It will not surprise regular readers of this blog that in the second half of this year, I’ve had three major deadlines. The first two are already put to bed (at least their Draft Ones are): Dreadnought was due at the beginning of August, and my Fort Freak portion was due on October 15. Deadline #3 is the next up: Bloodshot for Bantam by December 12. Hey, better too much work than not enough, right?
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, wasn’t Cherie only, like, halfway through a Draft Zero on that project?” Well, you’d be right. I left off somewhere around 47,000 words of an estimated 95,000. And it has not escaped my attention that I now have about six weeks to write the other 40,000 words or so.
It doesn’t particularly freak me out.* I have the whole thing plotted, after all–and I’ve found progress on this project to be swift and entertaining. After spending a few years writing creepy gothic stuff or outright horror, it’s a hoot to have a project where I can let myself be a little more light-hearted … and even funny. Don’t get me wrong — this is still a dark urban fantasy adventure; but there’s definitely something playful about it.
Anyway, as I’m well aware, it’s going to be a lot of work to finish this quickly. But really, I’m looking forward to it.**
By way of reinstating my daily stats and progress notes, I must begin somewhat afresh. I don’t remember where I left off in my word counts, and even if I did, it wouldn’t be too meaningful. I’ve edited some sections out and added some sections in, and today I wrote a couple thousand fresh words to get myself back into the groove.
So. Here are the present stats for the fabulous urban fantasy adventure about a neurotic vampire/thief and her wealthy blind client, now with Bonus! half-Cuban drag queen and military intrigue:
New Words Written Today: Unknown
Present Total Word Count: 50,837 words
Goal: 95,000 words by December 12
Things Accomplished in Fiction: Escaped a raid on a drag bar; became barefoot and nasty; got the hell out of Dodge.
Things Accomplished in Real Life: Went out to the Department of Licensing and picked up (a). affidavit in lieu of title (lost the Doom Sentra’s title some time ago) and all the helpful little slips of official paper that will make it easier to sell the thing; puttered around the neighborhood in our new (used) vehicle, purchased the other day; no (a). it’s not a classic, alas, and (b). I won’t tell you what it is, only that it has been named “The Cookie Monster” and you may infer whatever you like; went to University Books and visited with Duane, signed stock, etcetera; did day-job work as per usual.
Stumbling blocks: It took me a bit to get back in the mindset of this one. The last two protagonists (the last two I’ve written at length, anyway) have been very, very different from Raylene — the heroine of Bloodshot. So I spent some time rereading the last few chapters (even though I reread the whole thing last week) and refamiliarizing myself with how she talks, and how she thinks. But now I think I’ve got a decent handle on it, so it’s full steam ahead …
Reason for Stopping: Husband came home, and it’s time for supper.
* Yet. Check back around December first and see if I’m still this cool and calm and collected. I predict I will not be.
** You may be asking yourself, “Self, why the hell would Cherie wait until the end of October to start working on this project again?” And then I would refer you to the previous two deadlines, and remind you that I have a part-time day-job too, and that BONESHAKER just came out and I’m sort of giving myself an ulcer running around trying to promote it and keep it visible. This will be a big job, but it’s not an impossible job. I time-budgeted for this. Everything will be fine.