As I promised last week, I'm going to let you guys decide what sort of novel I should write for NaNoWriMo 2012. When I first thought of doing this I imagined simply opening up comments to let everyone give me any idea on what they wanted to see me turn into story, but not everyone who stops in here does so because they like me, and we'd probably end up with some unlikely/unworkable/unsavory suggestions and/or some mischief with the ballot box.
This idea also has to be something I genuinely want to write, especially if I'm to generate enough enthusiasm and energy to get it done in a month, for which I don't think I have to apologize. There is nothing drearier than writing a story that you don't want to tell. I don't want to play it safe, but I definitely want to win NaNoWriMo 2012, so starting out with an idea that thrills me and will help make that happen is important.
In the end I decided to make a list of ideas I already have on file that I'd really like to turn into novels, and let you all vote for which one appeals to you the most. This includes ideas with established characters and/or universes as well as some new ideas, so it should be a good range. And here's the list of:
Ten Things I Can Write for NaNoWriMo 2012
A. A story set in the new series I've just sold (details of which must remain mysterious until the contract is signed [shortly] and the sale announced [in early November.] All I can tell you at the moment is that it's a new genre for me.)
B. Dark fantasy haunted-house tale set in the Darkyn universe (all-new characters.)
C. Dark fantasy Kyndred story featuring Valori, Ethan and Nathan from Frostfire.
D. Dark fantasy story featuring Cristophe Noir from the Lords of the Darkyn trilogy.
E. Paranormal historical romance that takes place in one of Jane Austen's settings.
F. Paranormal modern-day mystery about a psychic ghost writer.
G. Sci-fantasy in a near-future world overtaken and transformed by the vengeful spirits of ancient gods and monsters.
H. Science fiction novel set in the StarDoc universe featuring Keasa Delaney and Sev Andar from my short story Arcanum.
I. Surprise story (aka make it my choice.)
J. Tales of the Lost Ledger #2, a YA story, featuring Kari Carson and Connor Devlin from Dark of Heart.
If you'd like to see me write one of these stories, vote for it by letter in comments. To keep it fair please vote only once. The idea that collects the most votes by midnight EST on Saturday, October 13, 2012 will be the novel I write for NaNoWriMo; to be announced on Sunday, October 14th.