November 17, 2008

Very quickly, before I run off to make supper: Here’s today’s progress on my steampunk novella about a runaway-slave- turned-air-pirate and his lost Confederate war dirigible, a mysterious doomsday weapon, and a disenfranchised southern spy who’s gone to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency — now with Bonus! military intrigue and a gentle mad scientist who’s slowly losing his mind:

Project: The Clementine
New Words Written Today: 1953 (pretty good, considering)
Present Total Word Count: 10,175
Goal: 45,000 words (approx.)





Fiction Things Accomplished: Got Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey and crew into Kansas City, where they intend to cash in an old favor in order to nab another ship to keep chasing the Free Crow farther east. Their previous ship, as you may recall, crashed epically into the prairie.

Real Life Things Accomplished: Grocery shopped; read a bit on a new book for reviewing purposes; chewed a bit through a proofreading project; went to Walgreens in search of decongestants and antacids, because I’m an old lady, that’s why; got linked by the marvelous and charming Wil Wheaton, who rocks my pink plaid socks.

Reason for Stopping: Am very hungry, and husband will be home from work before long. He will be likewise hungry. I can fix this for the both of us.

Total Fiction Words Composed in 2008: 285,024

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