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Things are strange over here, so I'm going to put down the thing I mentioned in my last post. Not forever, but for now. I still dig the project and I have it more or less mapped out - but this isn't the time for a variety of reasons, not least of all the fact that I've had something potentially time-sensitive and time-consuming land on my plate. It's not set in stone yet, but if it all comes together it's going to eat my life for a couple of months and there won't be room for anything else from a creative standpoint.

Anyway, my agent is working on it. We shall see what happens. No, I won't tell you what it is yet (or maybe even ever! you never know...).

Besides, I don't know. I was on fire for the story for a few weeks, but I'm losing steam - which usually means that I'm coming at it from the wrong angle. Maybe I should've actually taken the break I promised myself, rather than jumping into something new right away.

At present, I have five projects hanging about on my agent's desk and on the desks of a few editors here and there; there's no way to know which of these - if any of them - will find a home and need my attention for awhile in 2019, but maybe that's enough just for now. Come the New Year, I'll reevaluate and maybe sit down with my agent for a "What next?" conversation. For now, I think it's time to recharge.

Be well, everyone. I'll be around, but I need to declare at least a semi internet hiatus through the holidays. Follow me on Twitter for your daily recommended dose of adorable animal pictures. I'll see you next year!
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It's been a minute, yeah. I know. I've been busy and things have been happening, you know how it goes. 2018 has been a messy year for me, honestly - messier even than 2017, which featured a massive cross-country move with my husband and four animals. I'm glad that it's winding down.

I only had a couple of things hit the street from a publishing standpoint this year: The Agony House and a single short story, Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse from Apex Magazine. So it feels like I have not-so-much to show for it, and that kind of sucks - but that's not to say that I've been sitting on my hands, over here.

At present I have one partial* sitting with my YA editor at Scholastic, one full YA project being shopped around elsewhere, two partials sitting on my Tor editor's desk, and a full mystery project on my agent's desk. Maybe none of those projects will land. Maybe all of them will. You just never know. (Speaking of, yes - I finished my draft of Far-Fetched. That's the mystery project, and it topped out at 95,291 words. I'll add that to my total of fiction words composed this year, at the bottom of this post.)

And yes, I've started working on something new. I'm frankly excited about it; it's an idea I've been camping on for the last year or two, and it finally gelled to the point that I could get a draft underway. This will be a tricky one, and I only hope I have the chops to pull it off...but I'll go nuts if I don't try.

I'm not yet sure how long it'll run, but my gut says it won't be more than maybe 90k. Eh. I've been wrong before. Maybe it'll go bananas and run over 150k, that'll show me.

At any rate, here's progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a large old school that was boarded up after a shooting 22 years ago, told from the POV of two survivors, their now-teenage children, and their own parents - with Bonus! memories both faulty and true, intergenerational violence and grace alike, and thirty-one ghosts who know something the police never figured out. One part The Haunting of Hill House, one part The Frighteners, and one part Bowling for Columbine...so...wish me luck.

    Project: Kill Me Now
    Deadline: none
    New words written: 2554
    Present total word count: 2554



    Things accomplished in real life: (In the last couple of days) Put up the Christmas tree and wrapped presents; cleaned house including a crap-ton of laundry; walked the dogs; gave the eldercat her fluids; went to post office; went to Walgreens; went to grocery store; vacuumed four times because the dogs and the pine needles and ugh.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Finished a draft of the first chapter, and I actually like it.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 122,680



* For non-writing/publishing folks, a "partial" is sample content and a proposal for a full project, generally speaking. My partials are usually in the 100-150 page range plus outline/proposal/etc.

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Landed in the marketplace, I mean. Not, like...landed on a witch or something.

AT ANY RATE. The Agony House is here! And you can BUY IT! RIGHT NOW! Should you wish to order a copy, then I'd like to help - and if you (and/or your relevant young adult readers) liked I Am Princess X, I do dearly hope they'll be on board for this one, too.

[Just a friendly side-note about these things: if you would be so kind as to drop a review or two, when you're finished...well. I'd love you forever, pretty much. Reviews feed algorithms and word-of-mouth, two of the unpredictable, fiddly things which drive sales the most these days. Authors appreciate your help in this regard - more than you know!]

If you'd like a SIGNED and/or PERSONALIZED copy you can purchase The Agony House via the University of Washington Bookstore. Don't worry - it's not complicated!

