NaNoWriMo 2014: Excerpt Six

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This past November, I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

This is my last excerpt update: as of  next Tuesday (likely sooner) I will be done.  I’m currently at 41,000 words and still going strong!  In this excerpt the gang deals with distilling all of human nature down into ten books.

Discussion point: if you had to choose ten books to describe humanity, what would you choose?

 

Ten books to describe all of humanity. A hasty discussion, a frustrated monorail ride, and one trip up the elevator later, all seven humans stared at the pile.

“Five fiction, five nonfiction,” said Captain Kirkland. “Keep it easy.”

“What about the children’s books?” asked Tomas. “We’re teaching them about who we are, not what our planet’s like. What we tell our youth should be a part of that.”

“Three nonfiction, two children, five fiction,” Clara suggested. “One little kid’s book and one young adult book, maybe.”

“What about religious literature?” Tomas asked. “We should put in the Bible.”

“We’re not wasting a fiction book on the Bible,” said Isaac.

There was a beat. Everyone hung over a huge chasm of debate.

Clara walked over to a pile, pulled out a copy of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, and said, “That’s as far as we’re going with that. What else?”

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