Oct. 6th, 2007 07:21 pm
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I signed up for nano again this year.  After my semi-success of last year I really wanted to give it another go.  (By semi-success I mean that I won, but the novel wasn't actually finished.)  This year I think I have a plot that might actually be finished in 50,000 words.  I'm finally going to tackle my favorite novel style of all time: the gothic romantic suspense.  No, not a bodice ripper.  For those of you familiar with Victoria Holt and/or Barbara Michaels, we're talking the woman running across the moors in the dark of night from the haunted ancestral home of the husband she married after a two week courtship while wearing naught but a flowing nightgown never knowing that the haunting is actually a ruse of the neighboring estate's crazed lady of the house who had always hoped to marry said husband.  Add an illegitimate child or two, a governess, nursemaid, kind country doctor/cousin/uncle, old village wise man/woman, a mysterious death and horses and yo've got yourself a self-writing spooky yet romantic plot line complete with monastic ruins and a dark, brooding forest.  :)

I've always wanted to attempt a full out Holt novel.  I've started plots many times before, but this gives me an excuse to really attempt one and stick with it.  Yes, I'm crazy.  I have a term paper and an opera performance this semester and I don't know if I'll manage.  But, it's worth a try. :)  CRAZY.  Eheh. :)

Love!  Everyone, don't forget to sign up!  Especially my writing talented friends... <3

Date: 2007-10-06 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! That sounds like a lot of fun! Good luck juggling the term paper and performance, though. That will be rough...

Date: 2007-10-07 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds delightful!

I think there should be a stolen necklace in there somewhere too. I was going to suggest a gypsy fortuneteller as well, but I think that the village wise man/woman would fulfill the same purpose.

I've never even attempted NaNoWriMo before, but I'm finding myself tempted this year. Maybe I'll follow up on my idea to use the same basic premise as [ profile] noellesan: ordinary person discovers fantasy world after mysterious death of relative.

Date: 2007-10-07 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still undecided as to whether or not to sign up. It's my last semester so I'll be fairly busy. I might do it anyway though. Like, I said, I need to think about it.


Date: 2007-10-13 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I noticed this email on the RMWC listserv this morning and noticed that your name was mentioned. I didn't know if you were aware or not and thought that you'd like to know. <3

Dear all,

The RC web page is being filled with imaginary alumnae who describe years of wonderful experience at a college they did not attend.

Does anybody have contact with any of the following alumnae? They are each described on the RC web page as having loved their years studying music at "Randolph College," which is of course totally false advertising since none of them attended RC for even so much as five minutes. (See http://faculty. randolphcollege. edu/music/ .) In all likelihood, each of these women would be upset to learn how they are described, and each can either remove herself from the web page or demand that her experience be described clearly as having taken place at Randolph-Macon WOMAN's College. Of course, each could also demand the insert of another disclaimer, such as "and I would not consider attending RC for a minute" if their names
continue to be used.

Jessica Baskin '05
Margaret Emily Bushman '05
Sarah Bushman '01
Maria T. DeCristoforo '06
Amanda Ely '07
Kelsey Irvin '06
Yukari Kamiya
Laura Ashley Peters '05
Eilene Quasebarth '06

If we were to search the rest of the web page, which is obviously being manipulated to fabricate alumnae for Randolph College, we would undoubtedly find similar stories for every department. This false advertising has got to be stopped. As Tenise Monterio's fabulous (but horrifying) chronicle indicates, new students are being brought to RC under false pretenses and they are furious when they figure it out. If the college won't stop lying on its own, the alumnae whose names and experiences are being misused on the web page will have to demand accuracy. We know the college responds fairly fast: When Cheryl and Robert Allen, co-chairs last year of the Family Advisory Council (and fervent opponents of the BOT and the coed decision) discovered that they were still being described as FAC co-chairs, they demanded that their pictures and descriptions be removed from the web page and they got results within a few days.

I do not have alumnae addresses, but those with alumnae directories do, and some of you undoubtedly know these particular women and the others like them on the RC web page who are being displayed as if they are RC alums.
Please help.

Margaret McKean
mother of '08


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