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Out-of-Office-Response

2 days, 20 hours ago, in the early afternoon

Not really, not quite – not yet, anyway, but soon. Tomorrow I’m heading out for New Mexico, and I’ll be there for a week. Why, you ask? First up, this Wednesday I’ll be swinging by Santa Fe for this amazing event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema – and I do hope I’ll catch up with some of you there! It’ll be yours truly and Joe Abercrombie; and I don’t know Joe, but I’m assured that he’s lovely. And I can assure you that we will collectively do our damndest to be entertaining. Maybe there will be booze. I know I always find booze entertaining.

Then, after that fine event…you can catch me all weekend at BuboniCon – where I’m co-guest-of-honor with Jack Campbell, who is also undoubtedly lovely.

It’s all shaping up to be a busy week, and I don’t know if I’ll have any blogging opportunities – so if you really want to keep up with my shenanigans, I recommend that you add me over on Twitter, where I find it fairly easy to post pictures and offer brief, pithy, ridiculous updates. Otherwise, you’re likely to find radio silence until August 5th or so.

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SO. With THAT out of the way…I have some most excellent news! Maplecroft has scored a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Click that-there link to read a spoiler-free summing up of the matter, and hey, since this post is going to be front-and-center for the next few days…how about some shameless preorder links?

And don’t forget what your awesome auntie Delilah says about pre-orders! (Click that image to go to her website, and do consider checking out Servants of the Storm, too – for it is fabulous, I promise. I know this, because I have already read it as if by magic. Or by blurbing. Heh.)


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Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare

6 days, 20 hours ago, around lunchtime

Here’s today’s progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents’ deaths – now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:


    Project: Chapelwood
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
    New words written: 6745 (Hot DAMN.)
    Present total word count: 118,093



    Things accomplished in fiction: Draft Zero, ya’ll!

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; grocery shopping; went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription.

    Other: This is not a personal word-count record, but it’s damn close. I think my highest daily output was way the hell back in 2002, and it was over 7k. But this? This is very, very nice. (I always work faster toward the end, as the story picks up speed toward the finale.)

    EXTRA Other: I think this is actually the longest Draft Zero I’ve ever produced. Previously, it was Boneshaker … but I think that one was around 115k. Can’t remember off the top of my head.

    BONUS Other: Today I also passed 150k words for the year so far. A GOOD WORK DAY, yes. But now? Now I am absolutely BEAT. And I need a DRINK. And also I need to charge up my laptop before it craps out on me.

    [:: vanishes in a poof of wifi ::]

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 151,086

I’d walk away like a movie star

1 week ago, mid-afternoon

Here’s today’s progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents’ deaths – now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:


    Project: Chapelwood
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
    New words written: 3191 (good)
    Present total word count: 111,348



    Things accomplished in fiction: Part one of a two-part climax. That’s all you need to know. MWOOHAHAHAHA.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; several rounds of laundry, including bedding; various assorted bits of housework; Writer Business emails and so forth. Really, I’m just trying to power through and get to the end of this thing before the week’s out.

    Other: I suppose it goes without saying that this draft is going to run longer than 110,000 words. I’m guessing it’ll be more like 115,000 , so I’m adjusting the bar accordingly.

    Critter-Related Other: Today I discovered a new finch nest! Or rather…it’s not half so new as I thought, because it has at least one half-grown fluffy baby bird in it (two, I think – but I’m not sure). And this nest is right under the kitchen window, sitting in the holly shrub just a couple of feet from where I wash dishes. I have no earthly idea how I’m only just now noticing it, but it’s very cute and I’m glad that the little one(s) seem(s) to be doing well. No pictures, alas. I can’t snap one without disturbing them, and I’m not willing to do that.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 144,341