New Novel Project: March 2011.

Awww, shucks. We missed January’s numbers by only seven views! We’ll see how March goes! March is exciting because it gets me thinking about spring, good luck and St. Patrick’s Day, and, of course, my birthday!

And it’s time to start a new novel, too, blazing forward and trying to not think about how pathetically short I’ve fallen behind on the last two. I have confidence in this next one, though; it’s a concept based around some of my own experiences, rather than a piece of genre fiction, and last time I tried something in this vein, I wound up with 81 pages before the end of the month. It’s the story of a young woman who deals with the unexpected death of her husband by seeking the company of other widows and widowers…by meeting them at cemeteries. The idea is immediately taken from an episode of Ugly Betty, which I have to thank my roommate for getting me into, with a few tweaks to make it not a complete rip-off. There are certainly a few twists involved, as well, but I’m holding those back to best not spoil anyone in case it actually does go somewhere and people might be reading it some day.

A title and even the names of the main characters are still undeveloped; that’s what I’ll be working on today. But I’m pretty sure it’s going to be set in the Chicago suburbs, which means if we have some nice days this month, guess who is going to start trolling graveyards for inspiration. It’s probably not a good sign that I’m excited to have a project that prompts me to go outside…and visit cemeteries, but it’s a start, right? I almost feel that this should be a summer project, but maybe that just means when summer hits, I’ll just have to dig it back out again.

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