A Zombie and a Serial Killer walk into a bar…

… and the bar tender gives them the old stink eye, saying “Sorry fellas, one of you’s got to get gone. This here be a one theme pub, y’hear?”

This year is running away from me faster than I can keep up with it and very soon it’s going to be November all over again. Now, I am hoping to have the third and final book of my Twyned Earth series finished by then so I need to think about what to write for NaNoWriMo. I’ve got a couple of ideas I’m really keen to write and I just can’t pick between them. So, on the advice of my Twitter writing buds, I’m putting it to a poll.

If you’ve read my Other Projects page, these two will look suspiciously familiar. The question (that is, the question I’m asking you – yes, you!) is which one should I vomit onto my laptop in November?

Option 1 – Desolate

Caitlyn has been living happily in the Cairngorms for the past five years. She has everything that she wants and that she needs. Everything she has is something that she has built or procured herself. She is the epitome of self sufficiency and logical reasoning. Life is good. She barely even notices the zombie apocalypse any more.

However, her odd sort of paradise cannot last forever. As the near extinction of the human race is proving – nothing ever does. When Jake (the first living person she has seen in half a decade) almost gets eaten on her front doorstep, her life of regulation and routine is thrown into chaos and looks like it’s about to get a hell of a lot shorter.

Option 2 – The Deconstructor

This morning Eric warned me that the killer no longer took only female victims. And strangely, I did appreciate his concern. Unfortunately, this news had greater implications for me than my own bodily safety. There was a bigger picture at hand here. The notorious killer, nicknamed ‘The Deconstructor’  by the media, had claimed their first male victim. The profile of the killing matched the others like a carbon copy, with the exception of this one detail. Yes this was worrying because, unlike the media, I knew that I had never killed a man.

The emergence of a copy cat killer leads to a serial murderer reconsidering his way of life. As he begins to ask dangerous questions about his urges and mysterious master, his whole world begins to unravel around him.

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A Very Special NaNo

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 is rapidly approaching and I am now in full swing preparation mode. At the weekend I finally finished draft two of the second Twyned Earth novel just in time for me to properly plot out the third.

For me, this will be a very special NaNoWriMo event. This is when I plan to start (and hopefully finish) the final novel to finish this story arc. I cannot wait to have it all down on paper (or Scrivener). Part of the reason for this is that, despite having two completed novels, I still don’t really feel like I’ve finished any of them because the main story arc is not complete. Honestly, I don’t know how professional authors do it – I don’t know if I could let go of a novel until the overall arc is finished. The closer I get to having the whole thing finished, the harder time I have thinking of it as three separate works.

Once the trilogy is complete I am going to be scouring through it for continuity errors, repetitions and other equally fun things until my brain is mush. I will then put it away for a few months and do it all again. My workmates think I’m insane but I’m sure my fellow writers understand – this work is my baby and you can be damn sure I’m going to do my best to make it good.

I think, once the work is completed as a whole, I will begin to consider whether it is worth trying to query book one. It’s a big and nerve-wracking step (yes, just thinking about it – I’m a wuss) but it is something I’ve been putting off thinking about. So now I’m going to put it off again with a bugger tonne of editing. As I’ve previously mentioned, I won’t be upset it I decide against querying as I’ve loved every moment I spent writing it. For now though, it is still a possibility.

With the nano cabin assignments yesterday, I am now extra excited. I even have a (very rough) synopsis up for it. I now know all of the major events in the story and have plotted scene by scene over a third of it. Huzzah! Though, I am slightly worried this is going to be much longer than the previous books. There’s a lot to pack into here. Oh well, that’s what the editing process is for.

So, who else is doing camp? Is this NaNo special for anyone else?