It's that time of year again: Another November, another National Novel Writing Month challenge! For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, it's an exercise where thousands of writers around the world each attempt to put down 50,000 words to a new novel in 30 days (the month of November). I have participated in this for the last two years and succeeded at each attempt. This will be my third try, and this year's novel is going to be another sequel.
After great deliberation, I've decided to write "Unforsaken," the 4th book in my "Fantasy Western" series, though rather than a direct sequel, this will be a departure from the first 3 books. This one will send us forward, into the Roaring Twenties, giving us a new perspective on how this parallel universe shall progress.
Here's a quick synopsis of the proposed work:
45 years have passed since Joella Talus lost the love of her life. All those long years, she has fought through adversity, challenged her status in the world by leading suffragette movements and living independently. Yet, now, as an aging elvish lady, she pursues the only thing that truly matters to her; the man that she lost all those years ago. To save him, she will have to recruit an eclectic array of allies, from the human grandson of the dwarf Boron Grimes, to the half-witted sheriff of the ghost town of Selwood, and the descendants of her would be suitor, the scandalous Solen Lucca.
As Joella moves ever closer to her goal, of rescuing the man of her dreams, dark forces conspire against her. Devil worshipping witches, haughty Warlock Guild operatives, bootlegging mobsters, even an undead US Senator; they all will stop at nothing to thwart her. Yet, can the forces of evil truly stand strong enough to overcome the driving force behind Joella's grand design?
This is something I was planning to write earlier. I came up with the initial idea for this book last winter, shortly after completing the 3rd book in the series. However, other projects got in the way, and all I ever got done was some plotting, and a "chapter," which is more of a prologue. This is something I really need to write, as the 3rd book ends as something of a cliffhanger. It would be unfair for me to write something else at this time, and leave the series unfulfilled.
In 2011, I finished NaNoWriMo a week early, and I hope to do as well this year, but with everything going on in my life there's no telling. I will strive to do my best again, and refuse to accept defeat, or dehands for that matter! I know, that pun really doesn't work. Back to the drawing board...