Read My NaNoWriMo Story!

It’s now the last day of January, and as promised I’m finished with a rough edit of “Clone”, the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2012. If you’re interested in the reading the whole 51,000 words, have I got a deal for you…

The story is about a boy named Marduuk, who’s an only child with loving parents, a name drawn from Babylonian mythology, and a fairly privileged life. But he’s also a clone, and that affects how other people interact with him.

(obviously this is going to be an allegory for all sorts of discrimination)

If you want to read the story, e-mail me! But there’s a catch: attached to the e-mail has to be one thing you’re working on these days. Could be a poem, or a short story, or a drawing or painting, or even an essay or article. Or even a song. Whatever! Do that, and I’ll e-mail back a PDF, ePub, or Kindle-format copy of the story—your choice.

And if you’re not sure…


This clip is of me acting one of the minor characters in “Clone”, sharing a story of his life. In the book, he’s giving this speech to a college student organization, the Genetic Modification Alliance. I’ve adapted it a little to match this “vlog” format, but the whole thing’s in character. So please welcome Niicolas Parini.

Federal Code 610.2.3:

Any individual whose genetic code (DNA) has been modified prior to birth, or whose genetic code is the same as another individual’s (living or deceased) must have this recorded on their state-issued birth certificate. Additionally, a state may not issue a birth certificate for such an individual if the individual’s first given name does not contain two consecutive Vowels.

Federal Code 610.2.4:

As an exception to the previous article, individuals born from the same pregnancy who share the same genetic code (colloquially known as “identical twins” for a pair, “identical triplets” for a trio, and so on) are not required to be given names containing two consecutive Vowels, unless their shared genetic code has been modified prior to birth.

Federal Code 699.0.1:

A “Vowel” is one of six letters in the standard American English alphabet: “A”, “E”, “I”, “O”, “U”, or “Y”.

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