Monday, November 30, 2009


I'm trying really, really hard right now not to sing anything by Queen.

Oh, hell. Why not?

We are the champions, my friend,
And we'll keep on fighting to the end!

There, now it's stuck in your head too.

Of course, I'm only halfway done with the actual first draft but now I'm in the groove and back in the habit of writing 1500-2000 words per day so as long as I keep it rolling, I'll be finished in no time.

No time meaning "before the end of January."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Half There

Been a while since I posted here, so here's a Nano update. Just passed the halfway point for the 50K challenge, but I still haven't got to the end of Act One yet. Judging by my past efforts, this book smells like a 90-100K critter, and I'll probably be working on it until Christmas.

I have a "no one reads my first draft" rule, but I make an exception for the rough excerpt I post on my Nano profile. The current title of the book is Waking the Sky. When I came up with the original concept back in grad school, I called it Gods of Air but between then and now the original titular characters are no longer in the story at all. After I chunked them, I wanted to call the book The Daylight War, but apparently that's already taken. I'm hoping that before the end I'll come up with a better handle for the story. I'm open to suggestions.

Oh well. Back to work!