Happy New Year, everyone.
First of all, I’d like to thank Wynwords for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. If you want to visit Wynwords’ blog, here’s the link: http://wynwords.wordpress.com/
Here are 7 that I’ve now nominated for the award:
The nomination rules according to Wynwords:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award 2. Paste the award on your blog 3. Link the person who nominated you for the award 4. Nominate 7 bloggers 5. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated 6. Post 7 random things about you.
All right—now that all that stuff is out of the way, first of all, here are 7 things about myself:
- I’m the first woman and person in my family to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- I’m one of only about three or four clients my therapist has who is doing very well, and the only female among them.
- I’m the only autistic client my therapist has who is in graduate school.
- I keep about 12 or 13 journals at the same time. (For the record—yes, I am crazy. Most are themed and have a specific time I write in them.)
- I’m a sucker for dystopian stories and general speculative fiction.
- I’m in law school yet am not sure I want to be a lawyer. (That’s because there are multiple ways to use a law degree—that’s why I still want my degree.)
- I’m currently working on 4 novel projects.
I also suffer from “too many ideas” syndrome. I have a file on my laptop called “ideas for stories”—and there are about 190 story ideas in there. I’m not even sure I will write all of them. Because of that, here are a few of them that I’m offering up for grabs. Feel free to change the names at will and add onto the descriptions. Some have a suggested genre or suggested working title, which are merely suggestions to the story:
A CME from the sun struck the world’s power grid. The electricity has gone out all across the country—and it is not going to be back for several months. Hereaux lives in this world. Her family has limited food and supplies, and some, but not much, electricity. But she is among the lucky ones. Most people in her area weren’t the sorts of people who prepared for such a scenario.
Lilamae and Remington
In 1992, a political nobody was elected President. In 2000, the Dome of the Rock was destroyed so Solomon’s Temple could be rebuilt. As a result, World War Three has been going on for years. Everything is rationed, and supplies are scarce. Lilamae Rockwood is a civilian. Remington Berthelot has been drafted.
75,000 years ago, the gas, ash, and debris from the supervolcano Mount Toba made their way around the planet and formed a shield in the atmosphere that blocked the sun. A worldwide volcanic winter was the result. Today, it is the supervolcano at Yellowstone that erupted. And now, Evening McRoberts and her family are among those struggling to survive.
Egypt Cierra and Reiko
Egypt Cierra Livesay and Reiko Selph never met. Reiko moved out of the apartment, having gotten a master’s degree and found work in the city. Reiko accidentally left a box in one of the closets. Egypt Cierra moves in after being accepted to graduate school. She then finds the box. Neither woman knows that, though they never met, their actions influence each other inevitably.
Suggested Genre: Magical Realism
Flash Tartaglia is a police officer whose psychiatric disorders were negligently ignored when the department hired her. Now, she has pushed a person off a cliff. Ildri Blomquist is an internal affairs officer investigating what went wrong in terms of hiring Flash—and finds herself under heavy political scrutiny and under death threats.
Several people each year are released from prison. Paying bills, finding employment, and reconnecting with loved ones are a few challenges. Dahlia Brayton was wrongfully convicted of her mother’s murder. She is luck that she spent only three years in prison. But her family is in turmoil. Her brother refuses to accept that Dahlia was wrongfully convicted of the murder.
Suggested Title: Help Me Look for My Left Eye
Qortni and Sibyl
Qortni Folden has received word on an investment opportunity. She learns from her sister-in-law, Sibyl Waterbury, that someone named Imari Grounds who is developing technology for military and law enforcement that allows the person wearing the device to have 360-degree vision in real time and in highly realistic displays. So Qortni decides it would be a good idea to invest. But then she discovers signs that things might not be right with Imari Grounds and her supposed invention project.
Suggested Genre: Science Fiction
Jerica Barefoot is seventeen. She’s a star on the school soccer team—and a big reason why the team is undefeated. But then, both of her arms and legs start getting weak. Her hands and feet start cramping. Soon, she can’t use her arms and legs as well as she used to. People notice that she can’t project her voice as well as she used to. Before long, she is short of breath and has trouble swallowing. Then she gets a stunning diagnosis. She has Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is progressing so fast that doctors estimate she has only two years to live if she’s lucky.
Suggested Title: Mourning Glory