November 03, 2003
Word Count: Zero
Being unemployed, you'd think I'd have NaNoWriMo easy this year. However, job-seeking is currently my occupation.
Went to a meeting of local participants, and there were the usual jokes about what's allowable for word count, ridiculous plots, that sort of thing. Maybe my heart's not in it this year, or maybe I just don't want to approach this year's novel as a joke. But I've made the donation and bought the t-shirt, so I'm at least honor-bound to give the writing a go, hopefully with less use of cliches.
I saw a copy of Eragon in a shop and looked it over. Huge tome, beautiful cover illustration. The only blurb is on the back cover - and it's from Anne McCaffrey! For any SF/Fantasy writer, let alone a nineteen-year-old who started his novel at fifteen, to get a promotional blurb from the Dragonlady is like finding the Holy Grail. It's the ultimate endorsement. So I guess I'll be checking this out eventually.
Damn - I'm really pleased for this kid, but I'm also envious and depressed all at once. Great mindset for starting my novel!