August 23, 2009 has been updated … with cast information/some character bios from Dreadnought. Click over there and scroll down to the bottom to get a sneak peak and a few hints about what you might find in that book, when it debuts next year.

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And here’s the weekend’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: 2319 (pretty good)
Present Total Word Count: 12,919 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15

Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up Section Four. This installment’s version of “Who’s More Grizzled?” brought to you by a retiring homicide cop with a grudge and a septuagenarian former mob hitman. There’s no clear winner in these things, but they’re definitely fun to write.

Things accomplished in real life: Cleaned house; got some groceries; ordered the kitty down from many perches upon which she should not be sitting; changed litterbox; hung out with husband; hiked down to the post office to mail some stuff.

Other: I’m going to blow this 30,000 word limit thing, at least in Draft One. At this point, every thousand words is just damage control. (But I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to bring it back under the line before handing it in. Knock on wood.)

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