Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

I am Superman and I know what’s happening

2 hours, 5 minutes ago, mid-afternoon

Today the postman brought me awesome goodies – some ARCs of I am Princess X, as well as a kicky promotional mailer! You guys, I am psyched.

Happydance with me!

[:: wiggles it ::]
[:: just a little bit ::]

And 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: 2385
    Present total word count: 84,052



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: I know I keep SAYING that shit got real, but now? Now shit is REAL. And henceforth, I must be vague – my apologies, but for the last chunk of the book…I’d prefer to banish all spoilers.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; went to the liquor store for Thanksgiving wine; went to Walgreens for manila envelopes; got sidetracked and didn’t make it to ACE for epoxy and propane, but oh well; got my inbox down to ONE (not as good as ZERO but I’ll take what I can get); filled out the last of a massive publicity Q&A document for Scholastic and sent it off to my editor; recorded something funny for Pat Rothfuss and sent it off to him (details to come); filled out and packaged up some tax paperwork – but won’t get it into the mail until tomorrow.

    Other: Believe it or not, I did start working on the Chapelwood rewrites last night. I’m only about 30 pages deep, but it’s better than being no pages deep at all. This will continue to be my afternoon/evening project until next week – when it’ll get top billing by necessity.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 235,430

Nothing I want but money and time

1 day, 2 hours ago, mid-afternoon

I wish that the LitStack review of Maplecroft had landed last week so I could’ve included it in the roundup, but oh well! Here it is now!

It’s a wonderful (and largely un-spoilery) review, by a reader who paid very close attention and really plugged in to what I was shooting for. I am always immensely grateful and flattered when someone goes to this much trouble to discuss one of my books.

Real talk? This is the kind of review that makes the Days of Writing and Writing Business Despair…markedly less despairing.

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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: 2426
    Present total word count: 81,667



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Just cleaning up one or two of the last possible tasks before making for the trucks and finding a hotel for the night, because to hell with this crazy-ass house. And absolutely no one had a nervous breakdown. Yet.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; went to bank; went to Target for last-minute Thanksgiving supplies; got lunch; went to Petsmart and picked up more kitty Advantix II and some dog cookies; answered some business emails.

    Other: Today I actually deleted a whole bunch of stuff and wrote a lot more than the metrics suggest; I realized last night that I’d gone off the rails vis-a-vis the POV character’s handling of the “situation” and I needed to backtrack and adjust before it became unfixable. It took all afternoon, but it needed to be done.

    Other Business Other: Yes, I know I said I’d start working on the Chapelwood rewrites this week, and I will. Either in the evenings, or after Thanksgiving. I’ll get it all done, one way or another. (>_<)

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 233,045

Trust in me through closing years

3 days, 2 hours ago, in the early afternoon

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: 2067
    Present total word count: 79,242



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Started carrying cameras around almost superstitiously; cautiously got back to work – there’s a lot to get done before sundown, when we blow this popsicle stand.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; laundry; lunch with husband; not much else, as I got a late start today.

    Other: Would you like a peek inside the real-life Maplecroft? Apparently someone just bought it, and plans to turn it into a B&B. Pictures here. What a lovely place. :: sigh ::

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 230,620

Dog sneeze.