Follow the directions here.

As you can see, you can order any other signed books [of mine] to be signed [by me] courtesy of that same set of instructions.

It might take an extra few days to ship, depending on my availability for darting over to the U-District to sign stock...but I've even included a handy-dandy phone number in the directions to magically grant you free media rate shipping [in the continental 48 states only, I'm so sorry]!

::throws confetti::

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Before I get to the word metrics, don't forget - Seattle-area folks: This Friday evening (9/21) I'll be at the University Book Store in the U-district with Shaun Hutchinson at 7:00! Come out and see us, and see the previous blog post for details, instructions, and so forth. We'd love to meet you there :)

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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: October 1, 2018
    New words written: 11,631
    Present total word count: 61,960



    Things accomplished in real life: Well, it's been another few days since I posted - but in my slight defense, I'm keeping pace with my "1000 words a day, bare minimum" even though more production stuff on other projects has landed in my lap and eaten more of my time. Heck, today alone was a 5100 word day (which is *really* good for me). Real life has been housework, and a sick husband, and yet more audiobook work, and so forth, and so on. But I'm still getting it done, goddammit.

    Bonus Things accomplished in real life: I know I said I was "done" with the audiobook tweaks and so forth, but I turned out to be wrong. Another dump of auditions to review landed and ate up some time, and then - because why not, right? - the copyedits for The Toll hit my inbox. I haven't started those yet. They're not due until 10/8 and I'm just...pretending they don't exist until the end of this month. Yes I can do them in a week. No it won't be a problem. One thing at a time, yanno?

    Return of Bonus Things: Tomorrow I have a hair appointment eating up much of the afternoon; Thursday is housework + lunch with a friend; Friday is the reading/signing at U-Books; but I WILL keep cranking out the words, you just watch me.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Interviewed our final witness/suspect at the downtown library, and got a little bit more information - then got a phone call that Bad Things were going down at the home of another witness (previously visited) and now we're en route to that fine gentleperson's home, where a break-in has occurred.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 86,795
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Heads up all you Seattle-area folks: Next Friday, September 21, you can catch me at the University of Washington Bookstore with Shaun Hutchinson! We'll be reading and chatting and signing, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Come out and see us!

*Technically* The Agony House doesn't come out until September 25th, but I've been most heartily assured that there will absolutely be copies available. Breakin' street date, y'all. That's how we do it in the 206. [::busts into poorly executed and highly embarrassing dance moves::]

I don't have any other Seattle appearances /signings on deck (at this time) and there's no tour planned; so if you want to get the jump on all your friends and/or you have anything else you want signed...here's your chance :)

As usual, I'll be happy to sign other books - so if you have any copies of I Am Princess X or whatnot sitting sadly unsigned on your shelves...bring them in! I'll scrawl all over them, as you like.

P.S. For what it's worth - you can also pre-order this book (or any others of mine) via the University Book Store. Click right here for instructions and details. Don't worry! It's very easy, and it doesn't cost extra (except shipping - and there's free media rate shipping available for buyers in the continental US).

Anyway, thanks so much for reading...and I'll probably throw up more reminders as the event draws closer. I hope to see you there!
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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: October 1, 2018
    New words written: 11,252
    Present total word count: 50,329



    Things accomplished in real life: It's been a minute since I updated here, my apologies. I've had a lot of things going on - not least of all, Greyson got a bit sick and had us worried for a few days, but a vet visit and some meds fixed him up and he's fine now. The rest of it doesn't really bear a dry retelling.

    Bonus Things accomplished in real life: As you may recall, when we did the audio book of I Am Princess X...the comics portions were presented as radio plays - with sound effects and such, etc. Well, we're doing the same thing for The Agony House but we're taking it up a notch with a narrator and multiple voice actors (I believe). Naturally, this means a whole lot of extra fiddling on my part, but it's done now, hallelujah. Anyway, that's the main reason I've been quiet over here for the last week or two.

    Son of Bonus Things: Despite the stuff mentioned above, I managed to get at least a little work done on Far-Fetched every day, thus the cumulative total. However, since I wasn't expecting the new audio work to come down the pike so soon, I've adjusted my self-imposed draft due date to October 1. I can actually finish a draft of this by then, I know it for a fact...except...the copyedits for my next Wild Cards piece just landed, so that'll be a small hitch in my plans. But if I'm lucky, I can knock those out in a few days.

