About eight years ago, in November of 2008, I started my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I failed miserably, only putting down a few thousand words … but those few thousand words were the start of something … something that stuck around in my head for years while I tried to figure the whole story out. Over the last year or two I’ve been back at the story, getting those ideas down to paper – trying to get the entire complicated thing into one story that made sense. This past week, I wrote the last of that story and finished the first draft of ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks.’
It’s by far the longest story I’ve ever written, although it’s only average in length. Clocking in at about 80,000 words (probably about 300-350 pages), it’s still almost twice as long as my last book.
The plan now is to let it sit for a month or two so it can ferment a bit, before I go back to it armed with my pen and highlighter to mark it all to hell. In the meantime, a new NaNoWriMo is starting in a week, and I intend to write something altogether new this November. More to come on that project soon.
As for what ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks’ is about? I’m not ready to share much of it yet, other to say it’s speculative future sci-fi, and deals with consequences of current domestic American politics and policy, and where they might take us … as well as some questions about what it is that makes a person a person, and what defines our consciousness and being.
While you wait for more news, here’s another cover concept I recently put together.