Monday, October 1, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

Nanowrimo is just around the corner! Time to start planning.

Last year I tried something new. I wrote in a new genre. I even had you guys pick which one.

It was so fun that I'm doing the same thing this year.

This time I have three, count 'em three, story ideas all in genres I've never written in. Let me know in the comments which one you prefer.

First up, murder mystery. This one intimidates me the most.

The working title is Re: Murder (Solved). Here's the pitch:
@ChicStauff: My boss's wife was killed today! #omg I think she was murdered.
The wife of Jerry McCormick, CEO of Grayson Security, is accidentally killed in a robbery attempt. At least that's what the police say. Anya Stauffer knows different, and is going to prove it. She turns to her friends for help: a lawyer in California, a pre-med student in Utah, and a reporter in South Carolina. Using texts, picture mail, video chat, GPS and a little hacking the group puts the pieces together. When someone else dies, Anya must work fast before the killer strikes again. This time, it might be Anya who's the target.

Next up, SciFi. I've written a lot of fantasy, so I'm excited to try some SciFi. They share a lot, but there are differences as well.

The working title is Cepio. Here's the pitch:
The Cepio is an advanced armor and weapons system designed to augment the most powerful soldiers in the galaxy. When a Cepio shipment is attacked by bandits, one accidentally crashes onto Earth and binds to seventeen-year old, Isaac Thomas. Isaac must learn to control the Cepio before it takes over his mind, all while keeping it out of the hands of the bandits and the galactic corporation that wants it back. Because once the Cepio binds to someone, the only way to repossess it is to kill the host.

And last but not least, Romance. You might think this would intimidate me the most, but it doesn't. See, I don't have any delusions that I'll be good at it, but being able to write a romantic subplot is a very important skill to have. I did cheat a little and decided to write Romantic Suspense.

The working title is Deputized Heart. Here's the pitch:
Sheriff Rosalynn Banks has everything under control in the small town of Larson until ex-Marine, Garrett Browning, moves in, and his surprisingly sweet advances make her doubt how much control she really has. When a routine domestic dispute call goes terribly wrong, Ros finds herself out-manned, out-gunned, and the target of a well-funded drug cartel. She deputizes Garrett and together they must figure out who's behind the attacks and bring them to justice before anyone else dies and before Ros loses the thing most dear to her--her heart.
Those are your choices.

Let me know which story sounds the most interesting to you in the comments. You are welcome to vote for more than one if you want. I'm not picky.

But you can't vote for all three. As it turns out, I am picky.


Ben & Becca said...

I vote Sci-Fi.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Sci-fi for me, too. Sounds intriguing!

kbrebes said...

I'm still Sci-Fi, but I admit the Murder idea is growing on me.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

I love the murder mystery book!

Heather Justesen said...

I totally want to read that murder mystery. But if your blurb weren't so convincing I'd say go for the romance because I agree that learning how to write romance is a valuable tools for any writer to have in their tool box.

Tapper said...

I'm a cepio fan. Not because sci-fi is my genre of choice, but because I am most intrigued by the dilemma.

Unknown said...

I'm voting for the romance!

Unknown said...

Sci-fi! That's such an intriguing plot idea that I'd choose it even though I typically prefer other genres. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I was all for the murder mystery because references to the modern tekkie stuff intrigues me, but then the cepio got me, too. I think a romantic subplot for either of the first two would teach you about including a romantic element. Ya think?

John Waverly said...

It looks like the SciFi is pulling out to a commanding lead.

My wife just posted this to her RWA group, so we may get more Romance votes. Then again, they may read my Romance plot, fall out of their seats with laughter, then vote for something else. We'll see.

John Waverly said...

Donna - I'll think about that. For Nano I like to try new techniques and styles. And it's hard to practice too many things at once. Still, you've got me thinking. A bit of romance could strengthen either story line. Hmmm.

Unknown said...

Funny, the Sci-Fi reminds me of what I am currently reading, the host by Stephenie Meyer. It would be different, of course, but I'm more attracted to the first one. Maybe what I'm reading is why.
Basically, is there one that calls to you more? You may find your passion shifting to one as the deadline nears.

JoLyn Brown said...

SciFi! It really caught my interest. Good luck with Nano!

Monique said...

Hmmm. All have their pulls, none are what I write and I'm still interested. :) I think I like Cepio and Deputized Hearts the best--since I can't vote for all 3. :)

Janette Rallison said...

I'm a sucker for romance. And hot marines.

Karlene said...

They all sound good, but I'm going for the sci-fi. I love SF. I also love mystery. I'm not a big fan of romance, but you made even that sound good. :)

Stephanie said...'s a tie for me between romantic suspense and murder mystery! I want to read both! =)

The Damsel in Dis Dress said...

I gotta say Sci-fi. I'm intrigued.

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John Waverly said...

The polls are closed.

The final results are:
1st - Cepio with 10 votes

2nd - Re: Murder (Solved) with 5 votes.

3rd - Deputized Heart with 4 votes.

Thanks everyone for your comments and votes. I've already started to flesh out the plot and characters. I'll keep you posted.

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