Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Camp Nanowrimo: Anticipation and Dread

Camp Nanowrimo starts August 1st and I'm super Nervous to participate. Why? Well I also 'participated' in Bunowrimo (June) and that was a complete bust with less than a 1000 words. So now I'm back for August with a different novel. I plan this time to be a success and complete my novel within the month. Wish me luck and believe me when I say my new project takes a new direction for what we've come to know as wraiths in horror and fantasy fiction (those not in the know, think dementors from Harry Potter to get a basic idea).



Shade Me is a Paranormal YA using a supernatural creature rarely mentioned outside horror stories. Wraithes. However in Shade Me they're called Shades and a select few have the ability to shape shift into humans. One of them decides to go out into the world and settles into life as sixteen year old Cassie Blake. But life's never so simple and her desire to be human and keep her Shade's roots will become a lot more complicated very quickly. For a past mention of Shade Me click here.

Summary: Shades are supposed to be scary creatures of the dark but one chooses to leave her kind and live as something few ever dare to try. Life as a human. Now she's Cassie Blake, a teenager with popular best friend Elizabeth Bailey a.k.a. Lizzie by her side. There's also Jesse, Lizzie's boyfriend and then there is Bradford Teft; a vampire determined to make Cassie his despite her outright brush offs. One day on a field trip the rejection escalates and he pushes her. Impaled on a tree her secret is revealed when she bleeds black blood. She survives but nothing is the same. While only three people know she's not really human, her friendship with Lizzie is shattered, Jesse who's supportive starts to fall for her and then she finds out a fourth person Mark Glass doesn't just know she's not human, he knows what she really is. But then he tells her humans are in danger and vampires are rising up to take over. Cassie doesn't want a war to break out but what can a shape-shifting shade do against a hoards of vampires around the world.  Plus there's a pact that keeps shades out of wars at the risk of losing their shrouds/cloaks. Those who can shape-shift would become mortal and stuck in their last form forever but those who can't...they die. Follow Cassie in book one of a trilogy as she has to make tough choices and decide if she's a human or a Shade.

So there you have it. Shade Me should be approximately 75,000 words and I hope all Campers and writers alike have the best of luck writing this month. I am queendsheena at Camp Nanowrimo.

13 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting! Good luck at CampNaNo!

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  2. I'm so wishing you a big success on not only completing the novel in one month but that it will be a strong first draft. Have fun.

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  3. Good luck! Sending you all positive vibes for Camp Nano :)

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  4. Writing a new spin on a supernatural being done before can be tricky. Just have fun with it!

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  5. Sounds SO COOL! Brilliant idea. Good luck with Camp Nano!

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  6. I admire all you Nano people! Good luck!

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  7. Good luck with Camp NaNo!! I love the idea behind your new book!

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  8. Your story sounds interesting. :)

    Good luck with Nano. It's not my thing, but some people swear by it. It may not be for you, though, so don't be afraid to nix it and find your own way. ;)

    IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

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  9. On your mark, get set, GO!!!

    Good luck!

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  10. Best of luck Sheena-Kay! You can do it!!

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  11. Sounds like you are taking a fresh approach to a little-used figure in fantasy! Good luck for succeeding this month :)

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  12. sounds exciting! and glad we're at camp together!

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