NaNoWriMo 2013 #novel “Where I Laid Me Down To Sleep” that is mine this year…

It can take a writer many years to open up a topic like the one I plan on.  The novel goes way back into the college years — years which were marvelous years in some ways, and not in others.  I’m writing this for the millions of girls.  My personal “Bell Jar” I suppose.

This is my cover and banner but I have yet to do the typography for all that… The title comes from a children’s prayer, one that my Catholic grandmother taught me as a child — it went like this: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep.  If I should die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take.

Here is what I have so far for a synopsis at Nanowrimo, and the link in.  I’ll be blogging the progress as I go, and it is such a supportive environment there — I just love it.


A girl. Her Art teacher. The biggest lie on earth. “Where I laid me down to sleep” is a story of survival, for millions of girls. It’s about that love you thought was real, and the consequences of believing in the wrong man. It’s about what he did, and about how one girl managed to keep on living after him. Sometimes staying alive is the hardest thing you will ever have to do.

Here is my link, and bio:

So, I always write to music — and usually music of the era I am trying to describe.  The novel will be contemporary, but the musical selections are from the 1980’s to start.  In this case, it’s a Romeo Void song.  This one:

I’ve got a donation page too, for Nano.  Over here: I got my first $10 donation and I’d love it if you can spare a few dollars — I’m trying to get to $250 for them.  They do such great things for kids, and writing…



(writing as Valentine Bonnaire)


self portrait as a college girl

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