As I’ve mentioned I’m going to try to do Camp Nanowrimo in April. I haven’t posted anything lately because I’m kind of afraid to, at least when it concerns nanowrimo. Because, well, last time it went to hell, didn’t it? And maybe it will this time too. I really hope not.

Until April, though, I have a couple snippets of the novel for you.

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A/N: A possible beginning to the story.

Riley Hopkins had been staring at the blank computer screen for quite a while. The vertical line towards the top left of the screen kept blinking, in and out of existence. If she flicked her eyes down to the bottom right corner she could see that another fifteen minutes had passed. She would have to go to sleep soon. But the daily diary entry was mandatory, and so she stared at the screen just a little bit onger, before fixing her fingers on the keyboard. Typing noises filled the air of the small apartment, as she forced herself to think of some trivial details to write down. There had been no mission. Nothing was out of the ordinary. And her microwavable ready-meal had tasted like carrots. Satisfied, she saved the entry onto the database and turned off the computer.

Riley had a mission in the morning, so it was time for bed.

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A/N: A conversation between the antagonist and the protagonist’s mentor.

“We’re the same kind of people,” Murdoch says calmly, like he knows, like he’s in Hayes’ head. And if anybody can be in Hayes’ head, it’s Murdoch. And that scares him more than anything, because he still wants to believe they’re not the same. He wants to believe that he’s good still, strong still, courageous as he used to be. “You and I, Hayes,” Murdoch says and approaches him. Looks down on him. “If you hadn’t given yourself up for research, your own research, you and I could have worked together. We could have shared it all.” And Hayes is paralyzed, because Murdoch wants him to be. He is filled with renewed contempt for the man in front of him, a man who is way more delusional and idealistic than he is. The biggest difference between them also defines them. Hayes believes in the power of the people, but Murdoch believes only in the power of himself. What a dangerous person to be about to run the country.

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