The devil may care but I don’t mind

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: 5797
    Present total word count: 30,844


    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; cleaned the whole house; did some laundry; went to the post office; went to the picture framer; etc. etc. etc.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Met up with nice cop dude to explain self re: freakout; agreed to an unholy trinity of Leda, Niki, and Grady for the purposes of snooping around these two cold cases – and, it is to be hoped, figure out how they’re connected; visited an old witness to see if he had anything new to add to his original story.

    Other: Oh hey, I cracked 50k+ words for the year so far. In August. Ugh. That number should be…oh, about twice that. Oh well.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 55,749

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