Fame, Liquor, Love – give it to me slowly

Today I finished wrapping up revisions on an (unsold) YA project and its proposal/summary – a full day or two ahead of schedule. I’m honestly delighted with this project and I want to see it find a good home, so it’s off to my agent for now, as per her request. It’s about time. I’ve been sitting on it for entirely too long.

I had to get it off my plate sooner, rather than later…because my editorial letter for Chapelwood landed on Friday. I have until December 15th to turn around a clean draft on that one, and get it back to the editor. This shouldn’t be a problem, but I need to clear my schedule of some of these secondary things. (Like the YA thing.)

I also have some reading to do, some notes to draw up, and some fiddly bits of the writing business to manage this week – but I want to nail down at least 10k on The Family Plot, too. I’ve got some decent momentum and I’d like to keep it rolling; so I’ll wait until next week to begin the Chapelwood revisions.

That still gives me three weeks to clean it up, and the editor was pretty happy with the draft – so it shouldn’t be too bad.

Anyway, this is the plan.

Today I didn’t get much done in the way or word metrics, but then again, I didn’t expect any (since I was working on that other thing). But hey, some is better than none.

So here’s today’s progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion – now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don’t match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:

    Project: The Family Plot
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    New words written: 1219
    Present total word count: 69,252

    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Went to a cemetery and found some of what we were looking for, but not all of it; phoned home; had a morning beer.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: [Since last post] Neighborhood jaunts with dog; grocery shopping; Walgreens; went to the bank; did a bunch of laundry; cleaned house; started planning for Thanksgiving.

    Other: Monday night TV! Gotham and Sleepy Hollow and (if I’m not too tired to stay up for it) Castle! Mondays are not all bad.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 220,633


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