#nanowrimo – What story shall I tell first?

I’ve decided I am doing Nanowrimo this year. Yes, this will be in addition to blogging and all the other stuff I do. I’m going to train myself to get up at 5 am again, even if it means taking melatonin at 6 pm. If anyone has a symbiotic kink that involves sleeping on my living room floor and making me coffee for around thirty days – awesome. I’ll have to clear it with my partner, of course, but I’m sure he could be persuaded if you threw in laundry duty.

The point of Nanowrimo is to get you writing a first draft – the idea being that 50,000 words gives you something you can then shape into a novel. The work happens in the rewriting, at least, it does for me.

I certainly have ideas piled up, and now, I need to pick one. Here are some possible novels I’m looking at:

1. (Most recently) A semi-shamanic tale involving animals in a zoo; I’m leaning away from this because the story in my head reads like an American Indian folktale, and while I don’t judge what I receive, I can’t completely escape how that would be received. I “heard” it so I’ll write it, sure, but that story may be a private circulation only deal.

2. The Scorpio Jones detective series – I’m thinking paranormal mystery/romance, with all kinds of fringe people. I think I mentioned the character Rawr and the 17 boyfriends, and Mike responds with enough chagrin that I almost have to write it.

3. Fuck it, let’s be jewel thieves! In college I tried following a soap opera to see what the hype was about, and got rather annoyed when the “reformed” thief led his girlfriend on a thief-style adventure. She gushed about how hard it must have been to reform, and I was completely disgusted that the writers did not see a great opportunity for her to say “Let’s do this together!”

4. Eminent Domain. Typical adult slacker, still lives at home with parents attached, and all of a sudden the home is going to be demolished. How much effort does he want to put into being lazy?

5. Zeus falls out of the sky, and it’s the job of the protagonist to get him back up there.

I have a start on #2 that doesn’t really grab me, and a start on #5 that reads like some of my moodier short fiction pieces.
I also have a novel I had socked back that’s about 25K words in, but I’m setting it aside because I’m still untangling it a bit. I know how I want it to end, but the trip there? I’m not sure what needs to happen along the way.