As this pressure on my head, throat, and sinuses that I’ve been trying to ignore the past few days continues to increase, I am forced to concede that I am in fact getting sick. Couple this with being way behind in my NaNoWriMo entry already, I think it’s a clear sign that I’m not going to make it to 50,000 words for the month. I’m only slightly bummed about this, though, as I feel I got a decent start on the novel, as well as a lot of great input from some amazing folks. This isn’t to say that I’m giving up on the story altogether though. I just think it best that I take things easy and focus on other stuff that needs dealt with.
Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to try again next year, and with better advance preparation. I think one of my issues this first time was that I decided to do it the morning of October 31, and thus didn’t have all that solid a layout for my story just yet, and didn’t even write out an outline until Nov 3. Scheduling issues got in the way as well early on and even though I started pretty far ahead, I ended up way behind by the second week.
The novel I chose to work on was a fantasy story and prequel to a novel I already had in the works. My working title is First Empress and takes place in sort of a late-Bronze-Age fantasy setting. Given this, I fairly deliberately fell back to my past reading and research into Ancient Greece, even opting to call the infantry soldiers hoplites. If anyone is interested, I’ll go ahead and post a few excerpts from the story.
Here is the synopsis I submitted for my NaNoWriMo novel:
Empress Viarraluca Tolles, brilliant, ambitious ruler of the island city-state of Kel Fimmaril, has been offered an amazing, magical gift by her beloved subjects: eternal youth. The gift is the result of new research into the use of arcane methods to prevent aging. Having transformed her nation from a tiny island kingdom into the sea-faring, commercial Tollesian Empire in less than a decade, the 28-year-old empress contemplates the implications and consequences of becoming its eternal ruler.