuuuugh. This was HARD. YOU COME UP WITH EPIC STORIES.

    At first I was leaning toward Crimson Gods because I'm alllll about fantasy. But then I read about Finch. I'm a sucker for heists and the luxury life and betrayal. Plus the aesthetics. o__o *droools* So yeah, Finch got my vote. BUT THEY ALL SOUND GOOD.

    I like that you have a dystopian idea! It makes me sad people are getting tired of that genre because I LIKE dystopian still. So I'd be happy if you wrote that one too.

    AGH. I'D BE HAPPY WITH ANY OF THEM. THESE ALL SOUND AMAZING!!!

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    1. Ugh yes why can't everyone just be in love with Dystopian the way I am??? It's my favorite genre which is funny cause I hardly read it...except I kinda do cause I loved the maze runner, the first divergent book, and I'm currently reading the hunger games.

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    2. @musicgirl -- THAT'S SO AWESOME YOU LOVE MAZE RUNNER. ME TOO :D Divergent was pretty cool + Hunger Games was awesome. You gotta let me know how you like it when you are done! I have no problems with Dystopia haha xD

      Lisa

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    3. YES MAZE RUNNER WHO DO YOU SHIP??? I personally ship Thomeresa because it was ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO BE THOMAS AND THERESA I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!!

      and yes I will leave a comment on my Hunger Game trilogy thoughts. Loved the first book, in the second now!

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    4. @musicgirl -- sorry for taking forever to respond. MY SHIPPING IS COMPLICATED. But certainly, Tom and Teresa above any other. But I'm not ... one of those who is super protective over their ship? :P

      Can't wait to hear about it! I alsso invite you to come over to my blog so maybe if we get into a longer discussion it will be more polite to Aimee? I doubt she'd really mind us talking here but I think it's politer of me xD you can even check out my Maze Runner review!

      www.thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    5. @Lisa
      Oh cool, I'll check it out. ;) I love Maze Runner reviews.

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  8. HELLO I AM HERE TO RANT ABOUT ALL OF YOUR STORIES BECAUSE A SINGLE POLL IS NOT ENOUGH AND FRANKLY I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT TO VOTE FOR. THUS I SHALL JUST SCREAM ABOUT THEM AND WE CAN PRETEND THAT I VOTED LIKE A SANE HUMAN BEING.

    #1. Crimson Gods. Oh. My. Gosh. I'm still flailing from when you told me about this story at Starbucks. I'm obsessed with the characters and the aesthetic is so gorgeous. The plot is so unique and basically I need this book like I need air.

    #2. Finch. Heists!! Space!! Amazing names!! DANCING!!!!!!!!!!!! *squeals for ten thousand years* This sounds absolutely perfect and I stalked your Pinterest board and was screaming over how gorgeous it is. :')

    #3. The Stars are Fire. Confession- I've never read Hamlet. BUT THIS PREMISE OH MY GOSH. I love it I love it I love it. I'm super curious about this in general.

    #4. Depressing dystopia. Okay, first off, pretty sure that you're going to absolutely crush me with this one. BUT OH MY GOSH THE PREMISE IS BRILLIANT AND I LOVE IT TO PIECES. <3 Share the brilliance, k?

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  9. THESE ALL SOUND SO GOOD OH MY GOSH

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  11. ok EVERY SINGLE ONE IS GREAT WRITE THEM ALL PLEASE

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