The Words: 7810 written today.
I didn’t get started on writing until 3pm, partly because it was too easy to be lazy when kids were gone and the house was quiet. But Saturdays are the busiest day of the week at my job (escape room company), and while I was not working in-store today, as the director of operations, there is still a lot that goes on through a Saturday that I am involved with, even from home.
I had decided to try a reward system to get through a lot of words–1000 words written, half an hour of laziness, back and forth. That lasted through two or three sessions, and then I got distracted by work things. Then I did a #1k30min with @NaNoWordSprints, and the sprint leader challenged us to move forward or backward in time during our writing. I decided to use that time to write more of Vin’s letters, which are a different timeline than the rest of the story. That came out to 1800 words, and then I was one solid sprint away from 50k. I passed that mark at about 6:15pm!
I wrote a little more after dinner, but then decided it wasn’t a bad idea to stop after that, even though I had a solid 2 hours before midnight. It was a good day!
The Story: I wrote 6 letters from Vin to the pastor. Each of these letters represents an event in which Vin affected the grander story in some way, though 3 of the 6 today were smaller parts of one larger event. He has been a background antagonist in a few other books I’ve written or planned, and this is all of what he has done coming to light. He’s basically confessing all of this to the pastor as it happens. The pastor doesn’t know who he is.
Based on my timeline, there will be 5 more letters before the final one. So at least as it relates to Vin’s storyline, I am more than halfway through.
The main storyline took an interesting turn today. Nathan talks to the pastor who was unexpectedly at the church for just a minute or two, then returns to where Penny and the others are with the journals and papers he found in the locked room. They start to read through these writings and discuss how Vin could possibly know all that he knows.
Meanwhile, Cathy has been gone for a few hours, and we leave the others to follow her and see what she’s been doing. This was the 2nd large thing that came up during the writing that I was not anticipating at all. The inclusion of Justin in the story was the first thing. But I had never planned to follow Cathy, and had always expected it to be this big reveal when she showed back up with a certain person.
Here is where I admit that I am one of those people that is guilty of using the trope that “no one ever actually dies.” It’s not true that no one dies, but there are definitely a few faked deaths, or deaths that look real, and turn out not to be (like Rogan’s). There just happen to be 2 that turn up in this story, but to be fair, I’m pretty sure the reader will know that this one didn’t actually die in the book in which he appears to die. Hopefully that makes it less bad.
Cathy’s very close friend, a man named…let’s called him Clark…is living a few countries over, hiding out, after being presumed dead. He is probably the most powerful man in at least the union that Pithea is part of, but came across this power highly illegally. So he’s hiding from the people in charge of the Power. But Cathy knows that if they do manage to find Vin, they will need Clark’s help. It took absolutely no convincing for him to agree to help, even though it would mean revealing his secret to at least a few people (one of whom–Justin–was part of the unit that was trying to bring him in before he “died”).
Wow, this story is complicated. Not just this one, but the entire series of stories. It’s just too much to try to sum up…
Total word count: 51,828
Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 11th