Went to a pre-NaNo meeting tonight at the library in a nearby town, and was one of the most outgoing individuals there.
Now, I know writers can be a quiet bunch, but me? The one waving latecomers into the room? The one inviting wallflowers to sit at my table? The one teenage newbies followed from activity to activity? My social skills need work (this is no secret), but tonight I felt like a– What’s the word?
Host? Master of Ceremonies? Social butterfly? I don’t know. I do know just that little bit of interaction drained me.
Yeah, I’m a social lightweight.
However, the writing calisthenics were fun, creative, and challenging. One of them, an interactive plot-generation activity, required me to write a crime/noir story based on Thumbelina. I balked at first, but then an image and a question came to mind: What might Thumbelina find in the pockets of the private investigator for whom she works?
A fairytale crime story certainly isn’t groundbreaking. There’s already soapy adventure drama on TV’s Once Upon a Time, and probably more of the same in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as well as plenty of drama and humor, horror and crime, in Grimm. Beauty and the Beast has already been given a noir-ish feel and reimagined for the modern world. Twice. (I liked the first one better, but that’s probably nostalgia talking.)
I already had a novel idea picked out for November.
Yet Thumbelina and the P.I. have comic possibilities.
What to do? What to write?
If I do decide to do the goofy fairytale/crime novel mashup, I might post the daily progress here on the blog, just for kicks.
Anybody else gearing up for the 50k-words-in-30-days challenge?