Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

What is Your Current Work In Progress?

As many of you know it's NaNoNuMuKiWhAtEvErThIsAcRoNyMiS... National Novel Writing Month (the Internet tells me it translates to NaNoWriMo), in which writers everywhere try to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, and during which Sean Lindsay from 101 Reasons to Stop Writing nearly dies from cardiac arrest.

While not everyone will be participating in National Stream of Consc... um, Novel Writing Month, I know there are quite a few blog readers out there who are writing SOMETHING.

So you tell me -- what are you writing at the moment? Feel free to write as much ("here's the plot!") or as little ("um, a novel..") as you'd like, but it would be great to see what genres people are working on and what everyone is writing.






144 comments:

cynjay said...

I just sent a finished YA MS to my agent five minutes ago (yay!), and am now diving in to another literary-ish YA. Well, I might wait until after lunch and this episode of What Not To Wear ends.

Not NaNoing officially because I can't stand the pressure.

K.R.Stewart said...

I decided to fashion my own personal version of NaNoWriMo this year. Last year I took the opportunity to push myself to pump out half of a fantasy novel (50k words just isn't enough for a full-blown novel, imo). I recently got around to finishing that first draft a week ago or so.

But it's very very first-draft-ish. I mean, I wrote it during NaNoWriMo, so somtimes I was too tired to be making any sense, but I would push the words out anyway, just to get SOMEthing on the page.

So this year, instead of pumping out another 50k word half-first-draft, I've decided that my own personal "NaNo" is more like "NaNoReMo" -- National Novel Re-write Month.

I figure, if I can go through that first draft and rewrite 93k words into some form of not-chicken-scratch 2nd draft, and do so in a month, than I have "won" my own personal version of NaNo. Cuz when all is said and done, I'd rather have a single story written twice as well than two stories written badly.

jjdebenedictis said...

I'm flailing about in the early planning stage of a gothic fantasy and am desperately trying to stop tweaking my last novel, which was science fantasy.

Merry Jelinek said...

Benny Sherman helps a wayward fairy win back his wings and, in the process, finds his own.

In the wake of his parents’ separation, Benny and his mother move from their comfortable suburban home to his Grandma’s overcrowded bungalow. To make matters worse, the sixth grader is forced to attend Catholic school where he’s sure to feel as out of place as he does stumbling through prayers at Christmas Mass. The last thing he needs is, “...to follow some imaginary creatures on a quest to find a fictitious amulet. Not even cool creatures, either. I get stupid fairies.”


Not nanoing, either, I'm still in revisions. Thanks for asking, Nathan - I know your reading tastes are eclectic, but what are you most interested in reading right now?

ulysses said...

I'm writing a contemporary fantasy (is that a legitimate genre?) novel, not as part of NaNoWriMo but as part of IWIWTDWML*.


*It's What I Want To Do With My Life.

Neptoon said...

Aloha,

I am currently working on book two of my yet to be published urban fantasy trilogy about one man making a difference in a world of greed and global warming.

Sorry Nathan, there are no monkeys involved (other than humans), but there is an 18 legged Princess named Beulah ve Flootnote (she with the lips to die for), and the dolphins, being the smartest species on the planet, hold the fate of mankind in their lovable blowholes.

Anonymous said...

I'm writing stuff about stuff. In the format of a grab bag of MG and YA novels.

Luc2 said...

I'm writing a Male Ennui Fantasy, about a tormented mercenary. I think.

No NaNo for me. Maybe next November.

Scott said...

I've just started really digging into a YA historical that I've been planning for two years while finishing up my YA fantasy and a MG (not the car, though that would be kinda cool).

This new one's a whole new kind of challenge from me, writing from the POV of a female protag...

Think medieval German epic meets Shakespearean romantic comedy.

K.C. Shaw said...

I'm Nanoing! Yes, it's a verb now!

Mine's a fantasy called Jack of All Trades, and the main character is named...Bill! No, Jack. And he has a pet dragon named Pepper, who resembles a bright red bulldog.

I'm having a blast with this one. NaNo is a great way to sort of reset one's writing clock, although I'm sure it's just a coincidence that it falls right about the time we "fall back." Or is it a coincidence? You decide!

original bran fan said...

I'm with Ulysses, in the "What I want to do with my life" version of NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriLife?). In other words, I will probably crank out 30-50k on my own this month. Whenever I get antsy and want to e-mail my agent for a status report on the in-submission novel, I force myself to work on the current one instead. I get antsy a lot, so I write a lot.

It's an SF novel.

Miss Viola Bookworm said...

Like k.r.stewart, I'm in NanoReMo mode. I wrote the first draft of a YA novel in September and cranked out 77,000 words. Since then, I've been working on submissions for another novel. This month, I'll be revising the YA project. I can't wait to get reacquainted with those characters! I miss them!

Jay Montville said...

I'm in the last third of what I hope to be the last major revision of my YA novel. I'd love to be able to send it out at the beginning of the year, but my Real Job keeps demanding that I show up 5 days a week and at least pretend to work. Oh, to be independently wealthy...

krw3b said...

I'm working on an MG with a male protag.

NoNaNo4Me2MaNyKiDs

Dave F. said...

Short stories:
a) A detective story / murder mystery
b) A SciFi story about sentient trees with mobile seeds
c) A love story about one of those siliconized bodies in museums

But November is a slow month. Too much to do before the Holiday season begins.

Karen Duvall said...

I'm not nanoing, I'm sweating with Sven (Sven's Seventy Days of Sweat Challenge). It's not quite as intimidating as NaNo.

I'm finishing up an urban fantasy about a thief who becomes a hero. The story involves shape-shifting gargoyles, the remains of a prophetic saint, a thousand year-old Turkish warrior from the Crusades, an elf who owns a coffee shop that caters to the people of faery, and the thief's fallen angel father. I'm having a blast. 8^)

Christy said...

No NaNoWriMo here. I’m revising my first WIP and writing new bits for my second. They’re both time-travel inspirationals.

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amanda h said...

I'm revising my mystery (for the last time, I hope!) before sending out queries. I'm about three-fifths done.

NaNoWriMo (or as k.r. stewart said NaNoReMo) was just the kick I needed.

Now, if only we had a national query-writing month...

tom judah said...

Punching out a few 'trinket/stringer' articles for the newspaper--then back to my WIP.

Tom

Dwight's Writing Manifesto said...

I'm riding a runaway novella all the way to a full length comic/horror YA.

NEVER thought I'd write a YA. Never. Sheesh.

Traditionally I write a novella in preparation for a novel. It helps me flush out the characters, even if major aspects (name, setting, time period) of the characters change for the novel.

It's kind of like building a small-scale diorama of Disney animatronic robots.

Then, once the scene works, you pull the latex off their heads, give 'em new faces and wigs, and put them in an entirely different diorama and see what they'll do. See if they can still suprise you.

But it was the best diorama I've ever made, so I couldn't stop building until...

Sheesh. I can't believe I'm writing YA.

PJ said...

