NaNoWriMo 2013: Con Job

Mystery

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It’s hard to shift gears; I’ve been completely immersed in old Not-Japan and focused entirely on the upcoming launch for Kitsune-Mochi. But now Kitsune-Mochi is out and I need to think about geeky fandom and murder and amateur sleuthing, because it’s November and I have a mystery to write.

I tend to set my own goals for NaNoWriMo. Last year, for example, I wrote 50,000 words, but in two different projects. (One was Kitsune-Mochi.) Another year, I wrote a story which turned out to be quite happy at novella length, so I called it a personal success and left it. But this year, I’m going to try for 50,000 words in a single project.

I’d already started nearly ten thousand words of Con Job, but there’s plenty left to go. I’m excited; murder at a fan convention is a premise I’ve had in mind for years, and I’ve already commissioned the cover art. (Now that’s optimism and pressure!)

And this is going to be a really busy November — I mean, aren’t they all? but I’m taking a week to go assist at a TAGteach seminar in Washington state — and so I’m going to have to push hard with lots of discipline and motivation. So if I disappear a bit this month, that’s why.

You can keep an eye on my progress below….. Wish me luck!

Jacob just wanted to have a good time with his friend Samantha and fellow geeks at the fan convention. But when dead bodies start turning up, Jacob has to start a little early on his hoped-for detective career. After all, the police are out of their depth in a world where nearly everyone wears a costume and uses an alias.

But Jacob has a secret of his own, and it looks like someone is bent on revealing him to the entire con. If Jacob’s history comes out, his police career will end before it begins, even if he can find the killer. And if he can’t, more fans will die.

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