February 22nd, 2009

the mourning edition

Word count -- The Mourning Edition.

Words: 5,372.
Total words: 39,995.
Reason for stopping: end of chapter seven, head is spinning.
Music: random shuffle and the book-specific playlist.
Lilly: not entirely sure, which is a little worrisome.

After an unplanned hiatus sponsored entirely by the Toby Daye series, chapter seven of The Mourning Edition is finally finished. Take that, zombies! Take that, journalists! Take that, actual structured narrative! This was very soothing, once I managed to get back into the swing of things. I've been editing so much in 2009 that I've been doing very little 'new' writing, so it was nice to just spend a day chasing people with the living dead.

Like any good zombie adventure, The Mourning Edition occasionally has to slow down and take a deep breath before charging into the next glorious Guignol on the docket. This was one of the slower chapters, and while those can often be the most difficult to write -- oddly, it's easier to blow stuff up than it is to tell a story; perhaps this explains most summer blockbusters -- they're also the most gratifying to finish. I always feel like I've really moved things along with these pieces.

According to the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) Nebula rules, something is a novella right up until it hits 40,000 words and becomes a novel. By that definition, The Mourning Edition is about fifty-five words from leveling up again. I'm not going to mess with it tonight, however. I know when it's time to shut down and watch some Tales From the Darkside to celebrate.

We done good.