Tuesday, June 30, 2015


One more day.  Quite a bit less than that, in fact.

It occurs to me that in NaNos past, I've made all chapters the same length and wrote a chapter a day, which makes writing 70-80k fairly manageable as long as I find time to write every day.

I think this time, since I'm writing something shorter, I'm going to have the chapters be between 500 and 1500 words and switch view point characters each chapter, between Simon Cable and his sister.  Since I'm going for the pace of a Doctor Who two-partner, I think frequent viewpoint shifts and reversals of fortune will fit the feel I'm going for.

I kind of dropped the ball as far as the emergency list goes but I guess I'll make it up on the fly.  I did change the main character's name to Simon Cable from Simon Black and refined the setting quite a bit so I think I'm still in a good place.  Tomorrow, we'll find out, I guess.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Camp NaNoWriMo kicks off Wednesday.  I am not as prepared as I would like to be but I could be in a lot worse shape.

The project has morphed quite a bit.  Not only am I not sure I can do it in 20,000 words, I'm also not sure about the title.  I can always change it later so it's not a big deal.

Over the weekend, I changed the nature of the antagonists, modified the setting a bit, added some much needed motivation to a couple factions, and even changed the name of the main characters.  Not bad for an already full weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Spooky Collection



Only 6 more days until the official kickoff.  I'm in a pretty good place, although I know I should create my emergency idea list and write down more details for the area around the mysterious crater.

My dog hasn't changed much in the months since NaNoWriMo 2014.  I sat down to take a practice run at the opening scene a few nights ago and she was staring a hole in me after twenty minutes.  Something about me typing on my laptop six feet from where I normally do must have tipped her off that something out of the ordinary was happening.

In non-writing news, I'm enjoying the shit out of The Fold and hope to spend tomorrow plowing through the remainder of it while I'm not napping or vegetating on the couch.


Friday, June 19, 2015


So, I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this year.  I have eleven days to refine my idea.  Due to factors like having more things do to in July than write a novel and not wanting to be a crabby hermit, I'll only be writing a 20,000 word novella.  Well, at press time, that's the plan.

I figured blogging would be a good way to get my writing muscles back into shape until then.  Despite resolving like I do every year to write more, I've yet to write anything this year besides book reviews, and I've written far fewer of those than I normally do.

Since I'll have fewer large blocks of writing time, this next book is probably going to be a stitch job.  I have distinct ideas about the beginning and end and will probably write those first.  All the blurry bits in the middle will have to wait a bit.

Stasis is something I've had in my head for a month or two, since a friend of mine asked me what I thought about Paul Rudd playing an American version of Doctor Who.  Her suggestion re-kindled my interest in telling Doctor Who-style stories and gave me a new wrinkle for it.  I resisted the urge to dive right into the writing until I had some time to ponder the main character.

Even though I'm not writing an entire novel, I'm pretty excited about the impending Camp.



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