There are several days to go before November breaks out in full blown NaNoWriMo. It would be against the rules for me to start writing my novel for this year’s National Novel Writing Month just yet. I have to wait until November to begin writing.
Planning and other “writerly” tasks are allowed though. Images help me plan and write. I was trying to distract myself from a monstrous headache when I had an idea for an illustration. You could call it a book cover, but it’s too early for me to commit to that. However, I hope it will help me create this urban fantasy. I uploaded it as a cover at the NaNoWriMo site, where they list everyone’s novel information. It was nice to have a picture in that little box — I didn’t have anything like that last year.
Through most of this year I thought I would do a sequel to last year’s novel, Atonement, Tennessee. I have a vague idea for that, but it just didn’t flow. Then something completely new came to me. Images of harlequins, magic, neon signs, and an old VW bus that was all lit up with letters forming the words “The Electric Zucchini.”
So there you have it…
The Electric Zucchini
The Tatterdemalion character is said to be one of the oldest versions of the Harlequin, dating to the 15th century. (No, that was not a typo that you may have thought you spotted. I used two different words.)
Tatterdemallian rhymes with Italian. It is an archaic spelling of “Tatterdemalion” and seemed more appropriate for the mythology I’m creating.
As for the neon signs… here ya go:
I hope this new series will provide many fun and entertaining things for me to share with you!