Despite Bonus! edits landing on two separate projects today, I carved out an hour or two for fiction. So here’s the 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: 1489
Present total word count: 8862 words
Things accomplished in fiction: It got weird.
Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work (more than usual – I’m trying to finish a project before leaving for Penguicon on Thursday morning); more Bloodshot edits, though hopefully this is the last round (knock on wood, crossed fingers, etc.); started reading through the Dreadnought pass proofs (didn’t get very far, though); went out for my “run” (still not running, toe won’t have it – but I’m doing the walk and add some other exercise, which feels like it takes forever, yes); went to grocery store for a few things; cleaned kitchen.
Other: I realize this is progressing slowly, but for heaven’s sake, I’ve been very, very, very busy. With a little luck, this most recent wave of Too Much Work will taper off by the end of the month, and when I get back from Penguicon I’ll have some actual honest-to-God writing time … at least for a couple of weeks. I know that in the past I’ve tried to do the I WILL WRITE FOR A LITTLE BIT EVERY DAY thing, and yay, that was all noble and shit. But this year I just haven’t had it in me. Too many other things have needed my attention in a concrete, immediate way – and trying to get new projects off the ground when no one has bought them yet so they don’t have a contract or a deadline or anything … is really hard. This, of course, translates to its own set of problems: If I don’t start new projects and sell them, then I will run out of work in a very concrete, immediate way. Subsequent starvation and obscurity ensue. So I’m trying. Okay?
Other, redux: The toe hurts a lot less. The nail is purple and the very tip is bruised all to hell, but it’s not as bad as it could be. I’m walking without limping, mostly – depending on my shoes. So there’s that.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 31,918 words