Currently I have seven WIPs, but of course, I can't actually be working on all of them at once ;-P , so I'm focusing on revising one fantasy novel while writing the first draft of another. I just haven't been in a sci-fi mood lately.

I'm NaNo'ing ... sort of ... more for the moral support of a friend than for myself. I've "won" three years in a row, and I feel I've already gotten from it what I need.

k.r. stewart and I have something in common. K.R. if you don't mind, I'm going to use NaNoReMo, too. ^_^.

~PJ~

laffter said...

I'm working on a YA 'boy book', which I'm hoping will appeal to girls too, loosely based on a kid I knew in high school who was injured in a freak accident involving a fishing pole. Might NaNu NaNu just for a refreshing brain dump.

LOVE the pressure.

Hélène Boudreau said...

I'm one of those housework-avoiding, shower-forgoing, cooking-ignoring NaNoWriMo crazies.

Coupled with that, I recently gave up coffee and diet coke. (WWIT??)

So feel free to follow my pixels and come over to offer gentle prodding or vigorous pokes to keep me goingggggggggggg. (Oops, fell asleep on my 'g' key there, little bit.)

My WIP is a YA psychological thriller set in a futuristic, alternate world where a teenaged girl discovers there may be a more sinister reason for her mom’s disappearance than the rumors of affair floating around her water dwelling pod society.

Becca said...

I'm working on a retelling of a 16th century Irish Arthurian Legend as a YA mystery.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No NaNo for me; I don't write well when asked to word dump. Instead, I'm working on another mainstream commercial character story (yeah, yeah. Seems incongruous, but take a look before you pooh-pooh it) about Lyric, the masseuse/adult store owner in the fictional city of Riverview. She's having growing pains, which is a horrible pun when talking about adult stores.

Emily Marshall said...

I'm NaNoing for the second year, and am working on a Young Adult chick-lit novel.

It's great you guys up there started: "What I want to do with my life." Very clever!

Redzilla said...

Every month is NaNoHooHaWhatever for me. Or it feels like it. I'm writing what I suspect will turn out to be something unsaleably between literary and mainstream. It's about Jennifer, a special events planner, who makes a promise to a dying hit and run victim, who mistakes Jennifer for her sister. Add Jennifer's acquaintance, Olivia, a church secretary who was born with three thumbs and what she fears is a hereditary propensity for lying.
For fun, throw in Olivia's new boyfriend, a NOLA refugee who used Katrina as a perfect excuse to steal his dead cousin's identity--right down to his job as a paramedic. I'm 30,000 words in and have no clue where it goes from here. It's a glorious feeling.

Barbara said...

I'm working on an urban fantasy set in St. Petersburg Russia about a team of supernatural diplomats. The timing worked out for me to start it this month, so I'm sort of NaNoing, but I'm aiming for good over speed, so I probably won't hit 50,000.

Jess said...

I am banging my head against a wall on revisions to a science fiction novel, writing an urban fantasy (or is it a paranormal romance? one never knows...), and plotting a contemporary romance. A bit divergent for me, and I wouldn't be surprised if some fantastical element weaseled its way in... ;)

Like others, I'm doing NaNoWriLife. I signed up for Nano just for the pep-talk emails from the likes of Neil Gaiman and Naomi Novik (*fangirl squee*).

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Tina said...

Working currently on a nonfiction book on southern women serial killers. It was a toss up between three WIPs, and I chose that one to finish first.

Josephine Damian said...

Short pitch/summation of my suspense thriller WIP A STUDY IN FEAR

A war crimes survivor turned criminal profiler risks revealing her true identity as a trained assassin when a sadistic serial killer targets her ex-lover, a famed forensic psychologist.

Long pitch/summation for same:

Everyone believes criminal profiler Caroline Armstrong is a European woman with the quintessential American name. She’s afraid that her ex-lover, forensic psychologist Rhys Garrison, will find out she’s really Nina Gorić, a Bosnian war crimes victim turned assassin who killed so her unborn child could survive. When the two profilers reunite to uncover a sadistic serial killer’s identity, old flames rekindle along with new fears when Rhys suspects Caroline’s violent past and secret identity.

I'm also working on a YA crime short story called KILLER WON'T BE HOME TONNIGHT Dwight, I'm with you, I never thought I was the YA type either.

No NaNo for this scribe.

Kimber An said...

MANIC KNIGHT. Historical/Time Travel. I don't feel comfortable revealing the plot on-line. You'll have to wait for the query.
;)
You're probably wringing your hands and reaching for gin right now!
;)
Don't worry. I'm getting more efficient. You'll probably have it by Easter.

I think NaNo is wonderful, but I've never done it. Doesn't work with the way I run my life.

Jenny said...

I'm finishing up the rewrite of a 90K word sensual Regency Historical Romance.

A notorious rake is transformed by an astrologer's conviction that his chart is that of a constant, loving man.

==
One month after these "write a book in a month" things, are agents deluged with queries from people who do not know the difference between a novel and 80,000 consecutive words?

Jonathan Thomas said...

Several things going on. Hoping my finished Novel is doing well in the Amazon Breakthough Novel Contest despite a typo in the first paragraph... (You can read something a million times and still miss it). Toying with a short story that insists on being told. Working on my next novel about a telepath and a terrorist. It's not sci-fi, it's more literary. Looking forward to the day when it's done and I can start querying... it's going to be a while. Trying to keep up with writing at work (copywriter at a dotcom). I don't need Nanowrimo, I should be writing every month, not just November.

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Lauren said...

I'm working on two contemporary YA novels -- one's in revisions (third draft? fourth draft? Who knows anymore), and the other's my NaNoWriMo project. This is my 7th year doing NaNoWriMo. I tried to tear myself away, but I just couldn't! It's as much a November tradition for me as getting drunk with my mom-in-law on Thanksgiving.

For at least several months of the year, I do tend to crank out fiction or narrative non-fiction at near-NaNo pace (1000-ish words a day, with the occasional Saturday night blitz). Taking part in the November craziness is not a big deal anymore, and I enjoy going to our regional meetings and cheering on new writers. I'm excited about my NaNo project because it's turning out to be a very clean rough draft. My other WIP has been a nightmare, revisions-wise, and I like to think that this new 1st draft won't require as many story-level changes as the older novel. I love editing at the line-level, making the language as precise as possible. It's those story-level edits that make me crazy.

Josephine Damian said...

Cynjay, WTG! Did you know Iris Murdoch started her next book on the same day she finished the last one?

Anon 12:43, krw3b, and Scott (or Nathan), what genre is MG?

Dave f, is your #3 about Pamela Anderson Lee? :-)

Gah! said...

Sadly I think I might be writing crap.

Nuthin' new there, then.

Hand me that Captain Morgan that Nathan left lying about, would you?

Dead Man Walking said...

Sounds YA but it's not. Three teens stumble upon a cave which contains a jar of superstitious Indian 'killing stones'. Using them on the neighborhood bully seemed like a good idea...then the mc realizes they've made a grievous mistake. But does he have time to undue their sin?

jessie said...

