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July 19, 2010

4 years ago, in the late afternoon

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: 2655 (respectable, but not great)
Present total word count: 87,529 words

Things accomplished in fiction: Arrived at the world’s most frightening McMansion; got separated from faux ghoul; was fed a whole lot of bullshit; got a very bad feeling about this.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; daily run/climb; lots of writer-business work, including a bunch of stuff re: Clementine; got surprise! money in the mail (woot!); walked down to coffee bar a little late, thus the somewhat diminished word count.

Other: Hellbent is totally going to be more like 110,000 words in Draft Zero form, I just know it. But I’m going to pretend otherwise for now.

Other, redux: As stated earlier today, PLEASE DO NOT PREORDER CLEMENTINE FROM ANYONE EXCEPT THE PUBLISHER. Henceforth, no other preorders will be guaranteed, as orders have been very high and stock is very limited. Please see this entry (and its comments) if you have any questions.

Other, encore: NecroScope loved The Living Dead 2 – which delights me because I have a story therein. (My contribution was “Reluctance” – a Clockwork Century story about a teenage Civil War vet who’s gone to work for the dirigible version of the Pony Express … only to find one of his stop-over points overrun with … well … given the title of the anthology, I suppose you can guess …)

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 111,156 words

Clementine Update

4 years ago, just before lunchtime

Via the publisher’s web page announcement – get one while you still can, because Clementine will be sold-out on publication.

“… [Subterranean] currently have orders for more copies than we can fill, so we’ll be forced to allocate quantities sent to our wholesale and large online retail accounts. We’ll leave the order page for Clementine up for a few more days, so you can lock in a copy by ordering direct, but once we actually start shipping the book, we’ll make it out of print in the store.”

In other words, get it while it’s hot – because precious few of these will ship to stores. And when these gorgeous hardbacks are gone, they’re gone for good.

Edited to add: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PREORDERED from Subterranean Press, have no fear. Your books will be on their way shortly! If you preordered from a large retailer like Amazon, everything SHOULD be fine, but the publisher cannot guarantee it. FROM HERE ON OUT the only way to be dead sure you get a copy is to order directly from the publisher.

(However, if you were slow on the draw there is hope – for this book will be out in trade paperback next year. )