The project is underway!
It's almost the half way mark of November and my attempt at squeezing a first draft in between a new job and a poorly family is proving a formidable challenge (which is why I'm up and writing at four in the morning. Hello again coffee).
The novel is starting to take shape though and is proving to be a spiritual successor to The Binary Man (though hopefully a little less convoluted).
The greatest challenge is forcing myself onwards through the regular cringe inducing bad passages (insert your innuendo here, hard). These are proving to be many and often due to having largely no plot at the outset and essentially throwing in characters and seeing what they end up doing based on the character traits I have given them. This has led to the book becoming some sort of pulp fiction odyssey.
I hadn't intended to write something quite so overblown again and was on the verge of throwing in the towel at the ten thousand word mark, but then I read an interesting pep talk on the nanowrimo webiste (http://www.nanowrimo.org/). The kernal of knowledge that I gleaned from it was 'just keep writing and try to enjoy it. Edit it or kill it later'. It sounds so simple!
So that's what I'm trying to do, push through the chaff (endless), enjoy the wheat (a couple of grains), and simply enjoy the ride...
Welcome to Techosaka.
The city came into view slowly, colossal towers punctuated with red and green luminescent pinpoints, bursting out of the suburban sprawl like fingers clawing at the night sky and grasping for the barely visible stars...