By the spirit of the effort, I cannot start writing early, but can start planning. So this entry is also partly a message to my subconscious to spurt forth ideas over the next couple of weeks so I can give some conscious thought to what this novel is going to be about.
It has to be something completely new, not something that I've invested thought in before. So that short story about an awakening AI that I started but never finished, the bits and pieces of a novel about a young man infatuated by his friend that is one of the few that can use magical devices, the one act of the screenplay I started, and all the other abortive attempts at this have to sit on the sidelines for November. They can't play. Other ideas are fair game, though. They can crawl out of the woodwork and strut their stuff. I'm thinking I'll pick the shiny one and get started that way.