NaNoWriMo 2011

Today is November 1st, the start of a new NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing, or trying to do, NaNoWriMo, on and off unsuccessfully since 2002 when my efforts netted about 4,500 words.

Timing is a bitch. After I start writing seriously in 2007, I intended to do Nano that year. That November, a few days into the month, my marriage split up. The following November was the official divorce. A few slim years later, it preceded bankruptcy. Last year, it was an international move. So when the calendar flips over to November, it’s fair to say I get a little nervous and start looking to the sky for bad omens.

The world is still spinning. The sky hasn’t falling. I guess that means I’m in. I’ve plotted and like a Cylon, I have a plan. I’ve outlined and have stacks of research laying around my office. I know how this story ends. I know what I want to get out of Nano — not a 50k novel, but a 50k word start to a planned 120k word novel, with the work to continue into December and January to see that happen.

This novel in the same world as that novel I started in 2007, although the what and how has changed almost as much as I have since then. I’ve written short stories set in this world — one of them has been published (History of the Flesh, in the Crimson Pact 2 anthology).

You can friend me on the NaNoWriMo site (my username is AdamIsrael) or follow my word count updates here and on Twitter.

Adam Israel
Author ꞏ Genealogist ꞏ Software Engineer

My interests include genealogy, cloud computing, and all things open source.

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