March 20, 2010

Despite the fact that I’m besieged by editorial deadlines, I’ve decided that I WILL make time — even if it’s just an hour a day — to get a little bit of writing done. With that resolution firmly in place, I’m now going back to the project I scrapped the other day, coming at it from another angle. So far, I like this angle better. It’s more … um … what I meant in the first place, for lack of a better way of putting it.

For the time being, I think I’m also going to reset this project to its original title. Don’t ask me why; I never said this was logical. But I feel like this one really needs a one-worder.

So anyway. Here is today’s slim 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: 780
    Present total word count: 780 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Finally got an opener that makes me happy. So no, the word count isn’t huge … but it’s significant. I find beginnings to be absolutely awful. I never know what’s right or not, and I often go through several before I settle on one I can stand. This is officially attempt #3 to get it off the ground. We’ll see if this one sticks.

    Things accomplished in real life: Did epic laundry, including all the bedding — because I was awakened by a barfing alarm clock wreaking havoc on our sheets. Thank heavens we sprang for that fancy-schmancy mattress cover when we upgraded to Grown-Up Mattresses last year.

    Total Official Word Count of 2010: 23,836 words
    (Yes, I’m preserving the previous efforts’ tally in the total word count. It’s not like I didn’t write those words. I just didn’t keep them.)

4 thoughts on “March 20, 2010

  1. I have to tell you that it makes me feel better that you make numerous attempts at beginnings. The beginning is always the scariest part for me; congrats on finding one that you are happy with.

  2. Thanks dude. And beginnings suck. Good luck to you, with yours.

  3. Meg

    I love reading your updates about progress, even when progress is slow–or backward. Not all authors are so honest about that! Many would have us believe it’s all great all the time. Hah.

    What’s the word count gizmo you’re using? I know there are tons of customizable measuring thingummies (technical term) out there but this one looks like it’s tailored for writing, and I’d love to give it a try.

    My sympathies about the alarmbarfing. Been there. So been there.

  4. Thanks Meg – and I got it from Go to their toolbox area and have fun with whatever you find there.


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