NaNoWriMo 2011by Cypher Lx on 11/11/11
11 November 2011
I know I mentioned NaNoWriMo before, but I also realized that it's been well over a month since I wrote. Things have been busy. I take two classes while working full-tine, and just the month of October is full of things that I do because it's my favorite time of year. Usually. My birthday was mediocre, mainly because I had bronchitis and was feeling miserable the entire week. I was also supposed to attend two Halloween parties on the 29th which didn't happen because of...a SNOWSTORM??? So, power and heat went out and roads were a disaster. Trees were coming down left and right. Fortunately, none of them fell on our house or cars. We were lucky. Our neighbors a few doors away weren't that fortunate, but at least no one was hurt. We did get to go to Pennhurst Asylum the next day though, and on Halloween, trick-or-treat with our niece and nephew. I haven't done that in years. It was fun watching them run up to each door to get candy. The other thing that the freak snowstorm managed to kill for me was the NaNoWriMo kick-off party for my region. I didn't get to go because I could barely get my car down the road in front of my house. Yes, it really was that bad. I think we got something like six inches dumped on us within hours. So, if you live in an area that rarely gets snow, if at all, and one inch shuts down cities, that's what six or more does to us. Especially, when it happens in October. That's almost unheard of in Pennsylvania. In the winter, it's normal. But not two days before Halloween.
Thankfully, our power was restored before November 1, because that was the first day of NaNoWriMo and I fully intended to start on time this year (unlike last year when I started 4 days late and played a lot of catch up). I am actually ahead in my word count and have been meeting my goal each day, if not exceeding it. So what am I writing about, you ask? It's a Christmas horror story. Partly inspired by a discussion at DragonCon and partly inspired by the freak snowstorm, it is based on the premise that the Christmas legends we're told as children about the happy bits are actually lies to protects us from the true evil that lurks the holiday season. Almost sounds like the dangers of consumerism, doesn't it? Well, I can assure you that it's not. No. It's about what really happens to children who are naughty.
Now, I am sure that there are parents reading this that are thinking, "What a great thing to read to my child around Christmas time to get them to behave!" Not if you don't want them scarred for life. It is not a novel for children. It may even scare some adults. I did a great deal of research and found that some of the older Christmas legends weren't as pleasant as the ones we have now. Modernization of society has sterilized the more horrible aspects of many of the stories we hear today. Grimm's Fairytales are prime examples. I love Disney. I really do. But most of the Disney-ized stories we see were not how they really happened. The good guys didn't always win. And Christmas wasn't just coal in your stocking if you weren't good throughout the year. To put it into perspective, Santa Claus is actually a very recent addition to Christmas. There are legends that are much older and far scarier.
So, keep that in mind this Christmas. I doubt that the novel will be ready for publication by the time December 25th rolls around, but it will be finished by November 30th. I know that may sound a little confusing, but I will probably edit it two or three times first and I still have to create the cover design. But consider this while you wait for the joyous holiday season to arrive.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?