Long story short, RL is several distinct flavors of Awkward to Pure Hades at the moment. And I want to add 1667 words a day to that? For a month? What am I, nuts?
All right, you hyenas. *Squinty look* I can hear you cackling from here. I’m a writer; of course I’m not entirely sane.
By this time I’ve actually got it down to a pattern. (Or so say my beta readers – I’m generally too frazzled to be sure.) A few months away from NaNo I have no clue what I’ll be doing. I scramble. I panic. I research all kinds of odd things, in hopes that somewhere, somehow, I will run across The Great Idea that will make everything work.
But nothing does. All is lost. I am a writer adrift, bereft of inspiration – or worse, I have two equally good ideas that I can’t decide between. I gibber. I chew my metaphorical nails, and apply head liberally to keyboard.
…And then about 2 weeks to a few days before NaNo, I end up stumbling on a possible Idea. It doesn’t seem like The Great Idea, but it is an idea, and it promises to at least get me started long enough to throw in the random ninja attacks.
(Haven’t you used random ninjas in your NaNos? They’re so awesome….)
Aaaaand then NaNo starts and there’s pretty much no more time to worry about this not being the Great Idea, it’s at least an idea that gets wordcount onto paper and that’s all you care about until you collapse, flattened, on Dec. 1st.
And guess what? You get 50+ K words of a decent idea onto paper, suddenly you’ve got a workable rough draft. And with that – you have a good story. And that’s what really matters. 🙂
So, in the lead-up to that – doing NaNo and keeping afloat of RL is probably not going to give me much time to fic as well. I could, however, drag out some of my incomplete fanfics from storage to post bits up during November if people felt interested.
At the moment I’ve got 3 main possibilities in mind. Through the Cracks (RK/Valdemar fusion). Waking to Another Sky (SAO/SG-1 cross in the SG ‘verse). And Monstrous Compendium Online (SAO/Eberron variant cross, with each being an alternate Material Plane – Eberron has magic, SAO-Earth magic is thought to be myth).
Let me know if anyone has preferences!