|(November 1, 2014 -- deep in Chapter One)|
With three friends of my way-cool local writers' group (and several from my extended circle), I decided to give NaNoWriMo another go in 2014, helped along by a literary agent who approached me about doing a M/M-themed fantasy novel (a sort of 'Gay of Thrones', if you will). At first, I was hesitant; I'd already decided over the summer to work on a project called Different. Given the deadline imposed by the agent, I did do something different after all -- over a day spent jotting down notes, I crafted a solid and engaging (I hope!) story called Kingdoms Be Damned. I committed to the novel with the agent, more so with the characters and the exciting, danger-fraught world they inhabit. As the first of the month approached, I worked to clear the desk and then, this past Saturday (a morning far less balmy and sunny than its predecessor in 2009 -- in fact, we woke to the first trace of winter's snow!), I uncapped my pen, opened a fresh pad of paper, and dove in.
|(NaNo Swag Bags -- break open in case of emergency!)|
|(Second Write-in at the Berlin Public Library, courtesy|
of Dan Szcezesny)
A week into NaNoWriMo 2014, and this Wrimo (as we're lovingly called) has maintained a very healthy 2,500 daily word count -- to reach the 50K goal, one is expected to write 1,667. I'm only 500 shy of reaching 17,500, and the exciting conclusion to Chapter 7. At this rate, as before, I'll finish my first draft of Kingdoms a full ten days before the end of November. Flus, colds, and the many horrors from the fantasy land within my novel willing, of course!