Previously I believed I would be writing a novel titled THE LEDGER during this year's Nanowrimo, but things have changed. There is a project near and dear to my heart that has lain fallow for too long. Hallowed Ground is a novel that author Steven Savile and I have been outlining and tinkering with for months now. It was born of a typo - publisher Larry Roberts, who published Steve's wonderful novella "Hollow Earth" mistakenly called it Hallowed Earth on a bulletin board post. I latched onto it, funny guy that I am, and said - Larry means the novel Steve and I are writing together, "Hallowed Ground." There was, of course, no such novel ... but born of that momentary epiphany the novel would not be silent.
Hallowed Ground is a weird western tale. There is a gunslinger, and a precher, an abandoned camp and an almost abandoned town - fallen angels and ancient mythologies weave in and out of things. Think Stephen King's "The Gunslinger' and mix it with the HBO seriew Carnivale - and you'll have a vague idea of what it's like.
The outline is nearly done. I know the story - it haunts me. In keeping with the rules of Nanowrimo, we have decided to use the following method for writing the book together. I will write the first draft, and then I'll hand off the chapters to Steve. On the Nanowrimo site I'll post my wordcount as I go. I assume that, like other years, most of the novel will be done by the end of the month.
If you are interested, Steve and I have a website for the book where you can subscribe and read along as the novel progresses. There are some public posts, but the text of the novel will be in private posts that only subscribers can share in. You can comment on the bits as they are posted, contribute to the "wiki" for the universe we are creating as we go, and will have the chance to win various prizes (mostly books) as we move through the month toward our (at least) 50,000 words.
I hope I'll see a few of you there...