Well I survived day two of my NaNoWriMo adventure with 4437 words so far. The story continues to reveal itself, which is good, since all I had to begin with was a brief dream. I’m working in the fantasy genre for this project and it looks like I’ve got a pretty kick ass female protagonist to work with. I think she’s going to have a lot of fun and probably get herself into a bit of trouble if I’m reading her right. I made myself stop around 7pm because my brain was starting to feel like mush. I did manage to overcome one of my greatest downfalls in novel writing though. Usually when I work on a novel and I don’t have a name of character or a good name for a place I go into research mode and drop the actual writing and that never ends well. I forced myself to put blank lines in where a yet to know name would go and just kept on writing. Oh boy but did my perfectionist detail oriented side not care for that! But the point is to keep writing, even if it is messy and there’s not a solid name to be had. So deal with it, perfectionist side!
I’m beginning to wonder if there is something in the air, because I had another dream last night, or rather this morning (once my brain finally let me go to sleep), that was a bit on the unusual side even for me. See, I’m a science fiction fan all out and I love the Stargate series. But as much as I love it and as fascinating as Todd the Wraith is as a character I doubt I would pursue him as a lover. Yep, I dreamed that Todd the Wraith was my lover. For those of you reading this that are not familiar with Stargate Atlantis, where this character comes from, let me fill you in. The Wraith are a species of aliens that evolved as a combination of a large parasitic bug and a human. Well that’s the simple way of putting it. These guys are an advanced species with incredible technology woven into an organic hive like organism that makes up their space ships. They were the demise of several other advanced groups and continued to rule over their galaxy bring fear and terror everywhere they go. For they feed on humans, or rather their life force, enabling them to live indefinitely if not blown or chopped to bit. A variation of vampire concept, really, just no blood sucking. Now among this group of Aliens one became a bit of an ally to the people from earth that had come to their galaxy, and he was named Todd by one of the main characters, John Shephard (who, by the way would make a far more reasonable love interest). But I guess my psyche likes to be a little different, because it picked Todd to be my lover in last nights dream. Oh, maybe I should show a few pictures of Todd to emphasize the bizarreness of the dream.
Well, I guess he could sort of be considered cute in that last picture, at least for a Wraith. When I shared the dream with Mark he laughed and suggested that my next novel might be a little Stargate fan fiction of a rather unusual sort! Yep, I can see it now: Stargate Atlantis: Wraith Lover Oy.
Here’s hoping I get some decent sleep tonight sans weird dreams!