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It's a dark and gloomy afternoon over here, which is a little odd because the morning was so pleasant; but it makes for a nice day to sit inside and be productive. Or nap. As the case may be.

Anyway, Greyson's loving it. He's sitting outside in the rain right now, happy as a clam, watching the world go by. When I'm finished posting this, I'll go take him for his afternoon walk - in the rain, yes - which will make him even happier. It's a dog's life around here.

(The husband usually takes the G's afternoon walking shift, but he's out a martial arts seminar all afternoon. So it's me and the pooch, round #2.)

Not a huge word count to report, but right now I'm pretty pleased to be clearing a thousand words a day on a project with no deadline. And I fully expected going to be slow on this one, after the recent - very different - projects that have eaten my attention.

Honestly, I think this one will go a little slower regardless. Something about the form and feel of it. It's rich and weird, and doesn't necessarily lend itself well to my usual seat-of-the-pants cannonball run.

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: 1441 (I'll take it)
    Present total word count: 21,681 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Sister bitching. It's tough when you family doesn't like your significant other.

    Things accomplished in real life: Daily jaunt around the neighborhood with the dog; read a book about ghosts in New Mexico; kept the inbox down to zero; went to lunch with the husband. That's about it.

    Other: For awhile, I'll keep up this low-key pace - let myself stop around a thousand words a day, and dedicate the rest of my work time to revisions on Ninja Planet, as well as research/development on a few other things. My year-of-work is starting to shape up, and I'm thinking there will be room to whip up a few additional short stories, or maybe one more mid-length project - but I haven't yet decided on what. I'll let you know how that shakes out.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 17,695

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