I'm NaNoing, but having a rough time this year. Last year I was working full time, taking grad school classes and still managed to knock out 50,000 words pretty easily. This year I'm done with grad school but lucky to be hitting my daily word count.

It's a YA novel. "When the electricity goes out and there are no signs of it ever coming back on, Southern California is thrown into turmoil. Twin sisters Eleanor and Isabelle are faced with a dangerous journey from San Diego to Montana in the hopes of locating their mother after their father is murdered."

I'm also rewriting a couple of picture books and thinking about starting to submit them *insert cries of terror here*.

Jaye Wells said...

I'm in the vaccuum between completing a manuscript and starting a new one. So all I'm writing this week are query letters. Soon, I'll start the next book. But for now, I'm enjoying a break after a year of writing my keester off.

Katie said...

Well I'm definitely not taking part, since every spare moment is suddenly claimed by moving boxes and all of the other intricasies of moving... but when my mind drifts off, it's either to my romance of a medieval Highlander living in our time... or to my Robin McKinley style retelling of Sleeping Beauty (totally different than Spindle's End, though.)

Annalee said...

I'm not doing NaNo-- I don't expect to be done with my current WIP until sometime next spring.

It's a steampunk YA about a fifteen-year-old girl who gets kidnapped by a transnational mafia and has to find a way to get herself--and the prime minister's daughter-- home alive. It's wicked fun: airships, explosions, islands floating in midair, traitors, pretty dresses, telegraphy and super-spies. I'm trying to work in a homeboy phone, but so far, no dice.

Marianne Sullivan said...

From the fading glory days of romantic Hialeah racetrack to thrilling pre-Derby days at Keeneland racetrack in Kentucky; this gypsy life of adventure tempts a rebellious young woman. Love, drugs, thoroughbreds all rolled into one.

Angie said...

I'm doing NaNo. :) I write gay romance and erotica, and the current WIP is a fantasy.

Angie

julief said...

My NaNo is a romance that I'm now seriously thinking about trashing as my characters, who were so cute and funny during the first chapter, are descending into not cute, not funny people.

I'm very close to giving up on it.

Especially because my writer's block has broken and I'm into my real WIP again. It's an adult contemporary/mainstream (i.e. it doesn't fit into any genre so far). It's almost 1/3 done and someone's gotta die soon...

Onovello said...

I've been working on a collection of linked short stories, all Gothic, some satirical, some not, a soft sci-fi novel, and have just agreed to write the book for a musical comedy.

That should be interesting....

V L Smith said...

I'm working on an inspirational short story that will either hover at 6000 words or win me over and become a bigger project. I'm researching information for a new novel and fussing with the ending of a previous one.

Marva said...

I'm writing for NaNo. I've got 13,700 words right now.

Bad Spelling: All of Katya’s family are either witches or warlocks, depending on their sex, of course. Katya is sixteen and really ought to be able to turn a rabbit into a toad, but things just don’t work out for her. What she gets is a slimy green hopper. That’s the good part. Unfortunately, it also has long ears and fur. That’s bad spelling.

Loquacious Me said...

I am working on outlines for two new projects while my beta-readers have my urban fantasy. Coming soon to a query pile near you!

Roxan said...

A modern day dark fantasy based on demon myth.
NaNoWriMo reminds me of Mork from Ork. LOL

Sophie W. said...

My Nano novel is about Sven, an atheist who dies and goes to Limbo. There, he gets a girlfriend and fights monsters that are really corrupted human souls. The monsters get the ability to evade God's eyes by exploiting the power of the original sin. Then they harvest souls of people with a higher PC ("purity content", not "politcally correct," although this is an intentional pun) in order to stay in Limbo.

There are lots of explosions. Big, giant explosions. And squicky make-outs. And a semi-Communist leader named Mom, who doesn't like having his orders disobeyed. (Yes, Mom's a guy.)

And did I mention explosions? Because the explosions are cool.

JaxPop said...

I'm finishing the editing on my YA adventure (set in my haunted hometown of St Augustine, Fl)- Some day I hope to settle on a title. Also researching & working on my agent/publisher queries (not sending 'til early '08 - BTW there are a lot of agents previously red flagged on P&E now showing up under different agency names. 1/2 way through 1st draft of a dark adult suspense set in Nova Scotia. THAT ONE I have a freakin' title for! Oh yeah, in my spare time, I'm building three hugantic office buildings that need to wrap up by the end of this year. No wonder my boat hasn't moved.

Tom Burchfield said...

I am writing a supernatural tale called "The Vampire of Alpine Canyon," the progress of which I occasionally detail on my blog "A Curious Man" at http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/ (though this week, I'm ranting about Halloween.)

I'm in the third draft. It's going quite well, though a little slower than I might like, but that's probably. After this draft, I start lining up readers

Ebenstone said...

I'm writing an epic fantasy vaguely inspired by Shakespeare's Henry V.

Ian Thomas Healy said...

I am a NaNo veteran, and this is my fourth go-round. This time I'm writing a humorous cyberpunk tale called Trouble, Inc.: The Longest Joke Ever Told. So far I'm further ahead of the pace than I ever have been and am feeling pretty good about the whole thing. Once November's done, I'll go back to working on rewriting my superhero novel (so I can query you with it, whazzaaaaap?).

Ian
14,430 words and counting...

Jennifer L. Griffith said...

I've tried to do NaNo, but I am distracted by an agents revision request for my completed Lit. Fic novel, Gumbo Ya Ya. It's a coming of age story about a Cajun girl set on the bayou of Louisiana. Target Market: General Fiction

I am 20,000 words into another Lit Fic set in the Northern Rockies. The story is still telling me what it's about. It's told from 2 first person POV...a brother and a sister.

Michael said...

I'm writing a horror novel about an old man that goes on a roadtrip to deliver a family heirloom to his brother's granddaughter. It isn't for NanoWriMo though, just my current project in process.

Spartezda said...

I'm doing NaNo this year, because I figured I might as well try it once.

My WIP is something like "Audubon does Fantasyland"--a fourteen-year-old thief and a middle-aged biology professor who studies unicorns team up to defeat the princess, rescue the Dark Lord, and save the habitat of the endangered Green-Frilled Karkadann.

Dave Wood said...

Don't think I'm creatively built for NaNoWriMo. I'm a tortoise, not a hare, I guess. I just finished a final (pending finding and getting comments from an agent) polish of a completed contemporary fantasy, so I'm working up the query and synopsis.

Otherwise, I'm letting my brain lie fallow for a bit to see what takes root next. Possibilities are: sequels for previous projects, or an urban fantasy, or a paranormal suspense, or a return to a shelved historical mystery, or an urban fantasy set in 1930's San Francisco, or...or...or...

But, it'll probably wind up being some strange new seed that falls out of the stratosphere.

cc said...

(josephine -- MG = a Middle Grade novel, as in for the grade school set).

I'm not doing NaNo -- I cut out 75 pages per novel as is, I don't want to have to cut out another 50 of nonsense simply because I was trying to rachet up a word count.

I'm working on a YA about two brothers.

