On November 2, 2004 I decided to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30, upload it to the NaNoWriMo website for word count verification, and you win. Emphasis on quantity, not quality. Simple.
That year, in light of my other commitments it was pretty much insane. But a week-long vacation gave me time to formulate the plot, and grim determination on weekday evenings helped. Things looked grim the weekend before Thanksgiving -- I had just twenty-thousand words. But then something clicked and I wrote nine-thousand more on Monday. One week later, on November twenty-ninth, I submitted my novel for official word counting and was certified a "winner." The only problem is, the novel wasn't finished!
In 2005 I set out to write a serious tale of family tragedy and emotional growth. I struggled through the month and got to 50,000 words, but was not at all happy with the result. Enough said.
Flash forward to today. In the summer I resolved to finish my 2004 novel before November and write the sequel this year. I failed in the first goal, but am well on the way with the second, more important one. Check out my word-count!
Click on "Seeking Exile" to the left to read the first twenty-two chapters. I promise not to give up -- I'll finish it and post the rest eventually. Look for the sequel to be posted here in December.
Fan fiction is written by fans of television shows, movies, books, and even comics and music. Although it has been around for decades, the Internet has provided a venue for fans to share their work with a wider audience. Google any pop culture topic and you'll find fan fiction web sites.
I take satisfaction from picking up where a favorite, cancelled, TV show left off and resolving the unfinished storyline. I hope that fans of the mid-1990s science fiction show Earth2 and of the 1960s British spy show The Avengers will enjoy my stories.