Hi there! So, I promised I’d share some of my #NaNoWriMo progress and some excerpts from my novel, didn’t I?
Well, a promise is a promise.
First, I’ve been crazy in the zone since NaNo started. I started at midnight Thursday as soon as November was officially here, and I’ve been writing like a possessed person ever since. Most of what I’ve done so far was written while I was at work, writing on my phone in between pizza deliveries.
Here’s my NaNoWriMo progress chart so far (you can see this on the NaNoWriMo site as well):
My goal is around 80,000-90,000 words for NaNoWriMo, to put me at 120,000 words for “Contamination.” “Contamination” is currently sitting at 56,637 words, counting what I had written before NaNoWriMo began. The story is coming together nicely, and I’m very pleased with 90% of what I’ve written so far.
Here’s an excerpt of my recent writing. Hope you like it!
Inside the store was dark, lit only by what light shone through the storefront windows. Debris covered most of the floor: empty cans, bottles, broken glass, and scraps of old store ads. The line of registers near the entrance were all broken open, the cash long since gone. Not that Tock cared about money anymore. The rest of the store looked like it had already been looted long ago, but Tock headed inside anyway. She figured she might be able to find something still there.
As soon as she stepped past the registers, Tock saw a flash of light, then she felt a force impact her body. She was knocked back and she fell on her ass, letting out a yelp of pain. “Oy, whazza big idea!?” she shouted. She looked up and raised her hand, calling on her power to charge her palm with kinetic energy.
A girl stepped out from behind the nearby shelves. She looked familiar. She wore a black skirt and thigh-high striped stockings, and a dingy heavy metal t-shirt. Green and gold energy writhed around her hands.
The girl stepped forward and said, “This place is off lim–“
Tock cut her short with a blast of mana from her palm. The energy slammed into the girl’s chest and knocked her back with a burst of kinetic force. “Knock me down, will ya?” Tock said with a sneer. She got up and brushed glass and filth from her clothes, then charged her palm with another ball of energy. “Who do ya think you are?”
The girl pushed herself up off the ground with a groan, then turned to Tock with a glare. Without another word she flung her hand out at Tock. Green and gold energy flowed from her palm, writhing through the air like tentacles reaching for her. Tock unleashed her own mana and the blue globe shot into the mass of green and gold. Mana exploded in all directions, releasing a wave of force that knocked both girls back and tipped over the nearby shelves. A cloud of dust drifted down from the ceiling and rained over both girls.
“Mother,” Tinker called from outside.
“Not now, baby!” Tock yelled, between fits of coughing. “Mommy’s busy!” Without even getting up she fired another globe of energy at the girl. The girl looked up just in time to see it coming and flung her arm towards it. Green and gold tentacles lashed out and wrapped around the azure globe, hurling it aside. It blasted into an old display of toilet paper and blasted it to bits. Fragments of paper and plastic wrapping flew everywhere.
Tock pushed up to her knees just as the tentacles of light came for her again. She thrust her hands at them and tapped directly into their mana flow, draining it away. The tentacles flickered in the air as she sucked the power from them, then they disappeared. The girl gasped in shock, then ducked behind the fallen shelves just in time to avoid another blast of mana.
“Mother!” Tinker called out.
“Jus’ a minute, baby!” Tock said, rising to her feet. She pulled a hammer from her belt and stalked over to the girl. “Gotta teach this brat a lesson!”
“Screw you!” the girl shouted. She flung her hand and a new set of mana tentacles lashed out, scooping a pile of glass bottles from the floor. “You’re trespassing! Get out!” She threw her arm forward and the tentacles whipped around, hurling the bottles at Tock. Tock ducked and threw her arms over her head to unleash a wave of kinetic force. The glass shattered and flew in all directions, a few fragments slicing Tock’s skin.
That’s it for now! I’ll post another excerpt next time. Maybe a glimpse of Gabby and Callia. We’ll see.