NaNoWriMo 2014: Introducing The Gatlon Trilogy

Posted on: 29th Oct 2014  /   Categorized: Gatlon

We are just two days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, where all around the world people will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel (or the first draft of one) in a mere 30 days.

I’ve spent the last three weeks scrambling to make myself sort-of, kind-of, semi-prepared for it, and . . . I have failed. I am the Queen of Unprepared this year. (At least, it feels that way to me, though I’m sure there are people who will claim they better qualify for this title.)

I will be participating, though. Because I really, really love NaNo and it would make me sad to sit it out.


My November Plan


I won’t be doing any crazy masochistic word-count challenges this year (sorry to anyone who was looking forward to that!), mostly because my NaNo Project is only one of four writing projects I’ll be working on simultaneously this month: 1. Winter revisions, 2. Historical Anthology revisions, 3. Outlining the Secret Project, 4. NaNo!


I’ll be more-or-less aiming for the standard 50,000 words . . . or whatever it takes to wrap up a first draft, which tends to be closer to 70,000 words for me, but . . . we’ll see. I’m trying not to over-think it just yet.


And what will I be first-drafting . . . ?


My first superhero book!!!


Introducing The Gatlon Trilogy


Important Note: EVERYTHING in this description is subject to change, including the title!


Working Title: The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (Book One)


Pitch: A series about Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Gray Areas in Between


Quick Summary:


There are two rival schools in Gatlon City: the respected and exclusive Morris Academy that has turned many an evolved youth into celebrity superheroes, and the Gatlon School for the Gifted, which has a slightly less impressive reputation. Students of Gatlon tend to be relegated to minions, placeholders, or—at best—sidekicks.


Clara has no interest in being a hero, but she does need answers. Her invisible, mischievous pet Thunderbird, Tondra, is dying, and she refuses to let him go without a fight. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot more happening in Gatlon than just a sickly mythical bird. Crime is on the rise, the police have gone complacent, and a new team of vigilantes are causing more problems than they’re fixing. When Clara and her peers find themselves swept up in the chaos and no longer able to tell the good guys from the bad, no one is sure which side of hero vs. villain they’ll fall on.




How (Un)Prepared am I?


Well, I have a very, very, very rough outline that I was working on during this last Fierce Reads tour. And about half of my characters have something along the lines of character profiles.


Oh, and I’ve started a Pinterest board—woot! Mostly it’s just inspiration photos right now… and an excuse to pin pictures of Sendhil Ramamurthy. *dreamy sigh*


You can see it here: (Again, keep in mind that I’m still getting to know my world and characters and everything might change.)


And . . . that’s about it right now. This is not my usual MO, as you might recall from my Writing Process series, but I didn’t want to miss out on NaNo, and who knows? Maybe it will be good for me to go off-roading a bit this year. It’s been a while since I wrote something without a very structured outline guiding the way.



You can make me a NaNo Buddy and follow my progress here:



Good luck, everyone, and happy writing!


  1. Morgan @ Gone with the Words commented on:

    Sounds fantastic, good luck!! I love everything that you write 🙂 I’m trying NaNo for the third time and I’m determined to win this year! Working on a sort of YA Hocus Pocus that I tried two years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about. So I’m going to rework it and finish it 🙂

  2. Aimee commented on:

    This series sounds so fun! I can’t wait to read it. Good luck!

    I’m so torn. I wasn’t going to do NaNo–I won Camp this year and loved it so much, but I have midterms and papers in November, and I really don’t want to screw up my first quarter of college–but recently I got a BAM really cool story idea and now I totally want to :/

  3. Anid commented on:

    So uh. I’ve made a last minute decision to participate. Because I thought, “what’s the worst than could happen?” Not making the wordcount? Not finishing on time? Well, it’s not the end of the world.
    And I’ve been thinking about this story for a really long time and it needs to come out of my head, so. Yeah. You can be proud, this is 95% all your fault haha.

  4. Grace commented on:

    1. sounds amazing can’t wait!

    2.. Galton sounds amazing as well, super excited for that!

    3. I might try NANOWRIMO this year but as it is my first year, I’m only 13, and I’m completely unprepared, it will most likely be a revision of a short 400 word story I wrote on Wattpad

  5. Grace commented on:

    as an afterthought to my first comment…

    I looked at your Gatlon Pinterest board and now I’m even more super excited! I can already see the characters coming to life and am really really really super excited!

  6. Rosemary A. Blodgett (@RosemaryAubry) commented on:

    So excited you will be doing it! I’ll be watching for you to do word sprints – I got a lot done doing them with you.

    I had such BIG plans to have a fleshed out outline. I can’t say I don’t have one I can tell you it isn’t much to look at. My story is a sequel though so feel I have a good handle on my characters and their world. No matter what it will be another November of camaraderie and fun. The group of friends who join me for write-ins are great.

    Good Luck Everyone!

  7. adele commented on:

    OMG! CANNOT WAIT! It reminds me of the school of good and evil or ever after high. 😀

  8. Sophie commented on:

    I think this book synopsis heavily reminds me of Soman Chainani’s School for Good and Evil……

  9. Tara commented on:

    More like Luke Mitchell *dreamy sigh*

  10. Loie commented on:

    Sounds groovy and REALLY creative <3 Can't wait to read it someday. Good luck!

  11. Marissa commented on:

    Well, clearly I need to read this School for Good and Evil book! I do remember thinking it had a beautiful cover…

  12. Tiffany Khyla commented on:

    You are the superwoman of writing. That’s incredible that you’ll be working on four projects this month. I’m having enough trouble with my first NaNo, but I suppose you’re a lot more seasoned than me. Good luck with your new project! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

  13. Johnna commented on:

    Wow, my NaNo this year is about superheroes, too! I guess it’s a popular topic now. I added you as a writing buddy! 🙂

  14. Savannah Hall commented on:

    Wow. This is my first year doing Nanowrimo and I’m super excited! I’m only 13 so in guessing it’s going to be a BIG challenge but I’m up for it. I’m following your steps for writing and I’m doing a lot better thanks to you. I’ve heard of that book and it’s supposed to be amazing! Good luck this year guys! Remember to keep writing no matter how difficult and even of you don’t finish this year ( I prob won’t so… ) it’s ok! Still finish. At your own pase. Have fun! 😉

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