Current Project: NaNoWriMo

I am busy with a novel titled “The Malayan U Boat” for the NaNoWriMo project. It is about a WW2 German U-Boat who is on a secret mission to the Far East

As per the rule of NaNoWriMo, ignore any mistakes & unpolished storyline for now. As NaNoWriMo mentioned, in their website, the month of November is for writing, December is for editing.

Total words (@ 27.11.2008): 47,635 words, 2,365 words more to go (the last chapter tomorrow!)

Read the complete story here as it evolves (hopefully reaching the required 50,000)…

The Malayan U Boat – Part 2

A direct order from the Chief of Naval Operation was nothing to trivial about. Captain Franz knows the consequences of disobeying the order – he had tried once and paid heavy penalty for it.

It was a year ago when he was leading the 9th Wolf Pack on a search & destroy run near to the coast of France. Intelligence by the SS Troops reveals the Allied was consolidating it’s naval power in one of the remote French ports and surgical strike by the U-Boats would be take the Allied forces by surprise.

Captain Franz was elected as the team leader to lead 5 Type III U-Boats to sneak into the port and destroy all available Allied ships. The journey from the U-Boat base in Norway was uneventful and Captain Franz and his Wolf Pack managed to reach the French port undetected.

However, before the mission can be carried out, Captain Franz received an urgent message from the Chief of Naval Operation to abort the mission and sail back to the base. No reasons were given but the strict adherence to the order was highlighted. With precious Allied naval boats on sight, Captain Franz hesitated – with a major and easy victory within his reach; he contemplated of disobeying the order to abort.

Disobeying the order to abort, he directed the first 3 U-Boats to attack the Allied ships whilst he and another standby at the exit of the port to catch whichever ships that might be escaping.

But something was not right – the Allied had moored their largest ships at the front whilst insignificant crafts were moored at the more secured areas. Why would the Allied forces put their larger ships at risk of a torpedo run? It did not make any sense.

Before he could react, he saw 2 of the U-Boats that he directed to attack exploded. Damn, the Allied ships were a decoy and the false information that has been passed by double agents to the SS was nothing but a trap set for the Wolf Pack.

Captain Franz ordered an immediate abort and retreat back to the base. Only then he realised that the insignificant boats was moored at more secured area of the port was submarine hunters – a new class of ships created for hunting down German U-Boats. Another 2 ships emerged from the Captain Franz’s U-Boat after lying low in the port’s misty terrain. The U-Boats seemed to be trapped! With 2 losses with none to the Allied, Captain Franz had to rethink his escape routes and his strategies to fend off the submarine hunters who now making considerable pace to catch up on the U-Boats.

Based on a previous intelligence report, Captain Franz ordered the remaining U-Boats to make their way north of the port where the waters are deeper and out of reach of the submarine hunter’s deadly anti-submarine mines. All U-Boats took an immediate deep sea dive which put them out of reach of the Allied ships. But they are not in safe waters yet – they need to make the journey back to their base in Norway where the seas are patrolled by the Reich’s bigger and powerful ships. The smaller submarine hunter ships don’t dare to follow pursuit in these waters.

Captain Franz ordered the speed to be slowed down and radio silence to be maintained until they are in safer waters. The U-Boats treaded the terrain of the sea floor precariously whilst making their way out from the French coastal waters. They were safe now. It was not long before they made contacts with a returning German 1936 Class destroyer, midway to their U-Boat base and was escorted all the way back.

Having to disobey a direct order that cost 2 U-Boats and its men, Captain Franz was not out of dangerous waters yet. Already there is word in the air that the Chief of Naval Operation is furious about Captain Franz’ act and is waiting for him at the Norway U-Boat base.

Captain Franz braves himself for the worst.

The Malayan U Boat – Part 1

“Why now?”

That was the thought that the German “Grey Wolf” U-Boat commander been having since he was ordered to abruptly stop his current mission and sail from his post in the Atlantic Ocean to their U-Boat base in Saint-Nazaire in France.

Captain Franz’s U Boat U-133 was part of the larger 7th Grey Wolf U-Boat Pack that was on a campaign to hunt and destroy Allied merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The pack already scored major success in the first 2 days of the campaign – 5 large merchant ships, 8 medium size merchant ships and 3 Allied naval boats.

After sinking a large merchant ship and having another large merchant ship escaped with minor damages just because the order came, the Captain wanted to hunt for the escaped merchant ship and complete his kill tallies.

But the orders were clear and strict – U-133 was to return to the base immediately and without any further delays. Disappointed, the U-133 Captain Franz relayed the information on the escaped merchant ship to his Wolf Pack leader and gave instructions to sail back to base to his second in command.

“Captain, we can still go for the kill before sailing back to back” retorted his second in command, Ernst.

But the Captain was unmoved – the order came directly from the Chief of Naval Operation and it only means one thing. Obey the order without fail or delay!

NaNoWriMo

I am short by 3 days but still it will worth the try for the month of November…

The details of NaNoWriMo from WordPress Blog:-

NaNoWriMo challenges you to write throughout November, piecing together a narrative until, voila! You’ve got a 175-page, 50,000-word novel on your hands. That may sound daunting, but it’s totally doable! In fact, more than 15,000 people did it last year.

If you want to go for it, just follow this simple plan:

  • Every day, take a minute to sit down and write a story. You don’t need to have it all planned out, just write.
  • Post each delicious literary morsel to your blog and tag it with “nanowrimo08.”
  • When you’re hitting a wall, use that tag to check out what others are doing and gain inspiration.
  • Go to NaNoWriMo by midnight on Nov. 30 to have your novel verified.
  • Print business cards with your new title: Great American (or Indonesian or Argentinian or…) Novelist.

50,000 words to go…