I had to phone someone so I picked on you

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: 3098
    Present total word count: 46,211



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Tried to go to a movie; got sidetracked; discovered a very tiny speakeasy and made a new friend or two.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; packed up my brother’s birthday present and shipped it off; answered some emails; cleaned the whole house; did about five loads of laundry including linens (but the housework was yesterday).

    Dog Other: Greyson’s got a new album cover.

    Cat Other: Quinnie always looks like the most comfortable cat in the history of cats.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 32,998

Sunsuit girls must be discreet

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: 2591
    Present total word count: 43,113



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Uncomfortable conversation part one; a walk down to the lake; uncomfortable conversation part two, but at least the gent in part two is charming enough.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; went to lunch with the husband; printed out a couple of letters to mail; got some tax paperwork ready to go off to my agent; made a checkup vet appointment for the eldercat.

    Dog Other: Got some more snow this morning. It’s gone now (pretty much) but Greyson was thrilled with it while it lasted.

    Cat Other: “This one’s occupied. Use the other one.”

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 29,900

Making your savior behaviour look evil

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: 5853 (cumulative)
    Present total word count: 40,522



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Set a whole bunch of stuff on fire; finally got the message; went to brunch and someone was missing.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; went to lunch with friends and then joined them for an open-house because I’m nosy; spent awhile fine-tuning the flap copy for Brimstone (God, I hope they take the suggestions); filed a harassment report or two; hosted a dog playdate or two; went to the grocery store; went to the post office; answered some important emails; made appointment for dog with groomer, which meant also chasing down his vet to send along updated vaccination records because apparently the groomer didn’t have those on-hand.

    Other: Got a very sweet email from Briley’s new mom, telling me that he’s doing well and he came back from his first vet visit with a clean bill of health. Also, he loves the dog park – and he’s being super patient with the cats.

    Bonus Dog Other: Today we got some snow, and there was dog-rejoicing.

    Cat Other: Quinnie sometimes forgets to close her mouth, and it’s amazing.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 27,309