The dashing gentleman to the left is Reginald Spiffington, Reggie to his friends. He is the star of my first novel, Barking Mad, which came out in 2011. He is getting his second outing early next year in a novel that might be called Mad Dogs and Englishmen. In order that you get to read about Reggie's latest exploits on schedule, I need to get a first draft to my editor by May 31st.
It's been a couple of months full of things designed to interrupt a writing schedule. I am now in buckle down mode, and you are the confessional by which I shall keep myself accountable. Steampunk superstar Cherie Priest publishes daily word counts to keep track of her writing. I don't want to do that to you daily, but I am going to do it weekly. I'm thinking every Saturday from here through the end of May, I'll give an update.
Today is where we're starting. I'm about to begin Chapter Seven, about a third of the way into the novel. It's been mainly scene-setting to this point, introducing characters (there are a lot of new characters in this one), and getting the situation poised precariously. So as of today:
Project: Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Word Count Goal: Approx. 60,000
Word Count to Date: 20, 964