Jim Zoetewey said...

An urban fantasy novel based on local (West Michigan) history that connects a bunch of unrelated elements (Jazz, time travel, Jaco Pastorious, utopian ideas, and a corrupt furnace manufacturer).

Also (and just for fun) a totally unpublishable novellette involving teenage superheroes.

Seriously.

Lora T. said...
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Lora T. said...

I just finished a fantasy novella.

Jason said...

Trying to meld fantasy and sci-fi in a non-annoying way:

The apocalypse occurred 1,300 years ago.

The remains of humanity have devolved in a new Dark Ages, trying to scavenge existence out of the wreckage the Ancients left behind. The leader of a small fifedom, Amon Khan, witnesses a scene where a score of soldiers was slaughtered by a lone mage. The evidence convinces the Khan that there may be more to the tales of witchcraft than he had ever believed. Fearing that legend may be true, Amon Khan sets out to find the reality behind the stories.

Before the world’s end, a small society of self-described Illuminati tried to avert the catastrophic war that was coming. Seeing that their efforts were in vain, they choose instead to flee. With no safe haven on a world about to destroy itself, they choose the only route open to them: they invaded and improved the small exploration colony on the face of the moon. Through the centuries they flourished, but were inexorably tied to Earth for the necessities of survival.

Elle McBride captains one of the Illuminati starcraft. When a disaster threatens their habitat, she begins to see that the Illuminati aren’t as pacifist as they claim, and some begin to talk of retaking the Earth--of wiping out the Terrestrials to take the world for their own. But Elle has befriended some members of the primitive branch of the Genus, and argues that they should be spared, or even aided.

While tempers flare on both sides of the debate, she finds that a small unit of her fellows have commandeered a ship, and gone to the Homeworld to begin waging war on the primitives. Elle is forced to act on her own to save the primitives, and reaches out to her Terrestrial friend, Simeon, and by extension to his father: Amon Khan.

Captain and Khan must together find a band of relentless killers in hope of keeping humanity intact.

But while she’s on the surface, an ever darker plan hatches in Haven.

Once the earthbound threat is dealt with, and she returns to her home, a second and larger scale catastrophe prompts the evacuation of the Illuminati home. Every ship is filled to bursting, and ferries her people to Earth.

But the catastrophe was faked to exile her and the people sharing her belief. She is left stranded on Earth, with only the provisions on her ship, and the people who were fooled with her.

Subservient No More said...

I just finished 55 pages of a novel which is about how a rednecked country girl leaves her abusive, holy roller husband who steals her baby girl, and ends up becoming the leader of one of the biggest drug trafficking rings on the East Coast in the late 70s. Broke, homeless, alone and desperate to make enough money to hire a lawyer to get her daughter back, she ends up in South Florida where she falls in love with an Israeli, former Orthodox Jewish, disco producer with a long rap sheet and a deep reverence for cocaine, who promises to help her in her quest to regain custody of her little girl. Even with his help, a fortune in drug money and the incantations of a Santeria priest, getting her daughter back isn't as it easy as it sounds because she is facing years in prison, a vengeful state prosecutor, an army of Southern Baptist ex-in-laws who really don't approve of drug trafficking or consorting with jews, and a real live princess who is after her man.

It's like Scarface if it had been written by Flannery O'Connor, and it's the story of my parents.

Linnea said...

FROM THE MOUTH OF THE DRAGON
In a reckless bid for freedom, a slave in ancient Babylon conspires with a traitor to deliver the city into the hands of the advancing army of Cyrus the Great. When their plot is discovered, the conspirators race against time to learn the identity of the spy and avert betrayal before the army reaches the gates of the city.

Aimless Writer said...

Misty read eyes. If she met you she had only to glance deep within your eyes to see your soul, your world, your inner most feelings. The only problem is she has no control over how much information the person’s eyes reveal or if she will even understand it. Something that’s got her in trouble before. When she comes eye to eye with a serial killer Misty goes to the police for help, but will they believe her when she doesn’t have all the facts?
Max Jennings is a by the book cop and he’s on the trail of the nastiest serial killer in Angel Fall’s history. When Misty McAllister walks into his squad room and declares knows who the Angel Fall’s Strangler is but not his name or where he can be found, Max labels her a whacko. When the strangler leaves a message on Misty’s door step in the form of a dead body Max labels her a suspect, but Misty insists it’s a warning.

Marlene Dotterer said...

If we answer this, can we still send you a query?

I'm finishing up my time travel romance, which is much bigger than I originally planned. I'm trying to keep it to 150,000 words. Here's the pitch:

"The RMS Titanic. Everyone dreams of going back and preventing her sinking. Two people alive in 2006 just got the chance.

Samuel Altair is a physicist living in Belfast, Ireland. Sam has spent his career researching time travel and now, in early 2006, he’s finally reached the point where he can send objects back along the time continuum. His only problem is, he doesn’t know where the objects go. They don’t show up in the past and no one notices any changes to the present. Are they creating alternate time lines?

To collect more data, Sam tries a clandestine experiment in a public park, late at night. But the experiment goes horribly wrong when Casey Wilson, a student at the university, stumbles into his distortion field. While attempting to rescue her, both Sam and Casey are transported back to 1906 Belfast.

Stuck in the past, cut off from everyone and everything they know, Sam and Casey work together to help each other survive and build new lives in 1906. Then Casey meets Thomas Andrews of Dunallon, the man who will shortly begin to build the most famous ship since Noah’s Ark.

Should they warn him, and try to change the past, creating unknown consequences for the future?

Or should they let him die?"

Dr. Dume said...

Well, I'm writing the follow-up to a book I haven't sold yet, which is pretty stupid but well, you never know.

So I'm writing queries for Samuel's Girl, (blurb:) Samuel Watson accidentally releases a demon, and the only one who can stop it is a self-centred professor who doesn’t believe in the supernatural.

Yes, I know, it sounds like it's been done before. I need a better blurbogenerator.

Writing - Norman's House, with some of the same characters, one of whom is trapped in a house with thirteen demons, a witch, a half-demon, a fairy, and a few folk - and none of them can stand him.

Well, better get back to query practice. One of these days I'll get it right...

Dr. Dume said...

Forgot to mention... no, I'm not one of the NaNobots this year. I'm trying to avoid starting any new ones until I can get at least one sold.

mkcbunny said...

A novel.

I'm not NaNoing. Count me among the tortoises.

John said...

I'm writing a mystery, tentatively titled "Command Performance."

"Perhaps there are worse ways to make your conducting debut than in a shiny-new opera house with a cast of renowned voices in a multimillion-dollar production for which the lighting alone cost more than your entire annual salary.
But if there are, I can’t think of any."

Frank Shelby is the underpaid and overworked assistant conductor of at a major opera company, but he gets the chance of a lifetime when his famous boss falls ill on opening night of a new season. But at the end of the very first scene of Frank's conducting debut, a light falls from the rigging to the stage, nearly killing the company's imperious leading soprano. Frank turns to his boss for help, but while the singers and stagehands were arguing with Frank about who was to blame, their famous conductor was murdered in his dressing room.

