Just over seven days until the NaNoWriMo mayhem starts. This past week, I put the finishing touches on my outline. Not that I’ll follow it to the letter. An outline is a bit like a movie screenplay in that it serves more as a scaffolding to build your story on and the finished product may not bear much of a resemblance. Anyway, it is nice to have a direction to go in, though I’m sure there’s at least one big change of direction awaiting me on this quest.
This year, as part of my outline, I wrote down the tentative title for each chapter and a little description of what happens in said chapter. I don’t wanna give away too much, but I think I can share my chapter titles without ruining it. So, that’s what I’m now gonna do. I had as much fun coming up with these as I probably will writing the silly thing. And isn’t that a bit sad?..
1. Magic Moments
2. That Dreadful Day
4. So Long!! You’ve Been a Great Crowd!!
5. Cruising Tunes
6. Hello, Seattle!!
7. Keep Portland Weird
8. Hello, San Francisco!!
9. F*cking Hell-A (Los Angeles)
10. Hello, Phoenix!!
12. Beware the Texas Metalheads
13. Hello, N’awlins!!
14. Orlando, Florida – Death Metal Capitol of the World
15. Hello, Atlanta!!
17. Hello, Replicantville!!
18. Escape from Replicantville
19. Hello, Indianapolis!!
20. In with the Crew
21. Hello, D.C.!!
22. Quiet Time for Logan and Mia
23. Hello, Philly!!
24. The Breakdown
25. Bus 667
26. Hello, Cleveland!!
27. Hello, Pittsburgh!!
28. In the Presence of the Gods
29. Hello, Detroit!!
30. Thank You and Good Night
31. …And Knowing is Half the Battle
Obviously, as things progress, I may shuffle chapters, condense things, and omit chapters completely, but right now, that’s the plan. Along with my chapter, I have a short list of things I’ve been challenged to squeeze into my tale. They are:
- A “Skrull fat” gag
- A “kitty whiskers” reference
- Something to do with a space beaver
- “It’s Manwichin’ time!”
- A joke made at the expense of Journey
So, there you have it. I think I’m about as ready as I can be. Now, the waiting… that’s the hardest part…