Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

April 27, 2010

4 years, 4 months ago, in the late evening

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
    Deadline: None
    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

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  • Thomas says on: April 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

     

    We love you, and we can wait for new fiction. The chance of a Hugo nom fading quickly into obscurity is minimal to say the least. Folks like you tend to gravitate back to wildly successful. Keep the faith. :)

  • Cherie says on: April 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

     

    Aw, thank you. And I’m doing my best over here …

  • Tony says on: April 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

     

    I have word-count envy.

    Just dropped by to say, loved Boneshaker. Gave it to my students; THEY loved Boneshaker. I think we’ll all love Maplecroft also!

    Have a great weekend.

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