There's a lot more to it, including a bass who's a former college football player, a Marxist stage manager and an impresario with a Tourette's-like inability to keep this thoughts to himself.

I started back in October, so I'm already about 36,000 words into it. I'm using NaNoWriMo to help finish.

Bastet said...

A historical fiction about a caste of priestesses in ancient Egypt who were second only to the Pharoah. Cutting-edge stuff, even for Egyptologists. No one is going to scoop me on on this one!

Bastet said...

Oops, typo.

That's "pharaoh."

A Paperback Writer said...

November is the absolute WORST month for me to get any writing done because I have to do hair and make up for two school plays back to back. Thus, I will not be attempting to keep up with any of you and your acronyms.
I am doing yet another revision on a YA fantasy (sort of magic realism, actually) before sending it off yet again to Ms. Big Name Agent who requested the revisions.
I also have some great ideas for two other YA novels, but both are in the scribbled note stage.

Topher1961 said...

As of today I'm 106 pages into Samuel's Dream, the novel I posted my "I'm resigned to being the brother of a martyr." first line and paragraph.

While flying over their mountain home on a hangglider, Crash accidentally fools his younger brother Samuel into believing God has spoken to him.

Literary/mainstream fiction.

Tammie said...

While I await the yeah or neah of an editor and an agent I'm trying to work on another women/commercial fiction.

It's an updated version with a few twists of the 1978 Alan Alda movie Same Time, Next Year.

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Tammie said...

Hey Jim Zoetewey - using West Michigan as a back drop - Cool! I live in the very corner of Southwest Michigan!!!


Oh and no- no NANOing for me either.

midnight oil said...

In my 93k+ word fantasy novel, Caleb, a young and dyslexic outlawed orphan, tries to overcome his lonely and abused past. He trips into his first relationship, and first friendships, in his quest to find out who he is. He must overcome fantastic beasts and betrayal, as well as an entire army, in order to make a last name for himself, and therefore a future. Yet when he discovers the truth of who he is, he is not so sure he wants to embrace it. His destiny could alter the face of the continent forever.

Not NaNoing either.

Anonymous said...

Last year murder mystery, this year dark fantasy.

Emily Ryan-Davis said...

I'm not doing an official NaNoWriMo project. I'm using the time, and leeching the creative-frenzy energy of November, to finish writing two of the trashy romances that pay me so I can start the new year fresh and free of deadlines. I'd like to dedicate 2008 to exploring my guilty-pleasure interest in black comedy. :)

Ok, and I'll probably write a little trashy romance next year, too.

Emily Ryan-Davis said...

Re-reading above.

Maybe I can pioneer a new micro-genre of romance: erotic black comedy romance. Or two genres - romantic black comedy could be the slightly less graphic sister to ebcr. ;)

Stephanie Zvan said...

NaNo is not for people who host Thanksgiving for two families. At least not anyone sane.

I'm putting together the synopsis for my YA SF novel in beta, which is about two kids, a volcano and a time machine that obeys the laws of physics. I'm also working the four storylines of my new YA SF (featuring first contact diplomacy, a humanity-first movement and hula dancing) into a chapter outline and hurrying to get some adult shorts done before I start writing the novel. Oh, and doing fall housecleaning.

danceluvr said...

My WIP is about an aspiring ballerina, who faces fifth grade in a new school complete with bullies, new friends, homework, and one very cute aspiring Baryshnikov. (summary courtesy of another writer -- Thanks, Amanda!)

I'm in the rewrite phase and still figuring out exactly where to start it.

Lorelei said...

My first novel (science fiction) sold to Iota Publishing this year (won their contest). I'm halfway through my next novel (fantasy). Basically, I'm reworking Dante's Divine Comedy, but I'm going in the more interesting direction: heaven, purgatory, hell. The main character is a thirteen-year-old English boy.

TSN said...

I'm writing a dystopian YA sci-fi set in ancient Greece. That's it.

Phoenix said...

Historical fantasy. 305 A.D. Christian persecutions, Roman gods, the apocalypse, Mt. Vesuvius. Oh, and it's a love story. Between two guys.

spyscribbler said...

An erotica novella, and I'm way too shy to go into greater detail. ;-)

Am nano-ing with a spy novel, starting a week late. No stream of conscious, though. I don't like the mess.

Mary said...

I'm not NaNoing either. I have two chapters and an epilogue to write in my fantasy novel. A girl must choose to either save the people who killed her mother or lose the magic that has defined her.

Katherine E. Hazen said...

I agreed to do NaNo with my future sister-in-law because she wanted to. And, hey, can another motivator to make sure I pump out my wordcount each day hurt? I hope not. ;p
My current WIP is a YA called Queen of Freaks.

Lily Gardner is a freak; dyed hair, combat boots, super powers and all. She can hear people’s thoughts, and until the Great Lakes School for Exceptional Young People comes calling she can’t help but wonder if she isn’t just plain crazy. The school promises to teach her to control her gifts and, she hopes, will give her a place to fit in for the first time since her mother’s death when she was sent to live with her father and her plastic-perfect suburban step-family. But what Lily finds at school is very little acceptance and a whole lot of rivalry complicated by super-powered cat fights, an impossibly hot but impossible to obtain crush, and a best friend who won’t get out of her head- literally. In a place where everybody is unique and wants to stand out, Lily just wants to fit in.
Just when Lily thinks she’s finding her place at school a dead body shows up on campus, attracting unwanted attention from authorities. With FBI agents and reporters crawling around there is talk of closing the school before someone discovers the students for what they really are. Unwilling to give up her new home, Lily bands together with her classmates to catch the killer and keep the school from closing. But can they find the person responsible before prying eyes look a little too closely at the exceptional young people of her?

JDuncan said...

Wow. Lots of YA and fantasy stories here. Not a bad thing mind you, but I wonder why that is? I'm not donig Nano. I've gone back to school to become a teacher, which has effectively trashed about 3/4 of my writing time. Really though, for all the brew-ha-ha over the insanity of Nano, 50k in a month is only about 1600ish words a day. 5-6 pages a day for a month. If you have consistent writing time every day, that isn't an absurd amount of writing. I wrote a 118k suspense story in 14 weeks last year. At the time, I had a consistent 3-4 hours a day every day to write. Sadly, that consistent writing time is not so consistent anymore. Still...I write, 5-6 days a week, an hour or two a day.

Anyway. my current project is something of a futuristic urban fantasy, about an assistant pathology assistant working in a globally warmed Manhattan where large chunks of the city are now an insane, NY version of Venice, who has a dead merman show up in the morgue, only to have it vanish, and the ensuing effort to clear her name lead her into a big conspiracy between the mob and some seedy NY politicians to rid the city of its new Mer inhabitants. Ah, the joys of run-on sentences. Good luck all with your current projects!

Statistics_Sheep said...

Would you just look at that shamefully-high comment count?

Now you know, Nathan: never, ever invite writers to give an opinion or talk about what we're writing. We cannot stop ourselves from blathering.

