So, let's see. In our Last Thrilling Episode, the Writers were scrambling to get various projects done by deadlines/extended deadlines.
As of this morning, one of the overdue projects has been turned in; the other is in process. The novel...is done in concept. Which means that I have about thirty pages of dialog/rough story to expand and polish. After all the cake has been iced, I'm guessing we'll come in about 130,000/132,000 finished words. And, yes, I have written many more words for this book than made the final cut. Might be time for a Blooper Track.
In terms of Mechanics, the book has been proofed, spell-checked, grammar-checked and continuity-checked through page 555 (remember -- these are manuscript pages, +/- 250 words/page in the Normal Way of things, and slightly less in This Way of doing things, because sub-chapters), and I'm actually feeling pretty good about it as a novel.
However, the next book will be about a person who sits in his chair and does nothing. Fair warning.
I've been making a list of things To Do when the book is finished. It looks something like this:
- Do income taxes
- Clean house
- Do Laundry
- Make blankie run
- Get haircut
- Prep for con
- Start next book
"Go to the Virgin Islands and sit around the pool drinking Adult Beverages" had been on the list, too, but the Coon Cat Consortium vetoed it.
. . .And I think that's all I got, except to note that Today the Weather Ghods of Central Maine have given us a nor'easter/ice storm. It's a good thing I was planning to stay inside, anyway.
Y'all be careful out there.
Oh. Today's blog title brought to you by the Steve Miller Band, "Motherless Children." It's been on continuous loop in my head for a couple days now, and I thought I'd share the gift. Here's your link.