NaNoWriMo2021 — Secret Oktober

©2021 Michael Raven

I’m probably going to regret doing so, but I’ve decided that I will toss my hat into the ring and make another stab at NaNoWriMo for about the 13th time since I started writing for NaNoWriMo back in 2005. I’ve “succeeded” a handful of times, churning out about four short novels during that time, and only one of which would I even begin to consider editing and making available to the general public — and I haven’t done that because… well… it was written more for personal reasons than for consumption [aside: it was called Scenes Before the Butterfly Uprising, a rite of passage tale].

Anyway, already behind target (having written some 200 words, which are already excised), I really only have a title and a vague notion of a story in my head derived from the short bit I wrote called Wallcloud a short while ago. Post-apocalyptic journey told from the first person perspective of Logan, and mostly about a woman named Mac’s transformation from introverted, yet popular woman, into a force to be reckoned with.

It is very loosely based on two songs: Secret Oktober, by Duran Duran from about 1983, a b-side rarity from the Union of the Snake single; and, Drifter, a deep track from Siouxsie and the Banshees 1991 album, Superstition. I’m sure a few other era songs will be influencers on it, as I tend to get thinking plot in terms of the music I grew up with, but these two will be the main songs that inform my thinking. This information is more trivia than anything useful, but you might recognize the influences if you bother to read the lyrics for both.

The story itself will be posted on a series of subpages on this site as I write it, found either by following the header link for the site, or navigating directly to Secret Oktober. I may also post a sticky on the blog, should you wish to track progress there.

Because I am writing directly onto a subpage of the site, with minimal or no editing while NaNoWriMo is in progress, you can expect that it will contain errors, plot holes, and all sorts of nasty things that people who hate “beta” and “release candidate” will likewise hate about it. I apologize for such things in advance, but that’s about all I can do. NaNoWriMo is about writing, not about editing and, in order to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month, I can’t second guess myself until after December 1 comes around. Additionally, there is always a chance I might abandon the effort if real life gets in the way, as it has in past Novembers. I’ll do some hardcore editing after everything is said and done, if there is a decent tale buried in the effort.

Posts may be made public on a daily basis, but I will more likely post a piece when I feel it has reached a transition point, rather than base it on the day.

Wish me luck… I’ll probably need it.


©2021 Michael Raven

looking in reflection
i see now only vanity --
what ego possesses me
to think my words are
anything but weightless
detritus and ash?
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