NaNoWriMo – Almost There

To prep for my NaNoWriMo challenge, I have been reading an old book of mine called “I, Jedi” by Michael A. Stackpole. While no, the book nor the author are award-winners, it’s the only book I own which is written in first-person and involves entirely fictional characters.

It’s important for these characters to be fictional because with all of the biographies out there, the reader has some sort of outside knowledge about the person being written about. Ie. If you read a biography of Ozzy Osbourne, you’d have a general idea about Black Sabbath. With Stackpole’s book, everything is made up.

Every book I’ve attempted to write with so far has been done in third-person (albeit the first one was in first-person but with two narrators). But I’ve always given up because things became too complicated with the narration. To keep a long story short, I was tired of trying to pull “twists and turns” rather than just let the story flow naturally. I’ve gone back to “I, Jedi” to really get a hold on how I can create new characters only using a first-person narrative and still entice new readers to continue reading the book (which is arguably the hardest thing to do as a writer is to have something which makes your readers crave more).

Given the nature of the story I am going to write, I wanted to take on this first-person perspective to really strike the emotional feelings the protagonist will be going through. I think I finally have an idea with where I’m going with this story. I actually believe I’m going to accomplish this goal.

And while I do not expect this story I’m about to write to break any new ground, I really am excited to get started on it. My goal is to achieve a minimum of 1,500 words a day.

I really do not think anyone has any idea how inspired I am to get this goal accomplished.

January 4th cannot come soon enough!

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas.

Christmas Salem

Merry Iron Man Christmas!

It’s been pretty busy with Christmas, work, and life in general. Not to mention my final preparations for my NaNoWriMo starting January 4th. It cannot seem to come soon enough!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday.

And I hope you enjoy this cover by Bob Layton, from Iron Man #254 (1990).

Iron Man Santa Christmas

A New Year Shall Begin

I have to apologize for this blog’s neglect. With Christmas, New Years, work, and comics coming in late due to our supplier (not Diamond – the people who actually deliver the comics), I cannot supply reviews for this week. I also did have planned a “Best/Worst of Marvel in 2010” feature planned, but time is not long enough. On the other hand, it is almost the new year, so I can start absolutely fresh coming next week!

One thing to mention is that I am ABSOLUTELY excited for Marvel’s conclusion to the Fantastic Four. I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, as it has been on the news that the comic is coming to an end as the death of one of the FF will mark the end of the series.

Marvel has just released the final cover for Fantastic Four #588, so I figured I’d share for you the cover for #587 (where a member dies), and #588 – the final issue.

Fantastic Four #587 & Fantastic Four #588
Fantastic Three Fantastic Four's Final

Until then, I hope you all had a great holiday and have a Happy New Year!

Godspeed, and keep on Space Truckin’!