I love NaNoWriMo, but I don’t really participate in it anymore. I’m always working on a novel. If I participate it kind of feels like I’m cheating as I have a perpetual head start.
I’m hoping to finish the manuscript I’m currently working on by the end of the year, though — that would mean two first drafts in one year. Then 2014 could be all about rewriting and getting them in print. I love the fact that we’re living in a time where there’s no question about getting something published. One way or another it will happen.
Both the books I’ve worked on this year are in the same “universe” as Eleven Days on Earth, and both have to do with gods, goddesses, and magic. The one that’s a finished first draft is about a suddenly orphaned teen in the mid 1970′s who has to go live with his swinger aunt and uncle, and who falls in with a goddess who is suffering depression after a huge setback — and the way she suffers “depression” is rather unique. They end up helping each other without realizing it, and he ends up saving the world with a single act of selflessness and caring.
The one I’m working on now is dedicated to every pet I’ve ever loved, and is centered on a character named “Wellington” who was born a kitten but changed into a human while still an infant, and raised by an ancient witch. So here you have a chimera in modern society trying to deal with life as we know it mixed with the fact that he’s not truly human.
And with that … back to writing I go!
Happy NaNoWriMo everyone!