Stories, Stories Everywhere!
That got me thinking about the entire epic of which AMC is part. I have bits planned--even mentally written--across the whole of the history of the Noldor...and even a bit beyond. I'd decided a while back that the next thing I think I am going to tackle will be the early history of Feanaro and Nerdanel, beginning in their childhoods and likely concluding shortly after Maitimo is born. That seems pretty ambitious, especially when I consider that AMC was supposed to take place over several years and actually takes less than one. (Although, for simplicity's sake, the summary of AMC is "A year in the life of the young family of Feanaro."
My current work in progress is my NaNoWriMo novel, which is clocking in at just over 70K words. Yes, I wrote 50K in two weeks...and 20K in the three-and-a-half months afterward. Although, to my credit, there were twenty holiday fics in there somewhere, ranging in length from 500 words to just over 9,000. I'd hoped to wait until this story is finished before starting the Feanaro/Nerdanel project, but this morning, I realized that I really want to write both, and so I'll probably begin outlining the Feanaro/Nerdanel story in the next few days.
I've never tried working on two novels at once before. I've decided that the Feanaro/Nerdanel is going to be done at work--like AMC was--and the NaNo is going to stay at home, since it's not the kind of story that I want floating around my office. Well, there will certainly be bits of Feanaro/Nerdanel that might raise some eyebrows too, but nothing nearly as bad as the general premise of much of my NaNo novel.
(Which really needs a title, seeing as NaNoWriMo is over, so that I can give it a nifty abbreviation like "AMC." But then, I don't usually title my stories until they're almost finished.)
At the worst, I figure I won't be able to handle it, and Feanaro/Nerdanel will languish, as I've become much busier at work than I was when I started AMC. But since it's wasn't even scheduled to be written for at least another six months, even snail-pace progress is better than nothing.
Also, I've been curious about my NaNo novel. Supposing I did share it--and this is not a definite that I will, so just suppose--would any of you read it? I'm trying to decide if I will be creating a special flist for this purpose or if it will be easier to email chapters to the one or two people who might want to look at it. Since a summary might help in this decision:
(Please note that I'm bad at summaries and my muses also don't like me to summarize their work before they're finished. *slowly chokes muses*)
The story begins on the proverbial dark and stormy night (and no, I am not Snoopy) when my protagonist is sitting at home, minding his own business, and a woman is basically dropped on his doorstep. She is a forest-dwelling Elf who was accidentally shot by a hunter...only the hunter is of some political importance, and he doesn't want her blood on his hands.
So he leaves her with my protagonist. During the course of her stay, the protagonist has to hide his past from her: He was born into a family of dark sorcerers, basically bred to be the perfect sorcerer, in acknowledgement of a prophecy that said that he would father a child who would grow to assure the resurgence of dark magic.
In his youth, he'd escaped his family and to the small town where he currently lives, hiding from his past and supposed future, in relative anonymity. Only now, he has attracted attention to himself, both the attention of the hunter and the woman he'd saved....
Okay, that sounds really bad. My muses won't allow themselves to be named. Nor will they allow any significant plot details to be revealed. They're shocked that I said all that!
Given the nature of the story--it is about evil sorcerers--there is violence a'plenty and sex (both happy!sex and noncon) and disturbing themes. The story tends to be more psychology/character-based than plot-based, not that this should surprise anyone.
So.... (Felak loves LJ polls)
Would you read my NaNo novel?
Now, I'm off to work a bit on isil_elensar's very late birthday story. I've bought the characters some massage oil and some sexy wood Elf lingerie, so we'll see....