Hey, folks. It’s that time of year again. In about two and a half weeks, I will be participating in the month-long torture session that is NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. The premise is that every November 1st, you sit down with little more than an idea, maybe some plotting and backstory, but nothing actually written yet, and over the course of the month, you write a 50,000-word novel. If you hit that magical number by November 30th, you are declared a winner. I’ve participated every year since 2011, which is, funny you should ask, the only year I’ve ever “won” (I managed 66K words by the end of the month, though that novel still remains unfinished wah wah wah).
I had debated whether to even do it this year, but it seems that I’m a masochist who just can’t stay away from a good ego beating. So here I am, cranking out page after page of world-building for my NaNo project, a science-fantasy story tentatively titled The Harbinger. This will be my first foray into fantasy, so it’ll be quite the adventure.
Just for fun, I’ve decided to type up all my backstory stuff and post it on here as a little teaser. I won’t include any story spoilers. Strictly background info on the world and the races that inhabit it. I’d love to get some feedback from you guys, as this is my first fantasy world. Let me know what you think, what I’ve done right and, most especially, what I might be getting wrong. Be on the lookout for that stuff starting tomorrow. I’ll probably post bits here and there until the end of the month. Then, depending on how well I do, I’ll probably post regular excerpts as I write. So make sure you check back here regularly. And you can follow my progress on the NaNo site itself here.