1 September 2016

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I have a variety of fics on the back burner, but once again the writer's block and self-doubt are kicking in. It's hard when you write a rare pairing, half of which is part of a much more popular pairing, and the other half of which is a generally disregarded and/or disliked character. It leads to a lot of self-doubt and that's where the writer's block is coming from. So I've decided that I'm going to spend the next two months plotting out my NaNo novel. I need a serious break to get myself back together and this is a great way to get where I need to be. I think that the Oatmeal's Creativity is like breathing cartoon covers the feeling very, very well. I need to start inhaling and I'm going to do that by moving to a new project. It's still creative and still writing, but it's getting me away from what's stressing me.

So the story is going to be a mystery with horror elements set in a somewhat steampunk-like reality. It's going to be Lovecraftian and Gothic with bits of Shirley Jackson and Shadowrun and 40s Pulp thrown in for good measure. It's going to be about a private eye and his very broken relationship with a reporter, and about a paraspychologist trying to find her place in a society that has issues with her field and the idea of a woman professor. And about a woman police detective inspired by Kate Warne, and a librarian who wants a better world for her sons and her students. I've got a lot going on with it, so the following summary doesn't really cover it well:

A series of high profile suicides are rocking a small university town while a murderer stalks the alleys of the Red Light District, only a small group of investigators can see the connection and they are running out of time to stop the Second Coming of a dark god.

It's a lot to do. I'm hoping that if I can get an outline finished I'll know where I'm going and I can get the work drafted in November, instead of running out of plot two weeks in.

So, that's the plan. We'll see how it goes.

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