Chances are some heavenly star spangled night
We'll find out as sure as we live
Something's gotta give, something's gotta give,
Something's gotta give.
Ella Fitzgerald - Something's gotta give
On Saturday night as I was preparing to go to bed after the day's NaNo preparation, I realised that November is not going to work unless something goes. I know that I am able to intermittently give up Facebook and all its annoying distractions. I did so in the summer of 2009 when I so beat the Frog at being able to live without internet access. I was not so successful last year, as I then had a smart phone (= Facebook access). Anyway, my point is that FB can go (ish). So the next thing that probably needs to go is this blog! This I baulked at a little because I've only just got back into the damn thing. To be abandoning it so soon, seems... wrong.
But my mind flashed back to a post on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, where I had first heard the term scheduled posts. In fact, I have to admit that after reading and investigating the term, the Monday photo feature is a scheduled post. So on Sunday I sat down and wrote four Sunday Roast posts. Then I drafted five Writing on Wednesday posts so that I can keep you guys updated during November. So, although I will be pretty much abandoning the blog during November, it will go on without me. Ain't technology great?
Meanwhile, I have found a location for the November write-ins, which will take place on Sunday's throughout November. And I'm now the official co-ordinator (hee hee). OK at the moment I'm co-ordinating two other people, but it might be more!
Preparation for the WIP is continuing nicely. I have written two back stories: Leo's, and today Sam's. I've had a tour round The Timaeus (and also reminded myself why I called the boat Timaeus in the first place). I've outlined a little bit more, and have unfortunately discovered a great big gaping hole in the end. I'm not sure what I will do with my antagonist. I like the tension that not knowing what to do with him creates with the characters, but the problem is that I really don't know what to do with him. I don't want to kill him, yet he needs to be removed as a threat in order to reach a satisfactory end. Maybe he will have to die, but just not at the hand of any of my little intrepid team. Ugh, I don't know, but I think that it would be a really good idea to know before 1st November otherwise it's going to cause a problem keeping up with the NaNo pace.
Finally, in my NaNo preparation, the 1st November and 11th November are national holidays, plus the weekends are going to have to be intense writing days. That way during the week I can write every day, but less than the stipulated 1667. After all the day job does pay the rent, so I cannot give up on that.