July 11th, 2009

the mourning edition

Word count -- Blackout.

Words: 4,937.
Total words: 44,959.
Reason for stopping: end of chapter eight finally accomplished.
Music: random shuffle and the book-specific playlist.
Lilly and Alice: on the bed, lazing about at an Olympic level.

Well, after another unplanned hiatus (this time sponsored entirely by the fourth Toby Daye book), a series sale (the Masons are coming to a bookstore near you!), and a name change (welcome to Blackout, formerly known as The Mourning Edition), I've managed to pass two fairly serious, fairly scary milestones.

Milestone #1: Chapter eight is finished, which means that things are about to start getting a lot more hectic and unsettling for my poor protagonists. Also, if this book follows the pattern set by the first one, this means I am close to a quarter of the way through the book. That's a pretty big deal.

Milestone #2: 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, Blackout has ticked fully over into "novel" territory. Oh, it's a really short novel at the moment, and it doesn't actually have a complete plot...but it's a novel, not a novella, and it's just gaining steam from here. This is a book that's going places. Dark, scary, unsettling places. Luckily, the book has a chainsaw.

I am so excited, I can't even say.

Word count -- Discount Armageddon.

Current stats:

Words: 3,562.
Total words: 34,578.
Reason for stopping: finished chapter ten.
Music: Sand Serpents, a Science Fiction Channel Original Movie of insane badness.
Lilly and Alice: bedroom floor and bed, respectively.

It seems that "I will sit down for a few minutes and clear my head by producing a few hundred words of InCryptid goodness" is another way of saying "I will spend three hours knocking out all of chapter ten, now with added al-Nahl goodness." (Thanks to Sunil, by the way, for being insanely good about random requests for the loan of his character naming powers.) But oh, that was fun, and oh, it's good to spend some time with Verity, however accidentally.

Blackout only made the transition from "novella" to "novel" earlier today, and now Discount Armageddon is inching up on that same beautiful benchmark. Which is a good thing, because if I can't finish one little novel, I don't know what I'm going to do about all those sequels...