November’s coming up fast! This is going to be Year 4 for me, and the first time I’ll be working on something really new since 2013. Gotta admit, I’m a little nervous. I’ve been pondering this story for about a year and a half, but it’s been drifting and changing, and really bears little resemblance to the initial idea at all (isn’t that always the way it goes?) Every November comes with nerves; niggling worries that this’ll be the year I fail. But the excitement is greater, and I’m so so ready for this novel!! Originally, I was going to pants it and just see where it took me, but circumstances have been such that I’m trying a new approach — I’m becoming a planner! And I have to say, it’s much more enjoyable than I thought it could be. I’ve just been telling myself the story and letting it just come, and it’s great to watch it grow in such a sketchy way. I’ve already caught some pit-falls that would’ve tripped me mid-story, and I have most of my Whats, just need to work through some Whys.

Of course, it might all fall to pieces when I start writing, but we’ll see. I hope not? I hope this will keep me on track to writing less of a mess than usual!

In preparation, everything MP has come down from around my desk ( 😦 😦 😦  ) and a new candle has been lit to really force new associations. October’s going to fly by so I really want to concentrate, especially with everything else going on. My netbook’s died, so I’m back tapping away on Wife’s kindle when I’m out and about (which is most of the time) October is the month for Technology breakage — seriously, every year!! — but the upside is that I’m back listening to Pandora as my primary music source, which means I’m discovering all sorts of new tracks that I’m collecting for my NaNo16 Playlist. I’ve been bingeing on Of Monsters and Men pretty solidly for the last few weeks, and if stories can have aesthetics, it would be that. I really need to do more worldbuilding and work out my colour pallet. But that’s the next step!

Change is hard, and I feel like I’m cheating on MP (?????) but I knew I needed to just do it and start something fresh, and this really is the best time for it. I’m being very strict with myself, especially when I catch myself thinking about edits. Must. Let. Go!

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In more general news: A breakfast cafe’s opened up next to Menchies, and the owner’s asked me to be their chalkboard artist after seeing my work in the store ^^ So that’s pretty cool! They’ve got some reeeaaally big boards in there, and I showed him some sketches I did for the cafe and he’s pretty excited! Plus I get paid in breakfast so… I’m winning at least in some parts of life! Should really get photos off my phone and do a post of Menchies stuff at some point…

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