Monday, October 30, 2017


Well kids, it's that time again. The month where all your writer friends complain even more on Facebook than normal, which is a lot. I speak, of course of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which I have decided to participate in again this year.

I've attempted Nanowrimo twice before (sort of). The first time, I had been unemployed which boded well for my success but ultimately began a new job in early November, which pretty much killed any chance of that happening. That story was The Tenth Rune, a Norse fantasy story which was probably not weird enough for me to come back to except for a short story setting.

The second time, 2 years ago, I finished the last 25,000 words of Do Gyndroids Dream of Electric Dicks?, an adult comedy cyberpunk novel. I still haven't gotten around to editing that yet, despite some really great criticism from some beta readers, but I did reach my goal of writing nearly every day during that November to hit 50,000 words on the story.

This year I will be working on a story I plotted out last fall, intending to write it at a writing retreat I put together, which ended up getting canceled. This one is a novella called Cel-Shaded Gods, a sort of cyberpunk/Roger Rabbit/Cthulhu type thing. My goal is to get it to 30,000 words by the end of November. (I've already written about 5,000 so I have to do 1,000/day with a couple miss days for buffer.)

The catch is that I've just started a new position at the company I've been working at since failing to write The Tenth Rune. This change comes with a new schedule (back to 8-5!) and a whole lot of learning. It remains to be seen how much that will affect my ability to write, but dammit I'm going to give it a shot. Don't be afraid to ask me how I'm doing - shame is an excellent motivator.

To get you excited (ok, to get myself excited), here's a cover I've mocked up for it.