The fourth week of NaNoWriMo is almost over. Yay!
I crossed the 50k mark on Monday. This wasn't my earliest day hitting the mark. That honour goes to 2009's Soul Blade, mainly through the power of being newly unemployed*. Still, I got through the challenge that is NaNoWriMo and validated, confirming the word count. Tuesday, I didn't get as much written. The push wasn't there and I wound up researching a scene that I knew was coming but I didn't have all the information for. Research led down some really neat rabbit holes, but that same research might have been noticed by the real-life version of Ione's employers. Drugs and weapons, just for the sake of one scene.
With the push to 50k gone, I'm going to take it easy with the story for now. I can work out how the novel will end, what happens to everyone involved, and take it easy for a bit. With the end of NaNo, I can turn my focus to a Lost in Translation book and aim to have that published, either self-published as an e-book or as hardcopy through a publisher. The Devil You Know gets placed on a back burner for now, though I will be asking friends to beta read it. I may even pad the book out by adding other people's points of view, such as Karen and Gemma's. I doubt there will be room for a direct sequel, but a book focused on Jack could be fun to figure out.
NaNoWriMo is getting easier each year I participate, thanks to experience. I don't feel mentally exhausted like I did at the end of 2006 and Lethal Ladies. I do try to keep November fresh by trying something different. This year, it could very well be the difference is getting the story published once it's done and cleaned up.
For those who kept up with me through November, thank you for your patience.
The story so far:
Chapter 18: Completed. Gemma confronted Ione. Jack to the rescue. Jack gets shot.
Chapter 19: Completed. Finally, the Reveal! And somehow I worked out that the succubus has a crush on the angel. Go figure.
Chapter 20: Completed. Set up the location of the climax. Mara reveals a new depth.
Chapter 21: Started. I need to wrap up the Gemma dangling plot thread still. I have an idea, and everything I need has been set up already.
* The Harper Government's Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, doesn't know how to math properly and overspent on security for the Vancouver '010 Winter Olympics. As a result, all contractors that weren't budgeted were let go, followed by the cancellation of all short-term contracts.