Dana's Writings

You have found my non-Trixie fiction, most of which was written from junior high to college or during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Read at your own risk!

Some of the stories are password protected using the magic words from Jixemitri.  To obtain the password, you must email  Jixemitri and verify that you are over the age of majority by stating your date of birth.  Please be truthful.  I am not authorized to give out the Jix password, so please don't email me.

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Novels

2013 NaNoWriMo WinnerGold

The link is to the NaNoWriMo website because my blog died during the 2011 NaNo, and I never got it back up. A cynical private investigator navigates 1940s Los Angeles as he tries to get to the bottom of a case that is not all that it seems.

 

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2013 NaNoWriMo WinnerDropping the Puck

The link is to the NaNoWriMo website because my blog died during the 2011 NaNo, and I never got it back up. A woman who didn't even know that she was searching for herself finds herself questioning her whole life after discovering something very unexpected.

 

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2012 NaNoWriMo WinnerThe Persistence of Raisins

The link is to the NaNoWriMo website because my blog died during the 2011 NaNo, and I never got it back up. In this novel, we follow the adventures of a twenty-something magazine travel writer and her cast of crazy friends. What does the title have to do with the plot? Nothing! Glorious nothing!

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2011 NaNoWriMo WinnerHollywoodland

The link is to my (now defunct because I am locked out) NaNo blog because the novel is too awful to inflict on the public.   It's a very clichéd plot, but a girl named Holly popped into my head and wouldn't shut up, so...out of desperation, I went with it. Holly, a small-town girl from Nebraska, lands in Tinsel Town, ready to make her mark.

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2010 NaNoWriMo WinnerUntitled Supernatural Mystery

The link is to my (now defunct because I am locked out) NaNo blog because the novel is too awful to inflict on the public—and doesn't even have a title!   I was inspired by one of my favorite novelists to create a journalist who has psychic gifts. She must use these gifts to clear herself of the murder for which she's been charged.

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2008 NaNoWriMo WinnerCircle of Six

The link is to my (now defunct because I am locked out) NaNo blog because the novel is too awful to inflict on the public.   This one is about six friends and their senior year at the University of Southern California.  Did I mention that they're obscenely rich, obnoxiously spoiled, almost completely absent of morals, and care nothing except pursuing their hedonistic ways?  This novel has no redeeming social value whatsoever, but it was a lot of fun to write!

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NaNoWriMo '04 WinnerBeneath the Surface

The link is to my (now defunct because I am locked out) NaNo blog because the novel is too awful to inflict on the public.   It's about three neighbors, women in their mid-thirties, who are different yet still good friends.  One copes with a secret from her past, one works on realizing her dreams, and the other tries to find fulfillment.  There's also a guy who moves to the neighborhood under suspicious circumstances.  And, yes, the novel was influenced by ABC's Desperate Housewives, and at the same time, is nothing like it (and not just because DH is good and my novel is crap!).

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NaNoWriMo 2003 Winner!House of Cards

This was my 2003 NaNoWriMo entry.  It ended at 64,083 words (with no editing).  I am taking the advice of others and not posting the novel in its entirety.  The link above will take you to excerpts of each chapter, totaling between 5 - 10% of the entire novel.

 

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All is Forgiven – Not yet transcribed

Written over a six-month period when I was fifteen, this was the third novel I ever completed. It is a teen story about a fifteen-year-old soap opera actress who discovers she has a twin. Once you get past a major plot hole (I realized it at the time and did try to explain it, but pitifully so), it's a story about acceptance and forgiveness.

written: August 1986–February 1987

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St. Bremen's Beacon

A blatant rip-off of St. Elmo's Fire, I wrote this in 24 hours (and I mean 24 straight hours) about a month before my fifteenth birthday. I just loved the movie so much I decided to write non-stop until I completed what I considered a tribute. It is written in the form of a dialogue between characters, with very little descriptive action—and it's really very bad!  Password protected:  irresponsible adult situations.

written: July 24–25, 1986
PDF Format (250 kb)

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Don't expect these to ever get completed—read at your own risk! These are but a small fraction of the "novels" I started and never completed. Also, because I never completed any of these, I felt no qualms about using the same character names over and over and over (and over!) again.  I list the stories by order of how much I managed to write, starting with the most complete to the least.  Also, to give an idea of just how incomplete they are, I also listed the number of words I managed to write before abandoning the story.

Always – Not yet transcribed

This started as a dream I had in November of my sophomore year of high school. I relayed it to my best friend and we set about writing this story based on the dream. Most of the work got done my sophomore year, but we were still tweaking it through my junior year of college. It also changed names about five or six times! The first part (Book 1) of the story is about four high school students in love who are separated by fate. Book 2 fast forwards seven years and shows how they never forgot each other.

written: November 1986–June 1987, revised numerous times until fall 1991

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The Women of Mannington

I distinctly remember writing this while sitting very bored in organic chemistry class my sophomore year of college. I wrote the descriptions of three dynamic women and then left it until after I graduated. Then, early in the winter of 1994 I found it and actually started to write the story but gave up pretty quickly as it started to sound like a history lesson. It is about three very different women dealing with the events of the 1960s, starting with Kennedy's assassination.

written: descriptions–October 31, 1990; story–January 1994
word count: 12,233
PDF Format (222 kb)

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Forever Young

I started writing this just before my senior year of college and as I have always dreamed of having an ensemble of friends a la the Bob-Whites or St. Elmo's Fire or Friends, this is about a confused young girl starting her senior year of college surrounded by her six closest friends. Password protected:  frank discussions of an adult nature and language.

written: September 9, 1992–November 1992
word count: 10,041
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A Perfect Glass Picture

This was written as a way to escape the realities of my life at the time it was written. I needed to get my thoughts on paper. It is about a woman who has married out of rebellion and pays the price, and it deals with a mature and sensitive topic. Password protected:  domestic violence.

written: July 1996
length: 6,155
PDF Format (96kb)

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I Never Promised...

I started this particular incarnation of this story in February 1994 (after growing bored with The Women of Mannington), but I had been trying to write one version or another since October of 1987, which explains the high school setting. We go back to high school and once again have a confused young girl trying to deal with a painful incident in her past and have a good senior year before heading off to college.

written: October 1987; revised February–March 1994
word count: 5,478
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A Year in the Life

This was another writing project written around the time of the above story. I was trying to write to be cathartic, but I had chosen to write a "teen novel." It was too far removed from what I was experiencing, so I abandoned it to write A Perfect Glass Picture. It is about a confused young girl starting her senior year of high school and desperately trying to forget a very painful relationship.

written: June 1996
word count: 4,579
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Untitled Project

I wrote this while sitting through really boring Navy classes. I didn't get very far at all (a couple of pages) and it is a tad over the top, but I remember it being much more entertaining than learning about how to write nursing notes in a patient's chart! It is basically about a girl fresh out of college, inventing a post-college life for herself but unable to forget her college flame.

written: one day in class sometime in August 1994
word count: 898
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Short Stories

A Rock Amidst the Stormy Sea

I wrote this short story my junior year of high school. I don't think it was an English project but it may have been. I remember being really proud of it at the time. It is about two very different young girls in boarding school.

written: school year 1987-1988
PDF Format for easier printing (88kb)

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Poetry

 

 

A very small selection of the some of the poems I have written. Some of these are published but I retained the copyright, so I am not violating any reproduction laws (I think!).

High School

Also includes some eighth grade selections—full of much teenage angst! Caveat emptor!

12 poems

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College

Most of these were written while I was in college (except the last one) and all were written about various relationships, so you might notice a recurring theme.

8 poems

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