WIP, One Year On – Day 366

It was exactly a year ago today I started this novel-writing adventure. I feel a little mixed about the whole thing actually. I mean, ultimately it’s cause for celebration (which is why I hunted down this birthday-tiramisu-with-one-candle pic…)

But it is also the day when I had planned to have the novel completed, so I have a bit of guilt around that. Could I have done better this year? Could I have watched fewer episodes of The Simpsons? Could I have spent more than a half-hour average per day working on the novel?

Yes, yes, and yes.

But on the positive side, I am still writing (wrote some this morning in fact, in celebration…) and I’m still excited about the novel. Compared to my previous track record in the world of novelling, that’s a huge success.

Right now, I think Christmas is a realistic goal. I’m into Part 3 of four sections, and the story is starting to really click together. All it takes now is sitting down and doing the work.

In other news: I got caught up in a neat little Twitter trend last night: #ClassicRockNovels. As the hashtag suggests, it is a mashup of rock songs/rock-related things with book titles/literary things.

Yes, I know. Ultimately it’s a useless exercise that’s only a few rungs up from The Simpsons in the Classic Time Wasters category. But hey, it was also a lot of fun and it got my creative juices flowing.

Here are a few of my favourites (see the end of this post for the latest suggestions):

  • 2001: A Space Oddity
  • Fleetwood MacBeth
  • I Never Promised You a Sound Garden
  • Alice Cooper Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  • Fahrenheit 867-5309
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) & Prejudice
  • Oliver Twist & Shout
  • Horton Hears The Who
  • Ali Baba O’Riley & The Forty Thieves
  • In-A-Gadda Da Vinci Code
  • Misty Mountain Hop on Pop
  • Burning Down the House of Green Gables
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • I Know Why the Freebird Sings
  • I’m Rick James and the Giant Peach, Bitch!
  • Lady Chatterley’s Turbo Lover
  • The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Village People

Here are some favourites of the ones I came up with:

  • Hey Cujo
  • I, Mr. Roboto
  • Who Let the Dogs Out of Africa?
  • The Proper Order of Things We Said Today (by friend-of-the-blog Tara Benwell)
  • On the High Road Again (by friend-of-the-blog Terry Fallis)
  • The Boy from the Invisible Sun (by friend-of-the-blog Duncan Weller)
  • Jessie’s Girl, Interrupted
  • Living on a Prayer for Owen Meany*
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Maggie Mae…
  • The Three Little War Pigs
  • Jack and Jill and Diane
  • Rock Around the Clockwork Orange
  • Fight Club 54

I tried to come up with one for The Great Gatsby, but failed. It’s a tough one — there were actually a few attempts, but the best one I saw was: The Great GatsB-52’s. Not quite perfect, but not bad.

Did you see any favourites? Have a couple of ideas of your own? Drop them in the comments below!

~Graham

Novel Writing Hours

Today (so far): .5
To Date: 172.75

*This one seems to have been repeated by a few others, but if someone else came up with it first, I didn’t see it before I wrote it… That’s true of all of my “entries”.

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