Chronicles of a NaNoRebel: Distraction and the Dulls
First things first! It is Week 4! That means there’s a new ML update!
Note: You will notice a lack of pictures. Pictures take time. And in November, time is at a premium, so I am forgoing the hunt of amusing pictures to distract the ADD brains of the 21st century. Apologies.
Unlike Val, I am further than 500 words, but alas, I am still woefully behind at 31,000 (I should be at 36,000).
There are a couple of reasons for this. First is that I have these things called friends. Friends who I like and who like me and who lament when I go MIA which for the past year or so has been…always.
Oh, I put out the facebook notice and the “Do not Disturb During November” sign on my door. But that doesn’t stop the hopeful invitations, invitations that I try to refuse and occasionally succeed at. But then there are things like “I’m getting married, won’t you come?” and “I haven’t seen you in a year, don’t you love me?” and “We’re going to go and slide on this super awesome happy fun slide that only comes out once a year”.
…Okay, that last one was an exaggeration. It would be easier if I was embittered and hated the world and all the people in it. But I don’t. In fact, I love my friends, and it’s hard to refuse them when I know hanging out with them will not only be fun but fulfilling as well.
Then of course there is the project itself. My good old time travel script. Which I have made a map of! Look at the map! Glory in it!
The map may have provided some much needed relief and structure to the insanity of writing a time travel script, a new problem began to crop up that isn’t really encountered in a traditional novel…
I’m writing the same storyline over and over again.
Alright, not the same storyline EXACTLY, but every timeline I write is a variation of the previous one. The characters remain the same. The basic structure of his life remains the same. The only thing that changes is one thing in the environment which causes a reaction in the subsequent epochs and…I’ve lost you, haven’t I? Here, look at the map again.
The point is…I’m bored. And running out of ideas. Never have I thought I’d want a single, coherent narrative in my entire life. My timeline options have been getting more insane every day. It went from “Perhaps in this timeline he becomes a doctor” to “And in THIS timeline ALIENS ATTACK!”. For serious.
Don’t get me wrong. I still LIKE our project. I am just…so ready to be done with the brainstorming. Here’s to week 4!