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The fires found a home in me

5 hours, 32 minutes 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

1 day, 5 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.



I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here

6 days, 6 hours ago, in the early afternoon

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: 1941 (2-day total)
    Present total word count: 33,715



    Things accomplished in fiction: Found a cool old photo album; got breakfast; took a phone call; learned that spooky things have long been afoot at the old Withrow place.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; ALL THE LAUNDRY; another trip to Walgreens; grocery store run; went to the bank; went to the liquor store; did oodles of yardwork.

    Yardwork Other: FINALLY. After a crappy start, yesterday turned out to be quite nice. I got almost the entire back yard shut down for winter, thank God. Still have a little bit of work to do, but it’s gonna have to wait. Accomplished: pruned the old rose tree back down to the basics (ouch); cleared out dead/dying container garden annuals; transplanted six (count ‘em, SIX) new canna lilies to spots around the yard, where they’ll have room to grow and sprawl next year (they started as one, in a container – but it sent out offshoots); hosed down all the things; swept out all the things; cut the weird privet out of the holly at the side yard; cleared massive vines out of same; pulled vines out of HedgeHenge but didn’t get them all.

    Maplecroft Random Other: I’ve been quite restrained about posting reviews and such, because I know it gets tedious; but this one from Colleen Mondor (over at Chasing Ray) really put a smile on my face – so here you go!

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 184,796

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Yes, I’m still trawling for reviews. Reviews are important! Seriously, they’re digital word-of-mouth. So if any of you have finished Maplecroft and thought to yourself, “Self, I should totally go post a few stars for this bad-boy…” then let this be your handy-dandy reminder. Please?

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No, I didn’t do all the yardwork alone. I had help. Dog help.
Sort of.