It’s October. Do you all know what that means? (No, I didn’t finish Monster, but I’m speeding through the trial like a blazing comet. It’s amazing how God works things out – I had writer’s block for nearly a month when I hadn’t had any before with this novel, and it turns out – God blocked me from writing because He knew I needed the knowledge I would gain at the Truth convention!! To give you a hint as to how well my writing is going now, I wrote seven thousand words yesterday. I am, ladies and gentlemen, on a writer’s high).
So, back to what October means.
It means – NANOWRIMO IS COMING!!! October is official NaNoWriMo planning, plotting, inspiration and freak-out month! It’s a glorious whirlwind of jotting down ideas, struggling with plot, creating characters, and talking to friends about how you can’t wait for NaNoWriMo to get here and how amazing it will be and HOW WILL YOU WRITE AN ENTIRE NOVEL IN ONE MONTH YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE HALF THE PLOT WORKED OUT YET LORD HELP ME.
I love October, basically because it leads into November. Not that I don’t like October for its own virtues – it’s a lovely month and I’ve always been on good terms with it. But it takes a lot of awesome to rival the pit of life and death, good and evil, sleeplessness and frenzy that is National Novel Writing Month.
This is my fourth NaNo, and I feel like a practical veteran. Each year has a different story behind the novel, so for today’s post (I love blogging. If I could choose between blogging or a weekly horseback ride, I would pick blogging. That should make you feel very, very special).
This year’s novel is called Unforget. The genre is once again something undefinable (except GET THIS, I figured out Monster’s genre – BIOETHICS! How awesome is that??? I’m sorry if I’m overloading you with enthusiasm, but I feel very enthusiastic this morning). The closest I can come to this genre is – semi-futuristic-dystopic/alternate reality/suspense/thriller. Yep.
Here is the (clumsy, hastily written) premise –
Cayne was once completely happy. He was twenty-five, an illustrator for children’s books and engaged to the woman he loved more than life. However, the country (in this alternate-reality-future, mixed ethnicities are everywhere. You won’t go to Asia and find just Asians, everyone will be there. It’s all mixed) is in a state of turmoil. Drug companies long ago took over government control, and there are those who would see the people take control again. Cayne’s closest friend is part of this undercover ‘rebellion.’ Cayne wants to stay out of the whole thing and not get into trouble, but his friend asks him to draw a picture with a coded message and deliver it to a safehouse, just once. A loyal friend, Cayne reluctantly agrees to do this one thing.
On the way back from delivering the drawing, however, he is captured and interrogated for information he doesn’t have. His memories are drained and he is implanted with orders to kill his best friend and his fiancée, which he does. He is used this way as a government assassin-spy for two years, until one day they leave him unhooked from the memory machine and he escapes.
Ninety percent of his memories were destroyed, but ten percent remain – sold to various memory dens. He sets out determined to find them and re-gain his identity and memories of his fiancée. He’s half-mad (having echoes and ghosts of memories you can never quite recall would do that to you) and dangerous, his only goal to regain those remaining ten percent of his memories.
Cayne, as you’ve guessed, is the main character, but aside from flashbacks (as I piece who he was together throughout the novel) he is seen through the eyes of a girl named Moon, who finds him after a battle with an Official and ends up dragged into running with him away from her uncle Eli, a notorious man who owns a string of memory-dens and is basically a futuristic mob boss.
Yes, I’m having far too much fun with this strange story. I’m already completely in love with Cayne (which may prove to be a dangerous thing) and Moon is still piecing herself together (Cayne mistakes her for a kid, since she looks fourteen or fifteen, but she’s actually twenty and for safety reasons she decides not to tell him her real age for a while) – I know she’s spunky but has a sweet side, feisty and smart but not invincible. And she has a white bob.
She and Cayne don’t exactly hit it off instantly, either. In fact, they kind of can’t stand each other, but that’s what makes it fun.
The host of colorful characters includes an annoying cat, two telepathic Officials, a dredlocked cronie of Eli, a Rahabite named Topaz, and of course Moon and Cayne, my shattered, insane, emotional, desperately lost MC. Another depressed male character, according to my superfriend Ashley, but a good one.
The theme of Monster is ‘sanctity of life,’ and so I decided while planning it that the theme of Unforget is ‘redemption.’ Can you tell that I’m adoring planning this novel? I have my NaNo notebook full of pictures, scribblings, notes, and I’m going a little crazy.
You’re going to be seeing a lot of Cayne, so I hope you like him. Or are at least interested in him, since he isn’t always likeable. I guess what I really wanted to say in this post was, I’m excited for NaNo!!!!
P.S. In case you’re wondering about the lack of pictures in these posts, I’m using my mom’s laptop and it hasn’t got any of the thousands of pictures I’ve got saved on the other computer. So the posts will be picture-less until I get back from vacation. 🙂