It’s been a busy few days, but not the kind of busy that makes for good blogging – I mean I’ve had day-job stuff out the wazoo, plus my last-ditch efforts to make deadline on Inexplicables.

I don’t miss deadlines. It’s not what I do. I hate being late for anything, anywhere; it’s my one major neuroses, and nothing stomps up and down upon it more than running late for a professional obligation. But there are only so many hours in the day – and alas, there are no such restrictions upon demands for my time.

I can get everything done, no worries; but I can’t get it all done at once. Such are the limits of the space-time continuum. Ergo, I am going to miss this particular deadline.

My long-suffering editor has already been warned, and the present plan is to have this draft done before the end of the month – which, barring unforeseen catastrophe, is totally doable. I don’t need a lot of wiggle room. I just need some.

I keep telling myself I’ll make it up in the edits.


People are starting to read and review Hellbent – and so far, the response has been fantastic. I am relieved! I am flattered! I am collecting reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and all the usual spots!

It’s been a very cheer-making sort of thing, particularly during this rather stressful time.

But with the reviews come reader questions. Leading those questions is this: When can we expect another Raylene novel? And the answer is: I don’t know.

You see, Bloodshot and Hellbent were part of a two-book deal, and I only get to do more books if these two books do sufficiently well. Therefore, if you want to see more Raylene books … you must share the Raylene love and help convince other people to buy them.

Is this a crass ploy? Yes. And for that, I apologize. But it’s also the simple economics of the situation, and I’m too tired to be coy, or to spin this in some darling direction. So instead, you get the truth of the matter, and I will trust you to take that in the spirit with which it’s intended.


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: 2929 (not bad)
    Present total word count: 107,018 words

    Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb + yoga; epic ton of day-job work; I wish I could pretend there was something else in my life right now, but there really isn’t.

    Other: I will finish this blog post and then yes, go back to day-job work. All the better to make at least one deadline with, my dear. It’s not a prioritization of day-job vs. fiction; it’s a matter of “which deadline do I stand the best chance of actually making – and for which deadline can I beg some leeway?” And this is how those cards fell.

Total narrative fiction word count for 2011: 107,018 words