A week from today I begin work on a new novel. It is a project I must finish within thirty days, but it is just the type of challenge I think I need right now-- to keep myself productive and to fight off the writer's block that crept up a bit too easily when I was at The Corporation.
Two years ago, in November 2007, I self-published my first novel, based on my original television pilot of the same name. "Stars in their Eyes" is a tale of semi-love and sort of fame for a young soap opera star in Los Angeles and is available online at www.amazon.com.
"Stars in their Eyes" was written during a bought of unemployment during the WGA strike. It was written in about six weeks and could have used a heavy-handed editor (though I would still love your support so please buy one today!). Since then I have been focused on freelancing for various entertainment websites and working on a pop culture memoir. Since quitting The Corporation a few weeks ago, though, I can't imagine a better challenge than writing another fun, if somewhat fluffy, novel in a short amount of time. It's the perfect thing to do with my time off! And what better to write about then unemployment itself? Timely, no??
Work on "the unemployed girls' club of beverly hills" (working title) will begin on November 1 2009, per the guidelines of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Apparently this is a contest that has been going on for about ten years now, and had I known about it two years ago, I definitely would have entered "Stars in their Eyes!"
But I know about it now, so I am getting to work by digging out an old character that I, perhaps coincidentally, started working on while still basking in the glow of seeing my name in print on a published work. Per the rules of NaNoWriMo, all works entered in November 2009 must be completely original (therefore my finished but still unpublished manuscript for "pseudonym," nor my really rough draft of "Shades of Gray" apply) and completely fictional (which also rules out my memoir based on this blog, I guess).
"the unemployed girls' club of beverly hills" will be a tale about four separate and unique individuals living in Beverly Hills who come together as friends by bonding over their recent bout of unemployment. That was about as far as I got when I first got the idea two years back, but a bunch of recent experiences have given me more than enough material to finally put the story together. I'm excited!
I will update chapters periodically on my NaNoWriMo page and feedback would be MUCH appreciated!