An Introduction To The La Hotel Espero Project

About every year [1] I am involved the November Novel Writing Month project, where one is challenged to write 50,000 words during the month.  Most of the time I have viewed it as an opportunity to work on omnibus large nonfiction projects that I have in mind, which makes it easier to compile as less original writing needs to be done.  This year, though, I have it in mind to write a short novel that I have been working out unsuccessfully as a play because while there is a great deal of action, there is not nearly as much dialogue as before.  Without giving too much away here, what I plan to do as a way of keeping my writing as transparent as possible is to serialize this short novel and write it, as much as possible, on a daily basis during the month of November.  The rapid pace of writing means that the novel will be somewhat rougher than it would normally be, and while I post a fair amount of poetry here I have rarely written prose fiction here.  Nevertheless, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide some sort of advance notice of what I plan to do as well as a place to compile together my various writings as I work on organizing them.

To give some information about the story itself, it focuses on three individuals who find themselves as the only inhabitants of a mysterious hotel known as La Hotel Espero (or the Hope Hotel in English–the title is in Esperanto, which give some idea of at least some of the threads of the novel).  With multiple POV characters (although not too many) and an adoption of free indirect dialogue as well as a narrator who hopefully isn’t too intrusive, this novel is not intended so much as a mystery–as it is likely that many readers will be able to quickly grasp much of the truths of the characters’ existence very quickly, especially if they get the references, but rather as an exploration of intense loneliness, isolation, and boredom, all subjects I feel myself well qualified to write about.  The blog entries that feature material on this project are below:

Chapter One:  https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/11/02/la-hotel-espero-chapter-one/
Chapter Two:  https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/11/03/la-hotel-espero-chapter-two-part-one/ & https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/11/04/la-hotel-espero-chapter-two-part-two/

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/07/14/escape-from-flatland/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/im-as-jober-as-a-sudge-nanowrimo/

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I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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