    Bride of Bonus Things: If it ain't one thing, it's another.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Interviewed another witness or two, wreaked a little havoc, got a great psychic flash that may tie two cold cases together, hurrah. We'll see if it checks out.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 75,164
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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 15
    New words written: 8163
    Present total word count: 39,077



    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; went to the mall; went to Target; a bunch of other stuff that frankly isn't springing to mind right this second, oh well. I'm tired.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Tagged along for an informal interview with a person of interest from one cold case; did not freak out, high-fives to self!; went to the bar for some Klairvoyant Karaoke and found out that the bar's owner wants to change it to 'Psychic Psongstress' and had mixed feelings about it; reviewed and tidied the murderboard; got left out of an informal interview with a retired cop who'd worked on a different cold case which is sure to be related to the first one - but our heroine wouldn't have been much help, anyway.

    Other: I wrote all of those words in two days - after taking a couple of days to sit down and plot my ass off. Man, it's almost like...when you work this stuff out ahead of time...you can write a lot faster. If this sounds obvious to you, I mean, that's fine. I'm usually a gardener,* but for a straight-up mystery like this I've learned that I need to have my ducks in a row a more than usual.

    Bonus Other: Well, I'm trying a spiffy new word meter because my trusty stand-by of oh-so-many-years (via Writertopia) seems to be...not so much working, all of a sudden. Also, I adjusted my goal deadline by a week. Even at this pace, I don't think I could make 9/8.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 63,912



* "Gardener" = someone who writes by figuring it out as she goes, and tends to the plot/characters more like a garden to be grown than a puzzle to be solved. GRRM said years ago (in an interview in the Sydney Morning Herald) that writers tended to be gardeners, or architects. The architects are the folks with all the outlines and index cards; they like to know where everything is going before they get started.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: 2169
    Present total word count: 13,176




    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went grocery shopping; watered all the things (the yard is positively tragic right now); fielded some emails; dealt with pest control gent for our routine anti-ant spritz-down; grabbed lunch even though I had food at home because I am the literal worst but I was hungry and it's hot and I didn't want to cook.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Negotiated meet-up for unofficial police business that everyone is prepared to lie about, if confronted; went to a vintage Vegas-themed bar on CapHill called "Castaways" for a little clairsentience practice on the karaoke stage; drowned some sorrows; other sorrows invested in life jackets and made a nuisance of themselves.

    Other: Finally got a real toe-hold in this one, and I'll do my best to keep up the momentum. Present goal is at least 1000 words a day - many more if possible - regardless of whatever else is going on. I've been sitting on this project for about four years, so it's had plenty of time to gel in my head; let's hope it finds its way out in a timely and relatively painless fashion. I'm setting the deadline for this first draft at my dad's birthday, September 8. Arbitrary? Yes. But for real, I work better with fixed goals. So here goes.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 38,084

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Hey there! I know it's been a minute, but you know how it goes, eh? So much has happened since last I posted ... that I'll never pull off a decent recap now, but there are a few highlights I need to hit - for the sake of my sanity, and also because, shoot. I don't know. Maybe some of you want to hear about it.

First up - as you know, The Agony House is coming soon from Scholastic! By soon, I mean NEXT FREAKING MONTH which is both exciting and a little alarming, but here goes nothing, eh? Trade reviews have been rolling in, and here are a couple of the highlights thus far:
If you'd like to pre-order a copy, then I'd like to help. Pre-orders are crucial in publishing, and the more I can drum up, the merrier. If you (and/or your relevant young adult readers) liked I Am Princess X, I do dearly hope they'll be on board for this one, too:
And to this, I must add another link or two. If you'd like a SIGNED copy, you can pre-order The Agony House via the University of Washington Bookstore. I do not live terribly far away from this bookstore, and it's my shop of choice for this kind of thing. Don't worry - it's not complicated! Follow the directions here.

As you can see, you can order any other signed books [of mine] to be signed [by me] courtesy of that same set of instructions. It might take an extra few days to ship, depending on my availability for darting over to the U-District to sign stock...but I've even included a handy-dandy phone number in the directions to magically grant you free media rate shipping! ::throws confetti::

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In other news, let's see. In the last few months I cleaned up Cinderwich and got it rejected from a couple of places, oh well, no biggie. I only wrote it for funsies. Anyway, I've shelved it for the moment, though I'll very likely haul it back out again this winter. I think it needs to be a full-length project after all. (To make a long story short.)

