At the beginning of November, I set upon a writing project/challenge in the spirit of NaNoWriMo in which I outlined a new book every day for four weeks straight. It was at times not fun but profoundly productive and one thing surprised me more than anything else…
Since I had some novel ideas fairly well-crafted in my head (and even a few that had some chapters in the can) I assumed that when I got to writing a synopsis for them I anticipated an easy day. Conversely, I assumed that it was going to be difficult coming up stories to match the titles and vague concepts I had plenty of.
As it turned out, trying to remember what I had already put down about stories I knew well was a pain in the ass while having the blank page and only my imagination was freeing and fun and gave me some of my best leads on future novels.
Long time readers of Wordslinger might remember a post about creating suspense wherein I did a free writing experiment and busted out a quick scene about a young man who was startled awake by someone pounding on his apartment door. Well, that has now become the inspiration for a funny but gory demon hunting book called Saint Larry.
I also got a chance to spend some quality time with a few concepts I had concerning our Moon. One story is about how the U.S. Government considered blowing up the Moon in the 50’s as a show of power. We were just beginning to understand the relationship between the Earth and the Moon at that time and I envision a story about a man who saves us all by talking them out of it. It’s called, (of course) Shoot the Moon.
Another (more action packed) idea called Harvest Moon takes place on the moon itself inside a mining city tucked into a crater. It will actually be a simple love story budding amidst a host of cool future tech I’ve come up with.
There are at least two time travel books as well; one that takes my hero back to Amarna, the one-time short lived capital city of Egypt in 1353 B.C. and one that keeps taking my hero exactly 24 hours into the past. The first one is called The Horizon City, the second one is called Déjà vu.
I definitely have a lot of “guy” books in the works, but I always find that romance makes everything sweeter, and plan to have plenty of “hearty” moments among my hardy moments.
For now, I hope to have my New York subway ghost story edited in the next few months. After that I’ll pick one of these beauties to have my way with. (In truth, I think it might be a story about a boy who was born with asthma, diabetes, and a few other afflictions). He gets it in his head that he isn’t really sick at all, that everything is just a way to hide the fact that he‘s a robot and needs certain maintenance to keep functional. I’m calling it Robert and I think it will be fun but heartbreaking in parts.
Jennifer is right. I’m a YA novelist at heart. I just like characters who are in flux, and young adults are about as fluxed up as they come.
I wish to thank Tamie for giving me a home here on Bookish and hope that my contributions have helped build a reliable and respectable reading website that is filled with warmth and wisdom as well as pee-pees and wee-wees.
Jennifer and I will share our adventures reading the rest of the Outlander series together in posts called Locklear Library as well as other reviews and guest spots. But this will be my last Wordslinger submission.
I am very fond of, and even proud of the 30 plus essays I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to post here and I even asked Jenn to archive them on our Big Spoon Little Spoon blog as well.
Our debut novel, Exposure, has given us a lot to deal with over the last six months and with any luck it won’t slow down anytime soon, but we’re already ass deep in two more books and absolutely love how writing has brought us even closer as a couple.
Thank you all for your support and comments over the last few years; and thank you to those who read and enjoyed the Pirate’s Booty experiment which prepared me for the steamy stuff in our current book. I still haven’t forgotten about that one.
Thanks to SR for letting me take his narrator, his characters, and even himself into a high stakes poker game that left little to the imagination in STUD.
And finally, thank you Jennifer for always reading and editing these posts to make me look smarterer.