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plot bunny #2: the war diaries

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I’ve already spoken about my source of inspiration for The War Diaries, so I’ll direct you to that post.

Now, things have already changed about the plot, and I’m sure they’ll continue to change, but this is the basic blurb I have right now.

Rose Baldock is a female journalist in Britain.  She has two great sisters, a loving father, and she’s more than a little in love with their across-the-street neighbour, Walter Hill.  But things are not so peaceful throughout the rest of the world, and when Britain declares war on Germany, Rose’s life is turned upside-down.  Her father sinks into depression, her sisters are no help, and Walter enlists almost immediately.  The only solace she has is in his letters.  They come just as he promised – once a week, every week.  Then one week they stop coming.  After two months of waiting, and exhausting every resource in an attempt to locate Walter, Rose leaves Britain for France – the place Walter had last written from – as a war correspondent.  But the war has just begun, and as it continues, things will become even more dangerous.

I hate writing book blurbs.  I’m sure you don’t want to know how long I slaved over that one.  It’s sounds terrible, but I hope you won’t think the excerpt is as bad.  I actually had fun writing it, and I want to write more.  I guess that’s the danger of this challenge.  Plot bunnies are irresistable once you truly start working on them.  Anyway, here’s the snippet…

September 4th, 1939

We declared war on Germany yesterday.
Father came running into the house, his face nearly as red as the phone box at the end of our street. Anneliese, Mary, and I all came as soon as we heard him calling for us. Anneliese hovered around him, while Mary fetched some water, and I helped him to a chair and pulled out a handkerchief. It took a few moments to get anything clear out of Father, but at last he was able to give the dreadful news.
My sisters and I exchanged glances. We’d all been expecting it, of course, ever since Hitler started his campaign across Europe, but to hear it actually happening was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Almost as soon as he’d sat down, Father bolted back up again and was out the door, saying something about ‘finding out more news’ as he left. And we were left alone to our thoughts, and only our thoughts, since none of us said much, if anything.
After a couple seconds, we all went to our rooms.
I have no idea what my sisters did, but I prayed, and prayed hard.
Later that night, Father came back. He had no more real news, but he was more like his usual self, even bringing the three of us gifts. He often brought us little treats at least once a week – a habit he’d never grown out of from when we were little girls – and they were always appreciated, no matter how expected. This time, it was a good quality journal for each of us.
He patted my hand as he gave me mine, and then looked at the three of us.
“Britain is entering into dangerous times, but also historic times. It would be a fine thing for future generations if you each kept a record of our day to day lives. We’ll have newspapers to tell us about battles and victories – there will be victories,” he added, “but I’m sure your children will want to know what their mother and aunts did during this time.”
I hid a smile with my hand. None of us were even engaged, and here was Father, talking about our children and ‘future generations’. But I knew he meant well – we all knew – so I thanked him for the journal, even if I had little intention of keeping one. I was too shocked and worried and scared. War was a terrible thing – I hadn’t been around during the Great War, but Father had, and the stories he told had given me nightmares when I was little. And those were just the milder ones.
But now, sitting here in the cosy attic room with the slanted ceiling, I’m starting to feel more secure. Britain is the greatest country in the world. We’ll not give up, and we won’t be beat, so the entries in this journal won’t be all that horrible. If I was in one of the European countries that Hitler could invade at any moment, I’m sure I wouldn’t keep this journal. It would be too depressing for all those future generations. This, however, is an entirely different matter.
I faithfully promise to keep this journal until the end of this war.
I pray that it will come soon. ~The War Diaries



P.S. In case you’re wondering, I did indeed do this particular plot bunny today, since it’s the anniversary of D-Day.  I thought it would be fitting.


will you join in our crusade?

Anne-girl, over at Scribblings Of My Pen & Tappings Of My Keyboard is hosting her third annual June Crusade.  I didn’t participate in last year, or the one before that, because I wasn’t all that into writing, but this I’m definitely going to be.  She always has a unique challenge for each of her crusades, and this year it will be plot bunnies (hence, the blog button above).  Yes, indeedy, those pesky little things that worm their way into our current works-in-progress, our hearts, and our minds.  But this June, instead of trying to push them away, I’ll be fully embracing them.  I’m not going to go over the rules, or any such things, since it’s all very neatly laid out in her blog post.  I’ve calculated that I’ll have to do a plot bunny every four days or so, and that won’t be a problem for me.  I’ll be posting about my progress as I go along, and I highly encourage all of you to join in this challenge.  It’ll be tons of fun.
P.S. The reason I haven’t been posting lately is because I’m nearing the end of No Greater Love and I don’t. want. to. talk. about. it.  Please bear with me, and I’ll try to get you an update soonish.

fan videos, music, and world wars

[In some ways, I don’t know why I bother to chronicle the new plot bunnies I come across on a semi-regular basis.  I mean, sure, they’re cool (at least to me), but there’s so many of them, that it becomes repetitive at times.  But I’m usually able to discern whether or not a plot bunny is just an interesting idea or an actual bit of inspiration that could and will turn into an actual book.  So hopefully it’s not all in vain.]

As you may, or may not know, I’m somewhat obsessed with Marvel right now (specifically the Avengers team, more specifically Steve Rogers & Co.).  And I love watching fan videos, so I’ve been picking through the huge selection on Youtube and discovering what I do and don’t like about different fan videos.  For those of you who don’t know anything about said videos, they’re basically clips from a movie (or movies) set to a song that describes the movie or a certain couple pairing.  I’ve seen a lot of meh ones, some good ones, and a very few outstanding ones.  My criteria for deciding whether or not the fan video is good comes about when I ask myself these four questions:

  • Is the song the kind I like?
  • Is it edited properly (i.e. clips fitting the lyrics, not a lot of washed out colours and slow-mo)?
  • Does it make me feel something?

Wait.  I’m getting on a side trail here (like plot bunnies, actually).  The main purpose of this post was to talk about my newest project – The War Diaries – and I’m getting away from that.  So let me very quickly explain how all that talk of fan videos and Marvel.  The video at the top of this post is an Avengers fan video, set to the song ‘This Is War’.  Now.  I don’t like the song.  It’s not my style of music.  It’s not the kind of thing I would listen to all the time (or even once a day.  Or week.  Or month.), but the fan video is so well put together, so I have watched it a few times (quite rare for any fan video – usually I just watch it once and forget about it), hence, I’ve heard the song a few times.  And now I’m glad I did, because it inspired something awesome (or at least something I hope will be awesome).

See, I’ve recently become interested in the time periods of both WWI and WWII.  It’s been fueled by many things (both movies and books), and I felt like I should write something about one of those time periods (or both of them).  The thought was lying dormant in the back of my mind for weeks.  It was waiting for that one, inspirational spark that would set all the knowledge and interest in both world wars that I have into something writing-a-book worthy.  And it was that song.  There’s one element about it that I noticed (mainly because a lot of the words are on-screen in the fan vid, so I actually understood them).  There’s a list of characters, just waiting to be fleshed out with names, ages, personalities, and backgrounds.  I won’t use all of the characters in the song, but it’s given me a starting point.  This list is as follows:

  • Soldier
  • Civilian
  • Martyr
  • Victim
  • Prophet
  • Liar
  • Leader
  • Pariah
  • Victor
  • Messiah



P.S.  If you’re a Marvel fan, do yourself a favour and watch that video.  It really is amazing.


Posted by on April 22, 2014 in random, the war diaries, writing