It’s been several days since I’ve met any of my wordcount goals – which is not the end of the world, but is kind of a pain in the ass. My reasons are many and varied, and mostly legitimate; but the deadline does not care. The deadline has no mercy, nor pity. So for public self-shaming/motivational purposes, I’m going to post today’s word count, even though it’s nothing short of pathetic.

Ergo, 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: 804 (Jesus.)
Present total word count: 72,023 words

Things accomplished in fiction: Dithered.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; photo shoot for magazine thing about which I’m not allowed to talk yet; went to Third Place Books and signed stock/chatted with Vlad et. al.; came home to find part of my neighborhood shut down due to bomb scare at Volunteer Park; was saved by local law enforcement from the menace of a remote-control toy Jeep; sent a few important writer business emails; ate half a tub of donut holes.

Other: I think I’ve actually been a little sick for the last few days, but there’s no proving it and it’s not an incapacitating thing – just a “feeling vaguely under the weather” thing. Or maybe I’m just tired. The summer sunrise at ridiculous o’clock in the a.m. (the kind of ridiculous o’clock which, in my younger days, I would’ve caught coming home from an evening at the gothbar) … it’s seriously interfering with my ability to sleep through the night. Will try to call it an earlyish night, but that’s easier said than done with the sun’s still up until nearly 10:00 p.m.

Other, redux: Word is getting around that Tor will be giving away copies of Boneshaker at San Diego Comic Com, which is awesome! But people are asking if I’ll be there, too, and the answer is a sad but resounding “no.” I can’t afford it, but I hope you’ll all have a most excellent time without me.

Other, part trois: Look – it’s a kitty!

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 95,740 words