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
New words written: 683 (meh)
Present total word count: 2520 words
Things accomplished in fiction: Continued gettin’ shit done. This first segment is told by a physician/neighbor of an unfortunate family; at the moment, he’s relating events that happened two years previously … events that look rather alarmingly like things he’s seeing again. This is an intro of patterns and peril.
Things accomplished in real life: Straightened house; made preparations to leave for Portland tomorrow (bought train tickets, confirmed hotel room); went to Walgreens to nab a couple things I forgot yesterday; spent some quality time with Amelie, giving her lunch; talked to Emily at Oregon Public Broadcasting about doing Northwest Passages on Thursday; did nothing else but sit around with Bloodshot edits and try not to freak out at how bad they are and how much work I need to do — no seriously, if I were my Bantam editor I would’ve sent me an anthrax-o-gram by now, because this draft is godawful.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 25,576 words