Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

August 31, 2010

4 years, 2 months ago, in the late evening

Here’s the weekend’s progress on my Hunley version 4.0 submarine book about Andan Cly and his crew having a damp misadventure in a Texian-occupied New Orleans, plus Bonus! guerrilla warfare, other assorted historic pirates, and an octoroon madam who moonlights as a Union spy.

Project: Ganymede
Deadline: November 1, 2010
New words written: 2060 (ugh)
Present total word count: 46,161 words




Things accomplished in fiction: Trudged through the swamp in the middle of the night; finally arrived at the pirate island besieged by Texian forces.

Next up: Dry land, antiaircraft fire, a few stray Lafittes, and some serious field medicine.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; hiked down to the bank to cash a check; went to Walgreens; talked to Bantam editor via email for awhile; talked to publicist from Tor via email for awhile; filed paypal dispute re: Etsy fail — long story (NOT from anyone I recommended the other day); paid a few bills; agreed to yet another signing/reading in November, at the Tacoma Public Library; went to supper with husband; cleaned fish tank; did last-minute laundry before DragonCon.

Other: My entire day was nibbled to death by ducks, but I promised myself 2000 words before I called it a night … and I have just now achieved it, at 10:00 p.m. Go me? Of course, this means I likely won’t make 50K before I leave for Atlanta, but I’ll just have to beat myself up about it later.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 174,772 words

No word metrics

4 years, 2 months ago, in the late afternoon

Nothing metrics-y to report, aside from my daily run/climb and day-job work … because this was the one afternoon I have every 4-6 weeks wherein I am responsible for exactly NOTHING except sitting still while the nice man (Lancer F.) at Emerson Salon touches up my ‘do.

Is it a lot of trouble to preserve the snazzy blue-and-green peacock hue? Yes. But I think we can all agree that it’s totally worth it. (Click the jump to get a gander.)

August 29, 200

4 years, 2 months ago, in the evening

Here’s the weekend’s progress on my Hunley version 4.0 submarine book about Andan Cly and his crew having a damp misadventure in a Texian-occupied New Orleans, plus Bonus! guerrilla warfare, other assorted historic pirates, and an octoroon madam who moonlights as a Union spy.

Project: Ganymede
Deadline: November 1, 2010
New words written: 1841 (ugh)
Present total word count: 44,101 words




Things accomplished in fiction: Sent a telegram or two; had some bad gossip confirmed; hopped on a boat in the dark in the swamp and prayed for the best.

Next up: NOW it’s time for “gators, Texians, and paranoid privateers.”

Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb; cleaned house somewhat; lots of business emails, even on the weekend, yes; a few phone calls; did a whole lot of errand-running for self and others; plotted some of my DragonCon packing.

Other: Piddly word count, yes. The mere fact of a weekend is no freaking excuse. I very badly want to beat 50K before leaving town, and this is NOT the way to go about it. But holy crap, I need a break and oh look, AFV is on and I have wine. Perhaps a break is called for.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 172,712 words