Today, a new cousin of mine was born. Nathaniel Ryan Chamberlain is a both a pi baby* and a relative of mine, so you know he’s destined for greatness.

Nathaniel’s daddy, Ryan, is a week older than me – and we grew up quite close; so it feels rather like becoming an auntie, rather than a cousin once-removed (or however that works). It is to be hoped that I can find my way back to the area and visit the little booger in person one of these days soon.


In other news, things are about to get pretty busy from a work standpoint sometime in the next few days. Some of it I can’t really talk about yet, but I can definitely mention that the page proofs for Hellbent are on their way – and those proofs will be demanding my attention later this week. Likewise, it’s totally safe to declare that I’ve decided to move forward with the mystery YA project I’ve been blabbing about on Twitter … even if it’s only in bits and pieces. Will it ever sell? I don’t know. But I’m starting to fixate on the core idea of it, and I need to fiddle with it while the fiddling muse is good.

It’s essentially a continuation of a short story I wrote for someone that never panned out (it’s not steampunk – more fantasy/horror) … and I’ve been sitting on that story for ages, thinking to myself, “Self, that’d be a great starter for a longer project, but when would I find the time?”

Well, to hell with finding the time. If I can get a few hundred words written on it every day or so, I’ll have a good partial under my belt within a couple of months. But before I really get it started, I might dredge up a proposal for it – if only to give myself a solid idea of its direction and potential “meatiness.” I don’t know. I’ll noodle around with it tonight and see how I feel about it.

But first! Further progress has been made on Inexplicables, and by George, it looks like I’m working my way up to a proper start on this bad-boy. Obviously, as always, things can change – production schedules can change, projects can change … all kinds of variables here are up for negotiation. But for now, I think I feel pretty good about laying this out thusly.


Here’s today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, ex-Confederate spies-turned-Pinkerton agents, and gangland mayhem within the walled city of Seattle … now with Bonus! zombie Sasquatch and the return of everyone’s favorite elderly cross-dressing Native American princess:

    Project: Inexplicables
    Deadline: September 15, 2011
    New words written: 2122 (low end of respectable)
    Present total word count: 13,548 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Got inside the city proper, got the crap scared out of protagonist.

    Things accomplished in real life: Ran errands on foot (up and down the hill) but didn’t make my daily run/climb, alas; chatted with (a couple different) friends on the phone; likewise had a potentially interesting business chat via phone (not talking about that yet, though); talked to Mom, who had to call and tell me what the internet had already told me about my new cousin.

    Darling du Jour: “And all the light, all the darkness, all the rustling sounds of nearby water and scuttling clicks of crabs, and the tiny splurts of spitting clams half buried in the soggy sand … every soft noise scraped against the inside of his skull—loudly but not quite unpleasantly, rather like a headache made of candy.” (Might be too corny to keep. But for now, I’m liking it.)

    Next up: Fall down and go “boom.” Also, Houjin will arrive so the party can begin all proper-like.

    Total word count for 2011: Eesh. Um, let’s leave out the earlier partials and just start here – 13,548 words.**

* Birthday: 3.14 … or March 14th, ahem.
** It’s probably closer to 20K, but I don’t feel like looking up those other projects and being more precise. I’ll get back to them later, don’t you worry.