The title of this blog is a contraction of National Novel Writing Month. Link here.
Without being to quick to describe the challenge it's basically an attempt to write a 50,000 word (minimum) novel starting Nov. 1st and ending when the month ends.
The catch being you're not supposed to start writing UNTIL Nov. 1 so for now all I have is a few rough notes and the opening line:
"The year is 2012 and the war is not going well."
(Yes I stole that from TheoWarner but he stole it from Ben Franklin so it's public domain.)
The story as I imagine it will play out as a series of recorded logs, journal entries, IM conversations and maybe even tweets. It will essentially be the collections of an unknown or unidentified (yes there's a difference) third party about an individual and his adventures with a certain piece of exotic technology.
It will begin in 2012 and end no more than a few years later and feature all or most of the following.
1) Cornucopia technology
2) Time/Alternate universe travel
3) A strong AI character with limited communication abilities.
4) Gratuitous fantasies involving what I or someone like me would do with a sudden and inordinate amount of access to highly advanced technology.
5) No chase scenes!
6) Kirk Cameron will certainly die
7) FTLC (faster than light communication)
I am envisioning a story that may peter out around 5 thousand words or explode into a whole new and strange territory that will allow me to complete the length requirement. My only worry is that I will either fall miserably short or shoot too far to actually complete the mother fucker.
Only time will tell. Until then I will gather my strength and start outlining but until Nov. 1st I will not stray beyond the opening line. Should be interesting.
Especially since I have no name, title, character development or ending. I should listen to Peter Watts and make sure I have at least an idea of an ending so I don't get bogged down like hell or just meander around and stop at some point.