August 19, 2009

  • Certified, pre-owned cats. Great ad campaign by a Michigan humane society, and the message is applicable absolutely anywhere. As for me, I have a genuine certified pre-owned Tennessee Random Cat. Still runs great. Has most of her original parts, sans a bit of intestine she lost to hair twistie removal surgery. Over the years her value has only increased.

  • LOLBots. You like DieselSweeties? Of course you do. Now the inimitable Richard Stevens has begun a new web comic, and you should go check it out — just in case you like to read about very funny robots.

  • Free shipping weekend Friday-Sunday at PH Factor. Not too long ago, I got some really lovely goggles from this place/this creator. If you’re interested in steampunky gadgetry and whatnot, there’s no time like the present to check out his stock and see if anything strikes your fancy.

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: 2274 (pretty good)
Present Total Word Count: 8600 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15

Things accomplished in fiction: Finished Section Two. This one came in at more of a reasonable length (2274 words) though I’ll try and trim that down to 2000 tomorrow or the next day. In my thirteen sections, some will be longer than others, obviously; and some will be very, very short — more like 1000 words. But these early sections set up … well … everything. And they’re bound to have a smidge more heft than some of fiddly bits in the middle.

Things accomplished in real life: Did day-job work; cleaned entire apartment, even the floors; brushed the cat; cleaned the litter box; went to the post office to mail a few things; paid some bills; readied self for out-of-town guests.

Other: Sent off some emails, including one to one of my fellow consortium members, asking for a couple of details re: something that happens in the space between two of my sections. It’s tricky business, this. And I realize it’s only the first draft that’s due mid-October, but I’d still prefer to make it as correct as possible.

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