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3 years, 3 months ago, in the late afternoon

Before I launch into today’s word metrics, please allow me to direct your attention to my “appearances” page. If you scroll down past the bits of travel that have already occurred, you’ll find some which is upcoming – and I expect you will note that it has swelled significantly in the last week or two.

I’m going on tour, people!

Not everything is fully, totally, completely nailed down yet – which is to say, there may be another stop or two added later, depending on how the cards fall. But definitely in the queue: Memphis, St. Louis, Denver, and Boise … plus a score of events in the greater Seattle area.

[I'm trying to keep this particular round of promotional travel down to either (a). places I haven't yet been,* or (b). local.**]

So! Right.
Moving along, here’s the rest of what I’ve been up to today:

Voila – today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, 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: 1434 (meh)
    Present total word count: 28,501 words




    Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb; yet more emails of importance; did nearly 100 pages of work on Ganymede‘s pass proofs, which ate up most of the work day.

    Total narrative fiction word count for 2011: 28,501 words






* I visited Denver once last year, but that’s the only repeat.
** “Local” including everything between/around Seattle and Portland.

A free soul burning roads with the flag in her bra

3 years, 3 months ago, mid-afternoon

Here’s today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, 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: 2055 (acceptable )
    Present total word count: 27,067 words




    Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb; yet more emails of importance; filed some paperwork; did yet more research re: a certain point I’m working on; did a small measure of back-and-forth for the day-job; began work on Ganymede‘s pass proofs.

    Other: I’m blaming today’s low(ish) word count on the Ganymede pass proofs, as they need to go back on July 6 and I have a bunch of other stuff to do between now and then, too … so I’m parceling out my time accordingly. In fact, after I finish this post, I will go back to them.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Got our story straight.

    Total narrative fiction word count for 2011: 27,067 words



Don’t apologize: No one’s going to save you just because you’re polite

3 years, 3 months ago, mid-afternoon

At the risk of making brains explode from coast to coast, I am here to report that I’ve gotten some writing done today. I’ve hit a temporary lull in the day-job work … which meant I had literally no excuse whatsoever not to get off my duff (or onto it, as the case may be) and dive back in to this-here story.

I need to get back into the writing habit. It looks like the next leg of my day-job contract will be a little less frenetic (for lack of a better word), and more of the content/deadline-oriented sort of thing I’m accustomed to; so I must restore my old-fashioned work flow. Day-job in the mornings (and evenings if necessary); writing in the afternoon.

That’s how we get things done, kids.

So here’s today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, 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: 2708 (not bad)
    Present total word count: 25,012 words




    Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb; went to grocery store for a desperately needed grocery run; tidied house; exchanged a veritable host of important emails; received a story contract (which I will print/sign/scan/return shortly); did some research.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Discovered the truth about ghosts. Or about one ghost, in particular. It was…not what we expected.

    Next up: Seeing the sights, meeting the players, and trying to prove we’re not insane.

    Total narrative fiction word count for 2011: 25,012 words


And now for two quick links, because I want to post them here before I forget: