It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it

Here’s recent progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 6729
    Present total word count: 25,047


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; talked the vet out of some med refills; went to grocery store; went to liquor store; hung with and/or played tour guide for my brother – who came into town for a few days; cleaned whole house; did a bunch of laundry after brother left.

    Things accomplished in fiction: was semi-useful at cold case crime scene, at least until the good-bye handshake – when our heroine had a psychic flash that [gasp!] suggested the Nice Cop Dude was somehow connected to the murder of her fiance 4 years earlier; cop went home and tried to unpack events, was counseled by teenage daughter of dubious helpfulness; heroine went home and cried on the phone to her best friend.

    Other: Not a terrible multi-day total, but I didn’t get any work done while my brother was visiting. Still averaged *almost* a thousand words a day, so I can’t complain. I’m almost caught up! Sort of. And hey, I cracked 25k, so that’s nice. Almost a third of the way through the draft, huzzah!

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 49,952

I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva

Here’s today’s progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 2517
    Present total word count: 18,318


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription; fielded some emails; took a bunch of pictures of my pets; went to supper with husband.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Finished that Klairvoyant Karaoke set; got paid in booze, but word’s getting around; agreed to meet cop to discuss cold case crime scene, which is a first for our heroine and is therefore somewhat stressful.

    Other: Much better single-day total, though tomorrow’s will likely be light – as I’m going to be out of the office for part of the day. Oh well. I’m getting there, and I’m almost on target, and I’ll catch up later. One way or another. Even though I also have a hair appointment on Wednesday and on Friday my brother and his fiance are coming into town for a couple of days. I’ll sleep when I’m dead, etc. etc. etc.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 43,223

April Fool in big black letters on a Dead End sign

Here’s today’s progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 8
    New words written: 2625
    Present total word count: 15,801


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; cleaned the whole house; did several loads of laundry; picked up my contacts; went to the post office; lunch with a friend; started playing We Happy Few with my husband and it’s buggy/glitchy as hell sometimes – but overall a fun game so far.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Klairvoyant Karaoke!…wherein our heroine takes requests for personal objects, and chooses/sings a song for their owners based on whatever her feeble clairsentience tells her when she handles them. Practice makes perfect, and her skills are gradually improving.

    Other: That’s not a multi-day total, but I flaked out yesterday and didn’t get any writing done. I’m trying to average at least a thousand words a day, but I really need to work faster if I want to finish this early in September. Eh, I can do it. I just have to buckle down and make it happen. If the rest of my life would quit getting in the way, that would be awesome.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 40,709