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NaNoWriMo, Day Seven

by on November 7, 2015

Word count: 11,287.

I have now set up six separate plotlines, maybe seven. I ended up splitting everyone away from Jason Waterfalls, so he’s now alone. I am hoping to keep things from being as complicated as the Wheel of Time series was, with fourteen books and plotlines spanning whole continents, and multitudes of similarly-named characters. I may not succeed at this. In the meantime, here is a random passage from chapter three.

Burton advanced tentatively. His paws sank in snow. The sky shone cloudless and pale blue overhead. It took him a moment to make sense of his chaotic surroundings. Then, when the blur of sound and sight finally resolved into crisp images, he rather wished they hadn’t.

The snowy field stretched out to the horizon, dotted by scraggly clumps of trees with bare branches, and low stone walls that ran alongside narrow paths. Smashing through the walls, grinding over the trees, came battalions of armor. Tanks, mechanized trucks, troop carriers, rocket launchers: whole squadrons wheeled and plunged over the field. Burton saw black and gold markings on the vehicles, but he didn’t recognize the insignia. He did recognize the technology, though. He had seen just those sorts of armored vehicles during the recent invasion into the Island, when an army of mechanized badgers had come through a rift in time. Burton hoped it wasn’t more badgers this time, or at least that they would be the friendlier sort of badgers like Major Miska had been.

Then one of the tanks skidded to a halt in the snow, spraying white clouds. The top hatch opened, and a golden-whiskered head popped out to survey the landscape. Burton blanched. It was worse than badgers. It was cats.

Burton, I should mention, is a human-sized rat. You can understand why a mechanized army of cats would be concerning.


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  1. If Burton is a human-sized rat, just how big are these cats?

    • Good question. I was thinking more like a Redwall/Narnia type world where small animals are bigger but big animals aren’t proportionately even bigger. But, on the other hand….

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