Sunday, October 14, 2012

Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. #NaNoWriMo

I've started doing background research for my NNaNoWriMo novel. As I said earlier, I am taking my short story, Lost and Found, and expanding it into a romance novel. Same characters, same settings, different conflicts.

It's fun to make up a location but in this case I am using a real town. I initially found it when I researched small, rural towns that still don't have 911 service. Baxter Springs, KS was on the list. That was all I needed to use it and I didn't look any further.

I started working on a Pinterest board for the book, I like having visuals to work from even if they aren't exact, and discovered an interesting fact. Baxter Springs is on Route 66 and has a historic district for that history. Well, hubby and I have been planning a two month Route 66 motorcycle trip for two+ years now. First coincidence.

Today I started looking at town history, population and famous people from Baxter Springs. I discovered that Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts was born there. Um, Rascal Flatts is my favorite group! Coincidence number two.

From there I go to his personal Wiki page and discover that we have the same birthday! That makes three.

I think I am destined to write this book. LOL!

13 comments:

  1. ooh you've got a widget countdown.. shiny.. Love the coincidences. My book theme - if I stick to the current one came from coincidences.. don't feel as planned as you are. Don't do pinterest but will create a mood board. Hope I didn't chuck all my old mags!

    Good luck with the research xx

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  2. Sounds like fate has grabbed you by the collar and said you WILL write this book. Probably not a good idea to argue.

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  3. That's quite a puddle of luck you slipped into. Wishing you much success with both the NaNoWriMo and the book.

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  4. Fun, isn't it. Love to add you to my buddy list, I'm at http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/donnabmcnicol

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  5. It sure has ramped up my excitement level quite a bit. LOL!

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  6. Thanks, Doug. Always an adventure....

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  7. I like coincidences like that. I'm also signed up for NaNo again and talk a little bit about it on a post today. http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/shutting-the-internal-editor-off-for-30-days/

    I haven't figured out what I'm going to write about yet, but I hope coincidences fall into place that lead me along to the story. :)

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  8. This entry and the one before it talk about our stay in Baxter Springs which you may use as resources if you'd like: http://sandcastle.sandsys.org/2008/10/day-16-route-66/

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  9. Coincidences are fun, aren't they. Good luck with your NaNo! Off to read your blog now.

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  10. Ahh, synchronicities, oddities and coincidences - such fun!

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  11. Thanks so much, Linda! Adding the link to my research list.

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  12. Sounds like fate to me! I researched my setting, had every detail figured out, and then as I started to write, my hometown was the town I was describing for key places in a short story that's a history piece leading into my NaNo.

    I'm looking forward to getting started!

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