Sunday, November 01, 2015

Ethel guided her horse down the corridor, then coaxed it to climb the grand staircase to her bedroom

 It's that time of month.

 Year I should say.

 You know all about it I'm sure.

 The time of year Jack becomes more of a Hobbit than she typically is. 


 As I normally do I switched NaNo books at the last minute. Because I'm like that.

 The one I am doing I got the idea for while reading about some of the POWs during WWII. While it wasn't their mission to sabotage the Germans they certainly took advantage of it when they had the chance, and I felt that it wouldn't be that much of a stretch for a special mission for sabotage to be set up.

 From that idea grew my book, titled Second POW Camp to the Right. (The POWs selected for the mission are referred to as the Lost Boys and each given a code name of one of Peter Pan's band.)

 While there will be a serious side to the story I want it to have more of a lighthearted feel. Because while the POWs in Germany were certainly in danger, especially when they escaped and terrorized soldiers, they did seem to enjoy their antics. (Example? Research Mad Jack Churchill.)

 In other words, I want to tell a story about the POWs and how they refused to stop fighting the war even when locked up and under constant guard.

 This book has a large cast but will be told mainly from just three view points. I thought I'd give you a quick glimpse at each of the three characters.

 1st Petty Officer Thomas Haines: Tommy was a sailor fighting in the Pacific before he was recruited to spend the remainder of the war in a POW camp. Known as a fearless officer by his men, he's also a prankster and picked pockets between battles. Tommy is never afraid to speak his mind and can be hard to get along with at times, but is well liked by almost everyone he meets.

 Zack Parker: A Canadian who flew as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force before he was recruited. Zack likes people and people like Zack. If someone isn't instantly his friend Zack will start to believe he's done something horribly offensive and will go out of his way to make right whatever he didn't do wrong in the first place. In the Air Force Zack was a skilled pilot known for pulling unnecessary maneuvers just to boast his men's confidence.

 Oberleutant Rudy Fritz: Formerly of the Luftwaffe, Rudy was promoted to work at the POW camp. This happened because he was an excellent soldier, but the German Air Force was being frowned upon in 1944 - when my book takes place. His uncle wanted to get him into another branch where the family name wouldn't be sneered at, but no other branch wanted a pilot and he could only get him transferred as a guard. Rudy is a traitor to the Third Reich but only the POWs and the man behind the whole operation knows about it. Done with the war, Rudy has a low tolerance for his fellow guards - and for just about everyone he meets. Likable in his own way, he likes to keep to himself. Usually when he's around anyone else he becomes snarky.
 I'm becoming attached to Rudy. He reminds me of a nice Puddleglum or a not depressed Eeyore.

 And for today that is all I have. If anyone would like, my NaNo page can be found HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

 Quote is again from Vango, because I really love that book.



  1. A war story? Very cool. Good luck with NaNo!

  2. Sounds interesting! Have fun with it!

  3. Picks pockets between battles, I'm already liking the Thomas guy. Zack sounds like a sweetheart and considering he is a fellow Canadian, I think he is my favorite.
    Rudy is like a nice Puddleglum, love it. Good luck with Nano!

  4. This sounds awesome! I like the added Peter Pan twist. :D Sounds like a lot of good will be happening.

  5. I loooove the sound of this book and I can't wait to read it someday!!! Good luck with NaNo! I wasn't going to do NaNo this year, but then I ended up making a page and starting a new novel during it so it seems like I should join in on the fun. So I guess I am ... I'm still not sure. =) hahaha


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