Yep! I’ve just finished my seventh NaNoWriMo by writing 46,000 (actually 45,990 but who’s counting?) in the final six days.
Last November wasn’t very different; I wrote 47,000 in the last eight days and I felt like death reheated in a microwave (she says in a lame attempt to avoid a cliche).
I can’t remember what caused the delay last year but this year was because I’ve been client editing, and paid work comes first. I have two more client novels lined up (a YA paranormal next, then a P.I. mystery) as well as preparing for my Northampton Writing Courses starting 7th January which I plan to run online too, although I’m still working out the logistics of that. So, plenty to keep me out of mischief (although I’m sure I’ll find time for a little of that too). 🙂
So, what did I write about? Last November I started a serial killer trilogy, which I then wrote the second of for Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I was going to finish it but it would have meant re-reading both of them to work out how I was going to finish it (as you can tell, I’m not a planner), and I just didn’t have the time. I’d previously run past one of my short stories to a writing friend, Morrison Bailey (no relation), who said he’d enjoyed it (though still, as writing friends should, pulled it apart) and had been nagging me ever since to continue it. So, I did.
Henry, the novel (probably to be retitled ‘O Henry’)
Tagline: Henry the Jack Russell has been given the ability to talk and now they can’t shut him up! Family Guy’s Brian with just as much attitude.
The story so far: Henry, an ordinary Jack Russell, has always wanted people to understand him and now they do. Thanks to his previous owner’s (who’s now in jail) thirst for knowledge, he’s soaked up everything he’s ever learned from TV and can’t wait to share his knowledge. The staff at Forsythe Medical Research Sciences (FMRS) are just getting to know him, and his attitude, when hapless burglar Vic ‘Dullard’ Mullard, tries to kidnap him. Henry, however, dissuades him by convincing him that although he’s a real dog, his voice and actions are purely CGI effects (for which he had to explain by reciting, word-for-word, Wikipedia’s CGIs page). Vic wants a beagle version of him to give his sister for Christmas and leaves his name and number so Henry can let him know when they’re available!