Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

March 30, 2010

4 years, 7 months ago, in the late evening

Here’s today’s progress on the new steam-horror fin de siecle project about ghosts, guilt, elder gods, and monster-hunting in the aftermath of two gruesome murders:

    Project: (tentative title) Maplecroft
    Deadline: None
    New words written: 729 (slow but steady wins the race. right?)
    Present total word count: 5237 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Examined a peculiar specimen. Got a little gleefully gross.

    Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; morning run (21 minutes again); worked on Bloodshot rewrites. Once again, that’s pretty much it.

    Other: Good news! My Subterranean story “Tanglefoot” is going to Japan! Hayakawa Magazine will reprint it in their June 2010 issue. My steady crawl toward world domination continues apace.

    Total Official Word Count of 2010: 28,293 words

March 29, 2010

4 years, 7 months ago, in the evening

Here’s today’s progress on the new steam-horror fin de siecle project about ghosts, guilt, elder gods, and monster-hunting in the aftermath of two gruesome murders:

    Project: (tentative title) Maplecroft
    Deadline: None
    New words written: 878
    Present total word count: 4508 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Started chapter two. Changed narrators, so was a little slow starting. Switching voices doesn’t come easily to me; and it’ll be another 10,000 words or so before I can slip back and forth between them easily.

    Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; morning run (21 minutes); worked on Bloodshot rewrites. That’s pretty much it. These rewrites are eating my life.

    Other: I’m so tired of staring at my computer. So tired.

    Total Official Word Count of 2010: 27,564 words

March 28, 2010

4 years, 7 months ago, in the early evening

Here’s today’s progress on the new steam-horror fin de siecle project about ghosts, guilt, elder gods, and monster-hunting in the aftermath of two gruesome murders:

    Project: (tentative title) Maplecroft
    Deadline: None
    New words written: 1110
    Present total word count: 3630 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Finished the first chapter. Now I get to wrestle with which segment to put next. This will be a little tricky, as the narrative is spread over two primary POV characters plus a couple secondary POVs. I suppose the structure of this project could best be described as “pseudo-epistolary.”

    Things accomplished in real life: Unpacked; tidied house; sorted all receipts from being out-of-town for work; sat around and worked on Bloodshot rewrites most of the day. I will likely go back to working on it here in a little bit #norestforthewicked

    Other: I think I’m going to change this project’s title again. As it gels in my head, its focus is starting to shift. I think I know how the story will really be shaped, and I suspect it will wind up named after the monster at its core.

    Total Official Word Count of 2010: 26,686 words