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Here’s recent 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: 2491 (meh for a multi-day total)
    Present total word count: 96,959 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: A swim, a swear, and a lungful of air.

    Next up: A crash course in talking to homicidal maniacs.

    Things accomplished in real life: Daily jaunt around the neighborhood with the dog; paid several visits to our neighbors' batch of 5-week-old puppies; did a whole lotta yardwork; made a few shopping trips for various assorted sundries; made a few lunch breaks; took a little downtime, but only a little.

    Other: Finally got the go-ahead to announce the ROGUES anthology! I mean, I'm IN it. I'm not the person in charge of it or anything - that's GRRM and Gardner Dozois. And holy crap, you guys - click the link and go check out the table of contents. I am in some magnificent company on this one.

    Bonus! other: BBC Radio 4 is very kind to my Clockwork Century books. I am told that the relevant section starts at 12:12 - with me-specific material cropping up around the 18-minute mark. Huzzah!

    House other: Because I promised to make note of this here,these are the folks who did our roof rebuild: Sprout Roofing. Again, I'm very happy with the job they did; and I'm planning to use them in the near future, to handle some siding and trim repairs. (As you can see at the link, they do more than just roofs.) Two thumbs up!

    Et cetera: Let's see if I can get Maplecroft wrapped up in Draft Zero form before Phoenix Comic Con, in another week and a half. Maybe? I think it's doable, but we'll see. The best laid plans, yada yada yada.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 92,821

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