Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

Like smoke I hung around

4 days, 11 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

1 week, 2 days 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.



The night so black that the darkness hummed

1 week, 4 days ago, around lunchtime

GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS – I have wonderful news! We have a Final And Official cover for January’s Jacaranda from Subterranean Press!





The artwork is by the marvelous Jon Foster, who likewise provided the cover art for Boneshaker, Dreadnought, Ganymede, and Clementine. (In case the style looks familiar.)

AND. If you CLICK THAT-THERE COVER IMAGE, you can do a few really cool things, if you’re so inclined: (1). learn more about this sweet little swan song for the Clockwork Century, (2). pre-order it, and/or (3). read a lengthy excerpt from it.

That’s right. FREE READING.
So by all mean, go check it out!

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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: 4106 (2-day total)
    Present total word count: 31,774



    Things accomplished in fiction: Got scared half to death; finished a bottle of bourbon; got up early and went out for coffee.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; housework all over the place; trip to the bank; trip to Walgreens; grocery shopping; sent off some emails; made some phone calls.

    Yardwork Other: Still zilch. It’s been raining and/or storming pretty much every day – and tonight it’s supposed to get really bad. Maybe the yard can just look like hell for the rest of the year. I’m starting to think that’d be okay.

    Other Other: Sent off the cleaned-up pitch to my agent. I renamed it, as part of the refining process. We’ll see what she says. Maybe I’ll tell you more about it; maybe I won’t. Haven’t decided yet.

    Utterly Random Other: My mom’s coming to stay with us for a few days this weekend. I’m sure no one will kill anyone, and everything will be fine.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 182,855

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Yes, I realize I’ve been a bad blogger, as of late. But here’s a picture of the world’s handsomest puppy … and that makes up for everything, right? I’m pretty sure it does.