NaNo Username (So we can support you on the official NaNoWriMo site!): L’Amour’s Lovelies
Preferred Pronouns: She/her
Potential Story Titles?: With Love (and) Land of the Silver Birch (25k each) - possibly a nano rebel due to this
Genre(s): Historical fic
Summary (or what you have so far):
With Love (very loosely based off of Mulan)
Jingming Jilpa is the only child of her aging parents. When war breaks out in China, a declaration goes out that all men, sixteen and up are to fight for their country.
Though he is sickly, Tu, her father signs his name. He has no choice.
Jilpa’s best friend’s brother, Yongping Jun has had a crush on Jilpa since he was able to walk, and though he is only fourteen, offers to take the place of Jingming. He is turned down immediately by Jilpa’s father but he refuses to listen, enlisting in the war under disguise as the illegitimate son of Tu.
The soldier’s don’t suspect anything, and are pleased to see that Jingming Tu and Jun have enlisted.
No one assumes anything is amiss until Jun doesn’t return home and Jilpa, unaware of Jun’s actions, has run off under her father’s name.
It is dishonor and hefty punishment to deceive the government.
What can their parents do but watch, pray and wait?
Land of the Silver Birch:
Ayalisse hated history class for as long as she could remember. Why then, of all people, did she have to discover the portal that would hurl her back in time to the 1860s?
The death of one parent would be hard enough for an only child, but when her mother loses her life in a freak drive by shooting in Oshawa, the only world she’s ever known, Ayalisse’s life spirals out of control. Used to being organized and in control of any chaos that comes her way, suddenly she’s lost all control. As a minor, Ayalisse is sent to live with her Memere in a cozy little town in New Brunswick. When her grandmother begins to fight dark memories, dealing with a severely depressed husband on top of her struggle with MS, tending for Ayalisse becomes too much for her to bear. Ayalisse’s father’s brother offers to take his niece into his country home on the border of Vermont and Quebec. He’s got his hands full with his sickly son, but figures the change of scenery, and a calmer pace will do her a world of good as it did for her cousin. Like a worn out pair of jeans, Ayalisse bobbles from family to family whom she barely knows. She is desperate to find a place where she can grieve alone, trying to rebuild her life after everyone she’s loved is ripped from her. Grief is the strangest thing. One moment you are wetting your pillow during the night hours with a heavy flood of tears, the next you are lashing out even at those who are trying to comfort. It was bound to happen, she the only daughter of her parents, and cousin Augustus the only child of his. After a fight, Ayalisse flees to take refuge far away from the place she’d never asked to land up in, and finds herself hurled into yet another world.
How much can she take?
Is this world more accepting?
Will she be able to heal, or will it cause more damage to her already frail heart?
Both have a few plot holes and need more research but they’re nearly plotted to completion. Definitely eager to start before my momentum takes off. I should mention we have a thread for NaNo going for a few weeks now (started by yours truly ) I don’t have much things to offer as this group will have, but chatters are welcome over there
I won NaNo last year, so I know it’s doable <3