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December 16, 2008


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 old scientist who’s slowly losing his mind:

Project: The Clementine
New Words Written Today: 5586 (HUZZAH)
Present Total Word Count: 32,694
Goal: 40,000 words (Okay. Almost certainly more like 45,000, but for now, it stands.)





Fiction Things Accomplished: Our hero and heroine have finally clashed — and clashed badly. But they’re sort of stuck with each other for the moment, lest they all get blown to high heaven because God knows, you don’t go firing live ammunition around massive tanks of hydrogen … no matter how much you’d really, really, really like to shoot at each other.

Real Life Things Accomplished: Did three loads of laundry, but failed to make the bed due to the cat’s insistence that the pile of warm bedding isn’t going anywhere; cleaned the fish tank so that Howard gets new plants for Christmas before I leave town; did some pre-packing for the trip to Florida; tried not to fret over the impending move next month.

Reason for Stopping: Exhaustion. Desire to make supper.

Total Fiction Words Composed in 2008: 307,543

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