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May 28, 2009

4 years, 10 months ago, in the early evening

Dada dada dada dada dada dada dada dada WORD COUNTS.

Here’s today’s progress on the alternate-history battlefield adventure about a widowed nurse from a Confederate hospital aboard a west-bound train pulled by a Union war engine — now with military intrigue, steampunk Texas rangers, undead political separatists, murderous plots, bushwackers, bandits, sabotage, and epic scenes of mayhem:

Project: Dreadnought
New Words: 3216 (pretty good!)
Present Total Word Count: 56,646 words
Goal: 120,000 words (revised goal)



Things Accomplished in Fiction: Refreshed Mercy’s memory re: how to shoot, and/or got her educated about the guns she was given back in Cleveland, TN; had a bit of friendly competition; got run inside by a thunderstorm; chatted up the other passengers on the steamer.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Day-job reading/editorial; not much else yet.

Other: Jeff VanderMeer has linked the Spainy-vs-the-Dark-Side post over at Omnivoracious. All hail famous cat!

Reason for Stopping: Same as before. Now it’s time to spend an hour or two with the Boneshaker proofs.

May 27, 2009

4 years, 10 months ago, in the early evening

More word metrics, in yo FACE!

Here’s today’s progress on the alternate-history battlefield adventure about a widowed nurse from a Confederate hospital aboard a west-bound train pulled by a Union war engine — now with military intrigue, steampunk Texas rangers, undead political separatists, murderous plots, bushwackers, bandits, sabotage, and epic scenes of mayhem:

Project: Dreadnought
New Words: 3193 (pretty good!)
Present Total Word Count: 53,430 words
Goal: 120,000 words (revised goal)



Things Accomplished in Fiction: Got Mercy aboard a Texian steamer and made herself at home; learned much about Texians and their politics. The trip to St. Louis (from Memphis) would be a little long in real-world time, but it won’t run more than a chapter in book-time.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Day-job reading; a little bit of grocery shopping; not much else.

Other: In case anyone cares or is interested, there’s a full-length interview up at Cult-Pop — conducted with yours truly by Jim Hall, who is inimitably awesome. We talked about books, and alternate history, and Daniel Boone, and a bunch of other stuff, too. I definitely had a good time chatting with Jim (as per always, both on-camera and off) and I totally appreciate his time and enthusiasm.

Reason for Stopping: Same as yesterday. Also, I have made it ALL DAY NOW without playing Plants vs. Zombies (which, as you know if you follow me on Twitter, I purchased last night). And frankly, I think I deserve a little pea-shooter-on-zombie mayhem. Yes, I do.

May 26, 2009

4 years, 11 months ago, in the late afternoon

Yes, more boring word metrics, ahoy. Because apart from my day job work, this is pretty much all I’m doing right now. And anyway, this is how books happen — a little bit at a time. They don’t magically appear; they just sort of accumulate.

So here’s today’s progress on the alternate-history battlefield adventure about a widowed nurse from a Confederate hospital aboard a west-bound train pulled by a Union war engine — now with military intrigue, steampunk Texas rangers, undead political separatists, murderous plots, bushwackers, bandits, sabotage, and epic scenes of mayhem:

Project: Dreadnought
New Words: 3809 (go me!)
Present Total Word Count: 50,237 words
Goal: 120,000 words (revised goal)



Things Accomplished in Fiction: Got Mercy away from the cadaverous drug addicts who tried to eat her fingers; made it out to the port at Memphis and found a boat whose captain hails from the Republic of Texas … which is a bit of a calculated move, to be explained in-story.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Day-job reading, and not much else.

Reason for Stopping: Time to haul out the page proofs for Boneshaker (which, I believe I mentioned already, arrived a couple of days ago). It’s a big fat book that’ll take some time to adequately peruse. Any and all changes are due back by the 9th of June, so I’m trying to devote an hour or two each day to its progress — specifically the hour or two before my husband gets home from work.