Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:24 pm Post

JacquelineM wrote:
ianhart wrote:After all the work Roberta has put into seducing her way to the top, I just hope she's not killed off by some spoilsport in a later chapter.

Who is Roberta?
Did she work in security at the White House?
Was she involved in an Apocalypse?
I can hardly wait to find out what was really going on!


Roberta Miguel is Speaker of the House (aka Nancy Pelosi) and third in line after POTUS and VPOTUS. In my chapter, a real Mata Hari.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:35 pm Post

ianhart wrote:
JacquelineM wrote:
ianhart wrote:After all the work Roberta has put into seducing her way to the top, I just hope she's not killed off by some spoilsport in a later chapter.

Who is Roberta?
Did she work in security at the White House?
Was she involved in an Apocalypse?
I can hardly wait to find out what was really going on!


Roberta is Speaker of the House (aka Nancy Pelosi) and third in line after POTUS and VPOTUS. In my version, a real Mata Hari.

She doesn’t appear in my brief -and there’s a huge cast of characters who work for the President.
In my chapter the most exciting event was the demise of the mobile phone and then the lights went off!

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:43 pm Post

ianhart wrote:
JacquelineM wrote:
ianhart wrote:After all the work Roberta has put into seducing her way to the top, I just hope she's not killed off by some spoilsport in a later chapter.

Who is Roberta?
Did she work in security at the White House?
Was she involved in an Apocalypse?
I can hardly wait to find out what was really going on!


Roberta is Speaker of the House (aka Nancy Pelosi) and third in line after POTUS and VPOTUS. In my version, a real Mata Hari.

Huh. In my version, she's a halfling weaponsmith who falls in love with the unicorn the aliens bring in to handle the EMP generator. Roberta's only an advisor to White House security. But maybe she becomes Speaker in a later chapter?
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:47 pm Post

JacquelineM wrote:
ianhart wrote:
JacquelineM wrote:Who is Roberta?
Did she work in security at the White House?
Was she involved in an Apocalypse?
I can hardly wait to find out what was really going on!


Roberta is Speaker of the House (aka Nancy Pelosi) and third in line after POTUS and VPOTUS. In my version, a real Mata Hari.

She doesn’t appear in my brief -and there’s a huge cast of characters who work for the President.
In my chapter the most exciting event was the demise of the mobile phone and then the lights went off!

Hmmm. Did yiou get a set of bios at the end of your brief? She's in there along with the president, vice president and mayor of DC. If not, I fear that the Pigfender is playing devious games with us! I have set aside several days of isolation to read, compare and annotate all 12 versions. (Far too much spare time)
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:51 pm Post

BTW, I added a minor character named Prof Roger Pigfender, a befuddled scientist. Will I be excised from the final compendium?
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:52 pm Post

ianhart wrote:I fear that the Pigfender is playing devious games with us!

This is highly likely. :twisted:
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:54 pm Post

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Jaysen wrote:Ok... maybe I am a nutcase ...


I feel I was just waiting for that other shoe to drop.

the question really is "how many feet does jaysen have?"


The shoes keep dropping and the heads just roll.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:55 pm Post

ianhart wrote:
JacquelineM wrote:
ianhart wrote:
Roberta is Speaker of the House (aka Nancy Pelosi) and third in line after POTUS and VPOTUS. In my version, a real Mata Hari.

She doesn’t appear in my brief -and there’s a huge cast of characters who work for the President.
In my chapter the most exciting event was the demise of the mobile phone and then the lights went off!

Hmmm. Did yiou get a set of bios at the end of your brief? She's in there along with the president, vice president and mayor of DC. If not, I fear that the Pigfender is playing devious games with us! I have set aside several days of isolation to read, compare and annotate all 12 versions. (Far too much spare time)

I can’t find her. The only bios in my brief were male, mostly politicians, security staff and heads of intelligence. They had to travel from the situation room to the bunker in the White House.
Exciting, eh!

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:03 pm Post

JacquelineM wrote:I can hardly wait to find out what was really going on!


Ditto. Have now read my chapter and one other done by a friend and which are clearly from very different parts of the book ... and am now totally intrigued about what is going on!
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:14 pm Post

I'm honestly delighted with what I got to write today. It's my first time participating in NIAD and I've had a blast.

I'm an American currently living in Texas (pray for me) and I moved here from D.C. I'm a D.C.-admitted attorney and have spent copious time in the Capitol building. Bonus: I lived in the U.K. as a teenager, so hopefully I didn't bollocks up any of my spellings. :D

For those wondering: the West Wing actually does a really solid job on the administrative law front; things go faster than they do in real life, but otherwise it's spot on.

I'm six hours behind England right now, so I got started on this last night before I went to bed. I then woke up, finished writing it, ate lunch, then went in for a SPAG edit and polish.

My 3300 words got turned in exactly one hour ahead of the deadline and I am excited to see how it all comes together. It's particularly interesting, to me, to have no idea where your chapter falls in the overall story. Reading others' comments, it looks like mine is likely towards the end, but... that's it.

Thanks for this adventure, y'all. I've had such fun.

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:35 pm Post

when does the final novel become available to read ?
the continuity task done by rog is gargantuan,
i cant believe he does this in a matter of hours.
he must be super scrivener

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:38 pm Post

All day long I've been reading the posts, and almost convinced Piggy REALLY screwed up and sent me a chapter brief from one of the years I skipped ... because NONE of the characters and locations and events you all were talking about were mentioned in my briefing.

Didn't help when I got the delayed delivery of three messages from Piggy saying there was 'an error' in the brief I was sent,,,, Hmmm.

I think I've figured it out. We had one of those time travel caused split into two futures thingies happen and I'm in a different reality from all of youse. Hmm. Hilary's the president where you are, right?

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:41 pm Post

Accordion Noir wrote:Done, with two minutes to spare!

I figured I'd go with exactly 1,500 words since I was pretty close.

Looking forward to see if anybody else built out the steam-engine plot, and how well the supply lines for coal held up.

Can we do citations and acknowledgements?

I'd like to credit this study of food self-sufficiency in Washington DC. I bumped up their schedule from 2050, but got to add in the elephants from the National Zoo:
https://challenges.openideo.com/challen ... 9cdbb036d3

And the Go-Go soundtrack to my chapter would need to be "acousticized" with, yes, a little merengue accordion. But it might sound like this right here:
D.C Go Go mix 1
posted by Brother John's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7HOVFJM5f4


I put a side note in my chapter that Federal agents had been sent to scout the museums for a steam boiler (amongst a generous range of other plot threads, haha) - maybe they’ll end up together in the same novel! :D

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:43 pm Post

Brand new to this. And after reading these comments, I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing how these chapters stitch together.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:44 pm Post

ianhart wrote:After all the work Roberta has put into seducing her way to the top, I just hope she's not killed off by some spoilsport in a later chapter.


Ooh, I had a Roberta chapter too (but an early one)! Sounds like you took her in an interesting direction!