Thursday, November 12, 2009

NaNoWriMo update!

As some of you may or may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to get all aspiring writers off their hineys and writing as much as possible!

The lofty goal? FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS by NOVEMBER 30th.

I'm hopelessly behind to meet my goal, but I'm going to keep on writing anyway. And, as motivation: YOU, dear reader! Here's a short teaser of my current project.

"Monster Season" (working title)- excerpt
November 2009- Aaron M. Smith

Danny nearly collided with the zombie he’d followed to class as the two of them bounded into the classroom.

“You two are extraordinarily lucky.” Said a massive basso voice. Danny looked up and nearly screamed aloud.

The classroom was a perfectly normal-looking one by human standards. Wooden floors, metal student desks with the wire baskets underneath them, bookshelves, chalk boards, and a larger desk at the front of the classroom for the teacher.

Only the desk at the front of the room was the size of a countertop at a fast food restaurant. And the teacher was similarly sized.

Behind the desk crouched a massive monster, nearly seven feet high (while on its haunches, Danny noticed). It looked remarkably like the statues at the door of the school. Its head was the size of a trash can, with huge curling horns raking forward from its scalp. Tiny, beady black eyes peered out from under a massive stone brow, wicked looking fangs protruding up from a long jaw. As it moved from behind the desk, its joints made a sound like gravel being trodden underfoot. Its jaw moved, and for a moment Danny worried the creature was going to dive on him and devour him whole. Instead, it held a piece of paper up to its tiny eyes and growled,

“Mister… McNair? Please take your seat, or I’ll count you as tardy.”

Stay tuned for more updates as the month progresses!

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