Wow. We are already in the beginning of week four. November is flying by really fast. Although, I could be mistaking a quick month with my sleep deprived state not recognizing what the date is anymore. I finished my first novel at approximately 95,000 words and started novel number two. I am really walking in new territory with this novel as I am jumping from Fantasy to Science Fiction. Oh the research! Anyway, at the end of day 22 I am at 111,897 words and completely exhausted. With NaNo almost over you just have to keep pushing. I hope all of you know that I am rooting for you to pass the finish line. Even if you don’t you still made progress and still deserve praise.
Time for this week’s excerpt from the beginning of novel two. Again as always, this is an unedited first draft. Hope you enjoy.
Addy rolled onto her pillow as she adjusted on her bed and let the phone flop to onto her blue comforter. Vanessa’s voice blasted through the ear piece as she prattled on about the latest guy she’d met at a coffee shop or library, or wherever. There wasn’t any point in keeping track because in three days he would be old news.
“Addy? You in there?” Vanessa’s voice called through the line.
She grabbed the phone and held it in front of her face. “I’m here.” As soon as she spoke, the light flashed on, 7:23. “But not for long. I’m gonna be late for the support meeting.”
“Oh, no you aren’t going to run off and talk to to all your metal friends and leave me hanging,” Vanessa said.
Addy glared at the phone, even though she knew Vanessa couldn’t see her reaction. She hated it when Vanessa called them that. Them, her, it was all the same at the end of the day and she was not a metal person even if half of her organs had already been replaced at the tender age of twenty four.
“I’ve got to go Nessa. They crumble without me. I am their humble leader.”
“Well, you have to at least promise me that you will go out with me tonight.”
Addy’s eyes glazed over at the thought of an evening out. It was never fun for her the next morning when she had to pump her artificial liver just to see straight.
“Do I have to?”
“Yes, I’ll see you tonight at 11.” Vanessa squealed as she hung up the phone.
Sighing, she got to her feet and cursed her stiff leg. She reached for the olive oil she kept near the bed and inserted the tube to oil it up. The joint loosened and she got to her feet. If she hurried she’d catch the bus and wouldn’t have to walk the ten blocks in the cold to the meeting. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it was cold. She really needed to move down south.
Addy wrapped the scarf around her neck and shoved her phone in her heavy jacket pocket before running out the door. Even walking out of her warm apartment was a chill to the senses, but stepping out into the snow was even worse. Her fingers practically dried out the moment they met the air. It wouldn’t be long before the metal in her leg and hand would start to freeze and send her body into shivers.
Glancing at the time, she had one minute to make it to the bus stop in time to catch it. The one benefit of the cold is it made running easier. No one else was waiting at the stop as she watched the bus pull up.
Gray slush covered the floor as she climbed up carefully, making sure not to slip. She gripped the metal handle and held on as everyone on the bus shifted backward to make room. Addy stared straight ahead, she didn’t need to give anyone a reason to look too closely at her.
Addy felt the beating of eyes onto her back. She spun around slowly and looked at the back of the bus. Most of the people were minding their own business. They wouldn’t know what she really was unless she walked up to one of them and did something only someone with a synthetic replacement could do. Most of the others who had replacements could be easily spotted, but not Addy. Her parents had left her a nice little nest egg that was half drained, but allowed her to be inconspicuous.