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: 2998 (not bad)
Present total word count: 30,635 words
Things accomplished in fiction: Introduced a new crew member who, should there ever be a movie, must totally be played by Jackie Earle Haley; packed up the Naamah Darling; collected lists of stuff to get; collected money with which to go get it; indulged in a Surprise! display of PDA that shocked no one except maybe the recipient, a little.
Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; daily run/climb; another post office run; two loads of laundry; not much else.
Other: Look! 30,000 words! Not the mythical “official” 1/3 of a book, but a nice round number has been crested nonetheless. I am still successfully on track for maintaining 10K a week bare minimum, and I was only 2 words short of meeting my 3K a day best-case-scenario goal. Go me!
Other, redux: Today I finished chapter four, which seemed like a good place to stop and besides, I’ve been working/writing since about noon, and I’m tired. Not all of this was composition work, no. I was peeved with how I’d handled some things earlier in the chapter, so I went back and rewrote a lot of what I’d done yesterday (yes, after fiddling with it for awhile last night, too – as you know if you follow my Twitter feed). I feel better about it now, and I think it holds up much better. But I still feel like 3000 words is a sorry count for seven hours of work. I am frittering too much time away on pointless tasks and internet, and I need to knock it the hell off. It’s not a sanity break if my lack of productivity is making me crazy.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 159,246 words