Who said it could be Novemeber? I didn’t give my approval for October to be over. Makes me want to sit in a corner, rocking saying,”this is not happening, this is not happening.” When in fact, yes, NaNoWriMo is happening. Gawd, didn’t we just do this kids and kittens. Didn’t we just write over 50,000 words in one month. Now we have to do it again?
This being year #2 I decided to up the difficulty factor and pick between three separate novel ideas. It was very obvious to me which one I wanted to do, which one would be the more interesting, which one would be harder. So I ignored that instinct and tried to get excited about my other two ideas. Which are perfectly fine ideas just not as snazzy. But after putting it to a Facebook vote I decided to go with my original idea.
What is my original idea? Well, that’s a good question. It’s hard to sum up and maybe that explains my reluctance. Mostly its about a girl fighting to preserve her way of life and avoid the love of her life who’s married to another woman. It’s also about society and how it can react to major events, like a civil war. It’s also about science and the limitlessness of innovation and how our tools can become our friends or our enemies.
So basically it’s a big story about some big things and I don’t know if I’m up for it. I don’t know if I can write this kind of story yet and have it work. Basically the same self-doubts I had last year just folded over. Helps too that I took on a second job for the duration of NaNo. I’m mostly looking forward to this being a big old mess for 30 days.
Oh and I think I’m calling it “Virginia City Slow.” And I think these are my characters.
Grace/Mela – prostitute with a heart of gold and the compulsion to kick your ass.
Dr. Harrison “Doc” VanForten – Virginia City’s closest thing to royalty and Grace’s star-crossed lover. Bit of a stuffed shirt sometimes.
Helen “The Skank” VanForten – his bitch of a wife. We hate her.
Samuel “The Shooter” Sharp and Jeremiah “The Reverend” Keane – two men from the Union Agency of Lawmen, kinda like a post-Civil War FBI/CIA. Samuel’s the newcomer, Jeremiah’s a childhood friend of Grace and Harrison’s.
Sheriff Jeffords and Deputy Tobin – Local law, but who’s side are they really on?
Gregor “The Boss” Lind – Mine owner, land owner, all around jackass. Has his own agenda and the influence to get it done.
The Orchard – High class brothel in Virgina City.
Run by Madame dela Pomme. She took over when Grace’s adopted mom Char left town. Grace may not run the place but she has a controlling interest and takes 30% of profits and owns the building. When she turns 27 (in 6 months) she has the option of taking full ownership or letting Madame dela Pomme buy her out. She is undecided.
Lemon, Poppy, Marigold, Clementine, Cerise, Bluebelle and Honey Dew – the other girls of The Orchard. They may not be educated but that doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent.
Mr. George Grey – steam-powered Automaton that was a gift to Grace from Dr. George Moore. Most people think he can only play the piano but what if he has other hidden functions?
Cutler – A shadow figure that is connection all the major players. What does he want? What’s his end goal? Who’s side is he on, the Ratifiers or the Separatists?
Notice all the questions marks? Yeah me too. Hope I figure out the answers at some point huh? Also hope this cold/allergy thing goes away. I’ll also be talking with a slight Western accent for the next 30 days. Ignore me.