In other long stories made short, I had a piece come out in Apex Magazine in May, and you can read it for free right here: Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse. It's um...kind of different, for me. Broadly speaking, its reception fell into two camps: (1). OMG this SPEAKS to me, and (2). Seriously, WTF?

Perhaps tellingly, those reactions largely break down along gender lines. Make of that what you will.

I'm pretty proud of it, anyway.

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In other news, I've started a new project for adults.* It's one I've been talking about for years, but it only really gelled a few weeks ago - so here goes nothing. I'm really excited about it; it's lighter and more fun than [the bulk of] what I've worked on for the last few years. Lately I've felt like maybe the world was dark enough already, you know?

Yeah, you do. I know you do.

So 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: We shall see.
    New words written: 11,007
    Present total word count: 11,007




    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs every morning; handed in rewrites for The Toll; had a couple of rounds of house guests; went to NOLA for a YA writers shindig; started taking day-job contract work again; finally got my car's blown headlight fixed and now they're hilariously uneven like a bad boob job, but I give up.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Kept a cop from getting on a doomed plane, against his wishes; cop figures out that his travel agent is Special; cop looks up travel agent because he wants some discreet assistance on a cold case, and he's desperate enough to take it from her; travel agent is dubious but kind of game, as long as she can bring her best friend along for the ride.

    Other: This project was inspired by something that actually happened to me a few years ago, and I'm glad my husband was looped in on the text messages and travel updates as they occurred - otherwise no one would ever believe me. If Far-Fetched ever gets published, I'll go on tour and tell you all about it.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 35,915




* As opposed to "young adults." It's not, like, porny or anything.

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Here's recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: April 30 [self-imposed, and oh well]
    New words written: 13,935
    Present total word count: 54,308




    Things accomplished in real life: Since last week? Much of the usual: walked the dogs every morning; cleaned house a couple of times; lots of laundry; had a houseguest for a few days; bought a power washer and now I am unstoppable; etc. etc. etc.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up a Draft Zero! It's fairly solid, all in all (IMO), though I'm going to let it cool off and then clean it up and see how I feel about it. I'll probably need to trim 3-4k words, if I know me. (I tend to overwrite in first drafts.)

    Other: This is basically a gothic novella chock full of fan-fic about friends - one of whom appears as a ghost. I got everybody's permission, don't worry; but this is really a quiet, weird little story that I wrote expressly "for funsies"...and I'm not sure where it'll find a home. If nobody wants it, maybe I'll set it up behind a Patreon or something. I don't know yet. We will see. I'm not ready to show it to anyone yet, anyway.

    What's Next: This coming week will be spent eyeballs deep in the final (I hope) rewrites for The Toll. It's a polishing round, but it's fiddly - and it'll definitely take a few days of focus.

    After That: After that, I've got a couple of things I want to develop. We'll see which one bubbles up to the top, eh? I'll keep you posted.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 24,908

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Here's today's progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: April 30
    New words written: 1973
    Present total word count: 40,373




    Things accomplished in real life: Took the dogs on their morning jaunt around the neighborhood; went to grocery store (yet again, but it's just around the corner); went through and responded to all necessary queries in the pass proofs for The Agony House; received/read through/rejoiced re: the last round of edits for The Toll [or so it is to be hoped].

    Things accomplished in fiction: Went looking for an unmarked grave in an abandoned cemetery. Get your stamping pens ready, because that one's on your Gothic Cliche Bingo Card.

    Other: Over the weekend, the weather was nice so I got started on a little bit of spring yard work. At least the patio area now looks like civilized people are taking care of it, as opposed to a couple of slackers who just let everything die and then get dug up by a pair of dogs. Ahem. Next weekend [maybe]...the back yard, which will be quite the undertaking. It's actually pretty big, and it's a wreck. [We don't have a front yard, per se.]

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 10,973

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Hey everyone! Here's recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: None!
    New words written: 5781
    Present total word count: 38,400




    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; did laundry; tidied house.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Met the third and final "sister"; received a dire warning and a promise; snooped and learned something cool, but felt bad about it.

