Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

Must be the season of the witch

5 days, 13 hours ago, mid-afternoon

So here’s my plan for the first chunk of 2015: I have three solid pitches for new projects on deck, and I want to write a good bit (say, 20k words) of sample copy for each one … before April 1st. Ambitious? Maybe. But totally doable, I’m pretty sure.

One by one, I’ll send them off to my marvelous agent – so she can either make suggestions or get ready to shop them around. While she does that, I’ll (a). work on my next book for Tor [the one that comes after The Family Plot], and (b). return to each of the samples in turn, to see about producing full drafts.

This is how the sausage gets made, folks.

Therefore, here’s today’s progress on my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a friendly medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a WWI 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: Cassadaga
    Deadline: February 1, 2015
    New words written: 907
    Present total word count: 907

    Things Accomplished in Fiction: A small fire; a visit from a friend; a helpful suggestion; some appreciation for fine suits.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; another puppy playdate; changed a very difficult porch light bulb that was totally gross; made myself lunch; answered some emails.

    Other: It’s barely a beginning, yes I know – but beginnings are hard. I may or may not have better progress to report tomorrow, as I have a hair appointment smack in the middle of the day. But such is life.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 255,119


Happy Holidays!

6 days, 14 hours ago, in the early afternoon

Yeah, I’m a crappy blogger again – but you know how it goes. Between Christmas shopping and end-of-year deadlines and whatnot, I’ve been a tad scarce on the internet.

I think I’m just about ready to get another project off the ground, but it’s not quite gelling yet…though I have ONE WHOLE PARAGRAPH to show for my efforts. It is to be hoped that I can do something more like a proper chapter of starter-content underway tomorrow, but I still have some logistics to sort out. Which is a long way of saying, “Sorry I haven’t posted any shiny new word metrics as of late.” I’ve been otherwise occupied with edits and writer business and normal-life-business and whatnot.

But I’ll be back on the pony shortly.

That said, I wanted to go ahead and update over here before people started thinking I was dead or something, so here goes – first up, a ridiculous video of me and some of my writer friends…reading some of our most ridiculous one-star reviews for Pat Rothfus’s Worldbuilders charity. Heh.

(P.S. – I’m um…not a Hugo winner. I was a Hugo *nominee.* But I’m flattered by the upgrade.)

And in other news, there’s STILL PLENTY OF TIME for last-minute gifts like OH, SAY, BOOKS. Maybe one of my books – for that horror/historic fantasy fan on your list, eh? Perhaps Maplecroft? Or anything you see here?

Or (on a similarly self-interested note) if you want to make an author very, very happy for Christmas – take a moment and leave some friendly reviews at the usual places. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.

Sweetheart I’m telling you – here comes the zoo

1 week, 4 days ago, mid-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: 6623
    Present total word count: 102,834 [final Draft Zero tally]

    Things Accomplished in Fiction: DRAFT ZERO! [:: ticker tape parade ::] [:: confetti blast ::] [:: tee shirt cannon ::]

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; grocery shopping; not much else – this ate the whole day.

    Other: Yes, it’s shorter than projected – but 110k was an arbitrary number anyway, and revisions will probably plump it up a bit further. We shall see. Still, it’s COMPLETE and I am HAPPY WITH IT and I can set it down until after Christmas – when I start cleaning it up so I can chuck it to my editor before January 15.

    Bonus Other: YOU GUYS. I’ve officially cracked a quarter million words for the year! Personal record, y’all! [:: dies and is dead ::]

    Final Other: Pardon me, but now I’m going to go take a nice hot shower and then have a nice stiff drink and just…not…you know. THINK about anything for a bit. [:: collapses ::] [:: dies some more ::] [:: remains dead again ::]

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 254,212