Daily Archives: November 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo – Magical Rebellion 2017

I will be rebelling again this year and working on a trio of novellas which are in various states of completion. I’ll be giving myself:

  • 1/25 of word count for rereading
  • 1/5 of word count for rewriting
  • 1/1 of word count for writing new words (of course)

This is the back-burner project that I have been working on forever (or rather, five years). My first stab at it was for NaNoWriMo in 2012.

The One Ahead series focuses on David P. Abbott, a magician who lived in Omaha, NE at the beginning of the 20th century. Aside from being an accomplished magician, he was a debunker of fraudulent mediumistic practices. I’ll be delving into the history of Omaha in 1915 as well as visiting some of the magicians, mediums, and skeptics that lived in that era. All with a mystery bent.

The first story, “The Sorrowful Seamstress,” is pretty much finished. I’m going to give it a reread and maybe some touch-ups. The second story, “The Horrid Haunting,” is finished…I believe…but needs at least a read-through and a rewrite pass. The third story is a nebulous not-quite idea. I’m going to need to plot and write that sucker.

Will I get a 50K “word count” out of this? I don’t know, but I have 2-3 other short stories I might work on if it comes to that. Or maybe I’ll come up with a fourth One Ahead story. Is this in the spirit of NaNoWriMo? Maybe not, but I just want an excuse to work like crazy to finish this project.