In this month, anything goes. At the moment, I’m behind schedule. At the moment, I’ve written less than I’d have liked to and it is not as good as I’d like it to be. Whatever, no big deal. I’ve had some really killer ideas lately, although none of them have really taken flight just yet. What I’m hoping to get from this NaNoWriMo is to have a strong finish. As I start more and more different projects, I’ll start finishing more and more of them towards the end of the month.
I haven’t written anything more on my day one short story, House Hunter, yet I’ve started on two other short stories. One of them is a pop culture fanfiction which blends the Mythbusters TV show with the Lovecraftian story, ‘the Call of Cthulhu’. It’s called ‘Mythbusters: Cthulhu Special’ and it is written as Adam’s journal as he and Jamie search for Cthulhu, while their camera crew has abandoned them out of a fear for the great terrifying god. The other story, which I’ve barely started is a starting from scratch story about a man who comes to own a pair of disco boots which contain a civilisation of elf-ravers in their shoelaces. I developed the short story quite a bit when I first started writing it, but I figured I’d take it from scratch then maybe afterwards, look at the two together and kind of work them together in the editing process. The story is called ‘Electric Elf Land’. I’d also started on my first creative writing essay, on children’s films and the creative/spontaneous potential of the individual. And I’ve also been chipping into my main work for the month, ‘Ice Popsicle Apocalypse’, and I’m really pleased with how that one’s starting to take shape.
In all honesty, I should have written more by now, but on those projects, I’ve at least made a start. I’m not just looking at a blank page, and the more I work on them, the more they’ll fill out and get closer to becoming a complete first draft. I’ve got plans for December and beyond, editing and getting these stories and essays out and about to different places and such, but I know I won’t be able to put those plans into action until I get writing right away. I haven’t written much today, but I can say that at least I’ve written something. And tomorrow I will also write something. I’ll write more than today, and I’ll try to convince myself that writing will help my mustache to grow. It will serve a dual-purpose and once things get going, it’s going to be pretty amazing. Maybe I’ll get some decent flash fiction thrown into the mix too. It seems at the moment all I’ve got are short stories that are no doubt going to develop into something bigger. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it would be nice to get into the habit of writing out short bursts of complete short fictions in a single sitting.
I haven’t yet hit the 5,000 word mark, but I’m hoping to really zip past it tomorrow and kick shit into the next gear.