It's November and that means that I'm off and writing on a new novel. This is my tenth consecutive shot at writing a novel in November. So far I've succeeded eleven times. Four of them are published books.
That doesn't include anything I've written on SOL in the past two years except last year's "A Painful Silence" which I posted a chapter a day during November last year as I wrote it. I've done a lot of reworking of that story since then, but it still isn't ready for publication. I stepped too far over the line into horror, which is not a category I even read in.
This year, I've set out on my epic Erotic Paranormal Romance Western Mystery. I've tentatively titled it "Redtail." I started at Midnight November 1 and in the first 24 hours wrote a little over 12,000 words. If you aren't familiar with NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a novel of over 50,000 words in 30 days. Needless to say, I'm not going to keep this pace up for all 30 days. I set aside the first two days of November by extending my stay at a condo in Ruidoso, NM, to get as far ahead of the curve as I could. Then I start traveling again and my writing time will be reduced significantly.
I'm excited about this story. So far I like the main characters and the way they are developing. That's more important to me than the storyline, but that's developing okay as well. I have the eroticism (a couple of great "first time" scenes), the paranormal (Cole travels in time between contemporary and 1890s, inhabiting the head of a person 120 years ago), the romantic (Cole has fallen head over heels in love with a Cheyenne half-breed in the 1890s and is having a loving affair with his two-years-older cousin in the contemporary setting), and the western (the whole thing is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming both today and in 1890. What I haven't quite managed to introduce yet is the real mystery. I know what it is, but the way I structured the story, the mystery doesn't really come into play until later in the story. It might just end up being adventure.
My plan--and as Old Rotorhead is fond of reminding me, "the best planned lays of mice and men gang aft a-gley"--is to finish "Redtail" early and start getting it edited so I can post it here on SOL starting around the first of the year, after "The Props Master 1: Ritual Reality" has concluded and before I have "The Props Master 2: A Touch of Magic" ready for posting. Yes, I'm working on that one, too. "Redtail" will be novel length (between 80,000 and 100,000 words) and may become the first Devon Layne book to be released in print. I thought "A Painful Silence" would be, but I've mentioned its problems.
In the meantime, today is another big writing day. I've wasted a few hundred words on this post that I could have been putting in "Redtail." I'll be traveling slowly up the eastern part of New Mexico in the next couple of weeks toward Albuquerque, so if you live in the area and have a mind to grab a beer with me, let me know. I'm meeting a lot of other authors this month. The more the merrier.