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Ten minutes to go until the commencement of NaNoWriMo 2011! (That’s National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated.)

This is insane. I just finished editing my first collection of short fiction, and LITERALLY sent it off to a literary competition tonight at 9:45 PM this evening, and in less than ten minutes now I will be jumping into a race against myself to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days or less.

After a couple days of ruminating, I’ve decided to adapt a short story that I’ve been picking away at for over two years called “Relics,” a candid nod to Neil Gaiman and his incredible novel “American Gods,” set in a world where the religions of the ancient world are alive and well in the modern world, and where society and civilization have been shaped by belief in these ancient gods.

In this story, the gods return to (of all places) New York City to see what has become of the world they left behind over a thousand years ago, and what became of humanity’s belief in them. There’s a bunch of other stuff that happens too.

I already have the opening sketched out a little bit, but in the interests of staying on track I won’t be posting my usual writing here, but rather posting excerpts from the novel as they strike me as interesting and relevant. The novel is about the nature of belief, self-discovery and essentially growing up out of superstitious belief in gods and the supernatural.

So I’ve got my rum and Coke all poured, Björk all cued up, my Google document open and ready to go, and my Sour Patch Kids at my writing desk at the ready.

Here we go, kids! See you in 30 days!

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