So says NaNo itself. Why am I doing it then, you may ask? I’ve a novel currently underway, at the moment around 97,000 words in first draft (and probably going to peak at around 300,000). I’ve got other projects to be getting on with too, including the next poetry volume, a play or two, and some stuff for TV. This doesn’t include theatre projects I’m involved with, my daily work, and the extra work I’ve taken on which happens also to span November. Why did I choose this insanity?
Because I want to. That’s the be all and end all. But also because I need a win. The creative process can be so very unsatisfying when it’s all tinkering and plodding on and you don’t know when – if ever – you’re going to finish. I need something big to break me out of the creative rut I’ve found myself in. Something to care about. So, NaNo. A big, socially backed up, enforceable project. Sounds like it could be the thing.
But I need a little help from you guys who so faithfully come and read what I write here (and also the help of those of you who drift by from time to time, or maybe have just found me and my ramblings). I need help to make sure I keep on track, support for the project, and just general well wishes.
More than that, though, I want you to choose what I’m going to write. I have two ideas. I want you to choose between them. To vote, leave a comment below as to which you want to see and why. I’ll release the finished article as and when I can after the end of NaNo.
Option 1: The Case of the Black Dog
A story of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, lost up until now. Lestrade comes to Baker Street wanting help with a murderer, who has managed to free himself from prison in mysterious circumstances. Not only is it unclear how the man escaped, but also where he has gone and whether he intends to kill again. Holmes and Watson must get on his trail, but Holmes has been different lately; withdrawn, melancholy, and brooding over some problem in his mind. Will he be able to overcome whatever ails him in time to solve the case or will it all be up to Watson?
Option 2: The Teles Affair
Alex Church is washed up. He used to be one of the foremost spies, but now his wife has left him, he lives in a rathole flat on a Near Earth Space Station and he’s an alcoholic. But the disappearance of Maria Teles, an agent posted undercover as a teacher at a military academy, means that he’s to be brought out of his drink-fuelled retirement. Can he find the missing operative and redeem his name? Or will the depth of this conspiracy pull him down once and for all? John Le Carré meets Isaac Asimov in this spy science fiction thriller.
So, let me know which you’d prefer me to write. I can’t choose either way, so I’m letting you do it. Thanks and wish me luck!