    Other: Although I began writing Cinderwich as a novel, I always knew it'd be a short one...and now I'm reasonably confident that it won't run any longer than 50k. Fine! It's a novella, no big deal. I'm very happy with the draft so far, and I hope to finish it before the end of the month. That's the goal I'm setting for myself, anyway. We'll see how it goes, and where it goes, and what becomes of it. I'll keep you posted.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: Gonna say about 9000 and start the count there, because that includes the short I wrote for Apex (the one that lands next month). I realize that sounds low (and it is!) but I've been mired in production work (rewrites, edits, proofs, etc.) until literally a week or two ago, and that's just how it goes sometimes. Realistically, I've written more like 30,000 words (I added 12k to one YA project, and another 8-9k to another, plus content to a Wild Cards project and more), but I tend not to track the stuff that happens outside of straight-up drafting. No real reason. Don't @-me.

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I know I have entirely too many blog posts that begin with some variation of, "Gosh it's been awhile, lol..." but here we are again, oh well. Look, it's been a busy year. Since 2018 rolled over I've wrapped up the following: the final round of rewrites/production on The Agony House; a major round of rewrites on The Toll for Tor; final production on one Wild Cards project; rewrites/production on a second Wild Cards project; a full rewrite of TWO young adult novels that may or may not find homes, but they were both requested by editors so we'll see; and wrote one short story for Apex Magazine (coming in May).

As a side/bonus note, I've also been volunteering for a political campaign via Get Her Elected - a very fine group that aims to help progressive women get into office around the country. On a lark, I threw my hat in the ring to help out with certified awesome badass Dr. Linda Jack and her efforts toward joining the Florida House of Representatives. I lived in her district for years and am acutely aware of the uphill battle she faces, and I'm happy to be even a small part of The Good Fight - even at a distance.

[If you're interested in participating in the blue wave, I strongly recommend signing up for Get Her Elected. They're always looking for a broad assortment of volunteers for a vast number of tasks. As for me, I help with Dr. Jack's website and its content, do a little research here and there, and pull together articles/press releases/whatever she needs that the DNC does not provide for her. It's not much of a time commitment at all, and the GHE folks let you tailor your commitment levels and all that jazz. Check them out!]

I mean...yeah. I've been eyeballs deep these last three months, so my apologies for all the silence. I haven't been very silent over on Twitter, if that matters to anybody - but it's almost entirely pet pictures.

Right. So.
What's next?
I haven't decided yet.

To make a long story short, I made a deal with my husband when we decided to move back to Seattle. The deal was simple: I'd agree to pack up our lovely Victorian and move...if I could have a year to Get My Shit Together while not worrying about keeping up my end of the household income with new sales/day job/contract work. I've been hamster-wheeling it for the better part of a decade and I needed some time to tie off loose ends (see first paragraph) and start developing new things to write and (hopefully) sell.

So 2018 is that year. Just yesterday I handed in the last thing on my catching up list (one of those YA projects) and now I'm...not exactly free and clear? The house is a wreck, the yard is a wreck (and here comes spring!), and my health has not been great. I've developed a weird allergy problem unrelated to the regular spring mayhem, but I'll spare you the details; and I really need to go to the dentist.

And since people have already started asking, I've also strongly curbed my travel this year. I'm not even doing DragonCon, though it's kind of been my Home Event for the last twenty years. I will probably do a little bit of gallivanting around re: The Agony House, including the Children's Institute event in NOLA (middle of June) - and I always do ConFusion in Michigan, but that'll be January of next year. I'm trying to give myself all the downtime I can, that's all.

Anyway. This is me, coming up for air. I will try to be better about routine updates henceforth, and once I get started on my next project (or once I pick a project to finish drafting) I'll let you know. Over and out for now.

::salutes::
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Goodbye, 2017. Don't let the door hit your ass, etc. etc. etc. My husband and I rang in the new year by drinking and bingeing TV shows. Then we hugged our dogs and gave them cheese, because fireworks are scary. We would've hugged the cats, too - but Quinnie was under the bed, and the ElderCat is mostly deaf. ElderCat could not have cared less, and would've been annoyed had I awakened her for hugs or anything else that wasn't a fistful of treats.

