The great joy of having half a dozen projects in the air is that, at any given moment, priorities can shift. Projects get bumped, declined, rearranged in a publisher’s queue, or simply dropped. And although none of those things has happened to me lately, I have gotten some editorial interest in one of the projects I set aside a few months ago.
Ergo, I am once again writing on my trashy adventure about a neurotic vampire/thief and her wealthy blind client, now with Bonus! half-Cuban drag queen and military intrigue. At least, I am writing on it until editorial process comes due on Boneshaker, which ought to be fairly soonish.*
So here are today’s stats, picking up where I left off:
New Words Written Today: 3657 (not bad)
Present Total Word Count: 33,187
Goal: 100,000 words
Darling duJour: “The sneaky black sedans moved with preternatural slickness, as if they were touring the town on a frictionless surface.”
Fiction Things Accomplished: Ran like the devil knew our name; got the hell out of Dodge (so to speak) just in time, leaving a handful of loose ends; prepared to break into top secret military storage facilities in Minnesota; considered a nervous breakdown, restrained self.
Real Life Things Accomplished: Picked up some allergy meds at Walgreens, plus three Moon Pies which are wonderful when nuked for about 20 seconds; did dishes and tried to start laundry, but did not have enough quarters and resolved to wait; re-read most of previous Bloodshot material in order to return to prior headspace.
Stumbling blocks: Stuffy nose, headache, and the general feeling of becoming ill; power tools being operated immediately outside my apartment door; general psychological refusal to change gears.
Reason for Stopping: I’m tired and thirsty, and if I don’t get up and around I’m going to fall asleep here on the couch with my laptop spread across my legs.
Total Fiction Words Composed in 2008: 246,292
* For a relative value of soonish.