NaNoWriMo 2007

It’s coming—just four days from now. I don’t seem to have time to update this blog or any other ((I have been cautioned about the risks of any posting from the office, even during lunch hour or outside of regular working hours. Since the office is like my second home, that means I have few opportunities to post…)), yet I’m going to try to write 1,667 words/day for 30 days. No, I know it doesn’t make sense, but really that’s exactly why we do it, isn’t it?

Besides being a semi-insane thing to do, NaNoWriMo also allows me to play w/toys w/which I have no other excuse to play. Once again I will be using Scrivener as my writing tool. It’s got more toys to play with than even I can use, but at the same time it’s flexible enough to virtually disappear when all you want to do is get down to business. The highly-customizable full-screen writing mode beats the many other implementations I’ve seen. Plus, did I mention it’s chock full of toys to play with?

So what will I write? Now taking suggestions. I generally ((Where “generally” means every November for the last 5 years straight.)) launch into some sort of dystopian sci-fi odyssey that allows for plenty of room to just make stuff up and blather on about a world that doesn’t exist (but which, I hope, bears a striking and poignantly logical resemblance to our own world). That’s always fun, and I’m drawn that way again, but, well, I’ve also been toying with doing a satirical spoof of a an office full of lawyers. Specifically, I’m thinking something like JPod or Microserfs for public defenders (rather than tech workers). It seems like it should be easy, considering I work daily with a whole cast of rich, complicated, and highly amusing (not to mention aggravating, frustrating, disappointing, and sometimes disgusting, degrading and downright evil) characters who already exist and have heard or lived enough engaging anecdotes in that context to easily fill a few chapters. It’s not the book I thought I’d ever write about this profession, but it could be fun. Who knows, the writing may even be therapeutic. Then my next book could be, “Don’t burn out! Write it down!” No, I don’t think it would be a big seller, either. [tags]nanowrimo, satire[/tags]

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