Of no surprise to anyone who even remotely knows me, I am second guessing my approach to NaNoWriMo. It’ll probably happen at least once more as we approach the start date.
First off, I was playing around with StackEditPro, the markdown software that can be found online to make absolutely certain I could overcome any quirks before November 1st and discovered that there is something clunky and amiss when it comes to cloud sync. I’m not sure I understood the permissions being granted for file access to Google Drive, or they didn’t seem to work as intended. I started getting suspicious, so I’m leaning away from continuing to recommend this as an online option.
I’d long ago tied out Calmly Writer and felt it was decent, but missing something. Knowing that I tend towards night mode, focused writing and typewriter view (mid-screen scroll lock), it was probably missing one or more of those elements at the time. When I checked it out this week, it seemed good (and had whatever I felt it was missing before) until I got to the hinky part of their Google Drive integration, where it required access to ALL of my Drive files…
No. Not gonna happen.
Still, it comes with an open and download menu, so I may reconsider and just save the file to the local Google Drive sync file I have on my PC and Chromebook. I really wish I could find a free editor online that ticked all my boxes without seeming to do something strange, or require strange permissions.
Secondly, I’m a bit torn about my original brainstorm idea. I wrote down a bunch of ideas, worked on some plotting and thought most of it held up to scrutiny, and then promptly lost all passion to see it completed. I’m drawn back to another orphaned idea that’s probably less prone to gaffs compared to a mechanized 1920’s Eastern European feeling dieselpunk (but not really).
For some reason, I am drawn back to the “Plague Dogs” idea I mentioned several months back (and posted an abandoned preliminary fragment). Maybe Covid-19 is inspiring me more than it should.
There’s also part of me that wants to overhaul an old idea that went nowhere from around 2009s NaNoWriMo, called “Fit the Furthermore: Another Agony”, which was heavily based on some of the elements of the Carroll nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark. It took place in the modern era and utilized multiple MacGuffins from the original poem to unlock a puzzle to stop the Snark (rather than to hunt it). It was all too clever a concept for its own good, and I buried myself in too many threads for a novel meant to be written in 30 days. It was a piece doomed to lack of prep on something that couldn’t really be done without it, so I don’t know that I want to get back into it. But it is tempting. Besides, it had the Fremont Troll make an appearance, and I was quite happy with that.
So what I’m saying is that I haven’t a clue what I’m doing.