Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well shit what do I do now?

 Facebook Friend: "I've decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. 50,000 words in 30 days, blahblahblah..."

Me: "I thought of doing that once and writing a story that's sort of a combination of Patrick O'Brian and H.P. Lovecraft. I'd call it Master and Cthulhu."

Friend: "You must! I mean, come on: O'Brian even has a book call The Yellow Admiral which is already *this* close to the Admiral in Yellow. Ocean voyages...sunken cities of madness...this stuff writes itself! You owe it to the world, man! C' it! All the cool kids are!"

So now I'm thinking about it.   Even slinging bullshit, can I get 50,000 words out in a month?  I must admit, it's very tempting.

And even along the lines of what I discussed above.  I wrote a short piece about 18 months ago that was accepted by a Lovecraft-inspired e-zine.  I even noticed that Crum just found it a couple of weeks back.  I figure a fictitious early 19th Century sea voyage of a ship named Innsmouth from the east coast to the Pacific Northwest - through the mysterious waters of the South Pacific, home to R'lyeh, and the big smelly mud-flat of Lovecraft's Dagon, with some native-bred-to-Deep-One intrigue (linking the Pacific-origin of the "Innsmouth Look" to the ship and the story), apeshit madness and mutiny, and throw in the discovery of some bizzare, artifact-driven combination of celestial navigation and ship propulsion that brings Yog-Sothoth into play and I could probably cobble together 50,000 words of crud under the "No plot, no problem!" mantra.

I must admit, it is tempting...since I'm living 400+ miles from my family and have no friends I have several hours a night.  It would put that 18 month-old blog with just two posts on it to some use.  I'm about 95% sold on the idea of it.


Beach Bum said...

Working on a Hiaasen-like novel set in South Carolina involving the usual cast of characters that you might expect. Have the plot outlined, character summaries, and two very rough chapters done, my one problem is that it all seems very cliche. Had some thoughts about dropping off the grid for a while and really trying to get the story moving since I have been sitting on it for several months. Hell, I've even found a local editor if I ever do get it done.

Linked over to the Innsmouth story and liked it a lot.

I'm about 95% sold on the idea of it.

Go for it dude, neither of us are getting any younger.

MRMacrum said...

Only four hours a night? What are you planning to do, cut out the Porn surfing? Seems fours hours of naughty bits is just enough time to get warmed up.

Randal Graves said...

I was about to sacrifice the notion of plot upon a bloody altar of Yog-Sothothery, but how I can follow the wisdom of the man from Maine?

Chef Cthulhu said...

BB thanks for the encouragement. Hey if you got that much done, why not? Just don't abandon us completely.

Crum and Randal, if you need any more than a few minutes with internet pr0n then you're doing it wrong. Just think of it as "the pause that refreshes" and try to keep your keyboard clean.