Twenty people voted on what I should write for National Novel Writing Month this year, more than I expected. More than half of you voted for And the Devil Will Drag You Under1, a novel about devils at war with each other in a modern city. Amusingly, this is actually the novel I was planning on writing last year during NaNoWriMo until my friend Andrea Stewart talked me into writing Padma, a novel I’d been planning on writing for years. I have no regrets there.
If you want to have chapters of And the Devil Will Drag You Underr emailed to you, go click on my contact page and fill out the contact form there. I’ll know what to do.
Speaking of Padma, I’m still revising that one. I had hoped to have the second draft ready for my critique group in October, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ve been taking an online class in writing inclusive fiction (by Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford of Writing the Other), and learning that there is a lot of work to do in order to properly flesh out my main character, who is a woman of half-Indian descent. That’s not to say that I’m not going to finish it, just that I have more work to do than I had originally anticipated. I’ve been working on it daily for about a month now.
My kaiju short story “Anamet” is progressing slowly. Again, I need to do some research in order to do the main character justice. This is another story I’d intended to have completed earlier; by mid-August, in fact. I tend to be very optimistic when estimating how long it’s going to write a story.
Other writing-related news: My short story “The B.I.M.” is with my critique group right now; and “A Pine Romance” is with a beta reader. We’ll see how they both go over.
Earlier I was firmly committed to my kaiju novel for NaNoWriMo this year. But now I’m wavering. I have three ideas, all of them equally attractive. So I’m throwing the question out to you, faithful readers:
What should Richard write for NaNoWriMo 2017?
And the Devil Will Drag You Under: Devils at war with each other in a modern city! (55%, 11 Votes)
The X of Doom: Pirates, sorcery, and time travel! (20%, 4 Votes)
The Wind Walker: A giant monster from Antarctica wreaks havoc on the Earth! (20%, 4 Votes)
Other: Please elucidate in a comment on this blog post. (5%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 20
Of course, I won’t be posting my novel online this year for Reasons, but you’ll be able to request that chapters be mailed to you as I write them. I’ll work on a mechanism for that.
…and National Novel Writing Month 2017 is just around the corner. Lurking. Waiting. Ready to pounce on any unsuspecting writer who ventures too near its deathly maw.
So the answer is yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo once more. And yep, I, along with Kat, will be one of the Municipal Liaisons for the Sacramento region. You may applaud.
This year, I think I’ll be writing The Wind Walker, a kaiju story. I mentioned it a blog post or two ago, and the more I think about it, the more excited I am about it. I’ll be plotting it and outlining it and so on. My short story “Anamet”, which I’m working on, is going to be a prequel for The Wind Walker, though it will have a very different tone.
And just for funsies, I created this potential cover art:
I made this with the “Pulp-O-Mizer Cover Maker“, which is way too much fun. Obviously if I ever get around to publishing The Wind Walker, I’ll need a whole new cover, but this one is inspiring enough for now. Go and make one of your own!
Still on my social media hiatus. I admit dipping into Twitter a couple of times here and there, but I can only last a few minutes at most without encountering something that upsets me. Ugh.
I did go to reactivate my account on Absolute Write. So find me there, if ye care to.