Nano 2014

I’ve had two very different experiences with Nano so far. Two years ago, I completed a project that I was deeply invested in. It was a personal story, that just happened to have a bunch of aliens, psychos, and the Earth being destroyed in the most slow, suffocating way I could think of. Needless to say, I enjoyed it, and felt pretty accomplished afterwards.

Last year, well, not so much. The project I worked on was too ambitious, and I didn’t really care about it. Writing it became a chore, and one I didn’t really feel was working out. So last year, I did not finish. I think I hit about 30k words by the end, but really, I had given up within the first 15 days or so.

This year is something a little different. I’ve had an idea kicking around for several months now about a Wild West setting involving demons, steampunks, and anything else that sounds cool. While it’s not a personal story, it’s fun to write, something I couldn’t say last year. Whatever cool crap I can think of is being thrown in, and be damned if it makes any sense. I’m going for a pulp-western vibe, and after last night, when my bible-toting gunslinger dispatched a Russian with a mechanical arm, I can say I’m pretty excited about it.

In his pretend life, August Baker is a retail monkey who channels anger and loathing into something vaguely resembling literature. In his real life, he is a Space Pirate.


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