I think my count must have been off in yesterday’s post. According to the NaNoWriMo website, at the present moment, there are 2 days, 15 hours, 17 minutes and 15 seconds until NaNoWriMo officially begins. Last night I spent about 2 hours on the outline, most of which turned into research for the science and technical parts of the plot line. I’m spending whatever time I can this weekend fleshing out the rest of the outline so that it reads smoothly and (hopefully) usefully, like the outlines I’ve seen in Mike Resnick’s I Have This Nifty Idea…. The setting is starting to feel familiar in my mind and I take that as a good sign. Also, several of the subplot threads are beginning to tie together and I have a vision in my head of a diagram that will show their interrelationshiops.
While I’m not revealing much about the plot of the story, other than to say it is science fiction, probably space opera, I established the time-line of the story last night. The novel opens in 2367 and cover a time period through about 2390 or 2391. However, I like playing with time in my stories and so I will tell you that the novel itself is story that is being told much farther in the future, probably around the year 4000 A.D. about events that took place in the distant past (2367-2391). And while the scope of the actual novel spans about 24 years, relativity and time dilation play a role so that for some of the cast of the novel only experience about 3 years of actual time. I suppose I might as well add that if this novel works out, I have conceived it as part one of three, leading up to an event that takes place very close to that 4000 A.D. date mentioned above.
I’m beginning to feel that excited tingle in my stomach and I’m sure that by Monday morning, I’ll be ready to go. For those of you doing NaNoWriMo this year, how are things progressing?