Ah, what a year… We have a presidential election between a Socialist Messiah and a Hockeymom Maverick, a Democrat manufactured financial crisis that threatens our way of life, and the 10th anniversary of National Novel Writing Month. To me and a bunch of other people, November is more than a boring prelude to Winter that happens to be an American election month every 2 years… It’s NaNoWriMo! And this year is no exception.
Oh yes, I’m doing it again. Why wouldn’t I? I mean, sure, I had an old friend (aka: no longer a friend) tell me last year that NaNoWriMo is merely a poor excuse to pass off a paltry 50,000 words of unreadable garbage as a novel, but who am I to listen to my peers? (In fact, I’ll bet this old friend is still around… Those kind of people have an interesting way of continuing to stalk you after they wreck the relationship. So I give a hearty hello to that person who’s clearly jealous of the fact that we writers have an imagination capable of filling 50,000 words and more.) Anyway! This year I don’t have school, so I expect it to be quite a bit easier than last time… Of course, I expect to win like I have the last two years, too! That means considerably less blog posts and gaming in coming weeks, which is always a pain. This year marks the month that Blizzard releases the new World of Warcraft expansion pack, so that’s going to be a possible huge distraction. I’m usually good at prioritizing, so there will be none of that at least until I mash out my daily 2000 words in Microsoft Word in an attempt to flesh out some sort of story I won’t let anyone read anyway.
Before tonight, I had a ton of ideas swirling around in my head. That’s the way things are with me… Basically, I’ve concocted this elaborate fantasy world and I just chew on things for months and years until enough stray bits actually manage to connect. Ain’t got any of this disturbing “muse” business going on, either. This is all me! The more fantasy and science fiction I read, the more little bits of information I get to add to my collection, either as a “don’t do this under any circumstances” (which is usually the case) or as a “aw man, they took my idea, those creeps” (which happens surprisingly and depressingly often) or as a “wow, I really oughta use that somehow” (which happens rarely). Am I going to tell you my idea? Naaah! Why would I do that? There’s only one person I bounce story ideas off of (and they bounce stories off of me) and that’s done in strictest confidentiality with a fellow writer. In fact, we’ve gone so far as to pitch crossover stories, it’s pretty cool!
Which leads me to an interesting idea we’ve had for a long time… A unified timeline of sorts. Basically, anything I write would take place in a single universe I’d come up with. If I write science fiction space battles in the far future? Fine! That takes place in the 28th century! Got some otherworldly medieval fantasy going on? Right on! That takes place in the 14th century, just on another planet. What that does is allow for interesting crossovers between our own different stories. If the 28th century crew of a starship wants to visit the planet we experienced in the 14th century, then that planet will be there and the crew would have to deal with similar fantasy elements. The interesting part comes when you try to explain everything with enough sense that every element could be plausible in any time frame. It’s difficult at times, but that’s the basis I have for coming up with stories: They all take place in the same universe and all elements of that universe must be able to fit in every genre, be it historical fiction or science fiction or fantasy. That would be pretty amazing to see in a series of novels that seemingly have no connections to each other besides the author.
So out of many, many, many ideas floating around in my head, I think I’ve settled on one for November… Futuristic, but borrowing key elements from the stories I wrote for the last two years. My first year was the first draft of a very young fantasy idea that I’ve had for years. My second year was pretty much the second draft of the same fantasy idea that had much matured over the course of the year. I can safely say that nothing has changed between 2007 and 2008, so I’ve decided to try a completely different story this year instead of re-re-writing an old fantasy story. (That would, however, be my flagship trilogy if I ever decided to pursue that… Oh my gosh, now you know exactly how big the story is. I’ve leaked too much already!)
So NaNoWriMo, here I come! Presidential elections? Glad you’re over with early! Grumpy old friends who try to discourage me? Save your breath! World of Warcraft? Your sweet, sweet call of pure, unadulterated fun will fall on deaf ears! Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Peter Heck? Er… Well… I’ll still listen to you. So nevermind there. But I’m fired up and ready to go! My only regret is that I don’t have anyone on my NaNoWriMo buddy list this year… I removed all the people I didn’t know anymore or weren’t going to do it this year or have never even tried to finish. I don’t have anyone to compare with. Well, then again, I guess I never really had anyone to race with since nobody ever cracked 10,000 words, but that’s beside the point… Anyway. That’s a quick (yeah, a 1,000 words is quick?) note for all you readers out there who might be worried about my lack of posts! (Yeah, I know, that’s wishful thinking…)