Here’s today’s progress on my modern pseudo-noir police procedural about a neighborhood full of mutated freaks, a sexy former court reporter, an aging cop who’s being forced into retirement, and a multiple murder that took place thirty years ago in an all-night diner called “The Rathole.”
Project: Fort Freak “Remember the Rathole” (tentative)
New Words: 1686 (not bad)
Present Total Word Count: 2326 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15
Things accomplished in fiction: Still working on this first big scene, and working slowly (thus my assertion that 1600 words is not bad). I need to fit a LOT of information into a very tight space. I’m about halfway through getting everything important written down; which means the final chapter will be up around 5000 words. That’s a little high for my goal, but since it’s the first chapter, it might be all right.
Things accomplished in real life: Went to the printer and actually PICKED UP super-slick postcard/handbill promoting TheClockworkCentury in general and Boneshaker in particular. They look really great! Can’t wait to start passing them around. Also received via mail new Moo cards, some of which have the same artwork; as well as a second bustle which is too cute for words (but I haven’t gotten around to playing dress-up in it); and postcards from a friend who is visiting some Civil War battlefields (thanks Danny!). Also: did day job work; did a bunch more reading; paced around and swore.
Other: Wrote a sentence that might be too noir-cheesy to survive the edits. But it felt right at the time, so in it goes.