Yes, I was gone for a week - I had company in town, an old friend who generally prefers that I not link her or post pictures of her, for privacy reasons. So, no pictures! No links! Just trust me that she's awesome, and we had a lovely time. We goofed off quite a lot, did a bit of yardwork for funsies, went shopping, got pedicures, drank fruity summer beverages on the patio, and lunched all over town.
But now she's gone home, and that means I must get back to work.
Oh, I definitely got some
work done while she was here, yes - but it was all administrative-type stuff. Writer Business, if you will. (And plenty of it.) But answering emails re: convention appearances, fielding publicity requests, going back-and-forth with editors and my agent, and so forth, and so on...do nothing to contribute to Chapelwood
's word count, so that's where my attention shall be directed for the forthcoming week.
I need a Draft Zero of this one before I take off for New Mexico on the Tuesday after next, that's the long and short of it. August is therefore dedicated to such diverse elements as the Princess X
copyedits, ramp-up for DragonCon, publicity posts/arrangements/whatnot re: Maplecroft
's debut, and probably some Jacaranda
Meanwhile, in the margins of those things, I need to get reacquainted with Godbothering
- which I'm starting in earnest come September. (After DragonCon, basically.) I only have maybe 50 pages of content on that one (plus general synopsis), and I owe a draft back to Liz this coming January. This is totally doable, even with the other production stuff...but ONLY if I can stick to my schedule.
Sticking to schedules doesn't come naturally to me.
But you do what you've gotta. * * *
So here's recent progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents' deaths - now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:
Deadline: October 1, 2014
New words written: 3306 (pretty good, yay)
Present total word count: 101,558
Things accomplished in fiction: Stormed the castle. It was smelly, and very quiet...but things are about to get crazypants.
Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; writer business including all the things detailed above; friend business including likewise; and it's been so long since I posted, I forget whatever else I might have put here.
Other: We were visited by a giant leopard moth. He hung out on the front porch like a boss, and I wanted to pet him SO BAD. But I restrained myself.
Yardwork Other: My friend and I picked up some tall trellises for the old roses out front, as they're really starting to grow like gangbusters - and they seem to need the structure. But it's been pouring down rain off and on (mostly on) since we bought them the other day, so they're still lying on the porch for now, dammit. Oh well.
Number of fiction words so far this year: 134,951