“Happy Halloween!” means that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us! I am registered and rested. I’m ready to rumble! This is a special NaNo for me because THE GIANTS WON THE 2012 WORLD SERIES! SAN FRANCISCO, BABY!
2012: A Special NaNo Year
This year’s NaNo also marks the long awaited release of my science fiction adventure novel, called TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide for Life After Western Culture. As of Halloween 2012, TJ & Tosc is officially available for purchase on line, in both paperback and ebook formats. Please check it out and spread the word. There will be more time for book release press after November…
For National Novel Writing Month 2012 I am happy to be returning to science fiction, my preferred genre for storytelling. This November I am writing the next volume of TJ & Tosc, following the exploits of Salvador, Raymond, Noriko, and all of their friends. In my sequel to TJ & Tosc, the adventure will delve deeper into the mysteries of self knowledge, emotional consciousness, and cybernetic artificial intelligence. I can’t wait! And I won’t have to wait much longer, because November 1st is getting closer every second!
Just The Right Bullets…
Today I added a little action to my pre-book meditation and picked out blank books in which to write. I know it is slower to hand write the story, then type it up, but I have learned that I derive more focus from putting pen to paper than when I am clicking a Google Doc. If my experience from last year is any guide, there will be days when the writing is harder than usual and I just need to sit back and ponder. Those are the hours I will reserve for typing up what is already written, for submission on the 30th.
I set out shopping around for refills to fit this gorgeous leather notebook, in which I drafted last year’s novel, Cetus Finalis. After visiting a couple of stores, I decided, on an inspired whim while passing near a Walgreen’s, to kick it old school. I went back to my roots and selected good old fashioned composition books for this year’s competition.
I love composition books for their price, simplicity, and utility. And for personal reasons. I used to keep all of my journals in similar handy black and white cardboard composition books. Holding them reminded me of the unfettered spirit of mental exploration associated with adolescence. The unmarked, clean ruled pages are pressed flat, snug, and ready. Everything is crisp and blank. My mind is rested and ready. Wish me luck! After midnight on Halloween, away I go…stay tuned to see how I hold up.
Thank you for reading! Reading rules!