Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NaNoWriMo Update: Summaries

Don't ask how the editing itself is going right now...just don't.

I bring this up for one very good reason: I suck at describing my own work. I can ramble on for hours trying to tell you what it's about, and still manage to give you absolutely no pertinent information. I look back at my attempts to tell friends and family about what I'm writing about, and I still cringe. So consider this practice. In theory, a summary should give you an idea of the plot and let you know what to expect. It should tell you enough to reel you in, yet still not give anything away. It factors right behind the title in importance, since if you make it past the title, the next thing that needs to impress you is the description of the book. It's like a film trailer, but trickier. Movies have the advantage of showing you what they're all about. With books, it's all about the words. (Ironic, since I have a way with words, yet still can't get the summaries right.)

And so, my drafts for summaries of this year's exercise in insanity project! Let me know, 'kay?

Maid of Iron:
As a young woman, Anna Black is forbidden to work as a smith in her father's forge. Yet it's in defiance of the law that she does so to ensure her family's survival. As a lord's son, Constantine of Rosarian Manor should be preparing for the rite of passage that will secure his inheritance. Yet he can't seem to get the lovely Anna out of his mind.

Friendship between them is imprudent, love nearly impossible. The stakes are high, and the forfeit could mean everything. But when Anna is threatened along with the very love they dream of, their courage and devotion will be tested as they fight to win their happily ever after.


From the Ashes:
It's been two years. Two years since the disastrous premiere of Don Juan Triumphant. Two years since Christine Daae and the Vicomte de Chagny disappeared without a trace. Two years since the infamous Phantom of the Opera vanished, never to be seen again...

And yet Erik is still there, loath to abandon his safe haven in the catacombs and tormented by his memories. It's been two years, and he still can't forget the woman he lost forever.

For Vivienne, a former ballerina, it's been two years of hardship for her family. The fire that destroyed the Opera House turned their world upside down, forcing her into the street as a musician to earn what she can. After a vicious assault, she seeks shelter in the burnt-out ruins where she once danced, only to become the Phantom's captive.

Their lives have been marked by tragedy, but finding each other could be their chance to heal past wounds. If they can put aside their pain and learn to trust each other, it could be the start of something new for the both of them: hope, healing, happiness...and love.


The Phantom of the Chagnys:
Three years have passed, and Christine de Chagny is still haunted by the memories of her last night at the Opera Garnier. The man known as the Phantom has disappeared, but she knows Erik is still alive and shadowing her footsteps. She has known it since her return to Paris with her beloved Raoul and the discovery of the red rose outside her door. She wants only to forget the past and move on, but how can she when the very man she wants to forget won't let her?

And yet Erik is not the same man she left behind in the Opera three years ago. Heartbroken and driven once more into hiding, he has struggled to overcome his past and finally find peace but remains a hollow, damaged shell of the man she knew, unable to escape his pain and his sins.

Christine wants nothing more than to walk away before the power of his obsession takes control, but can't bring herself to abandon him again. As her struggle between love and duty, what is right and what is longed for, begins, she is forced to ask herself: Can the past ever be forgotten? Do people really change? Does everyone deserve a second chance? And will true love finally conquer all?


Huh, what does it say about me that I managed to say more about the two based off Phantom of the Opera than I did about my own little brainchild? Eh?

Your pal,


  1. All three summaries are concise. Perhaps the Phantom ones are easier because you're so familier with the storyline, making the 'from scratch' more difficult.

    I'm curious about Anna and her chosen craft. I took a year of conventional machine shop, working with metal, and my hands were a mess. The attention in class was just from being the only female among 40+ guys, not from beauty..ha Out of necessity, I like Anna's determination to bend to rules "laws", to earn a sustainable income. I did that!

    I'm not sure which Phantom version appeals to me. After how Christine treats him in some versons, I'm in favor of Phantom finding someone else and somewhat concerned that Christine would break his heart again.

    Of course, your summaries make us curious to know the conclusions on all three stories.

    1. I'm going to be posting excerpts of some of my favorite scenes (that still don't give too much away) until I'm finished with this whole project, so you will definitely learn more about all three of them. In fact, I've got parts of both Phantom novels coming up!

      I never got the chance to take shop, but I love any kind of work I can do with my hands, so your comment intrigues me. :)

      And while I like what I did with Christine, I think it has something to do with Vivienne being my own creation that makes me favor her. She was so much fun to write, and I still can't get away from her!


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