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Life in Polaroids

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Margarita’s life was spiraling out of control, so she did what any sensible 21 year old woman would do - drove off in the middle of the night with nothing but her car and enough money for a plate of waffles. What she didn’t expect was for a stranger called Mitta to show up armed with cash and offer to run away with her.

But does Margarita really want this girl sitting in her passenger seat? With a rule to not talk about their pasts, she has no idea who Mitta really is. Broke, and miles from home with no way to contact anyone she left behind, Margarita is stuck with her on a journey to find new lives, and maybe a little bit of themselves along the way.

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The Story Behind the Story

My sophomore year of college, I had gotten caught up in life and hadn’t written much in years when a couple friends asked me to do NaNoWriMo with them. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month (November) and the idea is that you’re supposed to write 50,000 words of a novel within the month. On a whim I decided to do it with them, and this is the product!

It was a month of minor sleep deprivation and some very strange internet searches as I researched for the book. Some of the events in the book were suggested by friends as I went and were completely unplanned at the beginning, but I think it all worked out pretty well, although I did run out of words - I finished the novel at around 40,000 words, but the goal was 50,000. I ended up writing out backstories, possible epilogues, and scenes from other characters’ points of view for those last 10,000 words, but none of them were satisfactory enough to ever leave my hard drive. The novel, though, I’m very happy with. And it’s the first novel I’ve actually finished!