NaNoWriMo is coming our way, again. And I am excited.
The first reason I'm excited is that I just discovered that the potential legal issue related to editing and publishing last year's NaNo novel, isn't an issue. There was the potential of having to either completely rewrite my novel or just give it up - that's how central this issue was to my story. But today I discovered that the copyright on the thing mentioned in my novel expired a long time ago (30+ years) and it is now in the public domain. Yay! Onward with last year's NaNo novel.
The second reason is that I just made my annual donation to the Office of Letters and Light, which is the organization which does NaNoWriMo. And I ordered this year's t-shirt. That may seem silly to some - but I like having the shirt which identifies me to other NaNo writers when I'm out and about. And I like this year's design - plus it comes in cranberry; yay for color! I also ordered a "Camp NaNoWriMo" shirt. I love that design and it's fun.
So - I'm ramping up for NaNoWriMo 2009. The new forums will officially open on October 1st. I'm updating my profile little by little.
And I'm moving forward with the editing of last year's book. I think it deserves a shot at publication and I'd like to have the first basic revision - or at least the revision plan - started before I write this year's novel.
One difference for this year is that I have the setting already selected for the novel. Last year I opened my laptop at 11:55; plugged it in and loaded the programs. And at 12:01 am on November 1st, I started typing. Not a single thought about plot or story or characters. It was a wild and fun ride. But this year, I have my setting. Beyond that, I don't know. There may be a little more structure once Halloween arrives - or I may, again, open the laptop, type up the opening scene and just go where it takes me. Well, I know I will follow where the story takes me, I just don't know if I'll have any more sense of direction or a road map when I start.
I suspect it will be another type and go.
And I'm good with that.