Writing has been mostly a bust today, because of the million-and-one errands and bits o’ writer business that got in the way. Such is life. I’ll post stats down at the end of this post, but don’t get too excited about it. And first, I’m going to sling a few links.

  • Mad Hatter review with a scoop – Click to get a sneak peak at the flap copy for Ganymede. I’ve seen the cover art to this book, and I wish to God I could share it…but I’m not cleared to do so yet. So don’t ask. But here’s hoping I’ll be able to pass it around before terribly long.

  • American University profiles my brother – Adorable, outrageous overachiever, yes … that’s him! Lordy. Obviously I’m proud of him, of course; but reading that first paragraph alone makes me want to lie down and take a nap.

  • Kitty video – Since the fish got a video yesterday, this is a short clip of our resident four-footed monster trying to force me out of my own damn chair. Stick around for the last few frames, and TREMBLE. Oh, such peril do I brave each day…

  • io9 reviews Bloodshot – Choice quote: “But this book only needs one thing to be fantastic, and that’s Raylene’s voice. There’s an entertainingly aggressive wackiness about her.” Why thank you! That’s exactly what I was shooting for, actually.

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: 761 (I hang my head in shame)
    Present total word count: 19,456 words

    Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; hiked down to the salon to get my hair did; came home to a bunch of mail that needed to be dealt with; signed and filed 2 sets of contracts; packed up three batches of books for charity auctions; wrote checks to pay taxes and other bills; schlepped the whole thing down to the postal place and mailed it; sorted out almost my entire inbox; sent off a handful of important emails; secured confirmation vis-a-vis this weekend’s travel plans/flight/hotel/whatnot; went to Walgreens.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Running and screaming.

    Next up: MOAR MONSTERS.

    Total word count for 2011: 19,456 words