When you ask questions like "What are you writing?" or "What are you reading?", I always wonder if it is part of your nefarious plot, Nathan. Are you compiling statistics in order to have your finger unfairly jabbed to the pulse of the nation? Is this all a ploy to be one step ahead of your fellow agents in determining what the Next Big Thing in publishing will be?

Doesn't matter. We shall continue to be your faithful statistics-sheep, for you amuse us. Baaaa. I am yours, Nathan. Baaaa.

tahariel said...

Not NaNoWriMo for me, but WriSoMiFu on lj - Write Something You Miserable Fuck! The idea is to write for at least ten minutes every day so that you make at least some progress :D

I'm writing a fantasy novel. Halley has the perfect job for a Water Mage - looking after the canals of the city of Nocturne Arenaria. Or at least, it's perfect until she's drafted by her boss to search in secret for the next Great Mage, and gets tangled up in Blood Magic and international politics. It's not what she wanted from life, not that Captain Levann seems to notice that he is...

Nicole said...

Like some others, I'm doing my own version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of starting a new project, I'm aiming to add the next 50,000 words onto my current novel (the second in a fantasy series dealing with outsiderness and paranormal powers) by the end of the month. "Pseudo-NaNo" is a nice challenge - fun to say, too.

Peter R said...

How does anyone write a novel in a month? It's taken me six months to just plan out all the story lines, subplots,characters, and story brief.

WIP is a second YA sci-fi novel using the same characters and setting as my first, Helium 3. Why YA? Because I can have more fun with the characters. When I'm ready, Nathan, I'll send you a personalised query.

Rising said...

I'm picking away at my Environmental\Fantasy\Mystery (does such a thing exist? --it will soon) MG. I want to have the draft done by the new year. Too many kids to do more.

Kate said...

(I thought I already left a comment, but I cant see it. It must have disappeared into the ether!)

There seem to be a lot of fantasy novelists reading your blog, Nathan!

I'm NaNoing for the second time.

I'm writing the first book of a Fantasy trilogy.

The Kingdom is floating in the clouds while the world below boils in a burning mass of dragons and fire.
The protag is the pincess Ellusia, who is the first child to survive the sickness since the Breaking of the World. The King made a pact with the Ethereans (mysterious cloud people) to save her life. Throughout the book we find out the cost of that pact, the changes that Ellusia goes through, and the isolation that she, and others like her, feel.
The Kingdom is on the brink of civil war. The King and his brother have different views on what is best for the Kingdom and the the King's brother is winning more favour every day.
Ellusia's older brother is killed by one of the many dragon attacks and she becomes the sole heir to the throne of a Kingdom that is literally falling apart and turning against her.

Miri said...

NaNoWriMo absolutely does NOT have to be stream of consciousness. :) Unless you're forty thousand words behind on day twenty-six, and even then people tend to go straight for the pirates and ninjas. You don't even have to stop at 50k - I fully intend to hit 80 (and "The End"). In defense of NaNoWriMo, there are plenty of serious writers who are doing it because it's What They Want To Do With Their Life, and writing as a part of NaNoWriMo doesn't make them any less so. I know I definitely use NaNo as a jumping-off point for things that I can polish and submit later.

Plus, it's fun. And that doesn't make it any less legit, either.

My WiP (NaNo-style!) is a historical/political fantasy about a country that has just changed hands from a strong, popular king (well, not universally popular...he was poisoned, after all) to his eighteen-year-old daughter and her husband. Which would be hard enough internally if stronger countries didn't start looking to pick them off and the rivers didn't start rising insanely.

My MC is the new queen's brother, Noah, who really wants to escape the court out of legitimate fear for his life (in this dynasty, you're pretty much expected to be assassinated) but finds himself obligated to stay and help his sister. And her husband. Who he hates. :)

In answer to Peter R's comment: that's the point of NaNoWriMo. It doesn't have to be planned out, highlit, sticky-noted, or even possessed of something resembling a plot. The point of NaNo is to write a first draft with the understanding that it will be crappy...but then, all first drafts are crappy, and you can edit anything but a blank page.

clairec23 said...

For NaNoWriMo, I'm writing a young adult fantasy type thing that I have no idea where I'm going with but I'm enjoying it nonetheless - letting the oul imagination run riot with magic, dreamcatchers and a spate of disappearances that can only be solved my young adults and some really old people :) Maybe...

In "real" life, I've been working on a selection of short stories, and another young adult fantasy romance. I love this one, it's my baby. There are werewolves and a Romani curse factoring in this in a major way.

Mary said...

I write children’s and YA -- the first almost ready to submit (I must stay off the Internet!) and the second underway.

Maripat said...

Meh, no NaNoWriMo for me this year.

I am writing a YA urban fantasy, but I started it back in early October.

I'm also taking two classes online. (One for writing hooks and one on building primitive shelters. World building)

And I'm helping a friend with her agent package. It's amazing how long we can stare at a paragraph or two, while we try to make them intriguing hooks that summarize a 100k book. Eek...

Ello said...

I'm late as usual, but I just wanted to say that I am working for Nano on my original manuscript which I wrote as a screenplay first. It is set in Ancient Korea before Japan was invaded and when Korean was in its Three Kingdoms state. It'll be a bloody, vengeful, shaman magic filled historical novel.

Josh said...

Here's the summary of my most recently completed fantasy, now in revision stage:

On the Flipside

Don Halfinger is a carnival pickpocket who's just trying to "raise funds" to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend. Then he snatches the wrong ring from the wrong guy, and before he can blink, his world is literally turned inside out, his girlfriend is burned alive before his eyes, and he's captured by a band of otherworldly freaks who are on their own peculiar mission--and they think he's a spy for the bad guys.

Josephine Damian said...

Hooray for the tortoises!

Note to NaNoers: The race is not always won by the swiftest.... but if it inspires you to write, well, God speed.

Stephanie Z., I always wondered why schedule NaNo in a month with a big holiday?: the gals lose a day from all that cooking, and guys lose a day from all that football watching. Thought August would have been the better choice.

CC, thanks for explaining MG to me. In my day we called it Junior High School. :-)

WandererInGray said...

Writing the sequel (sort of halfway jotting down the plot really :D ) to a science fiction novel I'm querying out about why some prophecies shouldn't come true.

K

cmerrill said...

Living with elephants in Botswana - literary nonfiction.

Bernita said...

NaNo?
No, no.
No external discipline required.

WIP is an urban fantasy involving Lillie St. Clair, a full-spectrum mega-Talent employed as the city's official Freak to remove unwanted apparatitions.
She doesn't do zombies, however. Her specialty is ghosts.
But some believe that Lillie's exorcisms of the disembodied is genocide; and someone - or something - re-animated her dead husband for revenge.
She isn't sure she can trust the chatty bean-sidhe from the laundromat, or the big, ugly psi-crime detective assigned to her case.
As the paranormal paradigm expands as more and more creatures from folk lore and legend appear, she isn't even sure she can trust herself.

One of Lillie's later adventures, "Stone Child" has already been published in e-format and will soon be released in print.

