Ian Philpot

It’s fall.
The trees are changing color.
Pumpkin spice is everywhere.
It’s novel writing season.

I’ve written about my novel attempts for the last few Novembers (2011, 2012, 2013), so I’m going to skip the full National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) explanation and just jump right into it.

For 2014, I’m writing a novel titled The Signateur. It started as an idea I had shortly after I abandoned my novel last year. When I was looking for story ideas for this year, I found it in my Ideas folder in Evernote. (Score one for technology.)

The story takes place in the near future and centers around Cameron Simmons, a thirty-something who works as the signateur for Acta International. A signateur (in my story) is a legal representative for a company who signs official documents completing agreements—a specialized job being that very few people know how to handwrite anything, let alone sign a document in cursive.

Speaking of the story taking place in the future, the signing pens use ink tied to the signer’s DNA, regular paper is mostly illegal, and everyone learns how to use a one-handed “invisible” keyboard in the third grade.

Those are some of the main pieces of my story, and I’ll share more when November is here.  There are a couple more details in the synopsis on NaNoWriMo’s site. Check it out here.