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Coming back to my Science Fiction novel “PSA” after a solid two months away from it resulted in what I can only term as “culture shock”, something I have to admit I’ve never really experienced within my own work. I’m as much as a SF, Fantasy and horror child as you can get: I’ve been steeped in these genres nearly all my life, marinating in their ideas, methods, styles and terminology for aeyonks.  I’m comfortable flitting from one genre to another, spinning ideas into yarns at the drop of a hat. Many times during my tenure as a video-game writer/content-developer saw me writing proposals, short stories and other material for wildly different styles of games within the same day, shifting gears in type of game, genre and concept, without batting an eyelid. But these were mere dalliances, passing from one concept to another as if they were hors d’oeuvres to be sampled without getting the full flavour. However, coming from a deep writing experience at the novel level in the Fantasy genre and shifting to a similar experience in Science Fiction made me balk at jumping straight back in. I was, quite frankly, out of my depth – at least at first blush.

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NaNoWriMo and Site Update

Winner-180x180NaNoWriMo has been over a week now so its about time I summarized the experience. This was my first NaNoWriMo after years of sitting on the fence, watching and thinking I should do it but never finding the time or quite frankly the need to do it, but now I’ve finally done it, I’m rather sad I didn’t do it earlier. The resources, the helpful people and the “shared pain” with many other like-minded, aspiring authors is extremely gratifying. You know, misery loves company. 🙂

With my job as a video-game developer, specifically a content creator (designer, writer, concept), I got to write a lot, but most of the time I didn’t have to do it every day and certainly not a huge output everyday. NaNo pushed me toward that end. As usual, I was very enthusiastic toward the beginning amassing about 2500 words a day and sometimes 3-5k on weekends. I crossed the finish line around Nov 21st, a good nine days before the event was over, so I felt pretty good about things.

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This is it: NaNoWriMo 2012!

(c) Ken McCulloch, 2012I’ve been putting it off for a very long time, but this year marks the first NaNoWriMo I will participate in. I’ve long since stood on the sidelines while others’ fingers bled throughout battlefield November, but not this time. I’m in!

I suppose the big reason that I didn’t enter before was that I already had a writing gig and didn’t feel the need to be published in a traditional manner, even though I did write for myself from time to time. This last year has seen a lot of changes, both personally and professionally, and now is the time to saddle up the horse and head for novel-dom.

So, what’s in the offing? Well, I have been writing my novel-in-progress pretty aggressively over the last few months, and as I develop it, I realize that it will need a lot more effort to make it “work” than I previously thought. Its shaping up nicely, but ultimately, I think its going to a sort of chill and think about books, rather than what I need to get sold. My NaNoWriMo entry will be a sort of mid-level historical-fantasy kind of thing, entitled “The Vale of Odin.”

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