For the last few years, in 2012 and every year since 2015, I have participated every November in the NaNoWriMo competition. In the course of writing seven books over the course of seven Novembers, I have noticed a few patterns and tendencies that have crossed the works that have been written so far. And it should be noted that not all of the projects have been novels, admittedly. One of the three books was a blend of fact and fiction that leaned towards the fact and two of the books dealt with biblical matters, namely the Sabbath and demonology. That said, even these projects have left a certain degree of influence on my writing as a whole, where most of the stories have at least some degree of influence between reality and fiction. I’d like to briefly look at a few of the connections that exist in the course of the seven books that I have written so far for this competition.
One of the most obvious Nathanish aspects of the stories are the fact that issues of communication and intimacy are key to the stories as a whole. In some respect, the issue of loneliness and intimacy is a major aspect of six of the seven books written for the series. The Dinosaurs Of Multipia, for example, turns on the contrast between the natural isolation of Multipian people in the face of deep space and their alienation from their history and origins and the intimacy that results through bonding with dinosaurs and each other. My writings on demonology deal with the way that demons appear in the Bible, which often involves the attempts at intimacy between demons and God and human beings. La Hotel Espero looks at a man who has been alone for decades dealing with two people whose intimacy with each other has a powerful effect on his own life. And Portland Anonymous looks at the tension between the intimacy of a documentary and the isolation that comes from unexpected fame as a one-hit wonder.
A great many of the writings have strong religious elements, which is not too surprising, I suppose, but is certainly something that is unexpected. Two of the books deal with discussion of the Bible, so their religious status is obvious. But for readers who pay attention to deals, the other novels or collections of stories deal with the Sabbath and Holy Days, or have interaction between characters and religious figures, although often as bit characters. Yet faith and the relationship between faith and identity have always been important elements in my writing because they are important elements in my life. And that is not even getting into characteristic elements in the stories that are shared between them, which is something that I might talk about later in more detail, as I don’t wish to give away all of my secrets.