There are a couple of things that are going to happen in June. First of all, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m also creating a civilization, as well as trying to finish Brave Aertène and hopefully start scripting The Colorless Ones again. I may also be working on some of the other novels and scripts that I have not yet finished (CotD, Jhilhit, AotA, Everflame). No matter what I do, June is going to be a very busy month.
The novel I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo is This is THE GAME, which I am currently unable to classify (just like everything else I write). I’m assuming it’s science fiction. I have that set as the genre on the Camp NaNo site, but that was mainly for convenience and cabin-sorting.
I’ll have a synopsis up on my ‘works’ page later. What the novel deals with and mainly takes place in is an MMO. I don’t know how many people have written novels set in MMOs, or even dealt with the topic, other than Neal Stephenson. What I have planned for this novel is…well, it could be confusing to a person who has never played an MMORPG before. To those who have, it shouldn’t be difficult to understand at all.
The event that starts the whole plot rolling is that the original creator of the MMO disappears (in both reality and in the game). The GMs then start running a contest to see who can find the creator, with a huge reward for that person. The people have to search both the real world and the virtual world for clues to solve the mystery. I know that last part sounds sort of cheesy, but I didn’t know what better way to word it.
But why don’t the police care about a missing person, you ask? Well, I’m still working that out, but I think I’ve decided on having the creator of the MMO be missing for several months when the story starts. That makes more sense for the GMs to offer a reward, too. No reason in offering a reward if the missing person is only missing for a day.
And now to other things! I’ll be finishing Brave Aertène in June – hopefully – since I’m already at 4357 lines and the story is not stopping any time soon. I’ve got years of story left to cover. Fortunately writing in an epic poem format is for some reason easier than writing in a novel format, and I’m able to get a lot more done in one day than I would if I was writing a novel.
The civilization I will be creating, the Harazsiniye, comes from a short story I wrote called The Chrysanthemum Princess. ‘Harazsin’ is the word for ‘Chrysanthemum’ in their language, and chrysanthemums are very important to them – the flower is practically sacred. The majority of the Harazsiniye live in a desert, and thus their clothing and architecture reflects that, but it’s really all I’ve come up with for them. I am going to enjoy spending the month of June fleshing out their culture and their relations with the other peoples. It is going to be fun.
I’ll also be continuing to work on my summer goals, but I feel like I’ve rambled enough. I don’t need to talk about those again.