This isn’t a Blogging Tories Challenge, mainly because those sorts of polls usually have to do with the general mood around politics.
We’re coming up to the end of summer and beginning of the fall. Apart from general dryness of the weather, it hasn’t really been a bad one — no big disasters for the government (apart from the usual hijinks) and “silly season” hasn’t been quite as silly as some of the ones we’ve had in the past.
And so we’ll soon be starting the fall, and with the fall come new personal projects. In my case, one personal project is to prepare for my second year of participation in November’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
When I did NaNoWriMo before, I did a fanfic, which meant I wouldn’t really be able to publish it except maybe in a fanzine. This time round, my intent is to have a manuscript ready which, with a little reader advice and some polishing, can be turned into an e-book. (I might try to go the traditional paper publishing route, but from the research I’ve done so far e-publishing would seem to be the way to go.)
One thing we’re allowed to do before the start of NaNoWriMo is prepare a plot. My particular problem is that I have three in mind, and I need to pick one. They are:
- A political satire. Pro: Having observed and blogged about federal politics for seven years now, I can claim to know the subject. Con: limited audience.
- A murder mystery set in Ottawa. Pro: I know Ottawa, and I have a fairly good idea about the characters, and murder mysteries attract a bigger audience. Con: it’s a genre, and coming up with the puzzle that forms the mystery is going to be tricky.
- A comedy based on the theme of travel and tourism. If you’ve seen my blogposts in the “Explorations” category, you’ll know that I do enjoy traveling. There’s a genre known as “Adventure and Literary Travel” which usually contains the collected writings of travelers and backpackers, and I think the group is ripe for a satire. Pro: a potentially wider audience than the other two. Con: research definitely needed and unlike the other two I have no storyline in mind to carry it through.
Now I realize that some of you prefer to read proper paper as opposed to the e-reader, but I’d appreciate hearing from you nonetheless. If you have any other suggestions for a novel, please feel free to comment.