|| And BAM!, just like that it’s NaNoWriMo time. I’m opting for something a little different this time around though and shan’t be doing a traditional project. Not even a little bit. Instead I’m going to focus on finishing the various short stories that I have languishing around in 70-90%. My ultimate goal will at the end of the month will be to have three stories that aren’t just finished but polished enough to submit.
Since word counts aren’t all that great of a guide for the edits I’m doing, I’m opting instead for time. The goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in November. Since my highest rate of writing is banging out 1,000 words an hour, I’m going to try for at least 50 hours of editing.
Finally, so I can measure how I did come December, here’s a brief summary of my current WIPS, in order of my current priority.
1) The UFO(s) of Pine County (~15,000 words) A renowned physicist is returning home from a conference on multi-conditionality when she comes across a legit UFO crash site, along with a full military response to it. She doesn’t just become part of it, she may be the only hope for a solution.
2) Storm Wall (~12,000 words) Inspired by the yahoos down in Florida a little bit back who wanted to try and shoot the hurricane, this is the story of a world where civilization crushing storms hit every third generation.
3) Cuppa Grog (~7,500 words) The story of a sailor on an outer system transport trying to find the perfect taste of grog- whatever in the hell that that may be some 500 years hence.
4) Domum Vox (~1,500 words) I’ve already had this rejected twice, but I’ve also gotten some good feedback on improving it too. It’s the story of a man with the blessing that he can kill those daemonic beings that stalk us mortals. The curse is hearing their voices forever after.
5) Making Archibald Great Again (~5,000 words) Poor Archibald. Never one to put up a fuss- until he’s on the business trip from hell with an all to recognizable personality type.
6) Last One Out, Turn Off the Lights (~3,500 words) Immortality always sounds good, right up until the end.
7) Time in Service Parts 1 & 2 (~25,000 words each) So, clearly these are novellas, but I’m including them as a bonus anyways. Time in Service part 1 is already completed but could use some polish. OK, a lot of polish. Time in Service 2 remains little more than vague plot points in the back of my mind, but I need to get some of them nailed down so I can make sure that everything that needs to happen (or not happen) in part 1, does. (Or doesn’t.) Eventually I see this as a a 4 novella series, but I can’t even begin thinking about 3 and 4 yet.