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I'm setting aside that draft of Ninja Planet for a couple of days, so it can cool off. I'll dive back in later this week, to start the clean-up - and then it'll go off to my agent, who has been waiting for me to finish it for several years now. She's been very patient, yes.

But since I've made this vow to write Every Damn Day, I needed to pick another project and get to work. Momentum doesn't build itself, you know.

Therefore, I'm picking up where I left off on Maplecroft.

It took all afternoon to read through my previous progress, and it's a pretty serious gear-shift from a comic/suspense teenage sci-fi; so my progress isn't epic or anything, but I'm pleased to have cracked a thousand words all the same.

So here’s today's progress on my fin de siecle gothic epistolary, now with Bonus! ghosts, guilt, and the threat of elder gods in the aftermath of two gruesome unsolved murders:

    Project: Maplecroft
    Deadline: None at present
    New words written: 1231 (I'll take it)
    Present total word count: 20,240 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Wrote a love letter. The enthusiastic, won't-take-no-for-an-answer kind of love letter that stops just short of being passive aggressive...but then again, the author is perfectly exhausted, bless her heart.

    Things accomplished in real life: Daily jaunt around the neighborhood with the dog; cleaned kitchen; did laundry; caught up on all my material on this project and dug up my notes; went to Walgreens to pick up some supplies.

    Other: While I type this, I'm watching an unexpectedly fascinating local TV piece about abandoned 19th century mills in Georgia. Makes me want to throw on my combat boots and go tromping around where I ain't supposed to be...

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 16,254

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