NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month

It starts November 1st and ends November 30th.

The goal is to write a novel in one month. You can edit it in the months to follow but you must write 50,000 words in the month of November to have a novel.

What do you write about? Anything you want.

This year is my first year and I am writing a Historical Fiction.

Stories My grandmother told:

Nate's Gold

This story will have excerpts written when the November 1st 2014 start date arrives.

So far a have a character sketch, an outline and some of the back ground research done.

It has been a lot of fun so far.

I ended up putting the excerpts on my Facebook page which is linked on the home page of this site. It seemed to be easier that way.

Nate's Gold  ended up having 25 chapters. I started with an outline that evolved on its own. The ending really surprised me. I truly enjoyed the process.

I have four beta readers. One has actually finished and one has not started yet. One read the book but did not offer any edits. One is still in the process. Beta readers are not quite what I thought that they might be. Perhaps I should recruit another set and start over again? We will see.

It took me quite a bit longer to do the first edits before I sent it to the beta readers but next time I will do the first round of edits and finish them before I give the book to the readers.

Nate's Gold

Nate's Gold is a Historical Fiction of approximately

60,000 words.

After the death of Nate's parents he seeks retribution against the company whom Nate places the bame. He is unscessful getting there attention until he  and his partner robs the train that carries their gold payroll.

The ensuing posse kills his wife and unborn child by mistake causing Nate to take the gold and run to Texas.

Nate spends the following years trying to regain his honor.

Nate joins the Army as a scout. Before he leaves for active service he is approached by a man who is looking for a husband for his sister so she can inherite their father's estate. Nate see the benefit of the arrangement and they marry.

When Nate goes to war he soon realizes that the army's purpose is not to keep a treaty with them but to kill as many as possible. At the end of his contract with the Army he is involved in one  the last great skirmishes in North Texas. He finds out that the army will not deal with the Indian's favorably and he tries to save the village. Nate tries to scare off a young Indian but makes him curious instead. When Nate realized the army is ready to break the treaty and attack the village he approaches the young Indian. He asked to be taken to the chief.  When the Chief refuses to run from the army Nate  stays in the village and tries to save as many children as he can.

Unbeknownst to Nate his train robbery partner is in the Army unit  that attacks the village. When his old partner see's him he shoos Nate in  back and tries to get Nate to tell him where the gold is. The young Indian saves him and takes him away from the massacre. He saves Nate's life and they become life long friends.

Learning to be honorable and learning to be trustworthy again is a hard process that he struggles through with help from his friends that he meets along the way. 

He returns to his new wife.