October 31st: Time For #NaNoWriMo 2017!

Wow. I’ve really been neglecting this blog over the last year and a half or so. Whoof. Didn’t even do anything with 2016’s NaNoWriMo (which I won, by the way) here. *shakes head at self* Okay, I’ve got to do better.

Anyway, as the title says, NaNoWriMo is almost here. (In fact, it will be here in 2 hours from when I post this.) So, posting time! (And this time I will try to keep the updates going.)

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant Badge

As last year (not shown on here) was fantasy, I’m back to science fiction for this year. And I’m going to be working on the story I originally tried to write for April 2015’s Camp NaNoWriMoThere Be Dragons (summary below).

This is my tenth year doing NaNoWriMo (yay!), and while I’ve won 6 out the last 9 years, the only years when I actually finished the novel I started working on were the first two (2008: Search and Rescue, and 2009: A Fox’s Fight). So that’s my goal for this year – not only win, but actually finish the novel.

As usual, my tracking page is up at tag’s Library: NaNoWriMo 2017. This year I’ve also added a “Word War” widget so you can follow my best friend’s progress along with mine. 🙂

Summary: The world of Mephamtere is a xeno-archaelogical wonder; the ruins on that world belong to a species that preceded humanity to the stars by millennia, most traces of whom have vanished. For the last seventy years, archaeologists and xenologists have been working on accessing the secrets of what is believed to be the aliens’ “sector capital”.


However, no ancient world is without its ghost stories, and Mephamtere is no exception. Some of the writing that has been deciphered in the ruins warns not to approach the mountains that tower over the plain where the capital is found. In the last seventy years, several people have gone to explore them, and none have ever returned. Scanners directed either from the ruined city or from space have found no indications of what could cause that.


Sean Chiboshi is a student of xenolinguistics and an explorer-scout for the Interstellar Police, whose mentor believes that a number of translations from the ruins are incorrect or incomplete. When black market artifacts identified as coming from Mephamtere start showing up, he is part of a team sent to investigate. His curiosity and sense of duty lead him into the mountains, which is the most likely place for artifact thieves to be hiding. What he doesn’t expect is to find out the answer to the “ghost stories” of Mephamtere, as well as a number of other secrets.

Looking forward to it!

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