First things first, did not win Nanowrimo this year. I got close-ish; last I counted I was at over 33,000 words so I’m happy about that. I could have worked harder than I did, but since I’m focusing more on writing a complete draft than getting words on paper, I’m kind of glad I didn’t try to bull through to 50K.
My plan is to try and finish at least a chapter a week until I have all of Defcon: Fade Out finished. I’m planning on at least 20 chapters and I’m currently on chapter six, so hopefully by the end of January I’ll have a draft finished (a couple chapters are more or less fully written and need to be integrated into the manuscript).
As for the rest of my goals:
- Keep track of the plot holes and research questions that have popped up while I’m writing: Need to be working harder on this; ideas will come to me while I’m writing and I need to start writing them down. I’ve made a few sticky notes but I need to be better about writing ideas down since I know that I won’t necessarily remember my ideas a few months from now when I get around to typing up my writing. Heck, I have a hard enough time remembering things from the beginning of a work shift to the end.
- Put some (more) work into detailing the plots for the first three books, since they have an impact on the events in Defcon: Fade Out. Not gotten to this one yet either, due to a variety of things, mainly work-related.
- Put some work into figuring out ideas for the three other projects that have been on the back burner/recently come up thanks to some weird dreams. — toward this end, I’ve gotten myself a composition notebook (a graph paper composition notebook — because graph paper is my thing!) so that I can record ideas and snippets.
- These ideas include:
- A book about 3rd shift vampire hunters — henceforth to be known as the Butcher’s Bill ‘verse: No work done on this one.
- A story about a Reverse Batman-type character — henceforth to be known as the Gem City ‘verse — Oh, wow, have I worked on this idea! Over the weekend, which to my currently addled mind started sometime around Thursday, I made a real start on this world. I’ve named the reverse-Batman character (Will O. Cartwright) and made a stab at creating my own versions of superheroes and villains. More on them on Wednesday.
- A story about a scruffy space pirate-type guy who helps fight Cthulu-like aliens and who annoys the other space pirates by flaunting one of the basic rules of their society — Nothing concrete on this, though I have an idea about what the basic rule he flaunts is. And a name for the universe it’s set in: Kinstealer ‘verse.
- These ideas include:
Goals for this Go-‘Round:
- Finish Chapter Six of Defcon: Fade Out
- Finish writing the ‘serving divorce papers to the Thing-Expy’ for Gem City ‘verse
- Organize/Plan My Research for Butcher’s Bill and Gem City ‘verses.
- For Butcher’s Bill: I’m reading (well, listening to the audiobook of) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus. There’s a theory that rabies may be the inspiration for our myths of vampires and werewolves, so that’s the reasoning behind that.
- For Gem City: mostly reading articles on TVTropes and Wikipedia. Going to be hitting up the library for some comics for inspiration. I’m also going to be going through the books I’ve got. Not to mention rewatching some of my animated Marvel and DC videos. If this is torture, chain me to the wall!
So, that’s the state of the me for today. Hope everybody else is doing well and if you’ve got a favorite superhero/villain, feel free to drop the name/s in the comments. So far, I’ve come up with Gem City versions of the Fantastic Four, Sabretooth, Wolverine, Cyclops, and the Punisher.
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