I’m going to start this blog series off with some old news. I managed to win NaNoWriMo a couple days before our trip to New York City. By the time we boarded the plane, I had a little over 56,000 words of one of the worst romance novels ever written saved on a flash drive. I entered my word count on the NaNoWriMo page and received a certificate claiming I won. I now have bragging writes I wrote a novel in a month, although the first draft is far from finished. I had some sort of romantic notion I’d find a small neighborhood coffee shop in Queens where I could spend a couple hours to write out the end of the story. I had some sort of weird idea I could capture the magic vibe of the city. Who was I kidding? There were too many exciting places to explore for me to have time to pull my computer out of the bag and get busy. I didn’t write a single word during my entire visit.
I have managed to do a little writing since I’ve been home. I’m at a little over 62,000 words. A crisis is about to happen, which will bind Amelia and Tanner together after they have been away from one another for ten years. The Hardesty family will be vindicated. The town of Riverview will have a giant apology to make. Everything will come out right in my fictional world. I wish real life worked out that way. I’ll download my first draft onto a flash drive, store it away in the safe, and maybe someday I’ll take this NaNoWriMo project out again. Perhaps after I retire, I’ll put the time and energy into turning this hurried piece of writing into something worth sharing with the world.
Rooster is glad NaNoWriMo is over. He’s starting to hate the month of November. The stuff I usually do doesn’t get done because I spend so much time typing fast and furious to churn out all the words to make the end of the month deadline. Although this year he claims he enjoyed all my romance novel reading. He claims it spiced up our sex life, not that it needed any extra seasoning to start with. He says romance novel reading is a practice I need to stick with even if I’m not writing in that particular genre for my future NaNoWriMo projects.
I haven’t decided what my NaNoWriMo challenge will be for next year. I still have the month ahead of me to choose how I will focus my reading for the coming year. In 2018 I concentrated on vampire literature. This year has been the year of the romance novel. I’m not sure what direction 2020 will take me. I’m leaning in the course of a fantasy novel sort of like J.R.R. Tolkien’s world filled with elves, fairies, and wise old wizards. I have a vague image of a white gate and an elf prince. The story might involve time travel to the twenty-first century. I always thought it would be interesting to have a hobbit go on an adventure to the time in which we live. I don’t know if it would work. You probably need to cast these characters against a backdrop of an environment anchored in the past. These are a few of the images and ideas I’ve been playing with recently. It would be an exciting adventure to see if I can make them work. I’ll probably follow Rooster’s suggestion and order Romance novels on my kindle. It’s always a good thing when he encourages my purchase of books. He likes my reading habit, but he claims if I bring any more books into the house, I will do damage to the foundation. I foresee a big dose of romance tossed into whatever challenge I take on in November next year. It’s all good. I can’t wait to begin this new writing adventure.