August 13, 2009 – roundup and metrics

  • There will be Blood Cancer Research! My friend Miriam is running to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for her grandmother and uncle — both of whom died of blood cancer. She’s good peeps, I know it for a fact. Go check out that link (with info on why she’s running, and how it works); and then, if you like, feel free to check out her OMG I’m going to run a race blog.

  • Happy Hour of the Damned in mass market – up for preorder. My buddy Mark Henry’s screamingly funny (and charmingly disgusting) zombie socialite novel (which I liked well enough to blurb, I’ll have you to know) is coming out in mass market. Feel free to put in for a copy now. You won’t regret it. Um. Unless you don’t LIKE hilarious perverted zombie sluts.

  • Writertopia’s Toolbox. Because every time I start a new writing projects and posting metrics, about a dozen new people ask me where I got the word meter bar. I GOT IT HERE. Do ye also likewise.

And now: 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: 1775 (not bad)
Present Total Word Count: 4101 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15

Things accomplished in fiction: More than the reported word count, actually, because I removed about 300 words from yesterday’s work before I got started. That’s kind of the goal — keep this as tight as possible. I could easily write this up to 50,000-70,000, no problem; but this must come in under 30,000. It’s a challenge, but kind of a fun one. And now every writing day starts with a re-read and culling, just to see how many words I can take out of what came previously.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work, but other than that, virtually nothing.

Other: Had spaghetti for lunch. Woo.

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