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:
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