A Brief Fall Update

by syaffolee

The planning stages for next month’s Nanowrimo is going very slowly. One reason why: I’ve been extremely busy with other things such as trying to get graduate school stuff wrapped up and job hunting. So the next couple of months will be filled with racing against deadlines and various transitions of one sort or another. Recently, I’ve also gotten the feeling that my parents are sort of resigned to the course I’m charting for myself. I want to do awesome research while my dad is wondering why I’m not just jumping for the “big money” and my mom is, well, probably a little confused. I guess I kind of understand their worry. My position is a bit precarious–I am not like my cousin who got married and just bought a house. I’d rather take a risk on beginning a career rather than go the traditionalist route.

Anyways, novel planning. I’ve managed to sketch out a vague outline for what will happen. The structure of the setting has been pretty well hammered out. I’ve fleshed out a couple of characters and the plot is slowly taking shape. The theme, I’ve decided, will be based on revenge. So the characters will be very angry and manipulative and possibly not very likeable. I think the only truly nice characters I’ll have in the story will be the talking cockroaches*.

By the way, I’m open to doing writing dares this year, too. So if you have one, preferably having something to do with the theme of revenge, shoot it my way and I’ll see if I can fit it in.

*This idea was initially mentioned by Fillyjonk. You might be wondering, “Will these cockroaches be like Jiminy Cricket?” No. Hopefully they’d be less annoying and they won’t be spouting any wise koans. They’d probably be more like socially awkward geniuses.