So, it’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).
NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge to get writers writing — whether they’ve put off writing the book they’ve had inside them or need to finish one they started, but never finished.
What is NaNoWriMo?
During NaNoWriMo, authors hold themselves accountable for their creative goals and offer support and encouragement to each other to do their best writing. In fact, 8 Bestsellers came out of it.
Each writer attempts to complete 50,000 words during the course of the month and updates their word count on their website profile, earning badges in the process.
Now in it’s 18th year, NaNoWriMo, a non-profit organization, tries to inspire creativity in every writer; from Kindergarten to Senior Citizens. Their goal is to engage half a million writers with this year’s challenge.
There’s even a CampNaNoWriMo, which ended just before NaNoWriMo began, for those who want a little more inspiration.
The main site contains forums for exchanging information and support, as well as the option to have writing buddies that help you craft your novel.
What am I doing for NaNoWriMo?
Well, Buried Ladies just went off to the editor, so I’m focusing my writing efforts on completing Scars of the Past this month. I’m about 60% finished right now and you’re welcome to read the first 2 chapters (using the link above) to get a feel for the book.
Russian officials and others sympathetic to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, possibly as a prelude to reclaiming all of the Ukraine, are being assassinated. First, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin is shot while delivering the keynote at a conference on Georgetown’s campus. Then, an embassy official drowns when his vehicle plunges mysteriously into the East River.
The international connection brings the crimes to the attention of the CounterTerrorism Unit of the FBI, headed by Special Agent John Boyd and his Cyberterrorism Unit headed by Jaime Gross, who we met in Buried Ladies.
Meanwhile, we haven’t finished with the cartels. This time, a Columbian cartel takes Dra. Martinez, also from Buried Ladies, to treat the terminally ill child of the cartel leader. She faces death if the child dies, which appears inevitable.
The book is a combination of characters we grew to love in Buried Ladies, along with a strong cast of new characters, like Jack Burns, who joined the Counterterrorism Unit after serving in Homeland Security and Suzanne, an undercover CIA operative looking into a cabal of Ukrainian ex-pats.
But, not all our new cast is lovable. Consider Dwayne Corbin, the Legal Affairs Officer for the State Department. He isn’t a bad guy, just a lazy lush who wants to do as little real work as possible during the last few years before he can collect his pension. Or, Stannic, who heads Homeland Security. Stannic is a political appointee who uses his power to stoke his boundless ego without regard for how much damage his actions cause.
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