NaNoWriMo: Mud-Man

nanowrimo1Hey everyone. I know it’s a little early, but NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) seems like it’s right around the corner. That’s right, I’ll cop to being a NaNoWriMoer (or, as my wife says, a NaNo-Weirdo), and I do plan to participate this year. I also plan to cheat, hence the reason I’m starting early. Now, in my defense, I’m only taking a head start because I want to have a finished novel at the end of November, and 50,000 words does not a finished novel make.

For NaNoWriMo, I’m not going to write Yancy Lazarus Episode 4. Instead, I’m taking a break and focusing on a wonky project I’ve wanted to do for a while, but haven’t because it’s wonky and I’m not sure anyone will want to read it. Sometimes, though, you just have to write what you want to write; this is just something I need to get out of my system. The project is going to be Urban Fantasy—cause Urban Fantasy is my jam—and it’s also going to be shared-universe, meaning the action takes place in the same world as the Yancy Lazarus books. But it’ll be written in third person, limited, and it’ll have a new leading man: Levi Adams, the Mud-man. I’m about twenty thousand words in and I’m not sure if its rubbish or brilliant, I guess time (and early readers) will tell.

I’m posting my declaration mostly so I won’t bail on this project: NaNoWriMo is, at least in part, about accountability. So here I am, putting myself out to you, my readers, so you can hold my feet to the fire. The tentative blurb for Mud-man (which will likely change as I write the book) is below, if you care to read it. Anyone else out there in the blogosphere participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, what project will you be working on? Just drop a line in the comments section.


Levi Adams is a soft spoken, middle-aged, Mennonite man—at least he tries to be when he’s not murdering people.

Levi’s a Golem, a Mud-man, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp—killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn’t like it, but unfortunately he’s been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgement on those who shed innocent blood. After a lifetime as a cold-blooded, murder machine, however, Levi’s trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl during one of his “hunting expeditions,” he realizes self-help may have to go on the backburner.

Someone is attempting to revive an ancient godling and the road to rebirth is paved with dead bodies. Lots and lots of them.

Now, Levi must protect the girl—the key to an unspeakable resurrection—and defeat a Nazi Mage from Levi’s murky past. But the shadowy Mage holds a terrible secret about the Mud-man’s unorthodox birth, one offering insight into Levi’s morbid compulsion for blood shed. It’s a secret Levi would pay anything to discover: maybe even the innocent girl in his care. If Levi isn’t careful, though, he may end up as the Mage’s final sacrifice.