Finally got to Draft Zero of that novella project, now renamed “The Ghost in Room 13” – which is a little corny, but appropriate. The novella itself is dirty and funny, and I only found out literally the hour I typed “the end” that a complication in the world-setting may compel me to rewrite the last third.
But I don’t know that for certain yet, so I’m pretending it’s just not so because for now, I need to get back to Brimstone. It needs a full and thorough rewrite this month, and it’s due back on the editor’s desk on the first of July. In a perfect universe I’d have more than four weeks (without two other projects yelling for my attention at the same time) but que sera.
All aboard the deadline train…
:: train whistle ::
:: toot toot ::
But here’s recent progress on my wacky mystery romp that’s a little bit The Thin Man, with a splash of Haunted Honeymoon, and a dusting of Scared Stiff – featuring a pair of 60+ year old newlyweds who are playing Nick and Nora on a ghost-plagued riverboat:
Project: “The Ghost in Room 13”
Deadline: July 1, 2016
New words written: 8311
Present total word count: 14,178
Things Accomplished in Fiction: Draft Zero! Mystery revealed! Comedy occurs!
Things Accomplished in Real Life: [Just today] Neighborhood jaunt with the dog; cleaned whole entire house after assembling new vacuum; took out the trash, including old vacuum – which finally succumbed to the excessive fluff of three very furry pets; went grocery shopping; got lunch; went to the bank.
Other: Look! (Below, at the bottom of this post.) I’ve passed 100,000 words for the year! Hooray! Alas, that word count probably won’t climb any higher anytime soon; it’s all rewrites, all the time, until August at soonest. I think?
Pet Other: ‘Tis the season when the dog and the house leopard share their favorite AC vent all day lomg, just chilling their fuzz.
Number of fiction words so far this year: 107,985