The new madness for this month: Kiwi Writers‘ “SocNoc!” Or, Southern Cross Novel Challenge. It’s the ‘south of the equator version of NaNoWriMo and has been going strong for over five years now.
So what will this month’s 50,000 word challenge focus on? The mysteries surrounding Dorinda and Vincent Russell – daughter and father who say a lot more in silence than the cacophony around them. Some ficlet/fragments have already been shared on the site, Tommia’s Tablet. Now to weave in the proper telling with the story, “Sights on the Storm.”
Today’s word count was a paltry (750 words). Nothing fitting for a decent segment yet, but here’s an introduction to the cast of characters:
Unlike her father, very outspoken, impulsively active and ready to throw the first punch without apologies. She knows the existence of her being, but refuses to forgive and forget, despite her grandparents’ best efforts.
“Voiceless Vince” during most of his years in school, Vincent is reflective, patient and willing to tip certain stereotypes on their side. Understanding the reasons for his daughter’s chosen career, he won’t stand in her way; however when someone threatens his only child’s safety, he’ll make himself heard.
They live in the suburbs of a college town, in the same house Vincent was raised in, whilst keeping a sane distance from his sister, Heloise and providing shelter for his niece, Adele.
The older sibling who torments her younger brother as only a sister could. She has her demons to drown and a past that is forever present in the house she ran away from in the pursuit of a carefree future.
Practically Dorinda’s sister, Adele, like her cousin, was raised primarily by their grandparents stern hand. Having nothing in common with her mother and knowing nothing of her father, Adele does what she can to get by in the crazy world around her.