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Random Things First

6 years, 4 months ago, in the evening

(1). Tomorrow, 7:00 p.m. at the University District bookstore — Jim Butcher will be making an appearance and you can safely bet that Team Seattle will be present to wine and dine him.

(2). Jon Armstrong interviews Night Shade Books proprietor Jeremy Lassen over here at If You’re Just Joining Us. It’s not about books, though. It’s about the suits.*

(3). Holy crap, it just thundered. It never thunders here. So. Erm. Maybe it wasn’t thunder after all. But it sure sounded like it. [Edit: Now it's snowing.] [Edit redux: Okay, now it's just raining.]

Today’s progress on the west coast steampunk Victoriana book with zombies, air ships, toxic gas clouds, mad scientists, dead folk heroes, secret criminal societies, and Bonus! extended deleted scenes from the Civil War:

Project: The Boneshaker
Resolution revised: Writing every day, again.
New Words: 2363
Present Total Word Count: 52,601 words
Goal: 100,000 words by July 1





Things Accomplished in Fiction: Semi-accomplished escape; might have injured parties; had to shoot one of the group but hey, that’s what happens when a dumbass doesn’t get his mask on tight enough and he breaths enough poison to zombify; blew through some more ammo.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Spent half the morning on the phone with the Department of Energy and the EPA for a freelance assignment; wrote Part One of four from that freelance assignment; answered a bunch of email; talked to a friend on the phone for a bit.

Reason for Stopping: I’m getting hungry, and I’m tired of staring at the computer screen. I still need to get a little more work done tonight on Part Two of the freelance assignment, and I really need a break.

Total Fiction Words Composed in 2008: 121,201




* If you know Jeremy, or if you’ve ever seen Jeremy in passing … you know what I’m talking about.

March 30, 2008

6 years, 4 months ago, in the evening

This weekend’s progress on the west coast steampunk Victoriana book with zombies, air ships, toxic gas clouds, mad scientists, dead folk heroes, secret criminal societies, and Bonus! extended deleted scenes from the Civil War:

Project: The Boneshaker
Resolution revised: Writing every day, again.
New Words: 1790
Present Total Word Count: 50,238 words
Goal: 100,000 words by July 1





Things Accomplished in Fiction: Navigated under-underground terrain on the way to safer quarters. Didn’t realize it’d gotten dark; Briar is learning that it’s hard to tell time when you spend your days scrambling through a labyrinthine warren of interconnected basements.

Darling du Jour: (Re: a lightless, cellar/sub-basement) “It smelled like wet mud and moss, and decomposing sawdust. It stunk like something unfinished and not yet born.”

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Finished up a magazine article; began reading next book for review; started organization/research for next freelance assignment (which is going to eat my life this coming week); cleaned house; accomplished grocery shopping; went and saw Run Fat Boy, Run — which was pretty cute; played Ferret Taxi;* attended a friend’s birthday party and might have overindulged a tiny bit.

Reason for Stopping: See the last line above. I’m feeling a little wrung-out and tired, and since I broke the 50,000 word mark on Boneshaker I feel like I’ve been productive enough for the weekend — despite the somewhat pathetic word count.

Total Fiction Words Composed in 2008: 118,838




* For the marvelous Kat Richardson, who needed a lift to the vet.

Vanity Post

6 years, 4 months ago, in the early afternoon

For those of you who took a chance on Amazon.com’s Kindle, my first novel can now be yours in a paperless edition. Yup. Just go here to find a Kindle copy of Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

And while I’m thinking about it, in the wake of the Apex Digest site redesign, the first chapter of Not Flesh Nor Feathers got relocated to this page. So if you’d like to go peek at the Chapter One of my most recent novel, well, there you go. Have at.

Of course, if you’ve already read that chapter — or hell, anything else I’ve ever written — and you feel moved to compose something like, oh, say, I don’t know … an Amazon.com review … then I’d greatly appreciate your time and effort. No pressure or anything, and obviously, I’ll still love you if you don’t; but such things are always welcome.

Here. Let me make it easy for you:

Four and Twenty Blackbirds (ghosts: Tor)
Wings to the Kingdom (monsters: Tor)
Dreadful Skin* (werewolves: Subterranean)
Not Flesh Nor Feathers (zombies: Tor)



* Speaking of Dreadful Skin, the hardcover edition is basically gone. You might find a leftover copy here or there from an independent dealer, but for all practical points and purposes, it’s been sold out for quite some time. However, Subterranean will be releasing this lovely trade paperback edition — so come Halloween, it’ll be available again.