Friday, October 23, 2009


This year I am going to attempt to write for NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. Just a rough draft, but a novel nonetheless. Look on my sidebar for the link to my profile. My username is "tara_byrne". According to Facebook, that is my "Irish name"; I doubt there is any basis for that, but I thought it was pretty so, behold, that is my username! ;-)

I'm not 100% yet which of my name story ideas I am going to use. Following are the ideas I will probably choose from:

Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States has declared war. American men are leaving behind their parents, siblings, wives, fiancees, and children to defend their country overseas. Among those left behind are Pastor and Mrs. James Stirling, and their five children. It is particularly hard for their eldest, Helen, who, at twenty-three, had been expecting a "happily ever after" to her engagement to Dick Harris. Now separated by thousands of miles and who knows how many years, Helen must help her family fight the war at home, as well as fight the war inside her own heart as she strives to trust God and do His will. Can Helen trust Dick to God and reach out to the needs of others despite the struggles in her own heart? Will Dick ever come home?


Ann Williams never knew her father, and barely remembers her mother. Raised in a strict Anglican home by an icy, status-obsessed, unloving grandmother, Ann longs for something beyond the walls of Abercromby Park... for the truth about her father's death... for the truth about God that so many people seem in conflict over. Now that she has reached the age of matrimony, Ann discovers that her grandmother is determined to marry her off to a self-satisfied, unfeeling, very rich baron, Lord Barrymore, because of his high position in the House of Lords and because of his support of the king, Charles I. About the same time, she meets a quiet but interesting merchant named Polydore Tyler. Does he have the answers to her questions about her father as well as about eternal life? Can Ann make the right decision despite fear of her grandmother's displeasure? Can she find peace in a world that is crashing down in religious and political turmoil?


Seven years ago, Kami was in love with a young man named Jim. But then Jim's busybody family started telling stories about Kami's father that led to the breakup of Kami's family and the suicide of her father. Kami and her younger sister lived together for several years after that... But now her sister has died of a sudden, unprecedented seizure and Jim all of a sudden returns! Kami doesn't know that she can trust him-- or any Christians, for that matter. Aren't Christians just people who say they are "saved" and use that as an excuse to do whatever they want? Is Jim really sincere in His love for God... and for her? Can she lay aside the doubts and bitterness that she has stored in her heart against God, and allow him to heal her life and give her hope and a spirit of forgiveness?

I am posting a poll on the sidebar for you to tell me what you think I should write. There's also the comments section. ;-) I'm sort of leaning towards the England story after writing that description.... but we'll see. :-)


Marie said...

Oh, I want, want, want to do this too! If only I could!!! But, unfortunately, a great opportunity is within reach and I'll be too busy to do it. : (

Nice name, BTW. I voted for the England one, thought the WW2 one was also very interesting! They all sound good!

Melanie said...

Oh, Marie, that would have been really neat if you could have participated in NaNoWriMo... but I understand you're ultra busy!! :-)

Gabrielle Renee said...

Hmmm... I voted for the England one. Though ALL of them sound really good!!