Boo, Sept, 2011*
meme's handy page of links
NaNo Countdown clock
Come one, come all. November approaches apace, and with it comes NaNoWriMo 2011!. Returning writers will know all about it: a group of us took part, with varying degrees of success, last year, and you can read about our exploits, and indeed some of our stories, here. (See page 20 of the thread for a collection of links.)
For those of you who are thinking 'What's a NaNoWriMo?', here's an extract from the site:
"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30."
Full details, explanations, encouragement and how to register can be found at the NaNoWriMo link above.
Last year, a number of us found it useful (indeed, essential) to blog our output on a daily basis. It allows for almost instantaneous criticism and feedback from your fellow authors, but it also acts as the poky finger of poking, which keeps you writing when you can think of at least 500 things you'd rather be doing. You know there's a bunch of people out there waiting for your next installment. You don't want to disappoint them, and more to the point, if you don't come up with the goods...
...some of them know where you live!
For those that choose to blog, I'll put links into this first post to make them easier to find.
You may be thinking "50,000 words! I've never even written 5,000 words!"
Maybe you haven't.
Time to put that right.
NaNo ID : MetalDog
"Mars is fucking haunted."
4 Life are apparently still in business, and their ethics are apparently still in the gutter. In space, no-one can hear you being killed by the management...
NaNo ID : BooTheWritingHamster
"Chuck's back. And so is the jewel thief he caught ten years ago."
It would appear that before Chuck got into the detective business, he may have been in the housebreaking business.
NaNo ID : Sunjumper
"A freelance agent struggles against all odds and opposition to stop a cabal of mad scientists from piercing the sky."
James Bond and Lara Croft had a daughter who was born into an alternate universe... And they chose John Constantine to be her godparent. Magic abounds in a daring escape...
NaNo ID : localnotail
It's the early 80's, and a young girl has just made a startling discovery about her family.
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Raymond E. Feist and HP Lovecraft had a kid, and they gave it a diet of Vodka and Rock 'n' Roll. Another Metalfish epic is born as a magic-slinging mofo with a fractured, walking atomic bomb set out to rescue their comrade from a nightmare infested hellhole.
NaNo ID : Grapesy
"A train travels around a frozen Earth."
A man is exiled from 'the city', and is rescued by a group of strangers.
NaNo ID : DJMorton
A couple of urban climbers are exploring some Victorian tunnels under Leeds when...
NaNo ID : Blerk
A chap looking for a new business premises, a new home and possibly a new life gets shown a place that might just fit the bill. But there's a foreboding sense of unease lingering...
NaNo ID : TechnoHippy
"The Cult of Me"
Genuinely creepy tale of a kid who grows up to discover that his head isn't wired like everybody else's. Fast forward twenty years and things are about to get bad.
NaNo ID : Carbon Altered
"Down on his luck middle-manager attempts to survive military conscription as mankind slowly destroys itself."
Jake, made redundant from his HR post is conscripted to the UK Border Force in a near-future Britain that readers of 'V For Vendetta' may find strangely familiar.
NaNo ID : Nanocrystal
Our hero tried to come up with a wonder drug to cure cancer. And failed.
Trouble is, the rest of his department think he has. But he put them straight, right?
This is not going to end well...
NaNo ID : Cosmic Fuzz
"A man tries to solve the mystery of who massacred his family."
History and surrealism collide as a WW1 soldier wakes up with gaps in his memory.
NaNo ID : jrogerson
Atmospheric cyber-noir with a cold blooded killer being given an offer he can't refuse...
NaNo ID : GullyFoyle
A strange little tale. Could be sci-fi. Could be fantasy. Could be Astronomer fan-fic. We must wait and see.
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NaNo ID : theMagnificentMouse
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NaNo ID : steve_mchugh
*I figure someone more erudite than me has probably already said this, or something very like it, but a swift Google search didn't turn anything up so I'm claiming it.
Edited by boo at 20:57:55 17-11-2011