NaNoWriMo 2017

I’m gonna do it! After some serious wrestling about what to tackle as my next writing project, I’ve decided to tackle NaNoWriMo again. I did it in 2012 (The Extra Body), I’m going for it again. This year’s effort will be the second misadventure for Reverend Alistair Gibbon, his paramour Fancy Griswold (the former Miss Serpentine Belt), and their cohort of misfits.

If you remember Holy Heists, their first misadventure, they were engaged in “planting” a snake-handling, speaking-in-tongues type church somewhere in the Southern USA. That didn’t turn out too well… but it wasn’t their fault, you see. The stars were aligned against them, or something cosmic like that.

But now they’ve been given another chance. A reverend in Montana heard about their efforts and has hired them to come out and help him establish a church. This story, tentatively entitled Westward Ho! is the story of their travels across America to their next church project.

I’m planning to cap the larger project off with a third part, in which they’re hard at work in Montana. That will end a trilogy of satires about these misguided people. When the three parts are done, I’ll publish them all as a single book. At least, that’s my plan.

Off we go. Westward Ho! y’all!

Ben Bones & The Twin Pistols

I completed the first draft of Ben Bones & The Twin Pistols. The story is resolved, exactly where I wanted to get to. Justice has been served and poor old Ben Bones is shorted once again.

I want to put the book aside for at least a couple of weeks to give the ideas time to settle. That hiatus also gives me time to develop ideas for what to fix in the story and/or the writing, and to figure out where to attack these fixes. I want to “enrich” the story with more description of places, including tactile and aromatic aspects.

Basically what I’m saying is that the story is done, but now it’s time to dig back in and do a whole lot more work to bring the book to its final form.

Meanwhile, NaNoWriMo is here (almost) and I’ve been wanting to do that again this year. The problem is that the projects I have on my list are all bigger than a one month Nano effort. I’ll report back on this later.