Sorry, but you did ask.

Dennis said...

Great question, Nathan! Agent has proposals out for two separate non-fiction projects.

Now a question for you: I was told that, while waiting for editor feedback regarding the proposals, I should not begin work on the actual books because an editor may have a specific way he/she wants to approach the subject.

Do you agree with this? What should I be working on? Anyone else out there get frustrated with this part of the process?

Due to Nathan's inspiring blog, I've started one of my own to kill time...something I've thought about for a while. Thanks, NB.

Lupina said...

No nano nano for me, Mindy. Bludgeoning a set number of words out of my brain is what I do for a living anyway, and I've learned that with fiction, the faster I write the more torturous the revising.

Yesterday, for instance, I wrote 2,500 words of non-fiction, sourced and documented stuff to make a WFH deadline. Over the next week I have to answer editor queries on that project and also on another "finished" NF book, the edited ms of which just landed in my e-box.

At the same time, I'm making small-scale revisions on a YA fantasy novel (is the whole WORLD writing YA?) and deciding whether to go with a small publisher's offer, making large-scale revisions on an adult semi-fantasy that had been suggested by an agent several years ago, working on another contracted NF book due end of March, and in the note-taking stage of a rather bizarre cancer memoir. It's a little much but I can't help it.

For some reason, I seem to have a much easier time getting publishers (not all small ones) than agents. In fact, the last three have solicited me rather than vice versa. Maybe some people just aren't meant to have agents -- forgive the anathema, Nathan -- but I love hanging out here anyway.

Sam Hranac said...

I'm continuing edits to a novel I've been writing for just over a year. The first draft took about 50 days. The idea of NaNoWriMo is fun, but I barely have time to put in on my real projects. Good luck to those churning away at it.

And what are you doing surfing the net, reading random comments? GET BACK TO WORK!

David M Pitchford said...

Nathan,
Thank you for asking. I'm writing a fantasy novel. It is a spinoff from my Kumari Vale trilogy. My first attempt at first-person narrative after third-person ambiguous in my first four novels. Since I drafted 90,000 words to my fourth novel last month, I don't anticipate having a problem with 50K this month.
I'm posting the text on my blog: http://bitterhermit.wordpress.com for anyone interested in a taste of my penmanship. It is, of course, uncrafted. But it far exceeds most of the slush I slog through here and there.
--David, aka BitterHermit

cheryl said...

I'm doing NaNo. Mine is a horror novel set in Las Vegas involving a guy who can hear on a different frequency: the frequency of the damned. It's just a little freaky for him until the day he discovers that They know he's listening.

Hilarity ensues.

Anonymous said...

I'm NaNoing - a YA about a 15 year old girl in a small town dealing with the aftermath of her father's suicide, a best friend that isn't her best friend anymore and having to find a new place to fit in. Toss in a crazy new girl, a few beers and some hormone-riddled high school boys, and watch what happens :)

Anonymous said...

not doing NaNo-I got the stream of consciousness thing out of my system last month, unfortunately blowing a very marketable (imo) historical fantasy premise in the process. Topped out at 45K-46K words. Hate the result.

Currently am writing urban fantasy with an Indy Jones/Relic Hunter angle, but am not trying to meet the Nano deadline.

R.C. said...

Those demotivator posters are hilarious! Thanks for the link, I needed a good laugh today.

I've finished my MG novel and I'm struggling with crafting the perfect query for it. Arg. Your site has been very helpful in this regard, so thanks!

Christine said...

I'm working on the third draft of Little Fish. It's not on a set time-table, but I'm hoping to have it submission ready by Spring. Here's to hoping. =)

Alison said...

I'm working on a book where the footnotes make up 50 percent of the book and the footnotes footnotes make up another 25. No, not really. I wish.

I'm doing a YA novel. coming of age. Aren't they all? Tears, kissing, death, gossip, anti-depressants, and dance parties. yay!

Calenhíril said...

I'm one of the crazies doing NaNoWriMo. It's a fantasy using some of the Lord of the Hunt/Forest Lord legends in Celtic mythology. Fun so far, and I finally caught up in word count last night. Can't wait to see where it takes me next.

calendula said...

It's an post-apocalyptic urban fantasy called Demonhead. Berkeley and San Francisco are now separate empires, and my MC has a little creature in her head who gives her advice and can manipulate the pleasure center of her brain, and other stuff like that. You're gonna love it. :-)

Tez Miller said...

American Dad meets Shaun of the Dead in Australia.

Have a lovely day! :-)

bria said...

OK, to add to all the other YA and/or Fantasy people - I'm NOT NaNo participating - I AM editing/polishing my kind of a Helen of Troy flouts fate story.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

I'm a NaNo virgin this year, but I'm not word dumping. I've been participating in several lists with the goal of 1K a day. NaNo simply requires me to up my daily goal a little higher. :-) My novel is an urban fantasy/fantasy romance (haven't decided how strong the romance will be) based on Maya mythology and the "end of the world" in 2012.

Michele Lee said...

November is a bad writing month for me. Lots of other things going on and possible my busiest time of year. So I'm not pushing myself to write at the moment. But I am querying a new project (dark urban fantasy/crime), I'm editing short stories that have been sitting around getting ignored (a mix of SF, F and horror, sometimes all in the same story) and polishing a contemporary romantica novellette. When I get back to more active writing (hopefully in December) I'll be working to finish a zombie themed dark romance novella I started in September called "Rot".

Julie Weathers said...

Hmmmm. What am I writing?

Well, I'm no longer writing race stories since I just received my annual lay off notice. After seventeen years, you would think I was accustomed to it, but it's still a bittersweet feeling.

I should be working on my fantasy novel more, but all I've done in the past week is work on a pitch and tweak a chapter with melodramatic enchanted jars. I should also be studying poetry, since one of the jars has decided to reply to everything in verse, but I've decided a salt jar might be excused for bad rhyme.

Some writer friends have encouraged me to do something more with my journal than blog my adventures of middle-aged divorce, which is different from divorce in the middle ages--but not much. To that end, I wrote a brief description.

Over the hill, overweight and overdrawn. One woman's flight to freedom on a forklift.

Years ago I fantasized about being a paladin, stabbing my spurred foot into a stirrup as I prepared to ride off to battle. My toes wiggled inside scuffed, steel-toed workboots. I wasn't quite the knight in shining armor I imagined in my youth, but this was damned sure turning into an adventure.

Unfortunately, I still haven't decided exactly what it is.

I also wrote a tribute to my father for Veteran's Day. That might be the most important thing I've done in a long while.

I'd just like to say I do appreciate your time and effort on this blog. It's interesting to peek in and see what's going on in agent world.

Shari said...

I'm NaNoing to finish the first draft of a contemporary YA that was stalled in the dreaded middle. Actually it was stalled just barely past the beginning. Now I'm truly in the middle, but there's no time to wallow here -- 22 days to go!

Vinnie Sorce said...

