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: 2345
Present total word count: 75,150
Things Accomplished in Fiction: Started at the attic with plans to work our way down; plans were derailed by a ghost that looks like a boy, but isn’t; got chased downstairs by something awful; found a safe spot, sort of; made new plans.
Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; went to Walgreens re: a prescription; went to the bank; got lunch; did some writer business.
Other: I don’t know what the big deal about crying doves might be, but I tell you what, it’s funny as hell when dogs sneeze.
Number of fiction words so far this year: 226,531
Speaking of dogs, mine is basically the handsomest thing ever.