The third week of NaNoWriMo is over. Yay!
The end is in sight. As of the end of writing Saturday, I reached just over 46 000 words. This week, I managed to average over 2000 words per day. The push to 50 000 words, the goal of NaNo, is almost at an end. Usually in the third week, I start wanting to switch to a different project. Last year, Beaver Flight also had the problem of being in the wrong format. This year, although I am looking at other stories to work on, I'm still interested in The Devil You Know.
Jack's reveal still hasn't happened. I'm not sure how that will work out, but this is the first draft. Beta readers, or possibly alpha readers at this point, might be able to point out if the delay works or not. The story itself has moved from Paris to Monte Carlo. Why? Why not? Quick research let me find ideal places for all the characters, with Google's Image Search showing far more than I expected. Jack is in his element.
I added a small part that will likely get removed in the next revision. I needed an interregnum to figure out where Gemma got to and how. The piece is under 500 words, so it shouldn't make a difference when validation starts on the 25th. To be safe, I'll make up for the possible deletion before validating.
The story so far:
Chapter 14: Completed. I wound up backfilling the chapter a bit when I realized that I had Ione reading the wrong book. The explanation wound up adding more words to the word count. Includes a massage session and was the last hope for a romance between the leads. Meet with criminals.
Chapter 15: Completed. Decision to go to Monte Carlo. Mara takes Ione shopping. My French gets a workout.
Chapter 16: Completed. Explanation of crypto-currency. I may have to rework the chapter later; Ione's stash of BitCoins may make her richer than I realized. Fortunately, the crypto-currency has been in the news a lot lately, making research easy.
Chapter 17: Completed. More exercising of my French skills. Maybe I am bilingual. Bechdel test passed. Some fan service, but only because of Mara, whose own reveal still hasn't occurred. I'm hoping things makes sense afterward.
Chapter 18: Started. This should lead to the reveal by Chapter 20, but no guarentees. The climax is also being set up, but Jack's mastermind quality will get a workout. Fortunately, he's not a master of the Xanatos Gambit. He's just good at reading the opposition.