My current work is my first work. It's called Jersey Justice. The main character, Jimmy Vincent, was tormented by his peers as a child. One day that all turned around and now he deals in street justice, fighting for the little guy and doing things the cops want to do but can't.

In this particular time frame his dumb witted but gorgeous sister comes to town without telling her brother that she's running from her drug lord husband and the fun ensues.

I'm a hugely sarcastic person and that definitely caries through. I enjoy reading the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, this work is definitely inspired by her.

Stew21 said...

I've just finished the second draft of a novel. It's about a 30ish slacker who (at dead father's last request) has to visit a reclusive war veteran and jumpstart his mediocre life to earn the inheritance of which his father cut him out. Along the way he starts a conversation with the ghost of Ernest Hemingway who, while dragging him to key west and giving him cryptic clues, manages to help him reunite the war veteran with a lost love, forgive his father, and save his depressed drunk June Cleaver-ish mother.

Heather B. Moore said...

Holy...

I can make up whatever I want since I'm the 132nd comment and no one in their right mind will read it. But just in case . . . I'm writing a historical novel based on a man who lived in 145 BC. Unfortunately he has to die a horrible death at the end, but it's been quite the journey developing his character and researching Mesoamerica--his homeland. I hit 80,000 words today, so I feel like I might have an enjoyable holiday season after all . . . as long as I don't eat too much chocolate as I stress about my publisher accepting the project.

A. Snarkling said...

Just for NaNo...a space opera surrounding the rescue of a handful of castaways who survived the incidental encounter with a latent mine left over from a distant conflict.

Throw in that one of the survivors is an Imperial general who was restoring the prestige and power of the central Imperial government in a strife laden but neglected backwater province and the story has marginal political overtones.

It is a human drama about the conflicts of the high status individuals stranded without any real belief in rescue in contrast to the conflicts of the workaday crew of the makeshift recovery operation launched by the provincial headquarters without any real desire for the recovery of the lost.

The rescuers have little emotional investment to find the lost. The castaways have little illusion that their recovery is possible or even desirable.

When the low-investment recovery crew finally finds the low-hope but politically significant castaways, the interest is in seeing how the revelation of rescue will affect both.

Helen said...

Getting my ass kicked and handed to me by a fantasy novel.

Gabriele C. said...

I'm using Nano to get a dent (not necessarily 50K though) into my NiP Eagle of the Sea

M. Horatius Veranius Aquila wants to make a career in the Roman army. But when he is dispatched to Britannia where the governor Julius Agricola fights against the Caledonians, he has dejà-vus of tribal life he can't explain. During a skirmish, Aquila is taken captive and discovered to be born to the tribes from his mother's side and heir to the leadership of the Cerones.

Torn between conflicting blood ties and allegiances, Aquila tries to adapt to the tribal culture and mediate between the Caledonian Confederation and the Romans. But some of the tribal warriors - led by Aquila's cousin Tarain - don't want peace, the influential patrician Cornelius Lentulus learns about the role Aquila's father played in Britain and accuses the family of treason, and the Batavian auxiliaries in Aquila's charge are on the verge of mutiny.

When his attempts to negotiate peace between the Romans and Caledonians fail, Aquila has to decide for one side of his double heritage and become a traitor to the other.
___

Aquila is fun to write. He's a honest guy, but that's exactly what gets him into trouble because he doesn't share some or the Roman prejudices against the Germanic tribes. Right now he's helping a friend from the Batavians to rescue the man's son who in the eyes of the Romans is a deserter. No wonder the legate wants to get rid of the troubleshooter and sends Aquila to Britain. :)

Pat Baker said...

Current WIP is a letter to my (grown) children, explaining what was going on with Mom when they were young (depression/anorexia). Despite how it sounds, it's going to focus on the spiritual journey and resolution, and hopefully be something they'd want to read. :)

Pat Baker said...

Current WIP is a letter to my (grown) children, explaining what was going on with Mom when they were young (depression/anorexia). Despite how it sounds, it's going to focus on the spiritual journey and resolution, and hopefully be something they'd want to read. :)

P.G said...

Yes, I have got NaNO.
One is a mystery, the other a fantasy.
I find NaNO is a great way to get the draft knocked out and then spend time working on it.
Why people get the impression it is meant to be knocking out a real send to an agent type challenge is beyond me.
I am half way to finishing the challenge but probably will need to add another 10-20k to both, to finish the stories.
Its great fun and the donations go to a great cause, NaNO isnt just about writing it has a real purpose too :) Infecting other countries with books.

Angelle said...

Since I've just started a new job (as one of those damn fine editor-type people you speak so highly of) I've had to give NaNo a pass this year.

Which doesn't mean I'm not working!

In the hopper, I've got:
- A manga proposal to retool for TokyoPop
- A spec fic short-short to tighten up
- A half-finished novel to come back to, now that my move to the West is over. (*Which* half-finished novel - the murder mystery or the hard-to-classify contemporary fantasy - is still up for debate.)

Isak said...

Long, loooooooooooooooooooooooong slump. Not sure if its writer's block or what... eager to get back in the swing, just not sure where to start--or how.

The Bag of Health and Politics said...
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The Bag of Health and Politics said...

I finished what I was writing, so I got to this late. I sent it to a few relatives and close friends. I'll wait to hear what they think, and then I will fix the problems they find--and perhaps create new ones in the process. Until they get back to me, I decided to go to the library and pick up a few books to read. My friends and family don't read as quickly as I, so it'll be a month or two before I hear back from them (to this date, three weeks later, only one has finished my book).

Enough with that, I wrote a novel about the medical system, specifically about four patients with the same condition, and their journeys through the system. I am a Crohn's patient, so I essentially wrote--shoot me now--a fictionalized version of what I saw in the hospital wards. There are very deep issues of class and access that aren't well known. There are also issues of hamstrung doctors that are forced into glorified social work by the very flawed system. All of this irritated me, so I decided to write a book.

A novel with a political point is probably one of the more difficult things to write. It was one of those things "I needed to write." I'm glad I did. Though I think I'll probably self-publish it. I'll wait until my friends and family get back to me before I decide what to do with it.

Kimi said...

Wow Nathan, thanks for asking. LOL Even though I'm a little late on this one, I'm writing an urban fantasy. It has the potential to turn into a series.

NaNo gave me an excuse to really put my foot down and start being serious and so far I've written 17k. Still have a long way to go but my plot is fully developed and I think it will be easy to get it out. :)

Kimi
http://www.talechasing.com

alex said...

Greetings Nathan
I'm sitting on a four year project that due to its size became three (thick)novels...
The first book is complete now and has been edited (by someone qualified)for consistency and spelling.
There have been many discussions on the subject, but yes -- oh yes its a thriller.
The story revolves around an author of short fiction stories who existing beyond his means, searches for new stories of which to complete his first book. The venture swiftly leads into romance, and peril beyond the human condition. I have incorporated centuries of folklore, demonology, occult philosophy and damsels in distress.
Although I have prepared a proper query letter, I haven't really done anything yet as I'm afraid the only one who will appreciate the letter (or book(s) is me :)

Till then'
Alex

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