It Starts!

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Nov 1, 2013 in Writer's Life |

Happy Nanowrimo, Everybody!

Got up an hour early, wrote about 800 words this morning, and plan to get some more done later tonight! Here’s a quick taste of my novel yet to be named:

Chapter One

 “Give me the rock,” I command, my arm outstretched, palm to the bright orange sky.

 The great metallic ape does not comply. Its eyes flick in its head, a subtle sign that it’s sifting through the information that I’m giving it, but somewhere along the line, the signal is lost, and the rock stays clenched in its massive white hand.

 “Like this,” Mipau demonstrates, letting go of my back fur just long enough to drop a small rock into my hand. The sudden movement startles the metallic ape, and I deny my urge to step between it and my young son. If I cannot trust it, how can I expect my clan to?

 “Thank you, Mipau,” I say, nudging him back behind me. His long black fingers re-entwine themselves into my fur. I’ve convinced myself that he is safer here, standing within striking distance of a surly, uncooperative machine, than he is hauling rocks in the quarry as the other kids in his cohort have started just today. There is a fault in my logic, but I let it be.

 “Give me the rock.” I’ve lost track of exactly how many times I’ve given that command. They are simple words. The great metallic ape should be able to obey. It is what it was made to do. Maybe the years, decades of taking a beating from the sun has broken something inside it. Maybe the red dust has clogged its mind, and it does not remember what it is. I reach for the box dangling from a chain around my neck.

 The great metallic apes shifts uncomfortably in its squatting stance and huffs at me.

The box is a cruel thing, I’ve decided. I slide my thumb across the slick black surface, and the metallic ape’s hand moves toward me. I click the left corner of the box, and the ape’s hand releases the rock into my hand. I can control its limbs, but I cannot control the hatred in its eyes.


Nicky Drayden
Nov 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

8000 words down, 42000+ to go! Chugging along at about half nano-pace, but I think I’m fine with that. Getting up early has been going pretty well. I haven’t adjusted to Daylight Savings Time yet either, which means I’ve been getting up extra early. Nights on the other hand….

Anyway, still really digging the book! I’m veering a bit from my loose outline, but it’s still workable as my safety net. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Nicky Drayden
Nov 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

The plot is about to thicken. I’ve given some thought on how to set things up structurally, just need to plug away. At 12000 words, but hope to get a boost tomorrow! Apes and robots! Robots and apes! I just love how all of the little bits of randomness I plant early in the book start to form a living, breathing world.

Nicky Drayden
Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

All right! Looks like I’m wrapping the month up with a smidge over 20,000 words. Not too bad, a little short of my 25,000-word goal. In any case, I’ve got a good start and hope to wrap this thing up by the end of January. I’ll continue to post my progress here! Hope everyone had a happy Nano!



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