I'm not participating, but I have
recently been making plans for what I hope will eventually be my first novel. It may be a while before I actually start writing; for now, I'm fleshing out the background, characters, and basic plot. I have a large notebook that's slowly filling up with cross-linked information. It's a lot of fun and very interesting - realizing that logically, if you've established this
about your setting, it only makes sense for that
to follow, seeing how your plans shift as you get a better grip on your characters, etc.
I don't know if I'll be able to pull it off, but there's no rush.
Unlike those of you participating in the Month. Get writing, you