Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

You got to pick up every stitch

10 hours, 50 minutes ago, around lunchtime

Here’s recent 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: 4357 (2-day total)
    Present total word count: 42,406



    Things accomplished in fiction: Had a nice(?) chat with a nice(?) old lady, who obliquely explains what the hell might be going on; started breaking down the barn, and found an old hearse for goth reasons.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; went to the grocery store; handed in guest blog post; laundered all our bedding because the time had simply come; sat down with my white board and markers and actually figured out what the hell I’m doing with other projects right now, because I’ve gotten pretty scattered when it comes to what comes next. So to speak.

    Other: I got about one paragraph deep into sample content on that pitch I nailed down last week – before I got hijacked by another idea, and a grain of yet another one. So here’s my new plan. First, I’m going to create two more pitches – for a total of three. Then I’ll give all three to my agent and/or editors and/or whoever and see what sounds coolest to a third party. Finally, I’ll begin work on sample content accordingly. Eventually, perhaps by the end of the year, I’d like to have three strong proposals and three strong correlating chunks of sample content.

    Bonus! Other: Of course, I also have to finish writing The Family Plot by New Year’s(ish), so we’ll see how this goes. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…or I’d damn well better, anyway. I only have one more book to write (under contract) after this one – so that old “anxiety re: being footloose and fancy free and also paycheck free” is starting to poke me with a stick.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 193,787


Canine footnote.

The fires found a home in me

2 days, 10 hours ago, in the early afternoon

Hey everyone who’s been asking me about signed/personalized copies of books: This coming Saturday, you can catch me at the FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia (near Atlanta) – along with some other fine folks. And the FoxTale is taking orders! Just call 770-516-9989 to have a little word with them, and make your requests.

Did I mention that they ship?
WELL THEY DO.

So even if you can’t attend the event in person, you can still get signed books from me, Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Molly Harper.

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: 2264
    Present total word count: 38,049



    Things accomplished in fiction: Started work on the second floor of the carriage house; got a visit from a nice old lady who smells like smoke and roses; realized that a door was open and there are handprints on the stair rail.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; packed up a bunch of stuff my mom left, and let the husband run it to the post office while he did other errands; started a guest blog post that’s due tomorrow and I really MUST finish it because I’m a loser who spaced on it the first time around.

    Other: Still haven’t managed to start any sample content for my fledgling proposal on another project. Well, I’ve had company over. And other work to do. And also, I suck. But I hope to get it started…um…soon. I’ll be gone for an afternoon one of these next couple of days, and then there’s the event in Georgia on Saturday, and then I’ll have Kevin visiting for a couple of days, and then it’s Halloween but SOON. I promise, soon.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 189,130



Like smoke I hung around

3 days, 10 hours ago, in the early afternoon

Any chance…? And I PROMISE I’ll stop asking after Halloween. That’s my cutoff. I swear.

Here’s recent 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: 2070
    Present total word count: 35,785



    Things accomplished in fiction: Had a nice cup of coffee and brought one back for a friend; learned that maybe everyone is seeing things; everybody has a ghost story; someone proposed a chain saw.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; weekend+ visit with mom; much eating at various assorted restaurants because I don’t cook; some shopping here, there, and everywhere; lots of laundry; transplanted a lovely gift into one of the outdoor planters, for it should probably be just fine over the winter; went to the grocery store.

    Yardwork Other: Got basically all the last stuff DONE. I could stand to do some weeding, but that’s about it. I finished edging/trimming all the things, did some pruning, and so forth…and now it’s basically as ready for winter as it’s going to get.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 186,866

Bonus: ZenCat is hella-zen.