I’ve never attempted NaNoWriMo before.  I’ve always lacked the time or been embroiled in other projects.  Now that the first publishable novel (as opposed to the other two that are for my eyes only) is off to be reviewed by hard-headed professionals who drink more alcohol than I, I find that I may have the time.

The only question is am I insane for trying to do this at the same time as other projects?

Okay there’s a second question, much quieter than the first.  Will I actually do it?

Here’s the plan.  I’m writing it down to try to force myself to do it.  Genre: Magical realism. Subject: A man in his late twenties with two lovers, one male one female, who don’t know about each other.  Chapter titles: Song titles from Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and B-sides from the singles.  Timeframe: 8-9 pages a day for 3 weeks, leaving plenty of time for unforseen things like procrastination and real life.

Sound interesting?  I sure hope so.  Let’s see if I actually do it.


I love lists.  If you’ve ever seen the movie the Pillow Book – you should if you haven’t yet – you will know how beautiful lists can be.  One day, perhaps, I will write my own Pillow Book, but for today I’ve decided to start by listing influences, authors who have had a large impact on me.  I’ve limited myself to writers of relatively modern fiction (after about 1950) and this list is by no means exhaustive and is in no particular order.

  1. Frank Herbert
  2. Ursula K. LeGuin
  3. Sheri Tepper
  4. Anne Rice
  5. Neil Gaiman
  6. Neal Stephenson
  7. Alice Hoffman
  8. Nicola Griffith
  9. Kelley Eskridge
  10. Octavia Butler
  11. Clive Barker
  12. Philip K. Dick
  13. Mary Doria Russell
  14. Tom Robbins
  15. George Alec Effinger
  16. Arthur C. Clarke
  17. Carl Sagan
  18. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  19. David Brin
  20. Roger Zelazny

Perhaps at some later date, I will add links to this lists, but for now I will leave it as is.