NaNoWriMo kicks off officially in two weeks – yeah & shudder both at the same time. I’ve kept the decks clear for November – declined a feature opportunity to maintain focus focus focus. I’ve done a bit of warm up writing with some non-story line character development. As this is to be the conclusion of the project I started with last year’s NaNo I do have a solid set of characters to work with, plus I didn’t get to the two, or maybe three, major scenes in the story.
One thing I always have difficulty with is when to let go on a time-line to jump forward a month or two, to get time to pass. Because I am including some historic events I’m sort of anchored to those time points but I also figure that I’m writing fiction so I might be able to play around with that as well. For me emotional truth is more vital than historic accuracy.
I’ll possibly go back over what I have written to see what more I need for the secondary plot lines. But I do have huge set pieces to work with -the miners’ protest march that ended up with military intervention in which many were injured and at least one miner killed; a coal mine cave in – one can’t write about a coal mine without a cave in; also the discovery by my antagonist of the friendship between the man she has set her sights on & his best friend.
There’s at least another 60,000 words in all that – I’m totally looking forward to the reversal of, or perhaps the deepening of, sympathies for my female lead – who goes from victim to revenge seeker to bully as her revenge unravels in the most unexpected way.
October 18 – Friday – attending – Racket at the Rocket
October 20 – Sunday – attending – Cabaret Noir
October 22 – Tuesday – maybe attending – Exquisite Corpse
October 31 – Thursday – attending – The Beautiful and The Damned
November 1-30 – participating – NaNoWriMo
November 3 – Sunday – attending – Lydia Lunch Live
June 6-8, 2014 – attending – Bloody Words
A little something to get you in the mood for Halloween:
what colour are my eyes
I’ve been told so many things
legends merged with facts
conclusions were at odds with reality
the myths weren’t meant to be believed
they were lessons
but do they apply to today
if the mirror should reflect or not reflect
is it relevant to the moment
to my desires
I have no hunger for anything more
than that reflection
I don’t long for fabled conquest
I’m not driven by rumored blood-lust
but the desire to see
what I look like in the mirror
I can see my body
others could see this body
but I’ve never seen my face
I don’t know the shape of my mouth
the colour of my own eyes