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June 30, 2010

4 years, 3 months ago, in the early evening

As some of you noticed, this site went down for a bit today. For (I think) the first time ever, I exceeded my bandwidth; but my intrepid webmaster (and old friend) Greg sorted it out as soon as he could, and voila – once again I am ready to blog.

So here goes. First! Some loose bullet points:

  • Apex Books hosts a summer of love – Offering digital titles on the cheap, and bargain-basement discounts on one feature book a week. This week’s feature is Aegri Somnia – a Stoker-nominated anthology including the story “Wishbones” by yours truly. Go check it out!

  • Coilhouse #5 is on sale now – Speaking of awesome literary productions, this magazine is killer every single issue – and this one comes with all sorts of bells and whistles (fold out goodies! paper dolls!)

  • The Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel – This was waiting for me at the University Book Store. I picked it up while I was out running errands this afternoon, and it is so very shiny and pretty, and I hugged it so much that the cat got jealous.

And now, here are today’s stats on my second urban fantasy adventure — this time with my neurotic undead thief, her shady agent, a cigar box full of magical penis bones, a mentally ill former NASA engineer-turned-sorceress, and the continued fabulosity of a Cuban drag queen:


Project: Hellbent
Deadline: August 9, 2010
New words written: 3206 (not bad)
Present total word count: 51,406 words

Things accomplished in fiction: Broke the 50K mark! A meaningless milestone, except that I vowed to myself that I would achieve it by the end of June, and LOOKIT. [:: high fives self ::] I’m right on track to meet the deadline. It’ll take a death march, but I’ve done worse and the story is really picking up steam.

Things accomplished in real life: Wrapped up troublesome day-job project and sent it off to zee boss; went to University District; picked up fish supplies and four silver disco mice for the cat to nom; cleaned the fish tank; argued with the cat about where I was going to work.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 75,123 words

June 29, 2010

4 years, 3 months ago, in the evening

Here are today’s stats on my second urban fantasy adventure — this time with my neurotic undead thief, her shady agent, a cigar box full of magical penis bones, a mentally ill former NASA engineer-turned-sorceress, and the continued fabulosity of a Cuban drag queen:

Project: Hellbent
Deadline: August 9, 2010
New words written: 1131 (barf)
Present total word count: 48,200 words

Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up the previous scene, set up the next one. Got whapped upside the head by the sidewalk; prevented California from being earthquaked into the ocean.

Things accomplished in real life: Noodled with day-job project for kind of a ridiculous amount of time; went for the daily run/climb; answered a crap-ton of emails.

Other: I actually wrote part of that feeble count yesterday – and then today, I went back and yanked out a bunch of the stuff I did over the last couple of days. The 1131 is just the net result. Ah, well. Better tomorrow.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 71,917 words

June 28, 2010

4 years, 3 months ago, in the early evening

Yes, yes. I’m a posting fool today, I know. But I’ve also been back at work, and battling the ongoing catchup that lands every time I’m out of town for a few days. Therefore, while today’s word count is pretty respectable, it’s less delightful when one considers that it’s been four days since I wrote anything at all.

Anyway. Here are today’s stats on my second urban fantasy adventure — this time with my neurotic undead thief, her shady agent, a cigar box full of magical penis bones, a mentally ill former NASA engineer-turned-sorceress, and the continued fabulosity of a Cuban drag queen:

Project: Hellbent
Deadline: August 9, 2010
New words written: 3201 (not bad)
Present total word count: 47,069 words

Things accomplished in fiction: A quasi-reenactment of the bell tower scene from Vertigo, only this time with a deranged sorceress, a very confused vampire, and an off-duty drag queen in commando garb instead of Jimmy Stewart.

Things accomplished in real life: Noodled with day-job project for kind of a ridiculous amount of time, but I needed to make sure I got a bunch of footnotes turned into endnotes and didn’t screw anything up while I was at it; finished unpacking from DC trip; exchanged many important emails, which actually ate up most of the day that wasn’t eaten by day-job work or writing.

Other: OMG HOW COOL IS THIS??? I love it. Click the link to see the steampunk vest a very crafty woman made – inspired by (and featuring groovy details from) Boneshaker.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 70,786 words