Monday, 1 November 2010
Nanobods Are Go
Are you ready? Yes? Then get writing!
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo 2010 and I’m beyond excited. Unfortunately, I also started work at 7am and I'm pretty tired. I’ll be attempting today’s 1700 word target but may not complete it. But I will definitely be catching up tomorrow, on my day off.
Before I finally talk about what I’m writing for NaNo, I want to send a special friend a message: Happy Birthday, Rachel Morris. I wouldn’t be here writing this today if it weren’t for you. Thank you for your constant enthusiasm, encouragement, and for kicking my butt when the inevitable self-doubt creeps in. I hope in my own way I can give back some of that love.
Now for my NaNo novel, which took some deciding. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been going crazy trying to choose between a novel I started 13 years ago, extending a short story, or writing two speculative western novellas. In the end I’ve gone for none of them.
Last week a flash fiction piece I wrote back in March was finally published in Pill Hill Press’s Daily Flash: 365 Days of Flash Fiction. When the anthology arrived on Wednesday I sat and re-read my story for the first time in several months. As I did, a light bulb lit in my head - could this simple piece of flash fiction, with its solitary character, Myron, be the basis for a novel? Over the last three days I’ve debated the pros and cons of starting a completely new work of fiction, with little preparation or forethought, and in true jump-before-I-look-style, I decided the answer is yes.
Here is book’s title and the back cover blurb:
Dreaming of Sleep
Myron has come 2000 years into the future and there is no way back. His life has changed beyond recognition, as he is forced to spend almost every minute of his day interfacing with any number of the 91 billion souls that call Earth home.
All Myron wants to do is to sleep, because then he can dream of home; a place where people live as individuals and the choices they make are simple. But sleep is illegal and the punishment for breaking the law severe. He must take his daily tablet and conform.
As Myron sleepwalks through his new existence, literally dreaming of sleep, the beautiful and mysterious Talia enters his life and offers him a form of escape - a chance to travel back through time. But is Talia all she appears to be? Can Myron trust her? And can he stay awake long enough to discover the truth?
So Nanobods, how is day one's word count going?
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