As I’ve been prattling on for a while now reader, and you probably realise NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is looming, heading my way fast. I’d intended to be so so organised, plot out chapters and scenes. Research ahead of time. Prepare character bio’s. I would be ready reader, well that’s what I thought.

Reality is a cruel thing reader. I have barely done a shred of any of the above.

What I have is setting, two characters and a vague idea.

Setting: As I’ve mentioned before it’s the Solomon Islands. Honiara is a beautiful and crazy city. Third World, poor and dirty. There are beautiful people and scowling betel nut chewing shoppers. Dirty and smelly, hot and humid. So incredibly different to anything I’d experienced at home in Australia. A city ripe for a missing person search.

Characters: Kathryn Imogen King, aka Kiki King, celebrity chef, restaurant owner, rich, confident and insecure. Jared Stevens, freelance photographer specialising in underwater photography, loner, self deprecating, even tempered and self assured. Combine the pair in Honiara, give them something to share, a mission, see what they do.

Vague idea: Kiki’s brother is missing, I’m thinking he’s dead – a diving accident, she needs to go to the last known location, Solomon Islands. Jared arrives on the same plane as Kiki and watches as she leaves a trail of destruction behind her. They stay at the same hotel, eat in the same restaurant. Kiki is under-whelmed with the menu. He thinks she is painful. Kiki finds out that her brother was last know to have gone diving off a small island. Jared has chartered a boat and Kiki talks her way into hitching a ride. Jared is forced to help her find her brother if only to get her out of is hair.

I don’t know any more than that at this point, but I think I have a few ingredients that could be combined into a fun mystery and hopefully a “Happy Ever After”.

Any thoughts?

Are you doing NaNo this year? If so, what are you writing about? Or would you never ever share? Tell me if you do share, or why you don’t?