Should I follow you into the shadows

Here’s today’s progress on my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a young medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell … as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents:


    Project: Brimstone
    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    New words written: 2016 (haha)
    Present total word count: 34,669



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Had the world’s worst nightmare and woke up to find that something bad happened while we were asleep.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with the dog; lunch with a friend; went to grocery store; went to Walgreens to grab a prescription; found out we are officially going to be a Nielsen ratings household (woot woot!); swung by the bank to deposit a check.

    Other: When in doubt, bring in a man with a gun. Or a dream-dude with a gun. Maybe it’s a flame-thrower. Close enough.

    Dog Other: Quinnie helped me unpack from my trip to Michigan the other day.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 21,456

By the time I got to New York I was living like a king

In case you missed it over the weekend, Briley has gone off to his new home. Thanks again to everyone who helped spread the word.

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Here’s recent progress on my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a young medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell … as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents:


    Project: Brimstone
    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    New words written: 3646
    Present total word count: 32,653



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Set some stuff on fire. Mostly by accident. Also ate some sandwiches and maybe had too much bourbon.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; too much eating of take-out food; helped re-home Briley; went to lunch with a friend; went to supper with a different friend, because it was her birthday; did some housework; hosted a marvelous dog party.

    Other: Onward. Upward. Forward.

    Dog Other: Greyson and Luna, BFFs 4EVR.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 19,440

May good fortune find your doorway – may the bluebird sing your song

This morning, my old neighbor Cathy brought Briley to my house – to meet his new family, a lovely couple who live on the other side of town. And now, this darling fluffy wild fellow with the amazing smile … belongs to an animal trainer and education worker at the Tennessee Aquarium. I couldn’t have imagined a better fit with nicer folks – and I do believe that it will all work out beautifully.*

Of course, this was very hard for Cathy. She put on a brave face until after Briley rode off with his new people, and then lost it. I felt just awful for her, but she knows (I know she knows, I reminded her) that she did the right thing for her beloved friend; he’s going to have a great life and a glorious time going running every day, hiking/camping on the weekends, and napping on his new comfy bed in the downtime.

I know, because his people sent this pic along this evening, with a note saying, “He seems to be settling in nicely :)”

Still, my heart goes out to Cathy. She did a brave thing, and I wish her the very best for her future. May she find better times ahead.



* If for some reason it doesn’t, Cathy and I made very clear that we will take him back – no questions asked.