I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva

Here’s today’s progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 2517
    Present total word count: 18,318


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription; fielded some emails; took a bunch of pictures of my pets; went to supper with husband.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Finished that Klairvoyant Karaoke set; got paid in booze, but word’s getting around; agreed to meet cop to discuss cold case crime scene, which is a first for our heroine and is therefore somewhat stressful.

    Other: Much better single-day total, though tomorrow’s will likely be light – as I’m going to be out of the office for part of the day. Oh well. I’m getting there, and I’m almost on target, and I’ll catch up later. One way or another. Even though I also have a hair appointment on Wednesday and on Friday my brother and his fiance are coming into town for a couple of days. I’ll sleep when I’m dead, etc. etc. etc.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 43,223

April Fool in big black letters on a Dead End sign

Here’s today’s progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 2625
    Present total word count: 15,801


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; cleaned the whole house; did several loads of laundry; picked up my contacts; went to the post office; lunch with a friend; started playing We Happy Few with my husband and it’s buggy/glitchy as hell sometimes – but overall a fun game so far.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Klairvoyant Karaoke!…wherein our heroine takes requests for personal objects, and chooses/sings a song for their owners based on whatever her feeble clairsentience tells her when she handles them. Practice makes perfect, and her skills are gradually improving.

    Other: That’s not a multi-day total, but I flaked out yesterday and didn’t get any writing done. I’m trying to average at least a thousand words a day, but I really need to work faster if I want to finish this early in September. Eh, I can do it. I just have to buckle down and make it happen. If the rest of my life would quit getting in the way, that would be awesome.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 40,709

Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse

Here’s today’s progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 2169
    Present total word count: 13,176


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went grocery shopping; watered all the things (the yard is positively tragic right now); fielded some emails; dealt with pest control gent for our routine anti-ant spritz-down; grabbed lunch even though I had food at home because I am the literal worst but I was hungry and it’s hot and I didn’t want to cook.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Negotiated meet-up for unofficial police business that everyone is prepared to lie about, if confronted; went to a vintage Vegas-themed bar on CapHill called “Castaways” for a little clairsentience practice on the karaoke stage; drowned some sorrows; other sorrows invested in life jackets and made a nuisance of themselves.

    Other: Finally got a real toe-hold in this one, and I’ll do my best to keep up the momentum. Present goal is at least 1000 words a day – many more if possible – regardless of whatever else is going on. I’ve been sitting on this project for about four years, so it’s had plenty of time to gel in my head; let’s hope it finds its way out in a timely and relatively painless fashion. I’m setting the deadline for this first draft at my dad’s birthday, September 8. Arbitrary? Yes. But for real, I work better with fixed goals. So here goes.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 38,084