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Might've known what you would find

Here’s today's progress on my fin de siecle gothic epistolary about Lizzie Borden fighting Cthulhu with her trusty axe, now with Bonus! ghosts, guilt, arcane science, and an accidental villain who's losing his mind and his humanity in tandem:

    Project: Maplecroft
    Deadline: October 15, 2013
    New words written: 1725
    Present total word count: 94,468 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: First roller coaster car has slipped over the hump of the highest hill. So to speak. From here on out, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Bumpier, I mean.

    Next up: Finish Lizzie's quest, keep her from drowning. Get the doctor - and who's with Emma? Wait...

    Things accomplished in real life: Daily jaunt around the neighborhood with the dog; returned loose dog to its appropriate owners (this makes six); got a visit from Jolly (Basset Hound - Greyson's buddy) and lo, the pooches did go frolicking in the yard; did some yardwork, in the wake of frolicking dogs + the roofing guys having been here for a couple of days; went to Taco Bell because of reasons.

    Other: The roofing work is done, hallelujah! But we're not quite wrapped up yet - there's a repair that still needs to happen, alongside the house; we have some rotted wood that needs to be removed/replaced before the gutter can be fixed and we can call this "finished." The carpenter dude (from the same company) will be over either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning. I'm guessing tomorrow morning at this point. I might actually have a word with him about doing some trim repair/replacement while he's here. What the hell, right? We're already this far down the checkbook rabbit hole ... what's another few hundred bucks? May as well have a sharp-as-hell house when all the dust has settled. [:: sigh ::]

    Beyond other: That having been said, the new roof looks killer. Very nice job. Vastly better than before.

    Bird other: I haven't checked on the finch nests since I hung the flower-baskets up in the dogwood tree the other day; I figure the least amount of disruption to them, the better - and since the carpenter will be working where they ordinarily hang, I'll just leave them where they are for now. I hope the mother birds stayed - I've *seen* them, hanging around the tree - but there's no telling. On the definite upshot, there's a robin nest which I assumed was done for, but no! The nest remains (the guys said there was no reason to move it - she picked a lucky spot) ... and she's still on it. So there's that, eh?

    Randomize Other: Roofing guy is coming over soon to pick up his check and make arrangements for the repairs/carpenter. Once he's paid and all's settled, I'll post about who it was and give them my recommendation. I'm very happy with the work; we'll just see if the carpenter gets everything sorted out in a timely fashion, and then we'll be golden.

    Fiddly bits other: We picked up some extra trim paint, enough to more than cover the carpenter's repairs. For one thing, the garage work has left exposed wood around the door frames (main and rear), and for another - we plan to paint over the built-in flower boxes (which flank the front porch, taking up quite a lot of space). Can't imagine what possessed the previous folks to paint them vivid yellow/green. Looks like 7-Up racing stripes on a lavender wedding cake.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 90,330

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