Nano Spotlight: New Day Rising

Good evening everybody, and it’s a privilege to introduce a great friend of mine for Nanowrimo spotlight tonight, and a fellow Hamiltonian writer, Rich aka FantasyWriterGuy!

How and why did you end up participating in National Novel Writing Month (the first occasion you did.)
Somehow I got sucked into doing the three-day-novel contest and while bantering with fellow three-day-masochists there were many references to NaNoWriMo which sounded like a far more humane excuse for forcing yourself to write and for meeting other writers. So I looked into it. I actually succeeded in writing a complete novella in three days – about 24,000 words and yet it then took me five attempts in five years to finally do 50,000 in 30 days. Go figure.

What are you writing about this year?
The usual: Butterfly robes, floating teapot aircraft, the God of Frivolity, avian ham, Voltaire, cheese graters, green men, rainbows, two-headed cats, robot clowns, willinillies, shizzpoogterriers, winged hedgehogs, landchovies, screaming jeebies, ogre-bears, limouworms, six-legged choodwinks, skellizardons, passenger clouds, big bad evilkins, a too-short dwarf with Short Dwarf Syndrome, a thief with apparent sexual orientation issues, a priest with a tourettes-like curse, a swordsman with the IQ of a pencil box, an enchanter whose spells are marred by ludicrous side-effects, a ranger of tremendous heroic qualities who is never taken seriously because of her gender, friendship, personal growth and sacrifice. Same as everyone else, I presume.

What’s your favorite part of Nanowrimo and why?
Like any gathering of writers: It’s power to remind you that you are a writer. It’s so easy to forget. Although, meeting new amazingly wonderful writer people to befriend, love and cherish is pretty okay too…

Who’s the best character in your Nano?
Lance Lightfinger if I really must choose. He’s capable of very poor behaviour at times, owing to his significant insecurities. But the quest brings life-changing experiences. His future looks bright!

Sneaky Ninja Question! What time in the day do you write the most?
Midnight; when things get quiet and people leave me alone.

New Day Rising – or Rich Landriault if you prefer his slave name – spends enormous amounts of time pondering instinct and consciousness, human evolution and the illusions of society, and not nearly enough time blogging. But he has fabulous intentions to start blogging more regularly at

One Response to Nano Spotlight: New Day Rising

  1. Donna Hole says:

    Sounds interesting. I’ll have to check out the blog 🙂



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