NaNoWriMo – Oil and Boiling Water

As a lot of you have probably already heard, NaNoWriMo is approaching very fast. For those of you who haven’t heard about this before, the National Novel Writing Month starts November 1st and challenges writer to type 50,000 words of a story (either a whole novel, the beginning or the ending of one) before the month ends.

This year will be my first one to join the frenzy of NaNoWriMo. So, for the next two weeks, you can expect to read a little bit about how I approach the challenge. Then, once November arrives, you’ll read about how crazy I’m going and if I’m reaching my objectives or not. I’ll most likely share excerpt from my novel from time to time as well.

But before we get to all that, I wanted to share the official title and synopsis of my NaNoWriMo project.


Oil and Boiling Water
Tatiana embodies everything scholars can’t abide; oily hands, strong head and, worst of all, a woman. No amount blue blood and arguments can change the scholars’ mind, as their strict thousand years of ruling Britannia proves. Unfortunately, their blind theories led the country to the brink of demise. Sick of watching the island sink, Tatiana enrolls as a mechanic for crew of French air pirates with her twin brother Damian, escaping her father and his plans for her. Between muzzling an unwanted suitor and fixing the ship, Tatiana hopes to build a device that will teach the scholars a lesson.

About Aheïla

Somewhere in Quebec City, Aheïla works as a Game Design Director by day and writes by night. Known for her blue hair, unyielding dynamism and tasty cooking (quails, anyone?), she’s convinced “prose is the new crack”. She satisfies her addiction daily on The Writeaholic’s Blog and weekly on Games' Bustles View all posts by Aheïla

9 responses to “NaNoWriMo – Oil and Boiling Water

  • Claudie A.

    Yay, NaNo!
    Yay, steampunk!
    Yay, French pirates!
    Yay, twins! (actually, maybe yay. I’m super hard to please with twins, mostly because I have one)

    I’m looking forward to November so much it’s unhealthy, and I can’t wait to meet you. 🙂 Plus, I’m making a desperate attempt at finishing my novel before the 31st so I can pick up yours as soon as the semester’s done. Hopefully, I will succeed.

    Nice title, by the way. I really like it.

    • Aheïla

      *laughs* I like your enthusiasm! 😉
      The twins basically have a standard brother/sister relationship. They understand each other very well and have a similar character except that she’s feisty and he’s more “middle ground”. She gets in trouble and dresses like him. He’s a bit overprotective and cooks. They match each other in stubborness.
      So, what do you think?

      It’s nice to know you’re interested by my stories! I hope you’ll like them once you find the time to read them. 😉

      I’m looking forward to meeting you as well.

  • Anna

    Nooo, not yet! I’m not ready. I only have a vague idea what my plot is. *flails around*

    • Aheïla

      Anna! *glomps (thus putting herself in arms way)* Damned flailing arms!
      Worry not. I only have a vague idea of my plot too (despite what my premise might suggest).
      Hey! Will you be at the launch party on the 31st? What’s your NaNo name? Mine is the same (Aheila) if you want to buddy me.

      Sorry I didn’t email you for coffee yet. I still have the email you sent me marked out but my life is so crazy these days!
      How are the query going?
      I think I missed you! *laughs*

      • Anna

        My plot is ‘take the unresolved stuff from book one and make a book two.’ Book one being a Japanese fantasy that I’m finishing up right now, I got little details to figure out. Started querying for it this week, we’ll see if anyone likes the idea.

        Eh, I stopped going to those NaNo meet ups a couple years back. Plus, I work weekends. I’m Krista Daggers on there.

        I know you’re busy like hell. You make me look so lazy. I got five days a week to write, but I’m not nearly as productive as you. I used to be, but I guess I’m getting slow in my old age. :p

      • Aheïla

        That sounds like a plan! 😉
        So you have two books in query right now? How dare you say you look lazy? Frankly, I don’t get nearly as much done as I would like. But hey, a girl’s gotta take a brake from time to time. I need to remind myself I’m not a machine.

        I added you to my buddy list. And meetings are on Mondays now so, who knows? 😉

  • ilmariel

    I’m not sure to participate this year. I have a lot of things with school (exams, works, ect..) and I’m affraid to not have the time to write… But one of my friend say that I’m able to make it, that I have the enthusiasm, the ideas to continue my project and she think that I won’t regret it (like last year). So, it’s a big decision…

    • Aheïla

      I took some time to weight it too. And after that I had to choose which story to write: the one that would lighten my schedule for next year or the one on top of everything else.
      You still have 11 days to make up your mind. 😉

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