"It's fun," insisted fellow writer Nathan Crowder so I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo.
This month, I'm already committed to doing a short story for Crowder's Cobalt City Christmas Carol chapbook (try saying that three times fast!). Also I'm expecting the revisions for my story appearing Apex's Close Encounters of the Urban Kind next summer.
But Nate's a persuasive guy and sometime last summer we started talking about the amazing piece of aerial history: the women of the Soviet Union who flew combat missions during WWII. Nate is currently working on a historical novel, something a bit different for a guy who writes thrillers with costumed crime fighters. I'm staying in my comfort zone: fantasy, magic, fables.
He's already pulled ahead in word count -- my excuse is I'm finishing that Christmas story for his publication -- but I may be able to catch up soon.
As is appropriate for November, I'm thankful for a great public library that ships me books on my chosen topic and, if nothing else, I'll be a bit more educated in Russian history and myth by the end of the month.
In the meantime, I need to get back to my man panda and his attempt at cooking a traditional dinner while fighting off super villians. Life is never easy for a sidekick, but it is a kick to write!
I'm also dropping a few words into The Night Witch tonight too. Because I'm going to catch up with Nate. Just watch me fly!