OK. I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo — I never wanted to do my first novel as a NaNo one, but now I’ve actually *written* a novel and had it accepted by a publisher, I think it might be a good kick to get the back of the second novel broken. I’ve been researching the novel for a month, but have hardly written anything yet, so this should poke me to get more done.
That said, even if I make the NaNo word count (unlikely as this month is one full of socialising) the novel I’ve got planned (a spy-horror historical novel I’ve been describing as “Cryptonomicon meets the Laundry novels”) will only be half done at the end, as I’m looking at 100,000 words to tell the story properly.
I will send chunks of the book to backers of my Patreon for their feedback as it goes along, but won’t be sharing it otherwise — I’m planning to try to get this trad-published when it’s fully finished (probably spring next year — I’m not going to be one of those people who vomit up a sixty-thousand-word first draft and then email it to every editor on December 1), and want to be able to say with a straight face that I can sell first publication rights.
If anyone else is doing it, I’m AndrewHickey on the site.
I’ll post occasional progress reports here, but otherwise will be trying to keep to my normal more-or-less-daily posting schedule of other stuff.
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