I read you books and talked for hours

Here’s recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago – with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):


    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: April 30 [self-imposed, and oh well]
    New words written: 13,935
    Present total word count: 54,308


    Things accomplished in real life: Since last week? Much of the usual: walked the dogs every morning; cleaned house a couple of times; lots of laundry; had a houseguest for a few days; bought a power washer and now I am unstoppable; etc. etc. etc.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up a Draft Zero! It’s fairly solid, all in all (IMO), though I’m going to let it cool off and then clean it up and see how I feel about it. I’ll probably need to trim 3-4k words, if I know me. (I tend to overwrite in first drafts.)

    Other: This is basically a gothic novella chock full of fan-fic about friends – one of whom appears as a ghost. I got everybody’s permission, don’t worry; but this is really a quiet, weird little story that I wrote expressly “for funsies”…and I’m not sure where it’ll find a home. If nobody wants it, maybe I’ll set it up behind a Patreon or something. I don’t know yet. We will see. I’m not ready to show it to anyone yet, anyway.

    What’s Next: This coming week will be spent eyeballs deep in the final (I hope) rewrites for The Toll. It’s a polishing round, but it’s fiddly – and it’ll definitely take a few days of focus.

    After That: After that, I’ve got a couple of things I want to develop. We’ll see which one bubbles up to the top, eh? I’ll keep you posted.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 24,908

When you go, you’re gone forever

Here’s today’s progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago – with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):


    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: April 30
    New words written: 1973
    Present total word count: 40,373


    Things accomplished in real life: Took the dogs on their morning jaunt around the neighborhood; went to grocery store (yet again, but it’s just around the corner); went through and responded to all necessary queries in the pass proofs for The Agony House; received/read through/rejoiced re: the last round of edits for The Toll [or so it is to be hoped].

    Things accomplished in fiction: Went looking for an unmarked grave in an abandoned cemetery. Get your stamping pens ready, because that one’s on your Gothic Cliche Bingo Card.

    Other: Over the weekend, the weather was nice so I got started on a little bit of spring yard work. At least the patio area now looks like civilized people are taking care of it, as opposed to a couple of slackers who just let everything die and then get dug up by a pair of dogs. Ahem. Next weekend [maybe]…the back yard, which will be quite the undertaking. It’s actually pretty big, and it’s a wreck. [We don’t have a front yard, per se.]

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 10,973

In the shadow of summers now past

Hey everyone! Here’s recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago – with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):


    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: None!
    New words written: 5781
    Present total word count: 38,400


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; did laundry; tidied house.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Met the third and final “sister”; received a dire warning and a promise; snooped and learned something cool, but felt bad about it.

    Other: Although I began writing Cinderwich as a novel, I always knew it’d be a short one…and now I’m reasonably confident that it won’t run any longer than 50k. Fine! It’s a novella, no big deal. I’m very happy with the draft so far, and I hope to finish it before the end of the month. That’s the goal I’m setting for myself, anyway. We’ll see how it goes, and where it goes, and what becomes of it. I’ll keep you posted.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: Gonna say about 9000 and start the count there, because that includes the short I wrote for Apex (the one that lands next month). I realize that sounds low (and it is!) but I’ve been mired in production work (rewrites, edits, proofs, etc.) until literally a week or two ago, and that’s just how it goes sometimes. Realistically, I’ve written more like 30,000 words (I added 12k to one YA project, and another 8-9k to another, plus content to a Wild Cards project and more), but I tend not to track the stuff that happens outside of straight-up drafting. No real reason. Don’t @-me.