Here’s today’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.
Deadline: November 1, 2010
New words written: 2152 (not good)
Present total word count: 23,621 words
Things accomplished in fiction: Went to the underground in order to scare up missing crew members, visit with our favorite widow, find out what the hell her son has gotten himself into this time; visited with folks from the previous books, including Dreadnought.
Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; grocery run; straightened house; visited Noah and picked up awesome earrings (see previous post); made an unpleasant phone call; did some freaking out; resolved to chill and consider options before going thermonuclear; vowed never to send any child or other dependent of mine to any form of private christian school so help me God; paid some bills; learned that Dreadnought earned a starred PW review (!!!); and that Boneshaker is on the cover of a teen book club publication from Scholastic. Yes, it was a very up-and-down kind of day.
Other: Today’s word count is not particularly high – and does not meet my 3K a day (6 days a week) goal. But in my defense, (a). I am planning to get more work done after supper, and (b). it is almost 90 degrees in here with all the fans running and all appropriate measures taken … and believe it or not, the heat from my laptop is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and I just can’t deal with it anymore. So I’m taking a break.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 152,232 words