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I didn't get that much more writing done on Cinderwich, what with the holidays and all. I did, however, scare up a proposal for it - and clean up the first five chapters. I sent all that to my agent this afternoon, and we'll see what she says. I've had fun playing with this and I really like it, but I have no idea if it's the kind of thing anybody will want to publish.

I am literally the worst judge of my own material. Some of the projects I've loved the best have been the worst reviewed or least read. I have no idea.

Anyway, here's recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird vibe (as inspired by a true story that happened way the hell elsewhere):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: None!
    New words written: 5140
    Present total word count: 32,619




    Number of fiction words so far this year: 96,619


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Right. Well. Here we are in the future, and the year is wide open. I've got another couple of projects I'd like to develop, and I will make a concerted effort to do so. Maybe I'll sell a new book or two for publication this year, maybe I won't. I'll definitely have a couple coming out: The Agony House from Scholastic this fall, The Toll from Tor (tbd), and maybe another Wild Cards project, too (also tbd). I keep talking about trying to take a break and get my mojo in order, but apparently I'm kind of shit at that.

Procrastinating, I can do. Taking a break, not so much.

Well, I never promised anybody that the first post of 2018 would make any sense.

In other news,I can't be bothered to do a 2017 recap. I'd just as soon forget it ever happened, with a few notable exceptions. We're settling in to our house in Seattle, we've got happy animals to love, and the world hasn't exploded yet. Knock on wood. So here goes nothing, eh? Good luck, everybody. We're going to need it.
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Here's recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird* vibe (as inspired by a true story):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: None! Mwoohahahahaha etc.
    New words written: 6955
    Present total word count: 27,479



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Discovered that a fire road is not made of fire and doesn't lead to fire, either; found an old tree where a body once was stashed; sat for a spot of tea with a lovely woman who told them stories about finding that body, back when she was a little girl.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dogs; an epic amount of laundry; hosted a friend for a couple of days; cleaned the whole house; filled the car up with gas and cleaned it out; went grocery shopping; went to the liquor store; did some Christmas shopping; wrapped some presents.

    Other: I know it's not the world's most lightning-quick progress, but I'm getting a bit written every day - a habit I need to nurture and restore. I've let things slide too much, too far this year. I really need to get my shit together.

    Pet Other: We have a new chair in the living room. It is cat-approved.



    Number of fiction words so far this year: Let's say 91,479. That's about right.

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Not that I'm going to crack 50k on this project - or even the 30k I expressed a wish for yesterday - but what the hell. Might as well go ahead and start a running blog count...at least, until production on something else gets in the way. I'm sure I'll have to put this down before I get a full draft, but that's no excuse not to take a swing at it, right?

So until progress is interrupted....

Here's recent progress on my modern gothic about two lady academics investigating the case of a mystery woman who was murdered and stuffed in a tree forty years ago - with Bonus! lovely ghosts, sinister messages from beyond, creepy small town shenanigans, and a New Southern Weird* vibe (as inspired by a true story):

    Project: Cinderwich
    Deadline: None! Mwoohahahahaha etc.
    New words written: 1802
    Present total word count: 20,524



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Successfully located a tree that may or may not be (but probably is) the spot where a woman's body was stashed in the late 1970s. Argued with friend/mentor about it, and very nearly left her there.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with the dogs; cooked and then cleaned kitchen; answered some emails; did some research reading; cleaned/did a half-water-change on the fish tank.

    Other: I was poking around on my website, trying to find the progress bar I use in these posts...when I came across this picture of Greyson and Quinnie, and it is perfect. It needs to be shared again.



    Pet Other: I only just cleaned Fancy's tank a week or so ago, but he had some uneaten food that was getting gross in the gravel - and a plant that was dying in a slimy fashion. (Usually Fancy just gets a regular tiny amount of fish-food, but sometimes the current from the filter sucks it away from him, and he loses it in the weeds.) I read an article a few months ago about how fish get depressed if their environment isn't engaging, anyway - and although he's none too keen on the actual process of having the tank tidied, he seems to very much appreciate the result. He spends ages swimming around, checking everything out and blowing bubbles. #nodepressedfishin2017

    Number of fiction words so far this year: Approximately 85k, by my best count. (Spread across several projects, largely in production/editorial processes.) Frankly, not my strongest year. I'll try to do better in 2018.




* I made that "category" up...to explain what the forthcoming project The Toll is meant to feel like. It suits this one, too.
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