Hi everyone! Ten days (well eleven if you count today) into NaNo and things are going along great. Yes, there have been a few hair pulling events, but as you can see from my pic up in the corner, I don’t have much to pull out. There have also been a few late night plotting and blog writing sessions as I “finish NaNo preparations” days into the event.
Which is all fine and good – a litmus test of working against deadlines – a chance to strengthen the self-discipline, which is never a bad thing.
NaNo Act 2 – Scrambling to Survive and Figure it Out.
The Protagonist: Is now fully committed to the adventure. With 32513 words already written and one novella complete (Yay!), there is no way I will stop now. In story world, Ben remembers a lost love and pursues the truth surrounding her death while the world goes crazy.
The Key Players: Are coming into themselves, “Joe” is now named Damon. Tillian is caught in a multitude of webs; intrigue and romance. Nemtemi is ever helpful, when the time is right. New players are on the horizon, both good and evil. The hoofbeats of demon cavalry draw near and satyr pipes fill the woods with a haunting song.
The Antagonist: Ah, the Banshee, how she wails. Time is the true foe, but the nimble skip ahead of her misfortunes to imprint their designs.
The Stakes: Ever-increasing, one novella drafted, a second begun. The world is falling into a creeping chaos and the only one that can stop it from happening is consumed with trying to rediscover his life and the mysteries wrapped in hidden memories.
The Conflict: All the preparation is paying off. Yet – there is still conflict, every day, but we overcome and press on. Ben goes hunting for the truth and finds the world getting more bizarre by the day, but there is hope, and strangers start to become friends as they fight to survive.
The Midpoint (of NaNo) looms on the horizon and I am hoping for a big context changing revelation…which may just happen at a remote cabin deep in the woods – Have Mind, Will Travel.
Which takes us up the path to this weeks progress.
I wrote six days this past week, using one of my “5 days off” to travel to Madison with my wife and visit the Chazen Museum. The Chazen is currently hosting an exhibit of rare renaissance paintings and tapestries from the Uffuzi Gallery in Italy. Stunning works and the half dozen tour groups were an excellent study in group character dynamics. Yep, writers observe weird things when they go out in public.
We wandered about the area for a while after visiting the Chazen and came across a placard that I just had to shoot. The original Grimm Book Bindery in downtown Madison – is now an apartment complex. Free literary ghost with your deposit? Just a thought.
On the writing front, I’m very pleased with my progress. I’ve cut back considerably on the social media front over the past week to concentrate on writing. I’d like to say thanks to all of you that have been around to encourage, tweet/share posts and just for being the excellent people you are.
For the coming week, I’ll most likely be using one day to finish the house painting project, but plan to write for the rest. This should put me near the end of novella two by next Sunday. I’m also completing the treatment for novella three and shoring up social media pages.
Besides the writing, I’m learning Calibre and Sigil (ebook formatting programs), looking at classes both locally and online for business administration, photo editing and web design (needed items for the indie publisher side of my world) and generally trying to find ways to cram more into every day. If any of you find a way to fold time, let me know (smiles).
And that is all for this week – easy peasy.
Hope you all are having fantastic weeks. Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWers and leave the light on for us NaNoers, we may be wandering in the mountains, but we can still see home.