This year’s nano has been the toughest so far. Someday it was hard to stay motivated. I think that was mainly because I’m more of a pantser than an outliner – I like the surprises that letting the plot just go along as opposed sticking to a ‘this is what must happen next’ outline. I did my first run at Isle in 2008 so already knew the characters, the events & the finale.
I did do a fresh take on everything though, some cut-and-paste (which got deducted from my final word count) but did enjoy being so tied to merely expanding or reworking what I had already. One thing that did help was changing the time of year in which the Montreal section takes place. That happened to accommodate the time line I’d already laid out.
Thanks to Picture Perfect – last year’s Nano – did find that I enjoy food – describing it, inventing it. This year I did more of that plus indulged in more detailed set descriptions. I also had fun with language – the Danish hotties were brand new to the story & thanks to google translate I let them talk in Danish, without feeling the need to translate that for the reader. I did put out a call for Danish sex slang but apparently there is none 😦
As with past years I’m about 1/3 of the way though this plot. It takes place in three locations – the 3 act structure: Montreal; Halifax; Isle St. Nuit. The first two being real places the third will be pure imagination. I will have to make some decisions about how much the supernatural will play a role in what happens. Who knows what lies in the stars, or even the cards, for my hero?
“We can perhaps walk from here to see the fireworks.” Tyge consulted his cellphone. “GooGoo says it is about ten minutes walking from here. Ou est le toilette?” he asked the clerk.
The washrooms were small. Each with homme/femme on the door. Neither was big enough for two people but the two Danish guys squeezed into one of them while Mike used the other. He could hear the guys laughing in theirs.
He exited. They hadn’t even shut the door on theirs. Tyge beckoned him. “Come, we have party favours. You will like.”
On one of the cafe saucers there was a couple of lines of powder.
“We have saved some for you. Good quality.”
Mike backed away. “Thanks but no thanks.”
“I thought you like to party with us.It will make the fireworks so much better.” Eluf said.
“For you perhaps.”
“Okay.” Tyge said. “We will clean up and meet you outside.”
This was the last thing Mike had expected to happen though he wasn’t all the surprised. Other than toking up now and then drugs held no appeal for him. So much time spent on getting something that took so little time to enjoy.
The guys came out and glanced at him.
“Enjoy the fireworks.” Tyge said. “We are going to find real fireworks fun with real men.”
Eluf hailed cab. They got in leaving Mike at the curb. It happened so fast Mike didn’t have time to say anything. Did they forget he was there because of the coke, or whatever it was they were doing. It dawned on him that he wasn’t the real man or the real fun they wanted for their research.
(He was pissed off at them for leaving him without a second-thought. He goes to the fireworks. This is the next day: )
He let himself into the b’n’b and was headed up to his room when someone called to him from the TV room.
“Mike? What is your hurry.” It was Eluf. “I must apologize for taking off like that last night. I didn’t realize how … rude that was until we were well on our way.”
“Yes, well, done is done.” Mike said.
“Done is done? That means you accept the apology?”
“No. It means what has happened cannot be changed. It was more thoughtless than rude. I was more puzzled than anything but also relieved.”
Mike glanced at his cell for the time. “I’m not someone who wants to spend time with guys doing drugs for a good time.”
“You are angry with us. I can tell by your … tone of voice.”
“Not angry,” Mike sighed. “Not interested, is more like it.”
“You were interested enough last night.”
“Until you got high and flew off in the first taxi you could get.”
“Let us take you to …”
“No thanks. I have plans for tonight. Enjoy the rest of your stay.”