Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

July 22, 2010

4 years, 2 months ago, in the early evening

Today it’s my cousin Ryan’s birthday. Happy birthday, Ryan! I got you … [drumroll, please] … draft zero on a wacky 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: 5803 (THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT)
Present total word count: 102,397 words

Things accomplished in fiction: THE END. For now.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; writer business/emails/phone call; lunch; laundry; absolutely nothing else because it took me until almost seven at night to write 5800 words, thank you very much.

Other: I’ll probably prune this down a bit for a Draft One, but I predict that with editorial input, it’ll likely flesh out again. All things being equal, I’m pretty happy with the draft. Its leaks are minor and (it is to be hoped) easily plugged, and it’s even a good length.

Other, redux: Now I’m going to set this sucker aside until August 1st, at which point I will assault it with my epic red pen of revision. Or Microsoft Word, you know. Whatever.

Other III: [:: collapses ::]

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 126,024 words