Looking at the Excel spreadsheet containing my WordPress schedule, I have realised I am behind by one ‘Sayeh and Zia’ and one ‘On Venusian Cloud Colony Number Nine’, though the latter is probably behind more than that. My task for tonight is to have a scene for both finished, so I can get back to my ‘a post a day’ average.
As I did not officially participate last year, I have looked up the NaNoWriMo website. The rules they have set for winning are as below:
- Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
- Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
- Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
- Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
- Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
- Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.
My favourite point is the second one, especially the info between the brackets. We can start research and planning right now! Awesome!
Therefore, I will be officially competing this year.
A brief synopsis of ‘Abaqa and the Tree of Hormazd’:
The year is 1263. The issue of succession to the rule of the Mongol Empire has been settled. Kublai Khan has been appointed Khan of the Mongol Empire above his brothers. Hulagu Khan, one of Kublai’s brothers, returns to his own lands: The Ilkhanate of Persia.
When Hulagu contracts a mystery illness, there is only one known cure: The sacred cypress oil of the Tree of Hormazd. His four sons, lead by the eldest son Abaqa, vow to travel to the tree and retrieve the precious oil. The city sits far to the south of the Ilkhanate capital of Maragheh.
As the brothers make their journey, they find that there are many forces allied against their father. Will they be able to overcome, and return the blessed means to heal the ill Ilkhan?