Last year, I didn’t know what novel I wanted to work on for NaNoWriMo and asked for your help in my decision.
The three works I couldn’t decide on were Dreaming of You. My first adult romance, my current work in progress which I’m also uploading on Wattpad. The Soul Traveler, an urban young adult novella. And book two of the Nadia series, Nadia and the Immortal Witch.
I created a poll, you voted and the results went a little something like this:
As you can see, the novella won by popular vote. But the stories I worked on for NaNoWriMo 2015, yes I said stories, were Dreaming of You and The Soul Traveler. My NaNoWriMo stretched into two months to do both. Frankly those two stories took hostage of my mind the most.
Well things are a bit different this year. This time I know what novel I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo 2016 and it’s been long overdue.
This particular WIP was the story that made me bust out and brush off the dust on my pen. It’d been years since I’ve written anything after graduating college. So of course I was a bit rusty. And it was my first attempt at writing a novel (obviously no baby steps for me). That was five years and some months ago.
The setting of Harbingers of El Tinor (FKA Spiritus Mundi and Mythos) came as I waited for a delayed train. There I was, off work and although it was after 5pm the sun was still shining. Walking back and forth on the platform for who knows how long when BOOM! Back stories, characters, kingdoms, governments all rushed into my head. And pretty much stayed there. Until I finally poured everything out onto a blank Microsoft Word document. By the time I was done, HoET as you know it today, was born within twelve pages.
Here’s an excerpt of the original outline and back story. Which if I’d kept would’ve made the story more weird fiction/slipstream. If I’m using the right genre terminology.:
Title: MYTHOS (refer to Aristotle’s Mythos on plot, drama and tragedy)
I Initial Summary; Start/Prologue/Background of Story- ORIGINAL
The world is in a state of a cease-fire/cold war because of the power struggle of the 3 world powers. The cause is that each believe that their god is the most powerful; their gods are Zeus, Oden and Ma’at). But there’s a secret organization (Trinity Blood influence), infiltrated all over and in positions to further said org. goal, know the truth behind the truth (FMA influence). That those gods are really nothing; just demi-gods fit to be servants. There is 1 true god and the demi’s are 1/3 of its power. Their goal is world domination by usurping the throne of the true god (Bleach influence). With combined strength and knowledge w/ the devil/true evil god (only true rival/enemy of true god). With the stolen DNA (Odin’s eye, Ma’at hair and Zeus swaddling cloth) of the 3 gods and part of the Darkdevil’s blood, head by DNA specialist, they culture a baby and impregnated a woman (Witch Hunter Robin &Dark Angel influence). But the woman gave birth to twins. The older twin (female) inherited all 4 becoming dominant genes but the younger twin (male) did not. The mother is killed as well. Head scientist loved the mother and the only reason he saved the younger twin was because he saw the mother in him/her (wouldn’t otherwise). To help him/her survive, using his secret experiment in trying to clone himself/his genius, inserted/manipulated his DNA into him/her. He switches babies (org. been experimenting w/ creating super humans after all) and kills said baby (haven’t figured out how the younger twin gets out the org. and ends up where he ends up). Scientist hires an assassin to kill himself and will be paid when job done (assassin doesn’t know who asked for the kill or that he will be killed by scientist as well). All leads to hiding the twin is completed; whether the twin lives or dies is up to him/her. Meanwhile while older twin is being raised, the org. has been busy in stirring up turmoil w/ the 3 world powers, deepening their mistrust, resentment and hatred w/ each other (Trinity Blood). On the twins 17th birthday, a prophecy been made (it’s the same prophecy all world over; From Far Away influence) “a two-head dragon shall arise to destroy all that we know.”
The older twin, Luci, has grown up in isolation and under the care of the Darkness on an uninhabited island and the younger twin, Velli, does not believe in the gods of the other 3 countries. He does not trust in them nor will he follow blindly and faithfully in them or fear them. To him they are just people w/ special powers. He’ll only believe in people, especially people he can trust and that truly people are the most frightening…
HoET has changed a lot and now will probably fall under the category of mythic fiction or epic fantasy. As I’ve used inspirations from the Greek, Norse and Egyptian mythologies. As well as the history of the Native American Culture. HoEt also explores the themes of zealotry and racism. And hierarchic class/caste system rife in the world of El Tinor.
This will also be the first year that I’m doing HoET on NaNoWriMo. As I first started writing it before taking part in the challenge. So after two years on hiatus, I’ll finally be adding approximately up to 50k more words to HoET.
I thought that’d make me a rebel but they changed the rules. And since I’m not rewriting but adding new words to the work in progress, alas a rebel I am not.
It’s an exciting time in reacquainting myself with the characters and the world. But I’ve been wondering about something lately. Should I bring back the science-fiction aspect of genetically engineered prophesied twins storyline? Hhhmmm, what do you think?
Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? Come find me and let’s be buddies! What novel will you be working on? Or are you going to be a rebel?
Want to meet the cast?
Want to listen to the song I’ve chosen as Harbingers of El Tinor’s theme song?:
Trying to build a playlist to listen to for HoET (music is my muse). Know of any songs with the same feel as Ruelle’s ‘Until We Go Down’? Or has that whole epic/fate of the world vibe going on? I’d love to know about it. Already thinking of adding Imagine Dragons and OneRepublic because I love ‘Radioactive’ and ‘Secrets.’
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PS I’ll be away for NaNoWriMo and looking for some guest bloggers to take over. If you’re interested, take a look at the sign up form below. Make sure to send all your media content (author and/or book photo). And your social media and buy links and blog post by the end of October. Or a week before your scheduled guest blog date. 😀
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