Cherie Priest

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Coming Soon: JACARANDA

1 week ago, mid-afternoon

I wanted to put this announcement in a separate post, so it didn’t get lost in the metrics and progress shuffle: BEHOLD – the official Jacaranda announcement from Subterranean Press!

Think of this one as a postscript to the Clockwork Century, a little grace note to end upon – and click that link to learn more about who’s in it, what it’s about, and why I hope it will absolutely creep you the hell out.

I mean, in a good way…

It looks ugly, but it’s clean

1 week, 1 day ago, in the early afternoon

Another day of Getting All The Things Done. Or at least Making Progress On All The Things. Hey, I’ll take it. First up – I must mention the ubiquitous Maplecroft order/review links, in case anyone is tempted toward either of those things.

Look into the eyes of this-here dog … do you even KNOW how much kibble he consumes? All of it, basically. In the whole world. And kibble ain’t cheap. So support your friendly neighborhood puppy – and help his mom sell some books.

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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: 1248
    Present total word count: 15,187



    Things accomplished in fiction: Spotted a glimpse of ghost; discovered the eponymous cemetery…or what remains of it. Wigged out a little, because this wasn’t in the plan.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; ran across and scooped up dog-friend “Mike” who’d gone walkabout unsupervised and took him home to his family; did laundry; did yardwork.

    Yardwork Other: Weeded and pruned back All The Roses and their beds. It took a couple of hours and now I’m stuck with thorn pin-pricks all over, but hey, that’s the price of having roses. Still, I’m pooped from hauling all the clippings/weeds/etc. up the hill to the brush pile. Wheelbarrow notwithstanding, it’s a workout.

    Other Project’s Sample Chapters: Done! Draft Zero, anyway. I’m going to put them aside until the weekend, and then clean them up/ship them off to the editor who asked for them. So that’s ONE thing off my plate. (For the moment, if not eternally.)

    Progress on Chapelwood Draft One: 121/325. Not bad! Will do more this evening.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 166,264

Every now and then the stars align

1 week, 2 days ago, in the early afternoon

It’s Maplecroft Monday! Because of course it is, and there are reviews to report, that’s why. Many thanks, as always, to all the kind people who take the time to rate and review everywhere:

    Literal Addiction: Go here to enter a drawing for a copy of Maplecroft, if you like. Even international readers are welcome! There’s also an interview with yours truly, which includes a few things you won’t find elsewhere on the internet, heh.

    Lithium Creations: “If you’re looking for a beautifully written story of horror, genuine stuff of nightmare, Maplecroft is the story for you. Cherie Priest did her homework on Lizzie Borden and the time in which she lived. Combine such research with her vivid imagination, and she delivers a truly unique macabre masterpiece of fully realized characters given weight through historical accuracy.”

    CK(2)’s Kwips and Kritiques: “MAPLECROFT is a stunningly good horror tale, driven by the characters’ own impending sense of doom. Reminiscent of Stephen King’s THE SHINING, MAPLECROFT delves into the madness that lurks just underneath the surface. As evil encroaches on the town of Fall River, readers will keep the lights on, hoping against hope that the sound they hear isn’t coming for them. Highly recommended!”

    Bob the Wonder Llama got bored at work: And apparently, he’s been reading Maplecroft. Tentacles and coffee cups FTW!


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And, of course, because it’s still that time of year – if you’d like to order or review Maplecroft, then here…allow me to make that easier for you:

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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: 1531
    Present total word count: 13,939



    Things accomplished in fiction: Busted into an old carriage house, and found some very strange artifacts. Also a lot of dust and some lead paint, but, well. You know how it goes.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; went to the liquor store, yay!; went to the grocery store; went to Walgreens to see about a prescription.

    Yardwork Other: None today, as my attention is now divided by three different projects – and I had too much running around to do this morning. Tomorrow, I hope.

    Other Project’s Sample Chapters: Another 800 words, and I’m almost done with sample chapter #2! Maybe I’ll be able to wrap that up tomorrow.

    Progress on Chapelwood Draft One: Got through page 55 of 326 (in this format). Goal: met.

    Other in General: I’m tired, man. But tonight – Sleepy Hollow comes back! [:: happydance ::] I’ll probably also give Gotham a day in court, though my hopes aren’t high. I’m game to be surprised.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 165,016