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Planning for NaNo 2017

I’m going to write The Thief & The Seer for NaNoWriMo 2017!

I think the name’s officially changed back…I was considering “As Old As My Eyes” or heart or soul, but whenever I talk about it, it’s become “Thief & Seer” so I may as well stick with that. Plus, it tells you what the novel’s about!

My reason for picking Thief & Seer over The Necromancer’s Charm (which is my 1920’s urban fantasy) is that I want to set them in the same world, although NC is about 400 years later. So, I need the world. While I have some ideas for NC, I don’t really know too much about the world that it’s set in yet, so….

I get to write Thief & Seer to find out!

I’ve got the characters, and a basic plot. Beyond that, I think it’s a perfect NaNo novel – I can incorporate a lot of the prompts if I need to, hit people with shovels, go off on tangents…my aim is really to get a complete novel by the end of November, and then I can build the world out from that.

That does mean I need to aim for more than 50k during NaNo, though. 70k is 2300 ish words a day.

Hmmm.

This could be fun!

 

A cozy chair and a crime-solving ferret

I’m currently putting together a short story for submission to Death By Cupcake by Elm Books

Imagine yourself in your favorite chair. There’s a cat in your lap, a fire in the fireplace, and on the little table at your elbow, your favorite hot drink. The book in your hand is a cozy.

A cozy is a mystery, which, of course, means a tale of crime and intrigue. Often that crime is murder. But although the circumstances surrounding the crime can be ugly, that ugliness—as well as any attendant sex, violence, or cruelty–takes place offstage. Instead, the crime is treated as a puzzle, and the sleuth, a charming amateur, is the hero.

Many cozies take place in small, pleasant towns. Many have female sleuths. Quite a few are organized around themes, such as crafts, hobbies, food, or pets. If your mystery has a recipe or a crime-solving ferret, it’s a cozy, and we’d like to see it.

It just caught my imagination, and I think I can get a story based in my current world! I’ve found that it’s a really good way to play with my concepts – No Man’s Land came out of a short, and I do like letting things just run without needing to plot for an entire novella (or novel). So far I’m going down the murder mystery route, although I’m currently lacking a motive. I’m sure one will turn up!

I’ve got a secret door, a scandalous kilt, a necromancer, a mafia don, a murder (obviously), and some other little things that I’m not going to spill quite yet…although no ferret, yet. But I think it’s going to be fun!

Plottin’ plottin’ plottin’

“OH! They’re the same world, just different time periods!”

Tudors or Civil War? I need guns, I think, but early. Tudors with Age of Enlightment could work.

If you’ve got the basis for a matriarchal society there all along, how is that going to change the society? Well, duh, it’s pretty much Chaucer. Just keep it at The Wife of Bath. (Possibly with less sex).

I’m still not entirely sure about the dragons.

“…oh god that means I’m thinking of writing four books. WHAT THE HELL, BRAIN?”

Victorian scientific discovery! Saving dragons! YES!

I need a revolution…

Ooh, a voice in a charm. And it’d last, so HE’D COME BACK! (Duh duh duuuuuuh).

“Three books. Ok, three books is do-able.”

Five hundred years, that’s a respectable amount of time for everything to turn to shit.

Railways on drove roads?

“….or I could add a sci-fi one, too? Nah. Trilogies work better. And it means I’m only writing three books instead of four.”

Who is she? I know the two from the first book inside-out, but the second set…she’s a puzzle. Hopefully I’ll figure her out before I come to write her.

“That’s still three books. And they’d have to be longer than my usual 70k. ARGH.”

They could dunk a dragon in a lake! (Poor thing).

I need to go do so much resesarch on the 1920s. And WW1. And the Tudors. And Victorian explorers.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING EVER!

I may be plotting for The Thief & The Seer, as well as my new yet-unnamed one…

To Fantasy or not to Fantasy?

I have started thinking again about The Thief & The Seer, which has a possible working title of “As Old As My Tongue” or possibly eyes. I haven’t decided yet.

Anyway. I’ve got the basis for a plot, which involves politics and a Quest and a Thief (duh) and stealing a Thing. I wanted a Baddy, something huge and overwhelming, and so I temporarily put in Dragons…and the whole thing seems to currently be set in the traditional Fantasy Cliché world. So I was trying to think of a twist that would make it more interesting.

Well, I can’t think of one. And so I was chatting to a friend over the weekend about it, trying to work out what to do.

The plot could move to anywhere; it’s two people and a third and a theft and politics. That could go sci-fi, or medieval, or ancient, or futuristic. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the setting is.

And that, as my friend pointed out, is the point. Why bother? If those settings aren’t going to add anything, then why not write it in the world I’m comfortable in, using dragons?

Ok, sure, it’s clichéd. But actually the plot is going to have a few anti-cliche twists, and it’s the relationship between the characters that is the interesting thing. The world around it could change, and once the story is written, I could tweak. I could edit. It could move if I suddenly came up with a different setting.

So…fantasy might be the way to go. It’ll be traditional Western Fantasy, sure, but…hey, I’ll have fun.

New writing: Speaking Names

Necromancer Allie hasn’t been outside her basement in three years, but when a messenger arrives with an unusual request and a bag of money, her skull forces her to face the daylight. After all, the task of finding the pieces of a rich, dead woman’s soul can’t be that hard…

But there’s more than riches to be had, and more than lives at stake. What is life worth when all that is left are memories, and all that remains are dreams?

A new story, I hope – and one that’s getting plotted! I don’t know if it will go anywhere, but it’s going to be fun 🙂

They say a man is not truly forgotten while his name is still spoken.

The necromancers of ___ take this one step further. If a man’s name is not forgotten, and he is still remembered – then he can be brought back.

Shady business happens at night. The dark hours are best for skulduggery, nefarious deeds and general misdemeanors. However, it was mostly incidental that Allie’s latest visitor had arrived in the small hours of the morning, for it was well know that the streets of ____ never slept. If it was not the chill sun lighting the dank, misty streets, then it was marsh-lights and gas-lanterns, revealing shops that never stopped trading.

That didn’t stop Allie from feeling tired. She had drawn the day and night shift thanks to her partner in the shop being on a trading mission, and she was cursing his lateness for the fifth time when the visitor walked in.

He was so in love, Allie thought. The shady walk. The sneaking. He was trying not to be obvious about coming in, and that just made him stick out like a sore thumb. He was obviously going to get hit on something, soon.

“What a loser,” the skull whispered from behind her. “He’d be perfect for you.”