This pile of 12 student stories is one-tenth of the student work from my 2013 NaNoWriMo adventure that started with lessons and brainstorming in October, then student writing from November through early December, and now my grading procrastination. My own story, intended as a writing model, especially for the early lessons about plot development and other literary elements, only reached around 3000 words and involved a knitter in coastal Maine.
The top and bottom of this pile are two outliers, stories printed on home computers, color coded and annotated to indicate the required literary elements, and tucked into plastic folders. The top folder includes a neatly handwritten note: "Can you please not write on this? Thanks!"
My teaching year has been very, very full! Happy new year to you all!