NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was around twelve or thirteen and it’s something that always gets the writing juices flowing, whether or an existing project, an idea I’ve been excited about or something that just flow from nothing during the month. This time around I have a sorta-plan that I’m looking forward to putting into action from today.
It’s called ROMA. Here’s the brief synopsis/stream of consciousness I wrote a few days ago while exploring the idea.
In the days after the cities fell, no-one noticed them. Hidden on the edges of conscience, it was easy to ignore what was little more than a whisper in your ear. Embodying all the city had represented, and all it could never be again, they stood witness over the fall of civilisation. The bigger the city, the bolder its ghost.
Roma, the young woman standing by the hearth while twelve vultures circled overhead.
London, the man rapping as if his life depended on it.
Athens, the wizened old woman standing guard over the Acropolis as the city below burned.
And then there were the smallest, from the Tier 4 cities that no-one seemed to notice. Places like Clermont, of France, or Newcastle in England.
In the rush to flee, the ghosts of these smaller cities were confused, without the solidity and reassurance granted to its more eminent cousins by the love of those around it.
Taking form and shape, from the sightless and nameless beings they had been before, they rushed out into the world.
As you might have seen if you’ve looked at some of my older blog posts, I usually design a quick book cover to use in the posts for that story. It has been a while since I’ve been able to do that for fiction, so here you go!