Hereâ€™s recent 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 â€” now with military intrigue, steampunk Texas rangers, undead political separatists, murderous plots, bushwackers, bandits, sabotage, and epic scenes of mayhem:
New Words: 2132 (passing fair)
Present Total Word Count: 44,263 words
Goal: 120,000 words (revised goal)
Things Accomplished in Fiction: Got safely into Memphis; met up with old acquaintances who’ve helped explain how best to navigate the Mississippi River on the way north to St. Louis; ate a good hot meal, finally.
Darling du Jour: â€œHow does a dirigible ‘not precisely’ crash?â€ he asked.
â€œLetâ€™s just say that it landed unwillingly, and well ahead of schedule.â€
Things Accomplished in Real Life: Cleaned my floors (ye gods, what the kitchen looked like); did minimal grocery/supplies shopping; did a little day-job reading; received and examined the first-pass page proofs for Boneshaker.
Reason for Stopping: Time for supper, and I’ve reached my 2000-word daily goal.