NaNoWriMo – The Start

Well, it started. Today is November 1st, and the start of National Novel Writing Month.

It started out just like every other day. I woke up to two cats trying to wake me up. One by over heating me and the other by licking my arm. Nice, thanks Samantha.

So I rolled out of bed at 6:30, grabbed a tea and some whole wheat pancakes (made yesterday), put on coffee for Sheila, and read my morning emails, all 36 of them. Once the coffee was ready and my breakfast consumed, I announced that writing time had started and locked myself in my office.

2.5 hours later, the first chapter of The Hoards is ready. Nice. Still feel like writing, so the 3051-word count is just a beginning for this month. If you’re interested, here’s the first few paragraphs of the novel:

We should have seen it coming. But being polite is just in our nature. I’m not sure how long we can hold out against the hoards, so if anyone finds us, make sure we don’t come back.

Jason’s Diary, 2033


The traffic stretched from Whitby as far as I can see. A quick glance at the dash shows the time as 30 minutes past my start time. Shit’s going to hit the fan on this one. If the sun would only stop killing us this summer we may be able to recover.

It’s July 3rd, and yesterday saw a record temp or just over 43 C, a little cooler than hell. Sitting in traffic on the highway puts us at egg frying temp. I play with the air conditioning, hoping it could keep up with the demand. Just one more summer, that’s all I need the Focus to last.

The check engine light flashes on then off. I hear the fan power up and look at the engine temp. Almost all the way into the red. Great. Another shitty day. I turn off the air, push the heater all the way to “Kill me now” and flip it on. The heat pours out and I roll down a window. This is really going to suck. What a great start to a Monday. How much shittier can 2023 get.


Scene set – Timeline established – and my own writing is a lot more solid than it has been in the last several years. If you like it, let me know by sharing. Tell everyone you know that The Hoards will be written, then released after many revisions and edits to ensure it is a high-quality novel.

So what do I have planned for the rest of the day? Not much, besides cleaning up around the house and moving some firewood to the back for seasoning.

Until then, enjoy the cover art!


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