So, I’m sitting in Vecino’s Coffee Gallery in downtown Muncie, my second coffee shop of the day, working on my novel and now my blog and drinking a vanilla latte.
I was at the MT Cup in the Ball State Village earlier to do my 750 words (I wrote more than 1,700 words! Yay! I feel so accomplished after writing an abysmal 761 words yesterday.) and now I’m sitting in this great little coffee shop I’ve known about for about 18 months and I’m just now visiting it for the first time (Great place, by the way). Of course, this would also be its last day in business until about September of 2011 (very sad day), but that’s life, I suppose. After doing a bit of research the past few days, I’ve finally made the decision as to where I want to start my Atlantis story out in. My main character lives in Wilmington, Delaware. It’s the largest city in the state and the hub of most of the culture. I’ve also set some of the other locations. I don’t have names of restaurants yet, as I don’t want to have to pay established venues money to use their names in my novel (I need an Italian place and a seafood place, so if anyone out there has any ideas, I’d appreciate it).
This may not seem like a big deal, but for me this is huge. I now have a feel of where Julien lives and what it’s like to live there. It really helps to get to know people — knowing where they live. Of course, she’ll be leaving Wilmington for the Mediterranean very soon with a certain someone who shall not be mentioned until later, but I’m very grateful to have discovered this new information about her.
I’m also about to introduce the secondary hero of my story — Alexis. He doesn’t have a last name yet (will amend that before the end of my writing Chapter 5), but he’s also the son of someone noteworthy and is trying to live up to his people’s expectations. I think I’m going to like this guy. Not as much as Reuban (maybe I’ll do a character sketch of him later — favorite character!), but I think I like him.
NaNoWriMo starts up officially the day after tomorrow and I’ve already written more than 30,000 words, which gives me a great deal of confidence. There’s no way that the story will be finished in 50,000 words or even 60,000, but I have no doubt I’ll complete the requirements of the assignment by the end of November. I can feel the stress falling off of my shoulders. I’ll still be a little anti-social, but I hope my friends won’t mind.
So that’s pretty much all for now. The next few days will be taken up with finishing Chapter 4 and 5 so I can really get into the meaty (adventurous might be a better word) part of the story that starts in 5.