NaNoWriMo is notorious for making strange things happen in one's novel - we all know that. Last year, I spent an afternoon giggling myself to death at some of the utterly hilarious mistypes and their consequences (I even had an unintentional innuendo that nearly made my eyes pop out of my skull).
And this year it's only got better. Here are some of the weird, wonderful and sometimes downright evil things that my typing fingers have done due to boredom, spite, mistypage, or an overdose of sugar-based edible substances.
1) Fourth Wall breakage. I've gone on about this enough already, but it is truly hilarious. Most of them are pretty rubbish - mostly me trying to up my wordcount - but one or two, I thought, were pretty hilarious.
"Veraxes, please, you know this is going to end badly. Rebelling against -"
"I thought you believed in a free society!"
"I thought you knew whose head we live in!"
Pansanger rolled onto his back and stared up at the sky. He'd done this twice before in this paragraph, but as his author had yet to work out exactly what she was going to do next, he really had nothing better to do.
Sephirax was glaring at him with the sort of vehemency he usually reserved for the moments when Spook accidentally called him Sephiroth.
2) Veraxes has a surprise sex change in the middle of a chapter! ... And I didn't even notice until nearly a page later.
(this is the moment when I worked it out...)
Veraxes' eyes glazed over for a moment, then suddenly he sprang to his feet with a cry. This sudden rediscovery of his vocal cords - and his correct gender - was so sudden that it make everyone in the camp start in alarm.
3) Gallirael spends a page and a half having an argument with himself about directions on a compass. He doesn't even own a compass.
4) Sephirax develops a bizarre addiction to tea and fruit scones. And his narrative voice in my head always speaks in a cockney accent.
5) Vidal pseudo-quotes Doctor Who. A lot.
"Vi, what is that exactly?"
"Not sure - some contraption the magi use. Goes ding when there's stuff."
Vidal's ears twisted irritably. Here he was being fiendishly brilliant and there was no one in the room to stand around and look impressed.
"Vidal, do something!"
Do what? Vidal glared at Arundel, but he was already trying to scramble up the canyon. He sighed and sprinted in the other direction , waving his arms to get the soldiers' attention. "Look at me, I'm a target!"
6) Arystel has a classic catphrase.
7) I dyed Sephirax's hair pink for a chapter. For kicks and giggles.
.... NaNoWriMo, what have you done to me?