Monday, 26 October 2009

Remember, Remember, it's almost November

*Disclaimer: The silhouette to the left is not of Cate. Though she does have a pony tail, if she leapt into the air with such abandon her legs wouldn't straighten for a week.

So, I believe I said that I wouldn't be doing NaNoWriMo this year, and that for the most part remains true. I'm roaring towards the end of Theatre but we won't arrive at the magical words (you know what they are) until the days left until November are none. However, I will be participating in NaNo in my own rebellious way. I believe there are a few other rebels out there - shakes her pom poms at them.

I'm hoping to spend about an hour a day in November working on Grim Glass Vein, being away from the book means it's lost a little of its spark but hopefully good old Bonfire Night will reignite the fire. Shakes head in disbelief at that last line - feel free to leave the blog now. But for the most part November will be about worldbuilding. I had an idea for a most wonderful character a couple of weeks ago and she won't leave me alone. Victoria (name subject to change) wants to live in a steampunkish world only the writer doesn't know much about steampunk and the world so far consists of a pair of stockings, some insects and a tower. November shall be devoted to building said world and to deciding whether to use it to weave some short stories from in 2010 or to mark it down as my next novel project.

So what else will I be doing in November. Cheerleading of course. Hence the above sporty picture. Any November blog posts will have a special Cate's Cheerless Crypt with a selection of prompt words, pictures and other nonsense that might help you move that little old plot along if you be stuck.

19 comments:

Alan W. Davidson said...

Knowing that Cate (the Rebel) will be cheering us along makes me feel better already :)

Laura Eno said...

I will happily accept a cheerleader, especially one who talks of crypts. :)

Carrie Harris said...

Awesome. I joined a NaNo group specifically to cheer. Because I am not crazy enough to attempt it this year.

Correction: I am crazy enough. But I'm still not doing it.

Diana said...

LOL ... " the world so far consists of a pair of stockings, some insects and a tower. " ... How much more do you need in a world?

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll need it next month. :P

Aaron Polson said...

I'm all over the cheerleading with you. Go Cate! (even the cheerleaders need cheerleaders)

Cate Gardner said...

Alan, I'm so loud, you'll probably hear me all the way over in Canada.

Laura, :D

Carrie, we have to be involved some way. ;)

Diana, true.

Jamie, I'm envious. I so wish I was playing along proper.

Aaron, I hope your pom poms are sparkly.

K.C. Shaw said...

Have you been reading the Tor.com website this month? October is steampunk month there, so you might be able to find a lot of good resources. The new story sounds fascinating!

Cheerleading cheerleading rah rah rah!

Horror Girl said...

ahhh! nano is coming....

thanks ahead for the cheering :^)

Jeremy D Brooks said...

I'll be cheerleading NaNo this year, too, but I, for one, refuse to shave my legs. I'm trying to think of words that rhyme with Sasquatch.

abrokenlaptop said...

Oh gosh, yes. Cheer. You know know whatever strange prompts you post will somehow make their way into our novels. So please, be kind. ;)

-Mercedes

katey said...

That sounds like great fun-- I'll be there waving my pom poms beside you, then!

Every time I read about/see someone called Victoria I start singing the Kinks song. That's not a bad thing, as I love the Kinks beyond pretty much any other band ever.

Not a very steampunky song, though. I'll work on that.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Suuure it's not you. Nudge nudge, wink wink ; )

Cate Gardner said...

Kate, I've seen links on twitter but haven't checked any out yet. I'm trying to hold off until November.

Samantha, ra ra. :D

Jeremy, you are wearing the skirt though? :D

Mercedes, gathers some rubber chickens, a few pipe cleaners and dancing elephant.

Katey, we'll have a whole cheerleading squad soon. I'm better at the bottom though.

Natalie, it's my waist. Honest.

Danielle Ferries said...

Thanks for the cheers and good luck with your new character - I love meeting new characters.

Ray Veen said...

I'm calling myself a Nano "non-participatory-participant". I love the write-ins, I hang out on the forums, and I've already been to a kick-off party -- but I'll be editing all November.

Guess that makes me a cheerleader too.

John Pender said...

I've thought about participating, but November is too busy a month for me.

Demon Hunter said...

Well, Cate, this will be my first Nano and I'm pretty excited. I thought I'd never participate, but here I am. :-D

Cate Gardner said...

Danielle, me too.

Ray, I think it's a need not to be left out. :D

John, I wish that was my excuse.

Tyhitia, I'll friend you over there. I want to see how everyone is getting along. Where's my whip? :D